Preparing Boys for Life


Philadelphia full day kindergarten The Haverford School

Our full-day kindergarten experience is rooted in a strong academic program through which boys gain a foundation in math and literacy. Building on this underpinning of problem solving, critical thinking, and reading and writing, boys spend time each week with specialists in science, art, music (including violin lessons), and physical education. Class trips to the post office and a local orchard support boys' understanding of their community. A visit to Shofuso Japanese Garden enhances the boys' study of cultures and symbols.

Shofuso Japanese house

Kindergarten boys visit Shofuso Japanese House and Garden as part of their study of Japan.


kindergarten boys working on reading exercise

Literacy centers provide an opportunity for the boys to participate in games and activities that reinforce skills and expand their knowledge. Centers also allow teachers to target learning to each boy's needs.

There are so many good private schools in our area but for us, one of the things that makes Haverford a standout is its knowledge and understanding of how boys learn. The teachers are skilled, committed, and nurturing in how they teach each boy. Haverford is providing so much more than academic excellence for our son; it is teaching our son the importance of community. Every day, the teachers show the boys how to boost each other up and care for one another. There is a true spirit of brotherhood across the entire school. Lisa and Ned, parents