Preparing Boys for Life

Middle School

Welcome to our Middle School. We build boys into men, challenging them academically, artistically, and athletically as they grow in intelligence, creativity, and strength.

A daily assortment of liberal arts classes, mixed with the fine arts and sports, create a well-rounded boy who begins to find his aptitudes and where he fits in the world. Thinkers and doers, these young men are encouraged to take risks and make mistakes in a safe, supportive, and caring environment as we prepare them for the next step, high school.

We are proud of the relationships we build with families and students. These relationships foster a community of respect and kindness. By respecting all individuals and modeling kindness to our students, we observe greater empathy and support. 

Beginning in fall 2020, our boys' learning will be enhanced through a new 32,000+ square foot Middle School, purpose-built for adolescent boys. Learn more >

Meet Sam, eighth grade

More about Haverford's Middle School:

  • Our teachers are professionals in understanding and meeting the needs of the adolescent boy. They are kind, patient, and focused on building relationships and encouraging students to engage in their learning.
  • Middle school boys love to move. From class to recess to sports, our boys are active and we use their energy to promote learning through doing.
  • A liberal arts curriculum includes studies in English, mathematics, American and world history, science, Spanish, Latin, 2D and 3D art, multi-media, theater, music, and health and physical education. In the spring, eighth grade students choose an elective such as marketing, finance, leadership, philosophy, Chinese, or programming.
  • Managing expectations and learning organization techniques are also a part of our curriculum as part of our continued focus on character education and development.
  • Middle School is a great place to try new things, take risks, and make mistakes. Whether in the classroom, the stage, the field, or even a school dance, we want our boys to be courageous and make what seems impossible, possible.
  • Activities outside the classroom and fieldhouse include a world-ranked robotics program, award-winning choirs, outstanding musical productions, MathCounts, Reading Olympics, Math Olympiad, Model UN, INK - our Middle School diversity group, the Middle School newspaper Crosman Chronicles, Arduino, and leadership programs like Student Council, House Council, and Peer Mediation.


Browse the navigation to learn more about our Middle School and its best-for-boys curriculum and program. You'll get to know our Head of Middle School, a graduate of the Class of 1983; find information about our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade academics; and see how we're building men of character through our signature leadership, service learning, and global studies initiatives. Situated outside Philadelphia, this private middle school for boys will help your son become his best self.

Middle School Happenings

Elijah Lee

Elijah Lee, a senior at The Haverford School, recently completed a three-year project of 3D printing a full-scale carbon cello, and his interest in this field led him to found Forte3D. Lee is the co-president of the School’s a cappella group The Notables and serves as the president of the Haverford Orchestra. He serves as one of only five Tour Guide Captains, meaning that he is a main figure that prospective families see when they visit Haverford. He is a member of the Haverford Materials Group (soft robotics) and has placed first in the Soft Robotics Toolkit Design Competition. Lee was published in the Soft Robotics journal and Journal of Chemical Education. His interest in soft robotics has also led him to several conference presentations, including one at NASA. Lee is also a member of Haverford’s VEX Robotics team that captured the state championship in 2020. At Haverford, he’s been awarded the Music Technology Prize, the Rudolph Hamma Blythe Jr ’59 Computer Award, and the Williams College Book Award. Off-campus, Lee interned at MIT in the Therapeutic Technology Design and Development Lab, during which he developed tools for bench-top left atrial appendage flow simulation. He also has interned at Penn Medicine in the Laboratory for Structural Physiologic and Functional Imaging to generate training data for automated spinal CT segmentation.

Third Form students volunteer at local church’s food bank

During the fall months, members of the Third Form have been volunteering at Memorial Church of God in Christ food pantry located in Haverford. The Form III Called to Serve Project takes place most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during study hall. The boys walk a few blocks to the church to pack boxes, bag vegetables, and deliver cases of water and soda to the church members’ cars.