Preparing Boys for Life.

Upper School

Welcome to the Haverford’s Upper School, a thoughtful and exciting place for a young man to learn and grow.

Here, we focus on the wide range of skills, both academic and social, that are necessary for success in a rigorous college program. We are dedicated to graduating young men who are prepared to be moral, ethical and productive contributors to our society. Powerful learning experiences, both formal and informal, take place in classrooms, hallways, studios, labs, and on athletics fields every day.

Meet Nasir, 12th grade

Explore our Upper School programs in the slideshow below:


In the Upper School:
  • Teachers are well-versed in the art and science of classroom instruction, are dedicated to ongoing pursuit of their academic disciplines, and are fully appreciative of the power of close teacher-student relationships to affect learning.
  • Our classes offer the hands-on, up-on-your feet, collaborative problem-solving exercises that boys enjoy and the structured direction and clear expectations that they need.
  • Core study in six major disciplines is complemented by elective offerings such as Engineering, Electronics, Economics, Software Programming, The Modern Middle East, Modern Black Lives, Music Production and Recording, Molecular Biology, and Environmental Ethics, to name but a few.
  • Time designated for extra help, small classes, an advisory program, and the Enrichment and Learning Center helps each student realize his full potential.
  • Our student-run Honor Council ensures that our Honor Code is a vital and educational presence in the lives of the boys.
  • We eschew any single definition of a Haverford man. He is a scholar, an athlete, an artist, a performer, a servant, a leader, and a friend.
  • Students on the Model UN, Mock Trial, Debate, and Robotics teams regularly earn regional and national honors. Our student newspaper The Index and student literary magazine Pegasus are similarly decorated.

Upper School Happenings

Students conduct lab research at UPenn and MIT for Research Symposium projects

Several rising seniors are conducting college-level research in science labs as part of the Advanced Research Laboratory Cooperative elective at Haverford. The students gain real-world experience in a professional laboratory while working closely with lab directors to complete the research for individual projects selected by the students. 

Bridge program for new freshmen

The Haverford School hosts a Bridge Program annually for ninth grade students who are new to Haverford and one of its sister schools, The Agnes Irwin School. Students have a chance to get to know each other, to experience the community, and to engage in meaningful activities with faculty.