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

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Twenty Haverford School seniors, representing 20 percent of the Class of 2019, have been recognized for their achievement by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Nine students – Nik Chakraborty, Intel Chen, Michael Fairorth, Jared Hoefner, Aram LaVan, Logan McAllister, Neetish Sharma, William Vauclain, and Griffin Wada – were named Semifinalists and will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. Nationwide, there are 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.