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

Seniors present findings from university lab projects during 12th annual Research Symposium

Five VI Form students (seniors), including Jack Ballenger, Daniel Chow, Alexander Greer, Toby Ma, and Aditya Sardesai, presented at the 12th annual Research Symposium on Jan. 10 in The Haverford School’s Ball Auditorium. The symposium, which was attended by faculty, parents, lab instructors, and alumni of the program, allows students to showcase the research they completed in professional laboratories over the summer. The Research Symposium is the culmination of the Advanced Research Laboratory Cooperative elective run by Upper School science teacher Kara Cleffi.