Preparing Boys for Life.

Why All Boys

The Haverford School brotherhood

With more than 130 years of experience in preparing boys for life, The Haverford School has a consistent vision of the best that boys can be.

Haverford boys feel comfortable taking risks. They possess the enthusiasm to give an answer that may not be correct; the emotional intelligence to cry while reading a sad book; and the confidence to try new things. We develop deep connections with our boys, elevating the educational experience for us all. – Kate Thorburn, faculty
Boys are physical beings and have a natural desire to move.
Each teacher designs a classroom environment using space, movement, and collaboration to enhance boys' learning.

Boys respond well to clear expectations and positive reinforcement.
Accountability for oneself and one's "brothers" fosters camaraderie and good character. We best serve our boys when we give them clear and consistent instruction, and provide an opportunity for them to experience both positive and negative consequences of their actions.

Boys learn best through sensory experiences, which are carefully crafted to fully engage boys in their learning.
Lessons about photosynthesis may take place under a tree in the quad, while guitar students may draw inspiration from the setting of our outdoor amphitheater.

Boys thrive under a relational teaching method, in which teachers and coaches develop meaningful relationships with their students.
Being able to relate to the boys on multiple levels – from the playing field to the stage to the classroom – truly makes a Haverford School education transformational.

Leaders in Educating Boys

Browse the blog posts below, written by our faculty, staff, and administration, on boys' education.

Fords in Four: Meet Adam Besvinick '05

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insight and stories. In this blog post, venture capitalist Adam Besvinick '05 traces his career path in investing and blogging, and shares how he still keeps in touch with his closest friends from Haverford.

The Genesis of Newton's Notebook

One of the most exciting new endeavors in the math department this year has been the creation of the first volume of the math journal, Newton's Notebook. In this blog post, Math Department Chair Susan Mitchell discusses the goals of the journal, which include soliciting articles from faculty and students from the entire community, and fostering student interest in all aspects of mathematics.

Kinetic-Based Learning

Middle School Latin teacher Lauren Faralli was selected as one of 75 teachers around the world who received a merit-based fellowship to attend the Klingenstein Center's 2017 Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers. The Institute allows faculty to explore teaching styles and educational philosophies and issues over a two-week intensive study. In this blog post, Ms. Faralli traces her start in education and shares her best practices for kinetic-based classroom lessons.

Sister Schools

The Agnes Irwin School, The Baldwin School, and The Haverford School are three Philadelphia-area independent schools committed to single-sex education. Haverford benefits from a meaningful social, civic, and academic partnership with both of our sister schools.

The Haverford School Why All Boys

Co-Ed Partnerships

Art shows, theater performances, and global exchange programs enable our boys to collaborate and explore alongside their "sisters."

Dances, open mic nights, and time-honored traditions, from the Empty Bowls service project to Tunic Wars, offer low-key, creative outlets.

The co-ed Upper School Human Relationships course explores identity and gender issues, exposing students to new perspectives.

Why a school for boys


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