Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 reflects on one of his favorite speeches to give to middle school boys, called "Give and Take."
Why All Boys
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.
Browse the blog posts below, written by our faculty, staff, and administration, on boys' education.
On Oct. 15, Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 presented "Boys to Men: The Transition from Adolescents to Adults" as part of the School's Best for Boys speaker series. In this blog post, he shares takeaways on identity, masculinity, and other topics related to this critical time in a young man's development.
Spanish instructor Carmen Epstein, Bill Esher, Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at The Agnes Irwin School, and Upper School Head Matt Green presented on the Human Relationships Seminar at the 2016 Conference on Coordinate Education.
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.
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