Preparing Boys for Life

Why All Boys

We Help Boys Be Their Best

With 135 years of experience in preparing boys for life, The Haverford School has a consistent vision of the best that boys can be.

Our teachers know that boys and girls interact differently with the educational environment, and we teach to the unique needs and strengths of boys. This helps boys realize their full human potential – socially, morally, and intellectually. At Haverford, young men get a strong academic foundation, make lifelong friends, and learn to serve their wider community.

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

We Know Boys

A founding member of the International Boys' Schools Coalition, we know that:

  • Boys have a natural desire to move – classroom movement exercises, flexible seating, and twice-daily recesses are critical to keeping boys engaged and on-task
  • Boys respond to clear expectations and positive reinforcement – when they know the guardrails, boys stay within them and rise to the occasion
  • Boys learn best through sensory experiences – lessons engage the mind, body, and heart as boys dive into immersive opportunities 
  • Boys thrive under a relational teaching method – every boy is known, cared for, encouraged, and challenged by his teachers and mentors


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.

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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