Preparing Boys for Life

Character, Culture, and Community

Preparing your son academically for the future is undoubtedly one of the most valuable benefits of a Haverford education. just as importantly, we give boys a foundation of skills they need to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.

At Haverford, students are encouraged to follow their passions and invest time in their communities. To truly prepare boys for life, we must instill in them the values and virtues that position them to connect across lines of difference; to show respect, honesty, and courage in the decisions that they make; and to engage in experiences and pursuits that will help shape their perceptions and behavior.

High school boys talking near Walk of Virtues


At Haverford, we create a culture that celebrates boys. We recognize their innate competitiveness, their boundless energy, their need to learn with their hands and by doing, and their sense of humor and justice, and we teach accordingly. We develop compassion and empathy, and teach that such traits are the full expression of being a man.
John A. Nagl, Former Head of school

Building Community

Click the headlines below to read more about our recent efforts to build community across our pre-kindergarten-12 school.

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