Westtown School

975 Westtown Rd, West Chester, PA 19382

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Westtown School is a Quaker coeducational college-preparatory school offering a challenging and richly varied academic program within a strong, vibrant, and diverse community for boarders in Grades 9 -12 and day students in Pre-kindergarten - Grade 10. Founded by Philadelphia Quakers in 1799, the Westtown School community remains committed to the values of integrity, equality, respect for others, and personal responsibility. Challenging academics and the opportunity to solve real-world problems afford Westtown graduates the skills they need in today’s world: collaboration, communication, information literacy and a global perspective.

Westtown’s curriculum emphasizes a strong foundation in each discipline (English, history, mathematics, science, foreign language, the arts, health, and religious studies) in a program that is both rigorous and flexible. Advanced seminar courses are available in all disciplines. One of the hallmarks of Westtown’s academic program is a nationally recognized college-counseling program. Seniors complete a 2-4 week independent Senior Project off campus. A $13 million Science Center expansion and renovation project will be completed in 2014. The new facilities will include a large dedicated research laboratory for engineering, robotics and physical science, 9 classrooms with lab facilities, and a dedicated research laboratory for life sciences with ample space for collaborative work. The building will have LEED silver minimum certification, consistent with Westtown’s commitment to a sustainable environment. Athletics, the arts, community service, and myriad extra-curricular activities provide balance and develop individual interests and talents.

The students at Westtown annually represent about 20 states and 20 countries. Westtown offers a boarding program for grades 9 through 12 which provides students with an important opportunity to prepare for challenges of college living and enhances the residential character of the school. Supported by an international student coordinator and a host family program, international students participate in intermediate and advanced ESL classes.

Athletics and physical education are integral parts of Westtown School’s education program. As in the classroom, students are expected to strive for and achieve high standards. The goal of Westtown’s athletic program also reaches beyond an effort to win games, but to provide opportunities for growth and development. Respect for coaches, teammates and opponents is essential as athletes aspire for individual and team goals. The athletics complex includes seven full-sized fields, fourteen tennis courts, a one-quarter mile track, a twenty-six-element ropes course, a five-kilometer cross country course, four basketball courts, indoor track, indoor tennis court, dance studio, a dedicated wrestling area, an indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and a weight training area.

The Center for the Living Arts includes a 564 auditorium and theater, a scene-costume shop, an art gallery, three art studios, a ceramics work¬shop, a darkroom, digital arts room, a chorus room, an orchestra room, and six practice rooms. The Mary Hutton Biddle Library houses a collection of 35,000 volumes and subscribes to a variety of web-based databases that provide campus-wide access to magazine articles and reference materials. Weekly Quaker worship services take place in the historic Quaker Meetinghouse, which is in the center of the campus. All dormitories have been recently renovated.

Westtown is located only 20 miles West of Philadelphia and 11 miles north of Wilmington, Delaware on a beautiful 640-acre wooded campus. Students enjoy the benefits of living and studying in a rural campus set¬ting while the cultural and recreational offerings of the Philadelphia metropolitan area are within close reach.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding — Coed Grades 9-12; Day — Coed PS (Age 4)-10
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address975 Westtown Rd, West Chester, PA 19382
Year Established1799
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious AffiliationReligious Society of Friends

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding Tuition$48,140; estimated extras $2195
Boarding Tuition for International Students$48,140; estimated extras $2795
Day Tuition$20,560-30,200; estimated extras $112-1476
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$5,000,000

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester
Supplemental InstructionESL, Tutoring
Summer SessionAcademic Recreational. 1-6 weeks
Accredited ByMSA
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Golf, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball, Wrestling
Interscholastic Girls' SportsField Hockey, Softball, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School109
Most Common Graduate DestinationsHaverford, Boston U, Franklin & Marshall, NYU, Geo Wash, Temple
Average Math SAT610
Average Critical Reading SAT610
Average Writing SAT600
Mid-50 Percentile Math SAT550-690
Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT550-680
Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT540-670


Application Fee$50
New Students163
Percentage of Applicants Accepted60
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)56
Tests Used for AdmissionISEE, SSAT, TOEFL


AdministratorJohn W. Baird
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2002
Administrator's CredentialsAB, Princeton Univ, MA, Providence College
Director(s) of AdmissionsNathan Bohn, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment642
Boarding Students295
Day Students347
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)268
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)374
Percentage of International Students10
Average Class Size17
Teaching Faculty104
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)57

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage640
Buildings on Campus12
Facilities Value$60,000,000
Endowment Value$72,000,000
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