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.