Fast Facts

   
Origins
  • Established in 1799 by the Philadelphia Quakers
  • The oldest continuously operating co-educational boarding school in the country
  • Began as a safe educational haven for Quaker children, one day's coach ride from Philadelphia
Size
  • Total Student Body, Pre Kindergarten - 12th grade: 660
    • 363 Upper School Students (266 boarding, 97 day), 9th through 12th grade
    • 120 Middle School Students, 6th through 8th grade
    • 177 Lower School Students, Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Upper School Boarding program grades 9 - 12
  • Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Accreditation

Westtown School is fully accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA).

Campus
  • 600 acres located
    • 25 miles west of Philadelphia
    • 11 miles north of Wilmington, Delaware
    • 120 miles northwest of Washington, DC
    • just outside West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 14 acre lake with beach and boathouse
  • Arboretum and natural forest
  • Instructional organic farm
  • 62 faculty houses and apartments
Financial Aid: nearly $7 million awarded annually to
  • 27% of Lower School families
  • 35% of Middle School families
  • 47% of Upper School families (52% of boarding families)
  • The Sally Barton Leadership Scholar Grant is awarded to 20 Quaker boarding students annually
Athletics and Clubs
  • Gymnasium
  • Field house with three basketball courts and indoor track
  • Wrestling Center
  • Dance Studio
  • Fitness Center
  • 25 meter swimming pool
  • Weight training center
  • 13 playing fields, 10 multipurpose, 2 baseball, 1 softball
  • Premier cross-country course
  • Outstanding tennis stadium with 14 courts
  • 27-element ropes course
  • 14-acre canoeing and ice-skating lake
  • 24 varsity teams
  • 57 clubs including Model UN, Outing Club, Film Club, Japanese language Club, Literary Magazine
  • 11 local social service agencies provide opportunities for community service
  • Student leadership opportunities including Quaker Leadership Program, Work Program, Student Government and Dormitory Prefects
Facilities

The Center for the Living Arts: Newly-renovated Barton-Test Theatre with computerized lighting system, a scene shop and costume shop, an art gallery, three art studios, a ceramics room, dark room, chorus room, orchestra room, four music practice rooms, and a recording/sound studio.

The Mary Hutton Biddle Library: 33,000 books, 175 periodicals, microfilm collection, CD-ROM and online databases. Lower School Library contains an additional 12,000 volumes

Historic Quaker Meeting House

Computer facilities: more than 230 computers on campus available for student use, Over 40 Smartboards™ available in classrooms and labs, 4 technology-media labs, 3 wireless mobile lab with laptops for classroom use. Email for all Upper School students and high-speed (two T-1 lines) internet connection. Individual student telephone, voice mail, and network connections available in all dorm rooms.

$13m Science Center with state-of-the-art classrooms and lab space

Dormitories: Two 9th/10th grade dorms; upper class girls' dorm; upper class boys' dorm. All dormitories have been renovated within the past five years.

On-Campus Archives containing original resources dating back 240 years

Faculty
  • 80 full time/22 part time (79 have advanced degrees)
  • 85% of Upper School full-time faculty live on campus
  • 32% of faculty are members of the Religious Society of Friends
Student Body Diversity
  • 9 % - Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • 26% - Students of Color; 27% in the Upper School
  • 17% - International (Upper School)
  • Student representation is from 17 states and 18 countries
College Placement
  • 100% college placement

  • 96% of graduates say Westtown prepared them well for college and university including 97% who said their education gave them strong critical thinking skills, and 97% said they were better prepared than their peers for dorm life and time management as a result of the residential life experience at Westtown

  • Colleges most attended
    • American
    • Bard
    • Bates
    • Boston University
    • Brown
    • Carnegie Mellon
    • College of William and Mary
    • Columbia University
    • Connecticut College
    • Dickinson
    • Drew
    • Drexel
    • Earlham
    • Emory
    • Franklin & Marshall
    • George Washington
    • Guilford
    • Haverford
    • Johns Hopkins
    • Kenyon
    • Lehigh University
    • New York University
    • Northwestern
    • Penn State University
    • Pomona
    • Sarah Lawrence
    • Temple
    • Tulane
    • University of Delaware
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • University of Richmond
    • University of Wisconsin
    • Vassar
    • Wesleyan University


 

 

 

 

Calendar List
    • SunFeb26 Meeting for Worship 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMMeeting House
    • FriMar03 LS 4th & 5th Grade Talent Show CHANGED: This event has been changed. 1:30 PM to 3:00 PMLSGR
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