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: 665
    • 354 Upper School Students (256 boarding, 98 day), 9th through 12th grade
    • 122 Middle School Students, 6th through 8th grade
    • 189 Lower School Students, Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Upper School Boarding program grades 9 - 12
  • Student to teacher ratio 6:1
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: Wireless and wired network access is available in all campus buildings.  Our Primary Circle and first graders share mobile devices in the computer science and library programs. Each child in grades 2 - 5 is provided with a mobile device to use at school.  Each Middle and Upper School student brings at least one mobile device to school to access online resources and tools in their everyday learning. All of our classroom spaces are outfitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual systems.  The Upper School houses three computer labs and one is specifically used for multi-media studies.  The Mary Hutton Biddle Library lends laptops to students on a daily basis. All faculty and staff are provided with a computer, phone and access to multiple printers.

$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
  • 118 teaching faculty (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)
  • 25% - Students of Color; 27% in the Upper School
  • 9% - International (Upper School)
  • Student representation is from 20 states and 20 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
    • SunApr22 Meeting for Worship 10:30 AM to 11:30 AMMeeting House
    • SunApr29 Meeting for Worship 10:30 AM to 11:30 AMMeeting House
    • SunMay06 Meeting for Worship 10:30 AM to 11:30 AMMeeting House
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