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Number of Students

110 (30% international)


7-12 PG

The Phelps School

Private Boarding School – Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

The Phelps School is dedicated to a personalized education for the boy who seeks success academically, personally, and socially. Our first obligation is to create a caring, sensitive climate which emphasizes the positive in every situation. The student's educational program is planned in terms of his individual capacity, ability, needs and interests. This philosophy of dedication to the total development of each boy is accentuated by the disciplined atmosphere, small classes, and daily tutorial support.

Located just 22 miles west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, our safe, 75-acre campus houses 110 students. Our diverse population includes students from 10 US states and 20 different countries. Academics are emphasized by our caring and dedicated faculty members, small classes, afternoon tutorials, and evening study programs. The English as a Second Language program (ESL) addresses the needs of and provides support for our international students. The boarding school's academic program is balanced by an interscholastic athletic program which affords every student an opportunity to participate on a sports team.

Academic and Sport Facilities
The main buildings are clustered along a ridge of high ground with playing fields on either side. Small homelike dormitories reinforce the relaxed family atmosphere which is one of Phelps' main features. Classrooms, dormitories and the dining hall are all just a short walk from each other. On the campus, soccer and lacrosse fields, four all-weather tennis courts, a track and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts provide opportunities for both organized and informal sports. During Winter, the basketball court, wrestling room and the excellent and well equipped fitness center in the gymnasium are always busy.

Dormitories and Student Residences
Boarding students at Phelps enjoy a relaxed and comfortable residential life in one of seven dormitories located on campus. Members of our staff and faculty serve as live-in house parents, with older students assisting as proctors. Our structured daytime schedule remains intact in the evenings, including assigned study periods monitored by teachers.

Malvern is a small and safe borough of Pennsylvania located about 45 minutes west of Philadelphia. Malvern allows for easy access to great museums, historical American landmarks and cultural immersion.

Area population: 3,426
Borough website: Borough of Malvern

Starting Dates:
Estimated Start Date: Early September
Estimated End Date: Late May

Rocketry Program
Phelps boys also have a very competitive rocketry program, that has qualified for the NASA SLI program. Out of their participation for this program, they have had a number of boys who were offered scholarship monies from colleges to enroll in their rocket science programs.

The AAP is a new program that is for 11th and 12th grade boys who show the desire to be challenged by more rigorous academics.The AAP Program will help students who wish to prepare for specific college majors by differentiating the instructional program to match their interests and objectives. The differentiated program of study may include any of the following: Advanced Placement (AP) courses, online coursework, classes at local community colleges, seminars at local colleges and institutions, and independent study classes.

Other Services Offered:

  • Academic progress reports
  • Airport transfer service
  • Assistance in acquiring books and material
  • Help with holiday accommodation
  • Orientation service upon arrival

School Facts

Student Population

All Boys School

Number of Students

110 (30% international)


7-12 PG

Teacher/Student Ratio


Average Class Size


ESL Programs


IB Programs


Offer Diploma


School Uniform


Campus Size

75 Acres

Religious Affiliation


Foreign Languages

  • Spanish

Acceptance Rate


  • Ceramics
  • Culinary Arts
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Studio Art

AP Courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Statistics
  • US Government and Politics
  • US History
  • World History


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Bowling
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Film Appreciation
  • Fitness
  • Garden
  • Music
  • National Honor Society
  • Photography
  • Rocket
  • Studio Art
  • Web Design
  • Yearbook

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

American University, Binghamton University, Boston University, Ithaca College, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Skidmore College, Syracuse University, The College of New Jersey, Ursinus College, Virginia Commonwealth University

University Acceptance Rate:

Closest International and Local Airports: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), JFK International Airport (JFK), Newark International Airport (EWR)
For Details Visit Website:   The Phelps School

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