The Perkiomen School

200 Seminary Street,
Pennsburg, PA 18073
Tel: 215-679-9511
Gr: (Boarding) 6-12 | 335 students
Founded in 1875, The Perkiomen School is an empowering experience that gives students the confidence to explore and grow.  Our students have ambitious goals and high ideals.  We provide each student with an experience uniquely combining opportunity and challenge, guidance and encouragement.  Perk offers an engaging academic program and a world of possibilities in a community that feels like family.

Located in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, Perkiomen's 172 acre campus is home to 335 students from over 20 countries and 10 states.  Classes average 12 students, 9 in the middle school, with a student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1.  Perkiomen is 45 minutes from Philadelphia, 2 hours from New York City, and 2 1/2 to 3 hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Over 150 courses, including 28 AP and 8 Honors courses are offered in the Schumo Academic Center, Hollenbach Academic Center, and the Carnegie Library.  Courses include Spanish, Latin, German, and Chinese, plus popular electives.  In 2013-14, the iPad program was established to support teaching and learning and to expand opportunities for students to learn beyond the traditional classroom.

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2014 School Data
The Perkiomen School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1875 1908
Campus Size 172 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 335 students 300 students
% Students of Color 13% 18%
% International Students 40% 20%
% Students Boarding 58% 67%
Average SAT Score 1635 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1260 - 2230 -
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 28 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 64% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $7 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,950 $47,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$29,350 $26,110
% Students on Financial Aid 40% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 35% 58%
Director of Admissions Abby Parish Moser  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 28 15
AP Art History AP Biology
AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry AP Chinese Language and Culture
AP Computer Science A AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition AP Environmental Science
AP European History AP French Literature
AP German Language AP Latin
AP Macro Economics AP Micro Economics
AP Music Theory AP Physics B
AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism AP Physics C Magnetism
AP Spanish Language AP Spanish Literature
AP Statistics AP Studio Art 2D Design
AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio AP US Government and Politics
AP US History AP World History
Honors Algebra II and Trigonometry Honors Ceramics
Honors Digital Photography Honors English (Grade 10)
Honors Film Foundations Honors Geometry
Honors Pre-Calculus Honors Studio Art

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 14 14
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 27 24
ExtracurricularsArts and Literature Magazine (Perkspectives), Class Officers, Cum Laude Society, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Griffin (yearbook), Honor Council, International Club, Jazz Ensemble, Math Club, Middle School Band and Strings, Middle School Chorus, Middle School Math League, Middle School Senate, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Orchestra, People=People (Anti-Bullying Group), Perkiomen Chorale (Upper School), Reading Olympics, Spanish Club, String Ensemble, Student Diversity and Leadership Council (SDLC), Student Newspaper, Student Senate,

School Notes:

  • School accreditations: Middle States
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Al Dubin - Composer (42nd Street, Song Writers Hall of Fame)
    • General Carl Spaatz - Pioneer of Military Aviation and a Founding Father of the US Air Force
    • John Cecil Holm - Playwright (Best Foot Forward, Three Men on a Horse, etc.)
    • Harold Schaeffer - Medical Pioneer in the area of Immune Deficiency
    • Wallace Reid - Silent Film Starr (The Roaring Road, Double Speed, Excuse My Dust)
    • David Orenstein - Former CEO of Aero Bed
    • David Sabin - CEO of Salton Products
    • Jose Morales - Major League Baseball Player
    • Dustin Wimmer - AMA ATV Pro Motorcross Champion

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Hill School (12.8 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • PottstownHill School
     
    717 East High Street
    PottstownPA19464
    (610) 326-1000
    12.8 mi | 518 students | Gr. 9-12
  • WayneValley Forge Military Academy
     
    1001 Eagle Road
    WaynePA19087
    610-989-1490
    24.5 mi | 300 students | Gr. 7-12
  • ExtonChurch Farm School
     
    1001 East Lincoln Highway
    ExtonPA19341
    610-363-5347
    25.8 mi | 190 students | Gr. 8-12
  • MalvernThe Phelps School
     
    583 Sugartown Road
    MalvernPA19355
    610-644-1754
    25.9 mi | 110 students | Gr. 7-12
  • New HopeSolebury School
     
    6832 Phillips Mill Road
    New HopePA18938
    215-862-5261
    27.2 mi | 235 students | Gr. 7-12
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