The Phelps School

583 Sugartown Road
Malvern, PA 19355
Tel: 610-644-1754
Gr: (Boarding) 7-12, PG | 100 students
The Phelps School is a boarding and day school serving boys in grades seven through postgraduate.
We are dedicated to a personalized education for the boy who seeks success academically, personally and socially.
This philosophy of dedication to the total development of each boy is accentuated by our structured atmosphere, small classes and daily tutorials.
Our first obligation is creating a caring, sensitive climate which emphasizes the positive in every situation.
The environment is consistent, supportive and combined with challenge, care and honesty.
Phelps is concerned with emphasizing the articulation and inculcation of personal moral values as an important part of our mission -- educating the heart as well as the mind and body.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
The Phelps School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12, PG 9-12
School Type All-boys Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1946 1909
Campus Size 70 acres 125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 100 students 295 students
% International Students 30% 20%
% Students Boarding 70% 68%
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Khaki pants and jacket)
Average Class Size 7 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:4 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 12 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 61% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $1 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$46,800 $48,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$25,800 $27,525
Tuition international students $46,800 $45,400
% Students on Financial Aid 40% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $5,000 $20,465
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of Admissions Ira Miles
Laura Rup
Associate Director of Admissions Lisa Ballard  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 12 16
AB Calculus (AP) BC Calculus (AP)
Biology (AP) Chemistry (AP)
English Literature and Composition (AP) Environmental Science (AP)
Physics (AP) Psychology (AP)
Spanish (AP) Statistics (AP)
U.S. Government & Politics (AP) U.S. History (AP)
World History (AP)


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 8 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 9 24
ExtracurricularsFilm Appreciation, Fitness, Gardening, Indoor Sports, Music , National Honors Society, Rocketry, Studio Arts, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2013-2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Pennsylvania State University 4
Michigan State University 3
Boise State University 1
Boston College 1
High Point University 1
Skidmore College 1
Syracuse University 1
University of Connecticut 1
Virginia Commonwealth University 1
West Virginia University 1

School Notes:

    Dedicated to the individual boy:

  • 68 years meeting individual needs.  A caring structured environment
  • A challenging yet supportive program
  • School's motto: Veritas Sine Timore (Truth Without Fear)
  • 110 boarding and day students, grades 7-12, PG
  • Small class sizes
  • ESL: well-known English as a Second Language program
  • 10 states and 13 countries represented in the student body
  • ASP: well-known Academic Support Program
  • Strong athletic program: champions in basketball and soccer
  • Member of SSATB. Apply with Phelps code 5759
  • Located just 20 miles west of Philadelphia on the historic Main Line, our 70-acre campus provides it all. Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, students have the ability to take day trips to the New Jersey Shore, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC and the Pocono Mountains.
  • Our most recent improvements and developments over the past couple years include a completely renovated Student Center and Day Student Lounge, laptop program for all students, an indoor athletic facility, a new lounge in one of our Dormitories, an upgraded athletic field and a dedicated wrestling room.

  • LD types supported: Our comprehensive Academic Support Program is a solid component of our college-preparatory program.
  • School accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), International Boys' School Coalition (IBSC)

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Church Farm School (4.2 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Exton, PAChurch Farm School
    All-boys  (Episcopal)
    1001 East Lincoln Highway
    ExtonPA 19341
    4.2 mi | 190 students | Gr. 8-12
  • West Chester, PAWesttown School
    (Society of Friends)
    975 Westtown Rd
    West ChesterPA 19382
    5.4 mi | 381 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
  • Wayne, PAValley Forge Military Academy
    1001 Eagle Road
    WaynePA 19087
    7.1 mi | 300 students | Gr. 6-12
  • Pottstown, PAHill School
    717 East High Street
    PottstownPA 19464
    (610) 326-1000
    16.5 mi | 515 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Pennsburg, PAThe Perkiomen School
    200 Seminary Street
    PennsburgPA 18073
    25.9 mi | 336 students | Gr. 6-12
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