Hill School

717 East High Street,
Pottstown, PA 19464
Tel: (610) 326-1000
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 518 students
Founded in 1851 as “The Family Boarding School,” The Hill prepares students for excellence in college, careers, and life.
Hill’s liberal arts curriculum offers 25 Advanced Placement course options, honors classes, and independent studies.
Hill’s 503 students come from 32 states and 20 foreign countries; all must board at least one year.
Average class size is 12 students, with a 7:1 student-teacher ratio.
Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills and expected to show personal responsibility and courtesy for others.
Traditions include an honor code, nondenominational chapel services, a dress code, and seated meals with faculty members.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Hill School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1851 1909
Campus Size 300 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 518 students 295 students
% Students of Color 34% 19%
% International Students 18% 20%
% Students Boarding 79% 68%
Average SAT Score 1885 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1680 - 2080 -
Average ACT score 26 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
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 24 15
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 70% 66%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $128 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$53,500 $48,520
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,900 $26,800
% Students on Financial Aid 41% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $33,000 $20,074
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 80% -
Acceptance Rate 32% 57%
Director of Admissions Tom Eccleston  
Associate Director of Admissions Amanda Dougherty  


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 17 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Water Polo, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 48 25
ExtracurricularsAction AIDS, Archaelogy Club, Asian Cultural, BBQ Club, Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Chapel Committee, Chess Club, Community Service Group, Ellis Theater Guild, Fine Woodworking Club, Fly Fishing Club, Food Club, French Club, Glee Club, Guitar Ensemble, Habitat for Humanity, Hill Athletic Association, Hilltone Trebles, Hilltones, Honor Council, International Culture Exchange, Jazz Ensemble, Math & Computer Club, Model United Nations,

College Matriculation

Year: - 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
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School Notes:

  • The Hill School prepares students from across the United States and around the world for excellence in school, college, careers, and life. The Hill School combines a challenging liberal arts curriculum with clear moral direction and leadership training in a structured residential community. Dedicated to the development of the minds, bodies, and souls of all Hill students, the School professes not only to describe the world in which they live but also to prescribe the best ways to live.

  • The Hill School's rigorous curriculum is founded firmly on the classical and Judeo-Christian traditions that value refinement of thought and fortification of character to liberate and charge the individual with responsibility to the common good. The Hill School is committed to inculcating those fundamental traditions while developing the practical skills and core knowledge on which further learning must be based, then to leading students to a global perspective on the world and their places in it.

  • School accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • James Baker III '48 - Former Secretary of State
    • Norman Pearlstine '60 - Editor-in-chief of Time, Inc
    • Tobias Wolff '64 - Stanford University professor and critically acclaimed author of Old School
    • Oliver Stone '64 - Academy Award-winning producer/director
    • Peter S. Rummell '63 - Chairman and CEO of the Florida real estate and development firm the St. Joe Co.
    • Clark Hoyt '60 - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington editor of Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services
    • Lamar Hunt '51 - Businessman, owner and founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and a creator of the American Football League

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is The Perkiomen School (12.8 miles away)
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  • PennsburgThe Perkiomen School
    200 Seminary Street
    12.8 mi | 336 students | Gr. 6-12
  • ExtonChurch Farm School
    1001 East Lincoln Highway
    14.8 mi | 190 students | Gr. 8-12
  • MalvernThe Phelps School
    583 Sugartown Road
    16.5 mi | 100 students | Gr. 7-12
  • WayneValley Forge Military Academy
    1001 Eagle Road
    18.5 mi | 300 students | Gr. 7-12
  • West ChesterWesttown School
    975 Westtown Rd
    West ChesterPA19382
    21.1 mi | 381 students | Gr. Pre-K-12
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