Hill School

5.00 5 1 (8 reviews)
Tel: 610-326-1000
860 Beech Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
  • Founded in 1851, The Hill School is a purposefully small and close learning community - a place where our academic excellence is based upon a challenging liberal arts curriculum; a faculty of highly qualified, dedicated teachers; a noteworthy breadth of advanced and honors course offerings; and a structured atmosphere that blends high expectations with meaningful support.

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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Colorado Mesa University
    A smaller number of students attend the Hill School than most other boarding schools that I know of. This allows a more personal approach to be taken by the teachers and dorm parents, the. . .

  • Class of 2002
    5 Stars  
    Pepperdine University
    The two aspects of The Hill School that make it unique are the professors' relationship with the students and the traditions at The Hill. First off, professors are involved in all aspects of school life. . .

  • Class of 1980
    5 Stars  
    College of William and Mary (B.A., MBA)
    It's been 50 years but the school has developed a partnership with the town of Pottstown which is unique across the country. Several alumni (in my class of '67, including the Governor of Pennsylvania). . .
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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
Hill SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18511910
Campus Size300 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment525 students310 students
% Students of Color
37%
21%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
79%
67%
Average SAT Score1340* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1680 - 2080-
Average ACT score26*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormalCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2717
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
71%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$153 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$59,050$54,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$40,740$30,250
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant34500$23,500
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 31 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT80%-
Acceptance Rate
32%
55%
Director of AdmissionsTom Eccleston
Associate Director of AdmissionsAmanda Dougherty

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1715
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Water Polo, Winter Track, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations4824
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Action AIDS, Archaelogy Club, Asian Culture Club, Barbecue Club, Chapel, Chess Club, Community Service Club, Ellis Theater Guild, Fine Woodworking Club, Fly Fishing Club, Food Club, French Club, Games Club, Habitat for Humanity, Hill Athletic Association, Honor, International Culture Exchange, Math & Computer Club, Model United Nations, Operation Smile, PDS Teaching Assistants, Peer Counseling Group, Pep Band, RAM Radio, Reception Committee, Recycling Club, Sailing Club, Skateboarding Club, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Speech & Debate Club, Stock Exchange Club, Student Activites Committee, Student Government Association, Student Prefects, Tech Support Group, The Dial (yearbook), The Hill News (newspaper), The Record (literary journal), Young Democrats, Young Republicans

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber, Glee Club, Guitar Club, Hilltone Trebles, Hilltones, Jazz Club, Rock Band

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Founded in 1851, The Hill School is a purposefully small and close learning community -- a place where our academic excellence is based upon a challenging liberal arts curriculum, a faculty of highly qualified, dedicated teachers; a noteworthy breadth of advanced and honors course offerings; and a structured atmosphere that blends high expectations with meaningful support. Headmaster Zachary G. Lehman is passionate about seeing Hill described as "both the most traditional and the most innovative secondary school in the country simultaneously."  To that end, The Hill School complements its traditions with an energetic level of innovation.  The School is evaluating and implementing educational technologies that allow its students to access, synthesize, and apply knowledge in new ways: quickly, collaboratively, and creatively. Over the coming years, The Hill will affirm what it already does very well while considering new curricular and co-curricular programs, finding improved ways to teach all Hill students 21st century success skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leading, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurship, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing data, and curiosity and imagination.  
  • LD types supported: we support students with mild learning differences
  • Hill 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

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