The Phelps School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
583 Sugartown Road
Malvern, PA 19355
The Phelps School Photo #1 - We are live and in person!
The Phelps School Photo #2 - We are LIVE and IN PERSON! Proper COVID protocols being followed allowing us to continue our objective of transformation and maximization.
The Phelps School Photo #3 - There is strong school spirit at Phelps. Many boys participate in various sports, playing in the Tri County Independent School League.
The Phelps School Photo #4 - Founded in 1946, The Phelps School is dedicated to the 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 Phelps School Photo #5 - Our 70 acre campus is located 25 miles west of downtown Philadelphia in historic Chester County.
The Phelps School Photo #6 - ASP is designed to meet the student at his instructional level and to aid in the process in reading, writing and math. We are dedicated to finding an approach that replaces failure with success.
The Phelps School Photo #7 - ESL immerses the students in the English language and the American culture and improves their English proficiency for academic and social successes.
The Phelps School Photo #8 - We offer a wide variety of sports for the student athlete: Varsity and JV Soccer, Cross Country, Golf, Varsity and JV Tennis, Varsity and JV basketball, Wrestling, Fitness/Weight Training, Roller Hockey, Lacrosse and baseball.
The Phelps School Photo #9 - ... along with Studio Art, Film Appreciation, Year Book and Music.
The Phelps School Photo #10 - Consider becoming a part of our team.
  • The Phelps School is a private boarding and day school for boys in grades six through 12 and a postgraduate year.
  • We're a small school--about 110 students--so we can provide each student with a personalized learning experience.
  • We offer everything from Advanced Placement (AP) courses for gifted students to an Academic Support Program (ASP) for students with learning differences.
  • What truly differentiates The Phelps School is the dedication we have to each individual boy and helping him to reach his full potential academically, personally and socially.
  • Our staff and faculty are deeply committed, and involved 24-7 in our students' lives as teachers, coaches, dorm parents and more.
  • We have competitive athletic teams and all kind of extracurricular activities, all on our 70-acre campus in Malvern, PA.

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  • Class of 2000
    5 Stars  
    Western Washington University
    The Phelps School is a school that specializes in providing an individual education to each student. The classes were very small and the staff was more than willing to help me in every aspect. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
The Phelps SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-12, PG9-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19461907
Campus Size70 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment110 students310 students
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki pants and jacket)
Average Class Size7 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:41:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1418
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$1.5 million$23 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$53,500$52,900
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsClaire Gowen
Associate Director of AdmissionsCaroline Whitbeck

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1418
CoursesAB Calculus (AP), BC Calculus (AP), Biology (AP), Chemistry (AP), English Language and Composition (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 Offered815
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations924

Club or Organization:
Film Club, Gardening Club, National Honors Society, Woodshop

Arts and Music Programs:
Music, Studio Arts

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness Club, Indoor Sports

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Pennsylvania State University4
Michigan State University3
Boise State University1
Boston College1
High Point University1
Skidmore College1
Syracuse University1
University of Connecticut1
Virginia Commonwealth University1
West Virginia University1

School Notes

    The Phelps School, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, is a private, nonsectarian boarding and day school for boys in grades six through 12 and a postgraduate year. Founded in 1946 by Dr. Norman T. Phelps, it upholds its original credo of "Dedication to the Individual Boy." True to this philosophy, The Phelps School is committed to providing a highly customized educational experience that empowers each student to reach his fullest potential academically, personally and socially.  The school serves a diverse population of approximately 110 students annually, of which 35 percent are international students and 30 are day students.
  • With approximately 110 students enrolled our average class size of seven.  The Phelps School offers the ideal setting for boys who thrive in a small, nurturing and structured environment.
  • Learning at the Phelps School is personalized for each student and ranges from college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses for academically gifted students to comprehensive Academic Support Program (ASP) for students with learning differences. 
  • The Phelps School is non to take the holistic approach to the educational experience, fostering the growth intellectual knowledge, social awareness, work ethic and commitment to service to develop young men of character and integrity.
  • The staff and the faculty at The Phelps School are deeply invested in the wellbeing of each student and his ability to achieve individual success.  
  • Our student population is highly diverse, uniting students from different cultures and backgrounds and with varying skill-sets.
  • The small size of The Phelps School provides every student with numerous opportunities to excel and flourish in academics, athletics and leadership.
  • As an all boys school, The Phelps School understands boys and their needs.
  • The Phelps school transforms lives by empowering students to reach their highest potential. We prepare students for college and for life. 
  • LD types supported: Our comprehensive Academic Support Program is a solid component of our college-preparatory program.
  • The Phelps 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)

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