The Phelps School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
583 Sugartown Road
Malvern, PA 19355
Tel: 610-644-1754
  • 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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  • Review Description

  • Class of 2000
    5 Stars   9/4/2014
    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 
2016 School Data
The Phelps School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12, PG 9-12
School Type All-boys Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1946 1910
Campus Size 70 acres 106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 110 students 298 students
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
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 14 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $1 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,800 $52,000
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$29,000 $28,500
Tuition international students $49,800 $47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $5,000 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


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

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 14 16
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 Offered 8 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 10 23
ExtracurricularsFilm Club, Fitness Club, Gardening Club, Indoor Sports, Music, National Honors Society, Rocketry, Studio Arts, Woodshop, 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

    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.
  • 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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