Westtown School

975 Westtown Rd
West Chester, PA 19382
Westtown School, a Quaker, private, co-ed Pre-K-12 day school with boarding options in grades 9 -12, offers a challenging curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity combined with an exceptional level of attention. Westtown School fosters a culture of reflection and self-discovery in which students can ignite the unique spark that illuminates their passion and purpose. Westtown School inspires and prepares graduates to become stewards and leaders of a better world.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 366 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $70,250
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $43,250
  • Acceptance rate: 53%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Westtown School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 287 schools) for:

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Attribute
School History

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Westtown School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12
8-12
Grades Offered (Day)
PK-12
PK-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1799
1906
Campus Size
604 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
366 students
315 students
% Students of Color
38%
25%
% International Students
12%
20%
% Students Boarding
70%
67%
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Clean, whole, and appropriate
Casual
Average Class Size
15 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
55
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
77%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$110.7 million
$27 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$70,250
$64,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$43,250
(Additional lunch fee of $2,00)
$35,000
% Students on Financial Aid
59%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$34,237
(Need-based and Merit aid available)
$24,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Average Percentile SSAT
67%
-
Acceptance Rate
53%
60%
Director of Admissions
Nathan Bohn
Associate Director of Admissions
Samantha Jordan

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
55
17
Courses
2-D Studio Art 3 ADV, Algebra 1ADV, Algebra 2 & Trigonometry ADV, Algebra 2 ADV, Applied Music 3 & 4, Applied Scientific Research, Arts Independent Project, Biology 1 ADV, Biology 2 ADV, British Literature, Business & Society (Religion), Calculus 1 ADV, Calculus 2 ADV, Chemistry 1 ADV, Chemistry 2 ADV, Computer Science, Drawing 4, English Independent Research, ESOL 2, Europe Since 1950, French 4, French 5, Geometry ADV, Hiroshima to 9/11 , History Independent Research, Holocaust & Genocide, Issues in Current Affairs, Jazz Ensemble 4, Language Independent Research, Latin 5, Linear Algebra, Literature Seminar, Mandarin 4, Mandarin 5, Math Independent Research, Painting 4, Peace & Justice, Physics 1 ADV, Physics 2 ADV, Portfolio Preparation, Precalculus, Printmaking 4, Religion & Social Change: Liberation, Human & Environmental Justic, Religion & Social Change: Nonviolence & Justice, Religion Independent Research, Research Ecology , Spanish 4, Spanish 5, Spanish 6, Statistics ADV, String Orchestra 4, Symphonic Band 4, The Contemplative Experience, US History ADV, Writing Seminar

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
61
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Admission Tour Guides, Amicus (Yearbook), Amnesty International Club, Art @ Westtown, Bike Club, Book Club, Brainstorm Club, Brown & White (School Newspaper), Chess Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, CITE (Culture & Identity Through Expression), Classics Club, Computer Science Club, Cooking Club, Dance Club, Debate Club, Debate Team, Disciplinary Council, Drama Club, Earth Club, Epiphanies (Literary Magazine), Fantasy Club, Feminist Advocating for Equality, Film Club, Focus Bible Study, Global Studies Institute, Green Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, Hearts for Hearts (H4H), International Students Organization (ISO), Investment Club, Magic Club, Math Club, Metal Moose - Team 1391 (Robotics), Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Poetry Club, Quaker Leadership Program, Rainbow Alliance, Rightly Political, School for the Entrepreneur, Science Club, Sexual Health Awareness & Education (SHAE), Society for Public Speaking (SPS, includes Debate, Model UN, Model Congress), Sports Nutrition Club, Step Club, Student Council, Student Multicultural Board, Student Union for Multicultural Awareness & Action (SUMAA), Students of Color Association (SOCA), The Buzz (Worldwide issues Newspaper), Unite for Her (UFH), Westtown Christian Fellowship, Westtown Democrats Association, Women in STEM, Work Program, WT Healthcare Club

Arts and Music Programs:
LAD (Lighting & Design)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ultimate Frisbee Club, WOC (Westtown Outing Club), WT E-Sports

College Matriculation

Year: 2018 - 2022
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Drexel University
16
Haverford College
12
Lafayette College
11
Penn State University
11
University of Pennsylvania
10
University of Pittsburgh
10
American University
8
Bryn Mawr College
7
Franklin & Marshall College
7
Skidmore College
7

School Notes

  • Westtown School is a Quaker, private, co-ed Pre-K-12 day school with boarding options in grades 9 -12 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.   Westtown is located on 600 acres of land, including a 14-acre lake, an arboretum, a natural forest, and an instructional organic farm. Students at Westtown are challenged to realize their intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual potential. Truth, openness, and honesty are values which undergird the school community. A spirit of inquiry reigns in the classroom, and students are encouraged to think creatively, to feel the condition of others, and to listen to their inner selves. Westtown expects students to be critical, independent thinkers who can work with a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and tolerance of the views of others. The Westtown experience is defined by rigorous academic preparation for college, community living in a diverse environment, weekly Meeting for Worship, and participation in the school`s unique Work Program. These shared events reflect and teach the fundamental Quaker values of consensus, nonviolent conflict resolution, and physical work dignity.
  • Westtown School accreditations: Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Kevin Roose '05 - A technology columnist for the New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times bestselling author of two books, named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" and Time's list of the 140 best Twitter feeds.
    • Jullee Wilson '00 - Senior Fashion Editor at The Huffington Post, and has written for Conde Nast Traveler, Vibe, Real Simple, and Parenting, in addition to serving on the advisory board for Harlem’s Fashion Row.
    • Don Wildman '79 - Current host and narrator of Off Limits, Mysteries at the Museum, and Monumental Mysteries on the Travel Channel, hosted and narrated Weird Travels that formerly aired on the Travel Channel
    • Mo Bamba '17 - Profession Basketball Player with the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. Mo was the 6th overall lottery pick to the Orlando Magic in the 2018 NBA Draft.
    • Celina Tio '88 - A James Beard Award Winning Chef and Certified Cicerone. She has appeared in several cooking series such as Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America, and The Next Iron Chef.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Westtown School cost?
Westtown School's tuition is approximately $70,250 for boarding students and $43,250 for day students.
What schools are Westtown School often compared to?
Westtown Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like George School by visitors of our site.
What is the acceptance rate of Westtown School?
The acceptance rate of Westtown School is 53%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
Who are famous alumni from Westtown School?
Westtown School famous alumni include: Kevin Roose '05, Jullee Wilson '00, Don Wildman '79, Mo Bamba '17 and Celina Tio '88.
What sports does Westtown School offer?
Westtown School offers 16 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Winter Track and Wrestling.
Does Westtown School offer a summer program?
Yes, Westtown School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Westtown School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Westtown School?
The application deadline for Westtown School is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Class of 2018
5.00
Villanova University
Westtown has a beautiful campus. It was beautiful and especially safe to walk around any time of day. Also the style of teaching is very hands on and has small classes, usually with. . .

Class of 2018
5.00
UVA
Small Quaker school, tight group, not so much focused on strong academics as much as creating good individuals in society.. . .

Class of 2007
5.00
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Extremely beautiful campus. It is a Quaker boarding school with wonderful teachers. They require a senior project where students can travel the world. Also encourages volunteer work and has a campus farm. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 366 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $70,250
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $43,250
  • Acceptance rate: 53%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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