975 Westtown Rd
West Chester, PA 19382
Westtown School, a Quaker Pre-K -12th grade co-ed, private, college preparatory day and boarding school, offers a challenging and diverse curriculum that emphasizes action-based education, critical thinking, collaboration, service, and social action.
Committed to character innovation since 1799, Westtown inspires and prepares graduates to become stewards and leaders of a better world.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 366 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,000
  • 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 298 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
School History

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Westtown School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12
5-12
Grades Offered (Day)
PK-12
Pre-K-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1799
1906
Campus Size
640 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
366 students
310 students
% Students of Color
37%
25%
% International Students
16%
20%
% Students Boarding
73%
70%
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
$100 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$66,000
$61,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a
$33,900
% Students on Financial Aid
52%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$33,152
(Need-based and Merit aid available)
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Average Percentile SSAT
67%
-
Acceptance Rate
53%
58%
Director of Admissions
Nathan Bohn

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
55
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Acappella, Admission Tour Guides, Amicus (Yearbook), Amnesty International Club, Audio / Video Club, Backgammon club, Beat (Rhythm & Percussion) Club, Beatbox Club, Brown & White (School Newspaper), Business Club, Chess Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Community Government, Cooking Club, Crosswinds, Debate Club, Disciplinary Council, Dobbs 16, Dobbs Athletic Association, Dohters, Drama Club, Earth Club, Epiphanies (Literary Magazine), Global Studies Institute, HAS (Hotchkiss Art Society), International Matters e-Magazine, Junior Peer Leaders, Knitting Club, No Limits, Onyx, Organic Garden Club, Panache, Pheonix, Polar Bear Club, Recording and Concert Production, School for the Entrepreneur, Society for Public Speaking (SPS, includes Debate, Model UN, Model Congress), Step Club, Student Council, Student Multicultural Board, Student Union for Multicultural Awareness & Action (SUMAA), Surfing and Body boarding, Tea Times, The Academy (book group), The Amicus (Yearbook), The Brown & White (Student Newspaper), Westtown Christian Fellowship, Westtown Competitive Gaming Club, Work Program

Arts and Music Programs:
Soundscapes (Music Interpretation)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Latin/Caribbean Club, Mischianza, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Weight Lifting Club, WOC (Westtown Outing Club)

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 2014
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Franklin & Marshall
15
Bard College
14
Boston University
14
Haverford College
14
George Washington University
13
Northeastern University
13
American University
12
Drexel University
10
University of Richmond
9
University of Pennsylvania
8

School Notes

  • At Westtown School, we are uncommonly invested in helping you discover your gifts, talents, passions, and sense of purpose. We believe passionately that within each of us there is a special Light, a unique wisdom, and an evolving sense of purpose. Together, we work to help you discover these within yourself.
  • We don`t claim that you`ll graduate with a complete roadmap to your future, but we do know that you`ll understand how to navigate toward it. Because our thousands of alumni all say the same thing - they left Westtown with a clear sense of direction, defined interests, and the tools to continue to explore with confidence, academic preparedness, and passion.
  • We will support you, our community will support you. And you will grow.
  • 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 '15 - 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, 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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Westtown School cost?

Westtown School's tuition is approximately $66,000 for boarding 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 58%.

Who are famous alumni from Westtown School?

Westtown School famous alumni include: Kevin Roose '15, Jullee Wilson '00 and Don Wildman '79.

What sports does Westtown School offer?

Westtown School offers 14 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, 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?

Westtown School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Most extracurriculars offered, High # of AP/advanced courses offered and Oldest founding date.

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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Description

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 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 2016
5.00
Bard College
Two aspects of Westtown that stand out in particular are its sense of community, and the education driven towards social change. Its sense of community is in part due to the fact that Westtown is. . .
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 366 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,000
  • Acceptance rate: 53%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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