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Haverford School

Student rating 4.8/ 5 by Cornell University student
450 Lancaster Avenue Haverford PA 19041 United States


Haverford Schoolreview by Cornell University student. The academics at Haverford School are great- close to the absolute best. The science department is amazing, especially in the upper school, and the English department prepared me well for Cornell; I am a better writer than the vast majority of my peers here, and it shows in my grades. But with exceptions, Haverford's language department is in slight decline, due primarily to some key faculty retirements. I took art classes up until AP II, so I can vouch for the art department's quality in mission and in faculty. Haverford's theatre arts program is also outstanding. Despite the ungodly tuition, I would recommend Haverford to anyone and everyone looking for a great education and an enthusiastic community in which to learn. The new lower and upper school, as well as the renovated middle school are without a doubt be the best around.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

The Haverford School is often thought of as a haven for stuck-up, privileged Mainline boys. Although the vast majority of Haverford's students are wealthy and from the Mainline, such a stereotype is mostly undeserved. The quality of student life at Haverford is fantastic. I attended the school from first to twelfth grade, and know less than 5 people who have had anything bad to say about it. Upon coming to Cornell, I joined a fraternity, and have bonded with friends in many different ways, shapes, and forms. However, I can say with confidence that the friends I made at Haverford will forever be my best. The faculty and staff all know and interact with the students on a name-to-name basis; one of the benefits of the smaller school community. The student body is small, allowing any outgoing student to know many of the kids in one or two grades above and below him as well as those in his own. There is a large influx of new students in freshman year, primarily athletic recruits, who generally blend well with the rest of the student body.

Haverford's sports are all over the board; their lacrosse team is nationally ranked, but their football team is currently terrible. I swam and played water polo at Haverford, both of which currently have strong programs that are still improving. Overall, the coaching, facilities, and other atheletic resources are great. They have a fun rivalry with the Episcopal Academy. Extracurricular activities at Haverford are awesome as well. Students can join any number of clubs from robotics, intramural sports, music, Model UN, etc.