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.
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.