Solebury School

6832 Phillips Mill Road - New Hope, PA 18938 USA (215) 862-5261 http://www.solebury.org
Day School | Boarding School | Small Boarding School

History

This was the dream shared by Solebury's four young founders, Laurie Erskine, Julian Lathrop, Robert Shaw and Arthur Washburn in the early 1920s.

As a result of their vision, Solebury opened its doors in rented quarters September 1925 with four boys and four teachers. A year later, the founders purchased its present location, the Michener Farm, and Solebury School as we know it has continued to grow ever since. Just down the road from Solebury was Holmquist School for Girls. Miss Karline Holmquist believed, as did Solebury's founders, that each student should be helped to discover and develop her own talents and capabilities. As Solebury and Holmquist grew, the two schools found themselves sharing theatrical productions, a chorus, proms, informal teas, progressive dinners and card parties. In 1949 the two schools merged to become Solebury School, one of the first coeducational independent schools in the country.

While the faces have changed through the years, Solebury's mission has remained, to provide a challenging college preparatory curriculum that encourages students to explore and develop their individual skills and talents in an informal educational community.

Overview

Region
Southeastern Pennsylvania
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
Day School
Small Boarding School
All Grades 7-12
Boarding Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions
Primary
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code None
School Setting Rural
Campus Size (Acres) 90
Head of School Tom Wilschutz
Endowment $4,000,000

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.solebury.org
Director of Admission Scott Eckstein
Admission Application Apply to Solebury School
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $50 for domestic students, $100 for international students
Application Deadline(s) December 15 for Merit Scholarship, January 15 for day students, February 1 for boarding students
Financial Aid Deadline(s) March 1
Financial Aid Awarded $1,600,000
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 44%
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (SLEP)
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $30,900.00
Boarding Student Tuition $45,850.00
International Student Tuition $45,850.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 221, 188 in upper school
Boys 118
Girls 103
% Boys/Girls 53/47
Boarding Students 69
Day Students 119 in upper school
International
Canada
China
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Jamaica
Japan
Korea
Mexico
Other (Tunisia)
Russia
Taiwan
Thailand
Ukraine
United States
Colorado
Connecticut
Dist. of Columbia
Florida
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Jersey
New York
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Washington
Majority of students come from Northeast
% of Students of Color 17%
% of International Students 13%

Academics

Full Time Faculty 40
Part Time Faculty 9
% of Faculty with Doctorate 4%
% of Faculty with Masters 49%
Student/Faculty ratio 6:1
Average Class Size 10
Special Academic Support Programs
ADD/ADHD
ESL
Learning Differences
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Art History
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Chorus
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dance
Electives
English as a Second Language
Environmental Science
Ethics
Field Ecology
Fine Arts
French
Geometry
Government/Civics
Health
Music
Music Theory
Other (Twentieth Century African American History: the Continuing Struggle for Civil Rights)
Philosophy
Photography
Physics
Physiology
Pre-calculus
Psychology
Sculpture
Sociology
Spanish
Statistics
Studio Art
Trigonometry
World Culture
World History
World Literature
Writing
A.P. Courses Offered
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
English Literature
Environmental Science
French Language
Spanish Language
Statistics
Studio Art
US Government & Politics
US History

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 490-650
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 475-640
Average SAT I Scores (Writing) 485-640
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Albright College,
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Hobart William Smith Colleges,
Hofstra University,
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Washington College,
West Virginia University,
Wilkes University,
Winston- Salem State University,
Xavier University
% of Graduates Who Attend College 98%; remaining 2% attend community colleges, pursue a PG year of high school, or take a "gap" year

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
field hockey
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
tennis
track and field
wrestling
Recreational Sports
cheer and pom
dance
horseback riding
outdoor club/skills
rock climbing
skiing
ultimate frisbee
walking
weight lifting
Extra-Curricular Activities
African American Club
Chorus
Community Service Program
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
French Club
Gay/Straight Alliance
International Club
Judiciary Board
Literary Magazine
Newspaper
Orchestra
Peer Tutoring
Recycling Club
Ski Club
Spanish Club
Student Government
Student Publications
Tour Guides
Volunteer Club
Yearbook

Notes

Solebury School is pleased to announce a partnership with the newly formed non-profit, Teach2Serve, which was created to educate, train, assist and inspire high school students who are committed to social change and community service. Students who complete this program will graduate from high school equipped with an effective set of leadership and social entrepreneurial skills.

This program is consistent with the values and respect for all humankind that Solebury has always promoted and will put us at the forefront of public service education for high school students. Solebury School, one of two pilot schools for the Teach2Serve program, will serve as a founding model for a network of schools across the nation with whom Teach2Serve will partner.

The three year program will consist of workshops, evening classes, summer reading, community service, internships, and the development and execution of a service project.

Teach2Serve will support students at member schools by providing course materials and stipends, networking for required summer internships, and assisting students in their search for colleges where they can continue their study of public service.

Teach2Serve and Solebury School share the hope that students who complete this program will commit themselves to social change throughout the world.

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  • Financial Aid Deadline(s): March 1
  • Financial Aid Awarded: $1,600,000
  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 44%

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