Welcome

Welcome to Phillips Exeter Academy, a co-educational residential school serving 1000 students in grades 9 through 12, and post-graduate level.  Exeter, founded in 1781 by John Phillips, has a tradition of academic excellence, a distinguished faculty, and a long history of educating young people to find their place in the world.

Exeter teaches students from all walks of life to:

  • Think, discuss, question and analyze
  • Combine knowledge with goodness
  • Acquire the intellectual skills that ensure a love of learning and a lifelong commitment to helping others

Exeter's academic offerings are unrivalled: over 400 courses in 18 subject areas. The student to teacher ratio, 5:1, lets students explore the world with great support from the adults in the community. 

An Exeter education prepares students to use the skills learned at school in all life's endeavors.  Exeter is a life-changing experience, challenging and fun. It asks a great deal from every student - higher standards, greater expectations, and deeper engagement not only in the world of ideas, but also in the life of the community. 

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Exeter originated the system of instruction known as Harkness teaching in 1931. In the spirit of its charter to foster both goodness and knowledge, Exeter offers a free education to any admitted student whose family income is $75,000 or less. The school meets all demonstrated financial aid needs of its admitted students. For more information read the Facts booklet.