Fast Facts

IMAGINE a diverse, coed, close-knit community, where four-fifths of the people are under 18. People are curious and open-minded. Teachers are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and fair. And the whole purpose of being there is to find the real business of your life. Imagine the energy. Imagine the mind-expanding fun. Picture yourself as part of it. Here are the broad outlines of this unique community:
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Campus
Location: Exeter, NH, less than 70 miles from Boston. See directions...
Facilities: 671-acre campus with 131 buildings, including science center, observatory, music building, two hockey rinks, Phelps Academy Center  and more. See campus map...
Library: largest independent school library in the world, built by renowned architect Louis I. Kahn. Learn more about the library...
History: Founded in 1781 by John Phillips, who sought to link goodness with knowledge. More about our mission…
Visitors: see our tour information for prospective families...

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Students
Number of students: 1000, in grades 9-12, plus post-graduate
Boarding: 80 percent
Day:  20 percent
New students each year: approximately 350
Diversity: 37 percent are U.S. students of color; 9 percent are international students. More about our students...

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Faculty
Number of teachers: 210; 80 percent have advanced degrees. Meet our faculty...
Student-teacher ratio: 5:1
Average class size: 12

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Academic Programs
Harkness learning: a powerful approach to learning, which puts 12 students and one teacher around an oval table in every course. More...
Courses: over 450 in 19 subject areas; you'll find Human Physiology, Capitalism and its Critics, The Playwright's Craft, and more...
Advanced/AP-equivalent: available in every department
Special Opportunities: study abroad, Washington, D.C., and other off-campus programs; independent senior projects. More... 
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Latin and Greek.
Math: a one-of-a-kind curriculum does not use traditional textbooks, but centers on problem sets, discovery and seminar-style learning.
College preparation:  average SAT scores: verbal 695, math 711, writing 694

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Daily Life
Residential Halls: 29 comfortable halls and houses, shared by faculty advisors and proctors. 
Dining: two dining halls, where both students and faculty eat (and eat well! Curious? Check out the menus...)
Weekends: Movies, dances, coffeehouses, parties; trips to special events, shopping; outdoor adventures. More...
Athletics: 60 athletic teams in 20 different sports; varsity, JV, Intramural and club offerings.
Physical Ed Facilities: 10 international-size squash courts; two swimming pools; a boathouse with 14 eights, four quads, two pairs and two singles; 19 tennis courts and more. Learn more ...

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