About Us


Welcome to Phillips Exeter Academy, founded by John Phillips in 1781, who believed every student should have access to the very best education — one that embraces the ideals of both goodness and knowledge.

Now a co-educational residential school with more than 1,000 high school students from the U.S. and 33 foreign countries, Exeter has a centuries-old tradition of academic excellence and a commitment to empowering Exonians to find their place in the world.

We are a community that celebrates curiosity and cultivates potential. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 5:1, more than 450 courses in 18 subject areas, and the opportunity to study on five continents, Exeter provides unparalleled opportunities for discovery and exploration, of both self and subject matter.

Academy Mission

Learn more about our philosophy  and vision

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Our Campus

Explore 672 acres in historic downtown Exeter

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Meet Our Trustees

The alumni volunteers who govern our school

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237 years of educating students

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Career Opportunities

Become a member of the Exeter community

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How you will learn

You’ll discover a new way to learn. It’s about thoughtful discussion around a table, with 12 students and a teacher. Find out how Harkness becomes a way of life.

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