About Shipley

Stats at a Glance


  • Coeducational, Pre-K–12 day school, founded in 1894.
  • Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Steven S. Piltch, Head of School

Total Enrollment, 2014-2015:   841

  • Lower School - 235
  • Middle School - 227
  • Upper School - 379

Average Class Size

  • LS 12-18
  • MS 15-18
  • US 11


  • 120 full- and part-time faculty
  • 61 percent with graduate degrees

Student/Faculty Ratio:   7:1


Tuition, 2014-15

Pre-Kindergarten $20,000
Kindergarten $23,000
Grades 1-2 $25,875
Grades 3-5 $27,800
Middle School (Grades 6-8) $30,800
Upper School (Grades 9-12) $33,800
Percentage of Students Receiving Financial Aid 27
Percentage of Students of Color Enrolled 20


Until 2009 Shipley offered as many as 17 Advanced Placement courses in a wide range of subjects. After much consideration, we determined that it was in the best interests of our students to drop all but the Studio Art AP course and replace the APs with tailored Honors courses. This gives us much more flexibility, enables us to teach more challenging interdisciplinary courses, and allows our faculty to concentrate on critical thinking skills rather than teaching to standardized tests. Of course, students who desire to take AP tests continue to do so and to perform well on them. Over the last five years, Shipley students have received a score of 3 or more on 90 percent of the tests they took, qualifying them for advanced placement in college courses.

Number of Honors Courses 2013-14:   46

Advanced Placement

Over the last five years, Shipley students have received a score of 3 or more on 90 percent of the tests they took, qualifying them for advanced placement in college courses.
80 percent of students who have taken the Advanced Placement test in studio art have earned the highest or next-to-highest score.

Standardized Test Scores Range for Class of 2013

SATMid 50%Mean
Critical Reading 570-690 631
Math 560-710 641
Writing 570-730 646

National Merit Program

In the past five years (Class of 2009 – 2013), 20% of Shipley graduates have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended, Finalist, and/or Scholarship Recipients.

Class of 2012
Commended 14
Finalists 7
Scholars 3
Class of 2013
Commended 12
Finalists 7
Scholars 3


Member, Friends Schools League

73 team championships in the past five years, including soccer, squash, tennis and lacrosse; girls' field hockey, volleyball, and basketball; plus numerous city, local, and national crew and squash championships

  • Upper School competitive team sports:
    • Fall – soccer, field hockey, tennis, cross country, crew
    • Winter – basketball, volleyball (Independent League), squash (Independent League), swimming
    • Spring – lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis, crew, golf
  • Middle School competitive team sports:
    • Fall – soccer, field hockey, tennis
    • Winter – basketball, volleyball, squash, swimming
    • Spring – lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis

Performing and Visual Arts

  • Full schedule of theater and musical theater productions, including a highly acclaimed Shakespeare program
  • 2010 When Lilacs Last, an original production written by Shipley Theater director, Tony Morinelli, was selected for the New York and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals
  • Recent productions have included King Lear, The Merry Wives of Windsor, JB, Marriage of Figaro, The Mikado, and Into the Woods
  • Consistent awards in local theater competitions for best actor, best scene, best production
  • Art is offered as a major course, including AP Studio Drawing and 2-D Design
  • Consistent awards in the Annual Montgomery County High School Art Exhibition
  • Six select vocal and instrumental ensembles in Upper School, including strings, Jazz Band, chorus, hand bells, and two a cappella vocal groups, Madrigals and Madriguys
  • In 2009, two Shipley students earned Pennsylvania Awards for Creative Achievement in the Arts, one for visual arts in new media, one for music performance in violin

Service Learning

  • 40-hour requirement for graduation
  • Three-week senior service project concludes the senior year; recent large group projects have been undertaken in New Orleans and West Virginia
  •  All students participate in service learning projects throughout the year, including weekend events
  •  Numerous voluntary special projects available with over 50 organizations
  •  Social Impact Consortium course offered in grades 11 – 12
  •  Pennsylvania Special Olympics bocce tournament hosted by Shipley each fall for over 100 athletes
  •  Middle School students participate in Service Fridays each month throughout the school year
  •  Ongoing partnership with the Brain Tree Primary School in Uganda
  • Partnership with educational organization in Haiti

Graduation Requirements and Recommended Course of Study

The majority of students take 3 years each of science and history. All students carry 5 major courses, with an option of 6, as appropriate.

English 4
History 2  (One must be US History)
Mathematics 3  (through Algebra II is a minimum)
Science 2 (1 Life, 1 Physical)
Performing Arts 1/2
Visual Arts 1/2
World & Classical
3 (Consecutive Credits in 1 Language)
Grade Level Seminars 1 Each Year
Physical Education/Athletics  2 Each Year
Community Service 40 hours over 4 years

The Shipley School

814 Yarrow Street, Bryn Mawr PA 19010
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