List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • Where can I find the school records release form?

    Applicant Families
    Please print, complete and submit the Applicant Records Release form to your current school and request that they send it to Shipley’s Admissions Office.

    Newly Enrolled Families - End of Year Records Release
    Please print, complete and submit the form to your current school and request that they send it to Shipley’s Admissions Office.
  • What is Shipley’s dress code?

    The dress codes for all divisions, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School are accessible at
  • Where can I find more information about Shipley's 1:1 laptop program?

    See the 1:1 Computing page or the FAQ page on our website.
  • Does my child need to pack a lunch?

    Grades PK-1
    Pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade students bring a nut-free lunch each day and eat in their classrooms.

    Grades 2-5
    Second-fifth grade students eat in the lunchroom and have three options.1) A child may bring a lunch, 2) A family may purchase a meal plan $675 per year or 3) A family choose a "pay-as-you-go" option.

    Grades 6-8
    Middle and Upper School parents are billed for the required Shipley Lunch program.Middle School $800 per year; Upper School $875 per year
  • What time does school begin and end?

    Lower School: 8:20 AM to 3:00 PM

    Middle School: 8:10 AM to 3:15 PM

    Middle School athletic games take place on select days following the conclusion of classes at 3:15. See Athletics 
    for game schedules and times.

    Upper School:
    • M, W, Th: 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM
    • T, F: 8:15 AM to 2:30 PM
    Upper School athletic practices take place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday following the conclusion of classes at 3:15. On Tuesday and Friday, Upper School classes end early at 2:30 and are followed by athletic games in the afternoon. See Athletics for game schedules and times.
  • Where can I find the summer reading lists?

    The 2015-2016 reading lists are available at In addition, newly enrolled families with website logins can find the reading lists and other back to school information at
  • What medical forms are required for new students?

    • Emergency/Medical Information Form (Electronic) – Required annually for every student to attend school and to participate in any school activity, including pre-season sports. Completed online only and now signed electronically. This form may be updated with changes at any time throughout the school year.
    • Medication Authorization Form (printable PDF) – In the event that any prescription or over the counter medication must be taken during the school day, we require this form to be completed and signed by your student’s physician and their legal parent/guardian. This includes school sponsored activities, overnight trips, and preseason sports. Please note: We do not require this form for Tylenol, Motrin/Advil, Benadryl, or Tums.
    • Annual Physical (printable PDF) – Required for each student annually. Returning families may schedule a physical at their convenience. A new family must provide a physical form prior to the start of school. All physicals must be current within the calendar year. A complete immunization record must accompany this form.
    • Dental Form (printable PDF) – Required for each student upon initial entry into Shipley, K through Grade 12. Also required for students continuing into Kindergarten, third, and seventh grades.
    • Immunization Requirement – Please review the immunizations required for the state of Pennsylvania. Each student must have at least one of each of the required vaccines to enter school, and then they will have 8 months to complete all doses in the series.
    Contact with any questions regarding the forms.
  • Who should I contact with questions about transportation?

    Please contact Ashley Foltiny, Coordinator of Transportation, 610-525-4300 ext. 4193.
  • What do I need to know about Upper School Fall Pre-Season Sports?

    Information on pre-season for all of our fall sports is available on the Athletics page. Please note that pre-season begins on Monday, August 24. For more details on Upper School pre-season sports, please contact Mark Duncan at 610-525-4300 x 4145.
  • What are key dates for the beginning of the school year?

    Families can download the important dates and holidays calendar.
  • When do families receive user ids and passwords to access the Parents section of the Shipley Website?

    Parents/guardians receive user IDs and passwords to the Shipley Website soon after returning their contract. The information is sent via email from Shipley's Webmaster.

    NOTE: If your family applied online, you should use the information you created as part of the online application process.
  • When do students get user IDs and passwords to access the Students section of the Shipley Website?

    New students receive website user IDs and passwords during the first week of the school year.
  • When do students get Shipley email addresses?

    New students receive Shipley email addresses during the first week of the school year.
  • I don't remember my Website login, what do I do?

    It's quite easy. Please go the Parent page and click on "Forgotten Password." Enter your email address and click submit. You will receive both your user ID and your password at that email address.