Foundation for Future Success

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Is your child’s school providing a strong foundation for future success?
At Shipley, we give our students the tools they’ll need to be successful in life and provide an environment where each one of them thrives. We believe it takes more than just an excellent academic program and high standards. Find out what we think it takes to help children flourish and succeed, and hear directly from some of our graduates on how Shipley has made a difference in their lives.
  1. Educational Excellence – High Academic Standards
  2. Small Class Size
  3. Excellent Teachers
  4. Strong Student-teacher Relationships
  5. Individual Attention
  6. Strong Sense of Community
  7. Opportunities In and Out of the Classroom
  8. Preparation for Success in College and Life
  9. Emphasis on social, emotional, and ethical development
  10. Meaningful Assessments

List of 10 items.

  • 1. Educational Excellence – High Academic Standards

    Shipley challenged me academically. As a student, I always felt a sense of healthy competition. I was able to take challenging classes and push myself academically, because I knew that I had the support I needed to find success.
    –Maya Overton ’16
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  • 2. Small Class Size

    Nothing demonstrates Shipley's knowledge of and affection for its students so deeply as the celebratory and detailed citations that are read for every graduating senior each year. Thanks to small class sizes, we truly know and love our students.
    –Amy Clemons, Director of Enrollment
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  • 3. Excellent Teachers

    I had so many wonderful teachers during my years at Shipley. Each one helped me become a stronger student and person, opened my eyes to new ways of thinking, and inspired me to live each day to the best of my ability.
    –Harrison Rusk ’16
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  • 4. Strong Student-teacher Relationships

    Never have I ever felt more encouraged or supported by a teacher in all of the schools I’ve attended.
    –Mallory Avnett '16
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  • 5. Individual Attention

    Before Shipley, I was very afraid of taking risks academically, but Shipley created a strong support system for me to take difficult courses like Modern European History Honors, where I gained confidence as a learner.
    –Mabel Silva ’16
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  • 6. Strong Sense of Community

    From student to alumna to colleague and parent, Jenn Devine ’98 has gotten to know Shipley from the inside out. At a Thanksgiving All-School Assembly, she reflected on her Shipley journey, what the school community gave her, and how she’s giving back.
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  • 7. Opportunities In and Out of the Classroom

    One of the amazing aspects of Shipley is the opportunity for risk-taking. Whether it is to join one of the many great clubs, or to star in the musical, Shipley students are always encouraged to branch out and try something out of their comfort zones.
    –Jake Trachtenberg ’16
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  • 8. Preparation for Success in College and Life

    College has presented challenges, but Shipley taught me strategies that have helped me conquer these difficulties throughout my life. I was prepared both as a student and as a compassionate, caring person.
    -Evan Spector '16
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  • 9. Emphasis on social, emotional, and ethical development

    Marc Balcer, Middle and Upper School Social, Emotional, and Ethical Development (SEED) teacher shares with us what mindfullness is, why it's important, and some introductory tools to get started.
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  • 10. Meaningful Assessments

    Traditional exams and testing have climbed the ranks of what’s trending in education. Across all disciplines and grade levels, Shipley teachers are exploring new and more effective methods of assessment to broaden the spectrum of their students’ understanding of the material being taught in the classroom. Shipley students are making the grade beyond testing and learning more in the process.
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The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.