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Community Commitment

We are committed to cultivating an environment where all members of the Shipley community are engaged, feel respected and valued, grow as individuals, strive for excellence, and have the opportunity to do their best work. We honor and value all differences and are committed to being a safe and inclusive environment for all people.

At Shipley, we believe in social justice and equity for all people. We value the basic rights of people and are committed to loving, respecting and honoring life. Over the past few years, Gender Sexuality Diversity (GSD) has been an important topic of conversation in our society and Shipley has taken a stance to ensure the safety and rights of our students. We created a policy regarding transgender and gender nonconforming students during the 2015-16 school year. The following link will lead to its purpose, policy and procedures. Shipley has also established unisex bathrooms in the lower, middle and upper school campuses for colleagues, students, their families and visitors to use at their discretion.

Diversity Programs

List of 10 items.

  • African American Alumni Alliance

    Provides mentoring to students and a forum to voice concerns and to encourage and support diversity initiatives in the school community and beyond.
  • Community Engagement Committee

    Created as an outgrowth of the strategic plan, the goal is to learn about and consider school-wide and division-based initiatives and programs that cultivate a vibrant culture of constituent pride, engagement, and celebration and commitment to Shipley
  • Community Events

    Shipley has annual events for the entire community to celebrate who we are, both as individuals and as a cohesive community or Shipley has annual events to celebrate one another, our school and our differences. Welcome Back BBQ, Super Saturday, Swamp Night, Impact Day, All School Assemblies.
  • 21st Century Curriculum

    Shipley students benefit from an integrated approach to the multicultural curriculum. From Pre-K through 12th grade, classes are designed to encourage an appreciation of cultural similarities and differences. In addition to consistent curricular review, the School’s Atlas Rubicon mapping system allows for efficient tracking of diversity in the curriculum.
  • Diversity Leadership

    While creating a safe and accepting environment is everyone’s responsibility, diversity leadership rests with the Director of Community Life, the Diversity Point Team, Divisional Diversity Committees, and students elected to the Community Life positions.
  • Multicultural Parents’ Association

    Open to all parents and guardians of students, as well as alumni and friends of the School, the MPA encourages and supports diversity and inclusiveness throughout the School and seeks to provide an open forum for sharing ideas and planning events.
  • Multicultural Resource Center @ ADVIS

    A founding and active member of the MCRC@ADVIS, Shipley works collaboratively with other Philadelphia-area schools to develop programs that promote and enrich diversity. More information is available at
  • Professional Development

    Shipley colleagues receive generous support in their quest to learn more about the complex issues of multiculturalism and social justice. In addition to local workshops, participation has been robust in national conferences such the NAIS People of Color, East Ed, and White Privilege.
  • Student Life

    Activity groups such as The Point, BSU, Spectrum, China Club, and Japan Club help to nurture student awareness, compassion, and activism. Elected leadership positions across the school encourage students to become advocates for social justice and healing.
  • Summer Reading

    Books with diversity themes have been offered yearly to all Shipley colleagues and propel rich follow-up conversation. Recent texts include Counting Coup, Love in the Driest Season, The World is Flat, A Whole New Mind, Three Cups of Tea, and Class Matters. View the most recent Summer Reading lists at


The Shipley School, a Pre-Kindergarten through 12 coeducational day school, is committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and a compassionate participation in the world. Through a strong college preparatory curriculum in the humanities and sciences, the school encourages curiosity, creativity, and respect for intellectual effort. Shipley upholds and promotes moral integrity, a sense of personal achievement and worth, and concern for others at school and in the larger community.
We know that students do better in a school that is a real community, a school in which they can forge strong relationships with adults. We also know that students do better when their parents, alumni, and other friends are involved in their school.”

~ Steve Piltch, Head of School

Meet the Team

List of 9 members.

  • Phillip Brown 

    Upper School Theater Director
    Ext. 4267
    University of the Arts
  • Claire Grillo 

    Lower School Kindergarten Teacher
    Ext. 610-527-6851
    Temple University - BS
    University of Pennsylvania - MEd
  • Maria Haering 

    Registrar, Middle School SEED Teacher, Advisor
    Ext. 4109
    Gwynedd Mercy University - MS
    Gwynedd Mercy University - BS
  • Lindsay Jackson 

    Lower School Music Teacher
    Ext. 4748
    Hartt School of Music - MME
    Westminster Choir College - BME
  • Carole Kelly 

    Lower School 5th Grade Teacher
    Ext. 4710
    Cabrini College - BA
  • Josephine Nyame 

    Middle School Counselor
    Ext. 4227
    University of Pennsylvania - MSEd
    Bryn Mawr College - BA
  • Debra "Debbie" Polykoff 

    Development Administrative Coordinator
    Ext. 4163
    Delaware Valley Academy of Dental and Medical Assistants - Certificate
  • Bipin Prakash 

    Director of Network Services
    Ext. 4246
    Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania - Certificate
    St. Joseph's University - MS
    Sri Krishna College of Engineering - BS
  • Maria Stroup 

    Co-Director of Community Life/Service Learning, Upper School SEED Teacher
    Ext. 4144
    Princeton Theological Seminary - MA
    Flagler College - BA
The Shipley School
814 Yarrow Street
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
T: 610-525-4300 F: 610-525-5082
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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.