COURAGE FOR THE DEED;
GRACE FOR THE DOING
The world no longer cares how much you know; the world cares about what you can do with what you know.

~ Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow, Technology & Entrepreneurship Center, Harvard

Shipley Graduates
  • are independent and resilient thinkers
  • know how to think critically and creatively problem solve
  • express their thoughts clearly in writing and orally
  • appreciate the value of active listening
  • are compassionate participants in the larger community
  • are prepared to interact within a constantly changing world
Curriculum
Shipley’s Upper School Curriculum challenges students to explore their questions and interests. The faculty, as both teachers and advisors, guide the students to become active, resilient, and inquisitive participants in the school community.

The Upper School curriculum has three principles of design: Foundations, Connections, and Opportunities. We provide students as they enter high school with foundational knowledge and frames of mind so they can investigate, articulate, test, and refine probing questions. Grades nine and ten largely establish foundations but connections and opportunities are inherent in all years. As students grow in confidence, we actively engage them in constructing transformative learning experiences within and across disciplines and areas so they connect personally with intellectual challenges. Shipley students experiment creatively in problem solving by taking risks and thinking across disciplines as they collaborate, connect, and construct new possibilities for sustained inquiry and research. We encourage students, in partnership with teachers and others, to see learning as a place for passionate exploration across boundaries in order to find new learning opportunities inside and outside of Shipley.

Cornerstones of Shipley’s Upper School Academic Program
Foundational Knowledge and Probing Questions:

In the first two years, students acquire foundational knowledge and disciplinary frames of mind so they can investigate, articulate, test, and refine good questions. Students are also exposed to all disciplines so that they can make informed decisions about what they are interested in exploring.

Rigor Redefined – Seeking Challenges to Experiment and Explore:
Beginning in the junior year, our upper level seminars and electives actively engage students in high-level writing, reading, research, problem solving, and thinking within and across disciplines and areas so they connect personally with intellectual challenges.
 
College-Level Knowledge and Flexibility to Discover and Build Strengths
Our upper level courses and individualized academic course plans give students the best combination of college-level preparation with an emphasis on discovering and cultivating their talents and passions.
 
Connections, Confidence, Collaboration, and Community
In 9th grade we begin to create the connections and open the path for students to develop confidence, to collaborate, and to create a deep awareness of their role in the Shipley community - and in the world. Our service learning program plays a key role in this process and is designed to help students develop compassionate participation in the world.
 
As students prepare for the interconnected world of this century, their culminating capstone senior requirement is a student-designed service learning project with a non-profit organization that draws on their talents and synthesizes their experience.

Graduation Requirements and Recommended courses of study
English
4 credits
History and Social Sciences
2 credits (one must be United States History)
Mathematics
3 credits
Science
2 credits (one life science and one physical science)
Performing Arts
½ credit by the end of grade 10
Fine Arts
½ credit in grade 9
World Language
Interdisciplinary Studies
3 consecutive credits of one language
1 credit in any core discipline
Grade Level Seminars
1 course each year (includes three-week Senior Service Project)
Physical Education/Athletics
Yearly requirement
Community Service
40 hours over four years

  • The required student load in grades 9 through 12 is five major courses each year. The minimum graduation requirement is 20 courses.
  • There are 16 specific credits required, as well as non-credited yearly requirements such as Physical Education and Grade Level Seminars.
  • 40 hours of community service are required for graduation.
  • Though two units of history and science are required, it is recommended that students take three credits of each.
  • It is recommended that students pursue mathematics through the senior year.

Meet the Team

List of 3 members.

  • Margaret van Steenwyk 

    Head of Upper School
    Ext. 4128
    Rider University - MA
    Lafayette College - BS
    Rider University - MA
  • Patricia "Patty" Lein 

    Academic Dean/Associate Head of Upper School for Academics
    Ext. 4190
    American InterContinental University - MBA
    Columbia University - MS
    Cornell University - BS
  • Andrew "Drew" Adair 

    Ext. 4127
    Antioch College - BA
    Fordham University - MSEd
The Shipley School
814 Yarrow Street
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
T: 610-525-4300 F: 610-525-5082
Contact Us
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.