Shipley uses School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS to collect basic financial information on income, assets, family size and the number of siblings in tuition-charging schools. A needs analysis report is prepared by SSS that suggests the amount you can contribute for educational costs. Since not all families’ financial circumstances are equal, the Shipley Tuition Assistance Office uses the SSS evaluation as the starting point for Shipley’s review of each applicant for tuition assistance.
In cases of divorce or separation, Shipley requires information from both natural parents and any stepparents. Each parent must complete and submit a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). The family’s ability to contribute is based on both natural parents’ and any stepparents’ income and assets.
Once the family’s contribution is determined, the Tuition Assistance Office will assign an aid package to meet the unmet costs of tuition. The award is conditional upon the review of your 2018 Federal tax return.
The amount you can reasonably contribute toward meeting the cost of a Shipley education is reviewed annually. Your contribution may increase, decrease, or remain the same depending on the change in your financial circumstances from year to year.

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  • Applying for Tuition Assistance (Read More)

    You may begin applying for tuition assistance starting October 2, 2018 following the process described below. To be eligible for consideration for tuition assistance, your online application and all required supporting documents are due on the following dates:
    Returning families applying for Tuition Assistance
    Application Deadline: December 7, 2018
    New families applying for Tuition Assistance
    Application Deadline: January 4, 2019
    We begin to process families’ requests in January, as soon as their forms have been received, therefore it is in your best interest to complete and submit the necessary forms as soon as possible. Late requests for aid will be considered only if funds are still available. If you have any questions related to the tuition assistance process, please direct your questions to Sylvia Spector,, 610-525-4300 x4117.
    Please note that admission applications are read without regard for a family’s ability to pay. Only in the final phase is the selection process need aware as the Admission Committee weighs its decision against available funds.
    To begin your application for the coming school year, please follow the steps below:
    First, complete the online application:
    1. After October 1, 2018 go to
    2. Click on the prompt to begin your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). You only need to complete one PFS for all children applying to our school. Our School code is 7348.
    Second, submit the required documentation to SSS:
    1. Copy of your 2017 1040 US Tax Returns, supporting schedules, and W-2's (if not already submitted)
    2. Copy of your 2018 1040 US Tax Returns, supporting schedules, and W-2's (if not already submitted). We request that your 2018 1040’s be submitted by April 19, 2019. We will make the initial tuition assistance award based on your 2017 1040’s in January/February but reserve the right to adjust your award after April 19, 2019, based on your 2018 1040.
    Ways to submit required documentation to SSS:
    1. Upload scanned documents directly to SSS through PFS Online feature, “Manage Documents.” Be sure to write your telephone number and Parent A’s name in the top margin of each document.
  • Tuition Assistance Guidelines (Read More)

    • Only families who demonstrate financial need are considered for tuition assistance.
    • In the interest of equity, if one parent elects to stay at home and not seek employment, the Committee will assume the income of that parent to be the tuition amount of the applicant (An exception is made if the parent is at home caring for a non-school age child or an elderly parent.)
    • If the parents are separated or divorced, all paperwork, including tax documentation, is requested from both parents and stepparents.
    • If multiple children attend tuition-charging schools or colleges, it is expected that the family will be applying for tuition assistance at all schools. Shipley should not be expected to implicitly subsidize tuition at other schools or colleges
    • If a parent elects to return to school or to change jobs, or a sibling elects to enroll in a 5th-year advanced degree program resulting in a decrease in family financial resources, Shipley cannot underwrite this family choice with greater tuition assistance.
    • If one parent is temporarily unemployed and not disabled, the Committee will review past years of employment history. If a tuition assistance award is made, the unemployed parent must participate in quarterly tuition assistance reviews to report on and demonstrate a continued job search.
    • Tuition assistance grants are annual; a family must re-apply each year they seek tuition assistance. When there are dramatic changes in a family’s financial situation due to a significant financial setback, we will do all we can to make it possible for the child to receive the tuition assistance needed to continue at Shipley. At the same time, we expect a family in this situation to make other adjustments to their family expenditures, in addition to seeking tuition assistance, to help cover the costs of private education. Likewise, when a family’s financial situation improves greatly, the annual grant will be adjusted to reflect the positive gain.
    • Shipley maintains confidential tuition assistance records for all applicants. These records are reviewed by the tuition assistance committee, and occasionally by the head of school. All tuition assistance awards are confidential agreements between the recipient family and the school. The tuition assistance committee considers tuition assistance awards strictly confidential. Shipley does not share information with any other party. Because of this, families may not discuss tuition assistance information with anyone other than a member of the tuition assistance committee. Awards can be withdrawn for breach of this expectation.
    • All appeals regarding tuition assistance awards must be submitted in writing directly to the tuition assistance committee.


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  • '89

    Oscar-winning director Erik Rehl ‘89 is a Shipley graduate. Learn more about Shipley Alumni
  • 10

    adults will know your elementary school (or LS depending) child as a learner and a person each year. Learn more about Lower School.
  • 100%

    of Shipley graduates attend college within a year of graduating. Learn more about Shipley’s College Counseling Program.
  • 100%

    of Lower School students have hands-on exposure to string, woodwind, and brass instruments. Learn more about Music at Shipley.
  • 100%

    of Lower School students have hands-on exposure to string, woodwind, and brass instruments. Learn more about Shipley’s LS music program
  • 100%

    of Lower School students build a foundation for future success through our challenging curriculum. Learn more about Lower School curriculum
  • 100%

    of Lower School students learn how to resolve conflicts, negotiate, present their point of view, and serve the community in our internationally recognized character education program. Learn more about Character Education.
  • 100%

    of students benefit academically AND socially from developing emotional literacy skills. Learn more.
  • 14

    There are 14 students in each Lower School class on average. Learn more about Lower School
  • 20%

    of Shipley seniors received National Merit recognition in the past 10 years. Learn more about Shipley’s College Counseling Program
  • 200

    real-world capstone service learning projects completed by Shipley students each year. Think Care Act in 5th grade, a Leadership Project in 8th grade, and the Senior Service Project in 12th grade.
  • 30%

    of Middle and Upper School students participate in theater. Learn more about Theater Arts at Shipley
  • 5

    is the average age of Shipley students doing their first research project in the Kindergarten Knights and Castles unit. Learn more about this project
  • 5

    key content elements of the SEED curriculum Pre-K through 12th grade: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management and Organization, Responsible Decision Making, and Relationship Management. Learn more about SEED.
  • 50+

    colleges have recruited Shipley athletes in Divisions I, II, and III.
  • 75%

    of Upper School students compete at the varsity level. Learn more about Varsity Programs at Shipley
  • 90%

    of Upper School students play an interscholastic sport. Learn more about Athletics at Shipley
  • J.D.

    Salinger honored his wife’s alma mater with a mention in his classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Learn more about Shipley Alumni

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    art courses offered in the Upper School.
  • 14

    years of integrated core values curriculum offered to all students.
  • 14,490

    minutes of class time devoted to Shipley's core values curriculum Pre-K through Grade 12.
  • 225

    Shipley colleagues trained in emotional intelligence strategies.
  • 48

    honors courses to challenge students.
  • 6

    music ensembles in each division.
  • 6

    theater productions in the Middle and Upper Schools annually.
  • 6

    specials (music, art, science, PE, character education, and world language) enhancing Shipley’s core curriculum.
  • 6:1

    A 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • 63

    athletics championships in the past seven years.
  • 72

    % of teaching faculty with advanced degrees.
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.