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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  • '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
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    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.
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    music ensembles in each division.
  • 6

    theater productions in the Middle and Upper Schools annually.
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    specials (music, art, science, PE, character education, and world language) enhancing Shipley’s core curriculum.
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    A 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio
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    athletics championships in the past seven years.
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    % 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.