Dr. Norman T. Phelps founded The Phelps School in 1946, fulfilling his dream of starting a Pennsylvania boarding school to give boys the attention they need to reach their potential. Today, the School remains true to its motto – “Dedication to the individual boy” – by maintaining a close-knit community of about 110 boarding and day students in grades 6-12 and postgraduates. Our beautiful campus lies in a quiet, rural setting just 22 miles west of Philadelphia and about two hours from New York City and Washington, DC.
Students come to Phelps from around the world. Their gifts and talents, like their personalities and backgrounds, are diverse and enriching. Each student faces his own challenges and sets his own goals. Talented international students improve their TOEFL scores. Gifted athletes get recruited. Bright boys who learn differently discover their true capabilities. Teachers, coaches, dorm parents, and advisors strive to know each boy well, to “meet him where he is” and help him find his own path to improvement. Courses of study are personally tailored. Support for learning is consistent and effective. Most important, the sense of Phelps brotherhood — in dorm life, the dining hall, weekend activities, and sports — is pervasive, genuine, and life-changing.
Our mission is to bring out the best in each boy, to help him earn new confidence and respect, to teach him about leadership, humility, and service to others. Boys succeed at Phelps in small classes, with teachers who won’t let them give up. They learn how to learn more effectively. They grow physically, socially, and morally. And they find a real sense of family with young men who are all so very different, and, in many ways, so much alike. Together, their drive to success starts along Sugartown Road in historic Malvern, PA.