The Phelps School offers a traditional college-preparatory curriculum for boys in sixth through twelfth grade, as well as a postgraduate year. The student body is culturally diverse, typically representing over fifteen countries and nearly a dozen states. The Phelps experience challenges students academically as it broadens their perspectives, their perceptions, and their appreciation for others. In this safe, diverse environment, boys develop the tools they need for continuous learning and sustained success in their post-secondary education and careers.
Who Attends The Phelps School?
Phelps celebrates the diversity of its learners. Some students strive for admission to the world’s most competitive universities. Others seek opportunities to enroll at colleges with programs best suited for their personal learning styles and goals. Boys come to Phelps for the structure of our daily schedule and our Academic Support Program. They develop executive functioning skills and personal strategies for success in the classroom and beyond.
A number of boys enroll each year in our comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program to raise their TOEFL scores well above the minimum of 85 required by many colleges and universities. Our English Language Learners (“ELLs”) receive a higher level of support than they would at most schools, and we help them attain a TOEFL score of 90 before they join mainstream English classes. Our methods, and our very talented ESL teachers, benefit our international students tremendously.
Athletics are a large part of the co-curriculum at Phelps. Varsity sports include soccer, cross country, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, and golf. Phelps student-athletes have earned scholarships to compete at the collegiate level. Many of our young men enjoy working out in the weight room during their free time before and after school. At Phelps, a balanced, healthy lifestyle builds strong minds and bodies.
The essence of the Phelps experience is the close attention students receive. The average class size is six students. The overall student:teacher ratio is 4:1. Classes in the Academic Support program are even smaller, typically capped at four. Students seeking rigorous academic challenges can choose from 13 Advanced Placement classes. Phelps students know they can’t “disappear” in class. They know they’re always held accountable for their effort and their work. It’s what opens the doors to bright futures.
Boys Boarding and Day School
Typically, about twenty percent of the student body is made up of day students from local communities. While they don’t share in dorm life, day students do participate fully in the wide-ranging academic, athletic, and afternoon activity programs. They are fully part of the Phelps School family.
The Phelps School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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