Application Process

  1. Send us a completed application (with appropriate fee: check, PayPal, and credit cards accepted)
  2. Request that your current school send us an official transcript
  3. Ask two teachers to fill out a recommendation form
  4. Arrange a visit for your personal interview

Whenever possible, candidates should plan their interview for a time when the school is in session in order to fully experience the community. If you are unable to visit, we may be able to schedule a telephone interview.

Many factors are taken into consideration when making admission decisions. The academic transcript, teacher recommendations, personal interview, and numerous other variables such as maturity and character are brought into play during the admissions process. Grades and test results are generally not used for evaluation of candidates, but often assist the staff in determining the appropriate academic placement level.

The application process should be initiated as soon as possible to ensure openings for the academic year in which the student wishes to enroll. Acceptance decisions are generally made within three weeks of the interview and only after the completed application, transcript, and two recommendations have been provided. Following acceptance, a $3,000 deposit for day students, a $5,000 deposit for boarding students, and a $10,000 deposit for international students – applicable towards tuition – is required within three weeks in order to hold the student’s place. The academic year begins in early September. Late or mid-year admissions are sometimes available, as the Admissions Office operates on a “rolling” basis.

The Phelps School values the diverse nature of its population and accepts students without regard to race, color or national origin.

You may contact Ira Miles, Laura Rup, or Lisa Ballard in the Admissions Office by phone at 610-644-1754 or by email at

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