About Phelps

Welcome to Phelps

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Since 1946, The Phelps School has been dedicated to the individual boy. We are a diverse, close-knit community — over 100 students, boarding and day, sixth grade to seniors and postgraduates, and their dedicated faculty mentors. We share a vital goal: to help students become better learners, and to help boys become better men.
The Phelps student in class.

Our Mission

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 discover 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.

Our Values

Students come to Phelps from around the world. Their gifts and talents, like their personalities and backgrounds, are diverse and enriching. At Phelps we value that individuality above all else. 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. 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. We are a diverse community committed to bringing out the best in each other. We strive to uphold fundamental principles, not just follow rules. Together, we affirm our shared POWER by thinking Positively, serving Others, seeking Wisdom, pursuing Excellence, and living Responsibly.
Headmaster Craig Jones

Head of School Welcome

We’re a small school making a huge impact in young men’s lives.

Why Phelps?

By Mike Mansi

Phelps English Department Chair, Dorm Parent & Coach

Imagine for a moment that your son has begun to have difficulty finding success at his current school. Perhaps he is struggling academically, socially, or even behaviorally. Regardless of the specific reason for your concern about his performance in school, the bigger picture is clear: it is imperative that a change be made immediately to help get his young life back on track. As you begin to look at potential new schools, you discover a school, The Phelps School, that you believe requires a visit.

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Teacher Spotlights

Mike Mansi

Mike Mansi

English instructor, Dorm Parent & Coach

Teaching at Phelps affords me the opportunity to work with students both inside and outside of the classroom in a small tight-knit community where I can truly make an impact on a daily basis.

Abby Fitzpatrick

Abby Fitzpatrick

Academic Dean & Math Department Head

The small class sizes at Phelps allow me to have a direct impact on the personal and academic growth of each individual student. I love teaching at Phelps.

Timothy Knight

Timothy Knight

Spanish Instructor, Dorm Parent & Coach

Every day I have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on each and every student I come into contact with, whether that be in the classroom, on the athletic fields, or in the dorms. I love being part of a community that cares about the development of the student as a whole; The Phelps School does that exceptionally well.

Mike Kowalski

Mike Kowalski

Social Studies Instructor, Dorm Parent & Coach

At Phelps, I feel like I'm making an impact beyond the classroom; I get to work with boys in a community setting and interact with them in a wide variety of locations and scenarios.

Phelps History

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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 boys come from 10 different countries and 9 states to attend Phelps. The Phelps family continues to guide the school as it leads boys in an environment that provides individual attention and emphasizes personalized goals.
We mold students into thoughtful, disciplined, well-rounded adults by providing a multifaceted education that includes.

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Academic Support

A distinctive strength at Phelps is the supplemental Academic Support Program (ASP) for boys with diagnosed learning differences
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Technology

We are a laptop school with a 1-to-1 student-computer ratio. We prepare boys for learning in the 21st century.
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Tuition

We offer several tuition payment options, financial aid and scholarships to help you afford a Phelps education for your son.
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Alumni

Phelps alumni are working across the country as successful business owners, CEO’s, doctors and civil servants.
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