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The Hill School

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA


Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

  • Strong Hill Ties: At The Hill, students form life-long friendships with their classmates, teammates, and roommates.
  • Students enjoy Family Night activities in the dormitory on most Tuesday nights.
  • Students and faculty gather in the Dining Room for seated, family-style meals.
  • Explore the arts and hone your passions at The Hill School!
  • Discover new talents and skills on the field, ice, court, track, or in the pool.
  • The class day doesn't end at 3 p.m. Teachers are always available for extra help and study sessions.
  • Weekends were made for day trips to Philadelphia with friends!

The Hill School is a coeducational independent boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and post-graduates. Founded in 1851, Hill is a small and close learning community—a place where our reputation for academic excellence is based upon a challenging and expansive curriculum rooted in a strong liberal arts legacy; a faculty of highly qualified, dedicated teachers and advisers; and a structured atmosphere that blends high expectations with meaningful support.

At Hill, faculty and students from around the country and the world live and learn together -- they treat each other as family and form lifelong friendships. Daily family-style meals, family nights in dormitories, and weekly Chapel meetings are just a few examples of what define and distinguish The Hill’s community. As a school, we value principles of honesty, genuineness, empathy, respectfulness, and kindness; character is not so much taught as lived, as represented in the School’s motto, “Whatsoever things are true.”

At A Glance

  • Founded: 1851
  • Campus Size: 200 acres
  • Boarding Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited By: MSA
Student Body
GIRLS 188 57 245
BOYS 216 68 284
TOTAL 404 125 529
Tuition And Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $61,410
  • 5-Day Boarding: $N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $42,370
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 38.00%
  • Average Awarded: $42,450


  • Summary: Rooted in a legacy of liberal arts, our curriculum challenges students with authentic and transformative learning experiences to ensure they are prepared for the next step in their academic journey. In a nurturing yet rigorous environment, our teachers will push you outside of your comfort zone both to explore existing interests more deeply and to discover new passions. At The Hill, education continues outside of the classroom through place-based and experiential learning where students are asked to contemplate and address real-world problems.
  • Department Director: Mrs. Katy Hudak
  • Average Class Size: 12
  • Full Time Teachers: 61
  • Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 69.00%
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1
  • Number of AP courses Offered: 28

Campus Life

  • Summary: Physical health and teamwork, exposure to and appreciation for creativity and the arts, and community service are also key aspects of a Hill education. While other schools would refer to these activities as extra-curricular, at Hill these experiences are co-curricular and weaved into the academic day. Students participate in an activity of their choice each term – fall, winter, spring. Equally important is the mental and emotional well-being of every student. Hill’s Eudemonia and Flourishing programs introduce students to strategies for maintaining healthy habits, meditation, and managing stress.

    Hill students and faculty know how to have fun. When the weekend comes, some students look forward to having fun with friends on campus at pep rallies, concerts, dances, dorm competitions, and student club meetings. Others choose to head off campus with friends to see a movie, shop, travel, and so much more. There is definitely something for everyone.

  • Department Director: John Giannikas P'20

Dorm Life
  • Number of Dorms: 18
  • Average Students Per Dorm: 2
  • No. of Girls Dorms: 6
  • No. of Boys Dorms: 7
  • Dorm Amenities: Laundry Facilities, Lounge, Wireless Internet, Vending Machines
  • Dress Code: Formal

Student Life
  • Facilities: All-weather track, Baseball field(s), Basketball court(s), Fitness Center, Technology Center, Football field, Indoor basketball court(s), Pool, Indoor pool, Squash Courts, Indoor Hockey Rink, Student Center, Turf Fields
  • Clubs and Organizations: Amnesty International, Asian Club, Chess Club, Community Service, Computer Club, Debate Club, Diversity Club, Dorm Proctors, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Fencing, Food Council, Foreign Language Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Honor Council, International Clubs, Investment Club, Jewish Student Org, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Model UN, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Peer Counseling, Peer Tutoring, Photography, Snowboarding Club, Student Activities, Student Government, Student Publications, Theater, Weightlifting, Yearbook, Yoga, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, Operation Smile

Arts & Athletics

    The Hill offers in-depth study in visual and performing arts which allows students to showcase their talents during art exhibitions, musical festivals, vocal concerts, Broadway-like productions, and dance recitals.

    With 31 varsity sports programs, athletics plays a vital role in every Hill student’s development. We are committed to providing an experience that develops character, emphasizes teamwork, and encourages healthy, lifelong habits.

  • Arts Department Director: Mr. Andy Skitko P'08 '10
  • Athletics Department Director: Mr. Seth Eilberg P'22
  • Notable Achievements: Multiple teams won PAISAA and MAPL championships


A Cappella Group, Art Club, Chamber Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Choral Music, Dance, Drama Club, Glee Club, Improvisation Group, Jazz Ensemble, Stage Band, String Ensemble, Tech Crew, Theater

Interscholastic Sports

Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross-Country Running, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Water Polo, Wrestling

Recreational Sports

Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Weight Lifting, Yoga

College Info

  • Summary: The Hill's college counselors are committed to helping each student find the college or university best suited to the student’s aspirations, needs, and abilities. The college search and application process is a vital piece of the educational experience offered to each Hill student. Not only does this process serve as the culmination to all of the academic preparation embraced during one's time at Hill, but, perhaps more importantly, the process also serves as a journey, a journey into an independent adulthood and further academic career for which one's Hill experience provides the bedrock foundation. The College Counseling Office staff are eager and ready to help all students navigate that journey in a way best suited to their individual abilities and talents.
  • Department Director: Ellen Deitrich

College Information
  • Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%
  • Middle Percentile of SAT Scores
  • 25th % 75th %
    Critical Reading 560 670
    Mathematics 570 710
    Writing 550 690
Notable Alumni
  • Tom Wolf (Class of 1967) Governor of Pennsylvania
  • James Baker III (Class of 1948) Former Secretary of State
  • Clark Hoyt (Class of 1960) Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, public editor of the "New York Times", and former Washington editor of Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services
  • Norman Pearlstein (Class of 1960) Former top editor of Time, Inc. and "The Wall Street Journal," current chief content officer of Bloomberg L.P
  • Tobias Wolff (Class of 1964) Stanford University professor and critically acclaimed author of "Old School" and "This Boy’s Life"
  • Lamar Hunt (Class of 1951) Businessman, owner and founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and a creator of the American Football League
  • John Backus (Class of 1942) An influential computer scientist and lead developer of the first high-level programming language (FORTRAN)
  • Edmund Wilson (Class of 1912) Accomplished editor, book reviewer, and author.
  • Juan Trippe (Class of 1917) Founder of Pan American Airlines

Summer Programs

  • Department Director: Steve Notebaert
860 Beech Street
Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA 19464

  • Application Deadline: January 31
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accepts SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO): Yes
  • Accepts Gateway to Prep Schools Application: Yes
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