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Boarding School Spotlight: The Phelps School

Education shouldn't be a one-size-fits-all experience. If you want your son to benefit from a structured and caring learning environment, consider The Phelps School, a small, all-boys boarding school whose motto is "Dedication to the individual boy."

The Phelps School was founded in 1946 for boys to help them reach their highest potential. The Malvern, PA, school serves boys in grades seven through postgraduate, who are of average to above average intelligence, as well as those who study at AP-level proficiency.

The Phelps School focuses on getting to know each student well in order to help shape a course of study for him that will enable him to enhance his strengths and improve his skills. The goal of the all-boys boarding school is to create a nurturing and responsive climate that will bring out the best in each student, helping him gain self-confidence and acquire respect for those around him.

The population of The Phelps School is incredibly diverse, with students from all across the country and the world. Many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds are represented, and all are welcome.

Academic emphasis
With a strong emphasis on the fundamentals of reading, English, math, and science, as well as study skills, The Phelps School's well-rounded curriculum prepares boys for the next step in life. The average class size is small, so every boy can participate freely and benefit from a more focused learning environment. Students at the all-boys boarding school are encouraged to take advantage of study sessions with their teachers, who are available every afternoon, and formal study periods in the dorms five nights a week.

College preparatory education
The Phelps School provides a unique college preparatory education within an academically supportive environment. Although some young men may opt for the world of work or to join the armed forces, it is school policy that upon graduation every Phelps student will have the opportunity to matriculate at a two- or four-year institution. The all-boys boarding school has recently graduated prolific writers, brilliant mathematicians, stellar athletes, gifted musicians and artists, and young entrepreneurs.

Extracurricular activities
The Phelps School offers a comprehensive athletic program. Teams take part in interscholastic competition in sports such as soccer, cross-country, basketball, wrestling, and golf. In addition to interscholastic and recreational athletics at the all-boys boarding school, activities include photography, publications, music, ceramics, painting, chess, fitness training, martial arts, volleyball, and bowling.