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Phillips Exeter Academy

Phillips Exeter Academy is a coeducational private boarding special program emphasis traditional school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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Phillips Exeter Academy, founded in 1781 by John Phillips, has a tradition of academic excellence, a distinguished faculty, and a long history of educating young people to find their place in the world. Exeter attracts youth from every quarter and teaches them to: think, discuss, question and analyze; combine knowledge with goodness; and acquire the intellectual skills that ensure a love of learning and a lifelong commitment to helping others. The heart of Exeter is its signature Harkness table, a teaching and learning philosophy developed at Exeter 80 years ago that brings a teacher and students together around an oval table to exchange and discover ideas and information. Phillips Exeter Academy seeks students who combine proven academic ability, intellectual curiosity, and tenacity with decency and good character. True to its mission defined more than two centuries ago, Exeter continues the commitment to unite knowledge and goodness. ‘Goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous, and that both united form the noblest character, and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to mankind.’Since its founding, Exeter has provided need-based financial aid that has made it possible for talented students to receive an Exeter education. An Exeter education is free to any accepted or current student whose family income is $75,000 or less. This initiative, in conjunction with our strong middle income financial aid initiative, means that 95% of families in the US are at income levels that, depending on their circumstances, make them eligible for financial aid at Exeter. We encourage all interested students to apply to Exeter -- regardless of their ability to pay.

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Grades Cost Term
High School $45,315 Annual

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.


  (603) 777-3401

Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT and the average admitted student scores in the 94th percentile.



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  • What is the Harkness method?

    The Harkness Method is used to engage students and teachers in a collaborative learning experience. Students sit at an oval (round) table with their teacher. The involvement of the teacher may vary from setting to setting (or subject to subject ...

Test Scores

1960 25th percentile score for the SAT Composite

2250 75th percentile score for the SAT Composite

2097 Average score for the SAT Composite

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 1,026
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 192
10 261
11 292
12 281

Phillips Exeter Academy's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Phillips Exeter Academy's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 6 : 1
Average Class Size 12
Gender 51% Male / 49% Female
Dress Code Formal
Percent Boarding 80%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 48%
Multi-racial 7%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 10%
Asian 27%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%


  • Amnesty International
  • Anime - Japanese Animation Club
  • Archery
  • Christian Fellowship Club
  • Concert Band
  • Dance
  • Economics Club
  • Engineering Club/ Engineering Society
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • French Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • German Club
  • Jewish Culture Club/ Jewish Student Association
  • Model UN
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Pilates
  • Political Awareness Committee
  • Radio Station
  • Student Council
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Yoga

Associations & Memberships

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

State or regional independent school association

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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