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Devon Preparatory School

Devon Preparatory School is an all-male private Catholic traditional school for students in grades 6 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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Devon Prep provides young men with the foundation to succeed in college and beyond. Its community of teachers, parents and alumni are committed to developing the mental, physical, and spiritual potentials of its students, young men in grades six through twelve. A challenging college-preparatory curriculum encourages intellectual curiosity and creativity. A diverse extracurricular program nurtures individual skills and interests. An atmosphere of discipline and cooperation promotes an environment conducive to learning. And a Christian culture fosters a love for God, a positive self-image, and a respect for others. Guided by a Piarist education rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ, Devon Prep graduates are prepared to be responsible, compassionate leaders able to face the challenges of life with confidence. Devon Prep provides young men with a Foundation for Success in college and life. Located on a picturesque, 20 acre campus in Chester County, Devon Prep enrolls nearly 300 students from Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks counties as well as parts of Philadelphia. Devon Prep's approach to education is based on the Piarist Fathers' 400 year tradition of educating youth. Fundamental to their philosophy is the development of beliefs that foster a love of God, a positive self image and respect for others. Devon Prep draws on more than 50 years of experience to mold each student's future with the latest technology and educational thinking. In a safe and supportive environment our students are motivated to excel academically, to think critically and creatively, to pursue careers in diverse fields and to enjoy extracurricular activities, both in school and in the community.Our experienced and dedicated teachers are committed to working with each student so he can realize his highest potential. With an average class size of fifteen, the faculty is able to provide individual attention to all students, a key ingredient to a quality education. Our students begin their college work early by taking many Advanced Placement courses offered in science, social studies, foreign languages, English and mathematics. Through Devon Prep's athletic and extracurricular programs our students develop loyalty, sportsmanship, perseverance and leadership. In addition, our commitment to community service and devotion to Christian values help to develop, not just students, but also well-rounded gentlemen. Devon Prep also offers a full program of extensive three to five day field trips, which take students to various parts of the U.S. including Florida, Massachusetts, Virginia, Connecticut, and New York. Students earn academic credit for the trips and are required to complete a corresponding written assignment.It is our goal at Devon Prep to inspire in our students a commitment to values that will enable them to become responsible leaders. Focusing on each student's potential, we believe that the school and the family must work together to foster a love of learning which will propel the student into a lifelong quest for excellence. According to Headmaster Rev. James J. Shea, Sch.P., "The fact that we are small enough to feel like a family yet large enough to offer our students every opportunity to learn and grow is not lost on our parents and students. More and more families are hearing the good news about Devon Prep and are choosing to make one of the most important investments they will ever make – an investment in quality education."Devon Prep's Class of 2012 collectively earned over $7.4 million in college scholarships. These 49 young men received more than 200 acceptances to over 100 colleges and universities, including Princeton, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, Fordham, Colgate, Tufts, NYU, Notre Dame, Case Western Reserve, Drexel, Penn State, and the United States Military Academy. By the end of Junior year more than 35% (18) of the Class of 2012 had been named AP Scholars, 11 with Distinction. Ten are National Merit Scholars, six are finalists and three are scholarship winners. Nearly 20% of the class are Eagle Scouts and several participate in Division 1 and Division 3 baseball, basketball and cross country. In addition, this class performed over 2000 hours of community service doing everything from collecting and distributing food to needy families to raising nearly $24,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Rev. James J. Shea, Sch.P., a Devon Prep alumnus, serves as Headmaster as well as a faculty member in physics. Mr. Larry Iezzi is Assistant Headmaster as well as a Latin and history teacher. Mr. Barry Brazunas is the Director of the Middle School as well as a faculty member.The school's campus is comprised of six buildings, two soccer fields and a baseball field. It is situated on part of the estate previously owned by Philadelphia Publisher, Dr. Charles M. Lea. Devon Prep's Middle School is housed in a mansion built by Mr. Lea in 1913. It has been renamed Calasanctius Hall and also provides living quarters for six Pairist Fathers as well as a location for various school ceremonies and functions throughout the year.Each year the school awards several scholarships for academic achievement. Admissions into both the high school and middle school includes testing, a review of recent transcripts and recommendations as well as personal interviews.

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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 285
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
6 22
7 29
8 23
9 43
10 51
11 61
12 56

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Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1
Gender 100% Male
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 1%
Hispanic/Latino 99%


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Associations & Memberships

State or regional independent school association

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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