The Hill School- The Family Boarding School
About Us

Answers to 'Frequently Asked Questions' about The Hill

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Student Life |

  • Student enrollment is 522 students, third form through post-graduate.
  • 56% boys, 44% girls
  • New students for 2017-18: 166
  • 76% / 24% boarding-to-day student ratio; all students must board for one year.
  • Hill students are drawn from 28 states and 23 foreign countries.
  • 30% domestic students of color; 19% international
  • 29% of students have a Hill legacy connection
Academics At Hill |
  • Student/teacher ratio: 7-1; Typical class size: 12-14 students; Largest class size: 20 students
  • Advanced Placement subjects offered: 30. 
  • Each college counselor has approximately 35-40 advisees. College counselors are assigned during the winter term of the fifth form (junior) year.
  • The Hill has 74 teaching faculty members; 66% hold or are working toward advanced degrees (teachers currently hold 8 Ph.D.s and 59 master's degrees). Nearly all reside in dormitories serving as dorm parents, or in homes on campus.
Extra-curricular Activities |
  • We offer 31 interscholastic sports programs; 2 club sports; 9 instrumental and vocal ensembles; and 3 theatrical productions per year.
  • The Student Activities Office offers a wide variety of on-and off-campus opportunities to students. 
  • The Hill has a thriving community service program.
  • Hill competes in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League for athletics, which includes Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, N.J.);
    The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.); Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, Pa.); Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.); and Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.).
Hill Traditions|
  • School traditions include a dress code; twice-weekly nondenominational chapel services; and seated family-style meals with faculty in the Dining Room.
  • The Hill School motto is "Whatsoever things are true." (Philippians 4:8)
  • The Hill School's first year of coeducation was 1998-1999.
Admission Information |
  • Day tuition: $39,170; Boarding tuition: $56,775
  • About 41% of students receive need-based financial aid.
  • As of July 2017, The Hill School's endowment was approximately $162 million.
  • The Hill School is accredited by the Middle States Association and the Ten Schools Admission Organization (TSAO).
Our Campus |
  • The Hill's campus is more than 200 acres, and includes two artificial turf fields, an 8-lane track, and 11 new faculty homes.
  • Current headmaster is Zachary G. Lehman, who arrived at Hill on July 1, 2012.
  • Pottstown has a population of approximately 22,000.
Hill Alumni |
  • The Hill School has 9,841 living alumni residing in all 50 states, and D.C., as well as 79 countries.
  • Notable alumni include: Tom Wolf '67, Pennsylvania governor; Former Secretary of State James Baker III ’48; the late Lamar Hunt ’51, businessman, owner and founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and a creator of the American Football League; Clark Hoyt ’60, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, public editor of the New York Times, and former Washington editor of Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services, as well as classmate Norman Pearlstine ’60, former top editor of Time, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal, current chief content officer of Time, Inc.; Tobias Wolff ’64, Stanford University professor and critically acclaimed author of Old School and This Boy’s Life; F. Barton Harvey III ’67, former CEO and Chairman of The Enterprise Foundation, a national network of 1,400 non-profit organizations that revitalizes distressed communities; S. Roger Horchow ’45, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and founder of the mail-order catalogue the “Horchow Collection;" James Cromwell '58 Oscar-nominated actor; Manoj Bhargava '72, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and founder of 5-Hour ENERGY; Oliver Stone ’64, Academy Award-winning producer/director; Josiah Bunting III ’57, novelist, former School headmaster and college president, current president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States; John Backus ’42, an influential computer scientist and lead developer of the first high-level programming language (FORTRAN); Robert Lovett 1914, the fourth United States Secretary of Defense; Juan Trippe 1917, the founder of Pan American Airlines; and Edmund Wilson 1912, accomplished editor, book reviewer, and author.

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