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Answers to 'Frequently Asked Questions' about The Hill

Founded in 1851 as The Family Boarding School, The Hill School prepares young men and women from across the country and around the world for college, careers, and life. Within a family school environment and a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, we challenge our young people to work hard; think and reason; be fulfilled; serve the common good; and be prepared to lead as citizens of the world, uniquely guided by our motto: “Whatsoever things are true.”
 
Student Life: 
  • Student enrollment is 522 students, third form through post-graduate.
  • 54% boys, 46% girls
  • New students for 2016-17: 177
  • 75% / 25% boarding-to-day student ratio; all students must board for one year.
  • Hill students are drawn from 26 states and 20 foreign countries.
  • 34% students of color; 20% international
  • 36% 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 10 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 29 interscholastic sports programs; 3 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: $38,400; Boarding tuition: $55,660
  • About 40% of students receive financial aid.
  • As of July 2016, The Hill School's endowment was approximately $148 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 9,738 living alumni residing in all 50 states, and D.C., as well as 76 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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