Founded in 1851 as The Family Boarding School, The Hill School provides students with an outstanding liberal arts education designed to prepare students well for excellence in college, careers, and life. The challenging curriculum provided to Hill’s 512 students (forms 3-6/ grades 9-12 and postgraduate) emphasizes critical thinking and writing and offers 24 Advanced Placement courses as well as an array of honors classes and independent studies. Hill students are active in athletics, the arts, student-run organizations, and community service. The School’s motto, “Whatsoever things are true,” reinforces the Honor Code and its expectations that students will develop leadership skills and show personal responsibility and courtesy for others.
- Student enrollment is 512 students, third form through post-graduate.
- 56% boys, 44% girls
- New students for 2012-2013: 178
- 75% / 25% boarding-to-day student ratio; all students must board for one year.
- Hill students are drawn from 28 states and 18 foreign countries.
- 34% students of color; 16% international
- 30% of students have a Hill legacy connection
- Student/teacher ratio: 7-1; Typical class size: 13-14 students; Largest class size: 18 students
- Advanced Placement subjects offered: 24. In 2011, 173 students took 384 AP exams.
- Each college adviser has approximately 35-40 advisees. College advisers are assigned during the winter term of the fifth form (junior) year.
- The Hill has 67 teaching faculty members; 70% hold or are working toward advanced degrees. Nearly all reside in dormitories serving as dorm parents, or in homes on campus.
- New technology initiatives include a 1-to-1 iPad program for all freshmen, a new Mac lab with 17 brand new Apple computers, and Apple TVs in many classrooms.
- Number of interscholastic sports programs: 29
- Number of student-run organizations: 44
- The Hill has a thriving community service program.
- School traditions include a dress code; twice-weekly nondenominational chapel services; and seated family-style meals with faculty in the dining hall.
- Day tuition: $34,100; Boarding tuition: $49,400
- About 41% of students receive financial aid.
- As of June 2011, The Hill School's endowment was approximately $120.3 million.
- The Hill School is accredited by the Middle States Association.
- The Hill's campus is approximately 200 acres.
- Current headmaster is Zachary G. Lehman, who arrived at Hill on July 1, 2012.
- 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.).
- The Hill School motto is "Whatsoever things are true." (Philippians 4:8)
- The Hill School's first year of coeducation was 1998-1999.
- Pottstown has a population of approximately 22,000.
- The School has approximately 9,364 alumni and a constituency (alumni, parents, friends) of approximately 18,699.
- Notable alumni include: 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 Bloomberg L.P.; Andrei Herasimchuk '88, design lead at Twitter; 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 revitalize distressed communities; S. Roger Horchow ’45, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and founder of the mail-order catalogue the “Horchow Collection"; Peter S. Rummell ’63, chairman and CEO of the Florida real estate and development firm the St. Joe Co.; Academy Award-winning producer/director Oliver Stone ’64; Josiah Bunting III ’57, novelist, former School headmaster and college president, and current president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation; John Backus ’42, an influential computer scientist and lead developer of the first high-level programming language (FORTRAN); Robert Lovett ’14, the fourth United States Secretary of Defense; Juan Trippe ’17, the founder of Pan American Airlines; and Edmund Wilson ’12, accomplished editor, book reviewer, and author.