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 enrollment is 520 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.
- 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.).
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.