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  1. Academics
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  2. Diversity
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  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
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  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Sports
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Phillips Exeter Academy is an elite, private, boarding school located in Exeter, NH. It has 1,085 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 5 to 1. Tuition is $49,880 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
20 Main Street
Exeter, NH 03833
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Telephone
(603) 772-4311
Website
Organization Memberships
NAIS, TABS

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$38,740
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$49,880
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1430
320 responses
Average ACT
32
112 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
  • E/A or Senior Skip Day
    24%
  • Assembly
    18%
  • Faculty Follies
    13%
  • Principal's Day
    13%
  • EP
    9%
  • Prom
    9%
  • Dunkin Donuts/Rogans Run
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,085
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
5:1
National
16:1
Poll
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
Poll
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
Poll
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.17 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.17 responses
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Phillips Exeter Academy is a great school academically. It offers several courses that my public school back home would have never offered. It offers classes from beginner ceramics to Existentialism to Children's Literature to psychology. The teachers at Exeter are just breathtaking. There are several teachers who are well known poets, authors, textbook writers, math coaches, etc. Each teacher brings something different to the table and I think that with the academic classes, it makes the school just superb. Like all schools however it has some issues, but I have noticed that in the past years the administration has taken action to discuss and address the issues.
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I am certain that I have received an excellent education at PEA. While Harkness learning often seems like an easy road to take, these discussion based classes were more than rigorous and continuously challenged our critical thinking skills. My only concern with Exeter's approach to learning is that the rigor of Exeter academics often leaves students questioning their abilities. This sentiment is shared by a majority of its students, and this feeling of "not being smart enough" can follow its graduates into their college years. While I recognize the doors open to me after completing my high school years here, I also recognize that the self-deprecation build within its students goes beyond humility.
I love the Harkness style of discussion based learning and the school's recognition of its own changing culture. During my time here, I particularly enjoyed the cross country and track teams and was very happy in the dorm. I'm glad this school has brought me together with amazing people and given me the chance to improve my leadership and communication skills. The amount of care for students, from the amazing facilities to the concern of teachers, is beyond anything I expected. Another important part of my Exeter experience was the music program and the amazing faculty who run it.