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Phillips Exeter Academy is a top rated, 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
329 responses
Average ACT
32
117 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?
Based on 55 responses
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  • 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
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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
17:1
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
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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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Exeter has been one of the greatest things to ever happen to me and it's only been my first year! When people are asked what they like most about Exeter, they kind of just say "the people" as a default, but it's honestly so true. There are 1100 people, but anyone can find a community through various groups. My dorm has been one of my favorite places on campus with the greatest people and I'm glad to be here. Sure, the work is challenging, but everyone pushes me to work harder and do well. I hope to experience more in the future.
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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.
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.