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Solebury School

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Solebury School

At a glance

Location New Hope, PA
Tuition $48,700
Grades 7-12 Students Receiving Aid 44%
Student Body Coed Total Aid Awarded $1,700,000
Student/Faculty Ratio 6:1 Endowment $3,600,000
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Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate 75%

Total Enrollment

Total Enrollment 235

Average Class Size

Average Class Size 10

Sports & Extracurriculars

Sports & Extracurriculars 41*
Average SAT Score (Math) N/R
Average SAT Score (Verbal) N/R
Learning Support Program?
Number of AP Programs 10
ESL Offered?
IB Program Offered?


Region Southeastern Pennsylvania
Program Emphasis Boarding School
College Prep
Day School
Small Boarding School
All Grades 7-12
Boarding Grades 7-12
Grade Divisions Primary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Established 1925
Dress Code None
School Setting Rural
Campus Size (Acres) 90
Head of School Thomas G. Wilschutz
Endowment $3,600,000


This was the dream shared by Solebury's four young founders, Laurie Erskine, Julian Lathrop, Robert Shaw and Arthur Washburn in the early 1920s.

As a result of their vision, Solebury opened its doors in rented quarters September 1925 with four boys and four teachers. A year later, the founders purchased its present location, the Michener Farm, and Solebury School as we know it has continued to grow ever since. Just down the road from Solebury was Holmquist School for Girls. Miss Karline Holmquist believed, as did Solebury's founders, that each student should be helped to discover and develop her own talents and capabilities. As Solebury and Holmquist grew, the two schools found themselves sharing theatrical productions, a chorus, proms, informal teas, progressive dinners and card parties. In 1949 the two schools merged to become Solebury School, one of the first coeducational independent schools in the country.

While the faces have changed through the years, Solebury's mission has remained, to provide a challenging college preparatory curriculum that encourages students to explore and develop their individual skills and talents in an informal educational community.


Full Time Faculty 34
Part Time Faculty 19
Faculty with doctorate 1
Faculty with masters 21
Student/Faculty ratio 6:1
Average Class Size 10
Special Academic Support Programs
Learning Differences
A Sampling of Courses Offered
American History
American Literature
Art History
Computer Science
Creative Writing
English as a Second Language
Environmental Science
Field Ecology
Fine Arts
Music Theory
Other (Twentieth Century African American History: the Continuing Struggle for Civil Rights)
Studio Art
World Culture
World History
World Literature
A.P. Courses Offered
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
English Literature
Environmental Science
French Language
Spanish Language
Studio Art
US Government & Politics
US History

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 235
Boys 120
Girls 115
% Boys/Girls 51%/49%
Boarding Students 79
Day Students 156
Czech Republic
Other (Tunisia)
United States
Dist. of Columbia
New Jersey
New York
Majority of students come from Northeast
% of Students of Color 17%
% of International Students 15%


E-mail [email protected]
Web Address
Director of Admission Scott Eckstein
Admission Application Apply to Solebury School
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount 50
Application Deadline(s) Jan
Financial Aid Deadline(s) March 1
Financial Aid Awarded $1,700,000
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 44%
Acceptance Rate 75%
Total Applicants 250
Admissions Selectivity Selective
Admissions Yield 55%
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (SLEP)
Day Student Tuition $29,350
Boarding Student Tuition $48,700

College Placement Office

Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
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% of Graduates Who Attend College 98%; remaining 2% attend community colleges, pursue a PG year of high school, or take a "gap" year

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

field hockey
track and field
Recreational Sports
cheer and pom
horseback riding
outdoor club/skills
rock climbing
ultimate frisbee
weight lifting
Extra-Curricular Activities
African American Club
Community Service Program
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
French Club
Gay/Straight Alliance
International Club
Judiciary Board
Literary Magazine
Peer Tutoring
Recycling Club
Ski Club
Spanish Club
Student Government
Student Publications
Tour Guides
Volunteer Club



  • May 30, 2013
    Current Student/Year Graduated: 2015

    Please share a few thoughts about your experiences with Solebury School: Solebury School is a community. A place to let students be independent, a place where students and teachers are friends outside of class, a place to try out different hobbies. Solebury lets its students discover their passions, whether it be art, sports, theater, music or any other activity. Solebury is my second home and I love it.

  • May 30, 2013
    Current Student

    Please share a few thoughts about your experiences with Solebury School: Solebury School is phenomenal! I am currently a junior at Solebury School but I first came here as a seventh grader and it was honestly a culture shock. The school i went to prior to becoming a part of the Solebury community was a school with 30 kids per class, a strict dress code, teachers who clearly did not want to be there and a curriculum that didn't bend to the needs of every student individually. Solebury is not like every other school. It is rich in diversity and the learning is on a different level. With small class sizes, students are given the individual attention that they need in order to succeed. No child is ever left behind due to a learning difference. The school offers many opportunities for community service (which is required). Also the student teacher relationship is unique. We call our teachers by their first names which in my opinion breaks down barriers of students being too nervous to ask for help. It is clear that ALL of the teachers enjoy teaching and have a mission to help each and every one of their students succeed. The students on campus are always welcoming to new students no matter what. We have a strict no bullying policy and it is apparent that everyone follows it. Everyone on campus has a mutual respect for each other. The school truly is a unique and amazing school with so much to offer to every student.

  • May 30, 2013
    Current Student/Year Graduated: 2013

    Please share a few thoughts about your experiences with Solebury School: Solebury is fantastic. The teachers are friendly and intelligent. The campus is beautiful. Students have healthy relationships among themselves and with their teachers. There are lots of choices when it comes to food, but I would like the quality to be better.

  • May 30, 2013
    Current Student

    Please share a few thoughts about your experiences with Solebury School: I love Solebury!! One of the things that I think makes Solebury special is that it encourages strong relationships and mutual respect between teachers and students. And there is an understanding, when you go to Solebury, that you will click with some teachers and others not as much, which is why the advisory system is set up to be flexible. One of my other favorite things about Solebury is that the environment is such that people feel comfortable being themselves, which is important when you are attempting get educated.

  • May 31, 2013
    Current Student/Year Graduated: 2014

    Please share a few thoughts about your experiences with Solebury School: Great school for hippies and pot heads. I smoke in the woods all the time and nobody cares! At solebury, we smoke only the finest kush. If your an idiot like me then I'm sure you will love solebury!

  • May 31, 2013
    Current Student/Year Graduated: 2014

    Please share a few thoughts about your experiences with Solebury School: I love how at Solebury all my teachers really work to help me achieve my best. They are never against you-- they're always cheering for you! I've had some very inspirational teachers over the year as well, who have inspired me to go out of my comfort zone a little and experience new things. I hope to always have contact with some of my teachers after I graduate because they are truly amazing people who have taught me skills that I will carry through the rest of my life.

  • May 31, 2013
    Current Student

    Please share a few thoughts about your experiences with Solebury School: The reason that I decided to come to Solebury was the welcoming, friendly atmosphere. The people of Solebury, whether faculty, students, or staff, are all really awesome people to be around. There is a sense of community here that I didn't feel when I was touring other prospective high schools. The best thing about Solebury is its community spirit.


Contact Info

Phone 215-862-5261
Address 6832 Phillips Mill Rd - New Hope, PA 18938 USA
Email [email protected] 
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