Why Andover?

Because you’ll be welcomed into an inspiring community of smart, motivated, curious, open-minded, and genuinely nice people from across the country and around the world. Because this is a high school that celebrates difference and prizes originality. Because at Andover you can be your most honest, authentic, daring self. 

And because we take a balanced approach to academics, extracurriculars, and just plain having fun; because our talented, caring teachers, coaches, house counselors, and advisors are always ready to help; because we have a renowned art  gallery, archaeology museum, and observatory right on campus; and because we offer the best of high-tech, low-tech, and multidisciplinary  learning plus experiential learning opportunities for every student in fascinating places on nearly every continent.

“There’s history here. I want to live up to it. I want to contribute to it in my own way.”

Larson Senior, Essex, MA​

The iconic Samuel Phillips Hall is named after our founder, and home to the History & Social Science and World Language departments.

Knowledge & Goodness

Explore the largest fundraising effort in independent school history. 

Connecting Our Strengths

Learn how we’re executing the 2014 Strategic Plan.

Campus Master Plan

Grounded in sustainable principles, the Campus Master Plan is a framework for decision making about the physical development of the campus over time, preserving its history while planning for the future.   

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In addition to being our Head of School, John Palfrey also teaches. Here, he's moderating a discussion with students in History 300/310—a class co-taught with History and Social Sciences Instructor (and Dean of Students) Jenny Elliott ’94. 

Our Head of School

John Palfrey is our fearless leader. You should meet him. You will meet him. He’s very accessible. He teaches (ask him about History 300/310 or Hacking: A Course in Experiments). He eats in Paresky Commons and frequently goes back for seconds of our signature Sam Phil Smoothie. He attends athletic and cultural events and talks at All-School Meetings. His office is in George Washington Hall, and his door is open, figuratively and very often literally. 

Mr. Palfrey has done audacious things at Andover (launched a campaign, developed a new Strategic Plan, started the Tang Institute, opened the Sykes Wellness Center), but what’s so great is that none of this matters when you’re talking with him. What matters is that he’s interested in you—in what every Andover student thinks and has to say. He’s mindful of history, fascinated by technology, in love with complexity, and always ready to work together to build, create, or share something important. 

We recommend you read his blog and follow him on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. He’s proficient in emojis and will most likely follow you back.  

Meet Our Leadership

The Phillips Academy governance structure is mission-driven and led by trustees, a Head of School, and senior administrators who hold themselves accountable to a culture of excellence.

Peter Currie ’74

Palo Alto, CA

Linda Carter Griffith

“LCG” connects educational programs, cultural celebrations, and big ideas coming from CAMD, the Brace Center, and Community Engagement.

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Jim Ventre ’79

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. "Go Big Blue!"

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Jenny K. Elliott ’94

“Students who take advantage of Andover's support structures while tapping into their own developing values do the best here.”

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Fernando Alonso

Appointed dean of administration and finance in 2016 following seven years as director of Andover Summer Session & outreach

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Clyfe Beckwith

Volleyball coach, Bernese Mountain Dog enthusiast, 25-year veteran of the Andover faculty.

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Joseph Bae ’90

Hong Kong

Misty Muscatel Davis ’01

New York, NY

Patrick Farrell

Has coached competitive math teams and individual students to regional and national success

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Amy Falls ’82

New York, NY