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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Phillips Academy’s Constitution charges the faculty to teach “youth from every quarter” to aspire equally to knowledge and goodness. This obligation challenges students to develop what is finest in themselves and others, for others and themselves. Phillips Academy is committed to nurturing an intentionally diverse, inclusive community that encourages students and adults to respect, inspire, and learn from one another. Guided by the ideal of non sibi, leading lives “not for self,” the Phillips Academy community promotes a balance of intellectual curiosity, engagement, leadership, and service in the pursuit of excellence: academic, civic, and moral.

Statement of Values

Non Sibi
We strive to embody the ideal of non sibi, (not for self) with intentional teaching, learning, and engagement guided by a sense of responsibility toward the global community and natural world.

Youth from Every Quarter
We are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive school in which students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences—including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and ability—learn and grow together.

Knowledge and Goodness
We challenge students in mind, body, and spirit such that they may pursue the knowledge, develop the skills, and sustain the integrity needed to lead a responsible, fulfilling life.

A Vision of the Academic Program

In its 1778 constitution, Phillips Academy is charged with ensuring its students learn “the great end and real business of living.” Inspired by this charge, we seek to cultivate in our students the capacities—among them analytical rigor, imaginative thought, and nuanced skepticism— necessary to identify and attain a great and worthy end: human flourishing. Our founders knew that adolescence is formative. By introducing our students to the diversity of human experience and to the complexities of the natural world, we push them to understand the world as it is. By fostering their abilities to question beliefs, systems, and the ways things are done, we press them to envision the world they seek to create.

To prepare its students for life in the world, Phillips Academy offers a liberal education. Oriented to all aspects of human experience, liberal education affirms that knowledge is intrinsically good and denies that education terminates with technical skill or professional success. Resisting specialization in favor of breadth, it initiates students into connected fields of understanding and prepares them to lead lives characterized by learning and understanding, responsibility and freedom.

The practice of responsibility and freedom demands that citizens have dispositions of the critical mind to recognize fact and valid argument and to comprehend the implications of the knowledge they produce and the things they create. It requires that citizens act against intolerance and injustice and build communities conducive to human flourishing. To help students become such citizens, Phillips Academy seeks to prepare graduates who are educated broadly, discerning of ideologies, and committed to the public good.

The iconic Samuel Phillips Hall, named after our founder, is home to the history & social science and world languages departments.

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

Larson Lower, Essex, MA​

Fast Facts

300

courses offered, including 8 world languages and 150 electives

12

students in the average class

Students from

41

states and territories

47

countries represented

15%

international students

55%

students of color

228

teaching faculty

7:1

student-faculty ratio

32%

faculty of color

Boarding tuition:

$66,290

Day tuition:

$51,380

46%

of students receive financial aid

Average annual grant for returning students:

$42,400

Total annual financial aid:

$24.5M

Endowment (June 30, 2021):

$1.42B

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Raynard Kington P’24

“Non sibi is an ideal that aligns with the values that I learned growing up, and it resonates with me at a deep level.”

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Amy Falls ’82, P’19, ’21

President, Board of Trustees | Lake Forest, IL

Linda Carter Griffith

“LCG” connects educational programs and big ideas coming from CAMD, the Brace Center, Community Engagement, wellness, and spiritual life.

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Raj Mundra

Interim Deputy Head of School for Academics and Student Affairs, Instructor in Biology, Academic Advisor, Football Coach

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Susan Esty P’22

“I see my role as a bridge between different groups and a partner with lots of different people.”

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Jim Ventre ’79

“No one goes through life at Andover without the help and support of others.”

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Caroline Odden

Dean of Studies, Physics Instructor

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Jeff Domina

"In addition to reading, writing, and teaching, I enjoy running, listening to music, and spending time with my family."

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Fernando Alonso

Assistant Head of School for Operations & Finance, Chief Financial Officer

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