Andover FAQs

We know you have questions about Andover. Here are some answers to what everyone always asks.

Admission

+When is Andover’s application deadline?

February 1, 2018.

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+Is it possible to apply as either a boarding or a day student?

The decision to apply as a boarding or day student is a one-time only choice. Students residing in Andover or North Andover must apply as day students. Applicants from the following Massachusetts cities/towns have a choice: Boxford, Bradford, Dracut, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynnfield, Methuen, Middleton, North Reading, Reading, Tewksbury, Topsfield, and Wilmington, and also Atkinson, Pelham, Plaistow, Salem, and Windham, New Hampshire.

+What does it mean that Andover has a "need-blind" admission initiative?

With a need-blind admission program, Andover will extend its resources to offer admission to every qualified young person regardless of their families’ ability to pay the cost of an Andover education, and we are proud to say that we meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need. Andover’s commitment to “youth from every quarter” is truly representative of its historic effort to provide a world-class education to the leaders of tomorrow regardless of their families’ economic circumstances. Andover actively works to identify those students who are best able to contribute to and benefit from the Phillips Academy experience. The need-blind initiative offers broader opportunities in recruiting and access. In particular, the need-blind initiative helps to reduce a commonly held perception that the cost of an Andover education is prohibitive. The “sticker shock” of a private school education often discourages middle income families from applying. Our hope is that the need-blind initiative helps to encourage those families to apply.

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+The need-blind admission initiative suggests that Andover will support 100% of a family's demonstrated need. What does that mean?

The need blind initiative confirms our commitment to creating access to Andover’s educational opportunity. The reason we broadcast that Andover will support 100% of a family’s demonstrated need is to help families understand that Andover does not engage in a common financial aid practice known as “gapping.” Most NAIS member schools “gap” their financial aid awards by not fully funding the level of financial need demonstrated through the financial aid process. Many schools attempt to stretch their financial aid budgets by allocating smaller grants to more students, which restricts some families' ability to return year after year in the wake of partial funding. Also, the practice of gapping creates more pressure on the school to consider those who can afford to pay more, over those who can pay less, making ability to pay a partial factor in the enrollment decision.

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+How is "demonstrated need" calculated?

Andover awards financial aid scholarship grants based upon demonstrated financial need. Parents are expected to contribute according to their available resources, taking into account total income, assets, number of dependents, and other appropriate information. Financial aid scholarship grants do not need to be paid back and are used to offset the total cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, and curriculum-related costs. We evaluate the financial need of each family based on the total cost of attendance rather than on tuition alone. Andover calculates the family contribution based on national standards for variations in size of family; number of children in tuition charging institutions; cost of living; a sliding scale for home equity for home values above $650,000; and a host of unusual family circumstances, including: child support, nursing home or assisted living support for elderly family members, natural disasters, serious illness, and loss of employment.

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+What is the deadline to apply for financial aid?

You must apply online by February 1.

+When will we be notified of our financial aid scholarship award?

You will receive notification of your financial aid scholarship award at the time you receive notification of admission to Phillips Academy. All newly admitted students who have submitted the PFS by February 1 will be notified on MARCH 10. Returning Students who have submitted the PFS by February 1 are notified of their financial aid award in early April.

+Is financial aid renewable?

Families must complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) every year. Financial Aid Scholarships Grants are renewed annually provided there is continued demonstrated financial need.

+How many new students join each class at Andover?

Every year, more than 200 new ninth graders, or juniors, begin their journey at Andover. They are joined by an average of 85 new peers in the 10th grade, or lower year, and 20-25 new 11th graders, or uppers. A total of 30-35 new seniors and postgraduates round out the graduating class.

+What is the average GPA of applicants that are offered admission to Andover?

Although the Andover admissions committee has no minimum grade or score requirements for acceptance, the average Andover student maintained an “A” average at his or her previous school.

+Are fee waivers available?

An application fee of $40 ($70 for international students) is required with the Preliminary Application (Form 1). Additionally, all applicants to Grade nine, 10, or 11 must register for either the SSAT or ISEE standardized tests ($120 for SSAT, $105 for ISEE). Registration for these tests is handled through the respective testing agencies. Please note: Late registration charges, which are substantial, are not covered by the fee waiver. It is important to refer to the student guides for the SSAT or ISEE to determine the test dates, times, and sites in your area and to encourage the student to meet the stated deadlines. A fee waiver should be requested from the Phillips Academy Admission office if the family believes payment of these fees will create a financial hardship. To request a fee waiver, a third party, who is familiar with the family’s financial situation (a guidance counselor, clergyman, principal, etc.) should write to the Admission Office on behalf of the family to explain the hardship. The Admission Office will contact the family if further information is necessary.

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Parents

+How do faculty members communicate with one another about my child?

An electronic alert system keeps key adults on the student’s support team connected. If a campus adult is concerned about a student for any reason, a message is sent to alert other team members, who then make a concerted effort to observe, interact with, and check in on the student. If concerns heighten, the full team meets to determine an appropriate course of action, which may include contacting parents/guardians.

+What resources are provided for students who need academic help?

Faculty and peers are readily available. Instructors are available several times a week during Conference Period and—because more than 90 percent of Andover faculty live right on campus—outside of scheduled hours. Informal tutoring takes place as needed, even on a Sunday morning over pancakes in the dining hall. At Andover, asking for help is a sign of strength. Faculty members and peer tutors also are on hand for weekly world language dinners to practice speaking skills, and there are weeknight study centers specifically for math and science. The popular Writing Center provides assistance with essay writing for any class, and specially trained staff at the Academic Skills Center help students—especially new students— improve their time management, organizational, and study skills.

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+Are 9th-graders treated differently?

Yes, all of our new students are given lots of extra support. Ninth-grade boarding students live in 9th-grade–only dorms, and to keep things simple, their house counselors are also their advisors. Ninth-graders’ academic programs are more structured, too, with mandatory study hours and lights out at 11 p.m. New students in all grades attend orientation and yearlong programs to help them not only adjust, but also thrive.

+What is the purpose of the “cluster” system?

Similar to neighborhoods, dorm clusters make it easier for students to form friendships and feel a sense of belonging. Each cluster of five or six dorms has its own group of adults who offer support, guidance, advice, and mentoring. Day students also belong to a cluster! Clusters have their own dean, student government, traditions, and leisure time activities.

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+How do day students fit in at Andover?

Perfectly. Their days are as busy and exciting as those of their boarding peers. The biggest difference? They go home to sleep. Day students are fully integrated into all cluster, class, athletic, special event, and social activities and are encouraged to eat all meals at Paresky Commons, known for its excellent variety of fresh and healthy foods. On weekends, day students are welcome to sleep over in a dorm with friends or host boarding students at their homes (with appropriate permissions, of course).

+Is there special support for international students?

Yes! “Host families” provide an extra layer of support and kindness. These caring local families—who also have a child at Andover—welcome international students to campus, check in on their assigned student, and send occasional invitations to meals and family celebrations at their homes. Host families may also help with vacation overnights and transportation. Organized by Andover’s international student coordinator, this popular program is entirely optional.

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+How is student safety addressed on campus?

Phillips Academy Public Safety (PAPS) officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They patrol the campus in cars, by bicycle, and on foot to ensure the safety of Andover students. Every dormitory is locked from the outside and each dorm room has an individual lock. As a result of these precautionary measures, issues of security on the Andover campus are kept to a minimum.

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+What services are available for students with disabilities?

The Student Disability Services/Accessible Education Office (SDS/AEO) coordinates services and accommodations for students with long-term or temporary cognitive, psychological, and/or physical disabilities. Individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for admission to Phillips Academy are guaranteed certain protections and rights to equal access to programs and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In order to access these rights, a student must present documentation indicating that the disability substantially limits some major life activity, including learning. (Documentation guidelines are posted on the Educational Testing website at www.ets.org. Students who present the Academy with appropriate documentation will be granted those requested academic accommodations that are supported by the documentation and considered reasonable in this educational setting. Students should submit documentation by June 1st in order to receive accommodations at the start of the fall term. Students who are diagnosed with a disability during the school year should provide the above-mentioned documentation to the SDS/AEO coordinator on the second floor of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library in order to arrange for accommodations.

+If parents have questions or concerns, how should they communicate with the school?

Each student will be assigned a student advisor who will meet regularly with the student, watch over the academic and social progress of the student, and serve as an adult counselor in times of need. For general concerns about a student's progress, the advisor is usually the proper person to call. For more immediate concerns and questions, however, the cluster dean probably has the best perspective. If, for instance, a student needs to be excused from classes for a funeral, a wedding or a family emergency, the dean will be able to notify the teachers, coaches, etc. In many cases the cluster dean will know the students quite well, and a parent should feel free to call him or her with any concern. During the day, advisors and deans may be hard to reach. Therefore, parents should feel free to call the Dean of Students and Residential Life office 978-749-4175 with any questions or concerns or in case of an emergency.

+Is there a student/parent network?

Yes, the Parents of Students of Phillips Academy (PSPA) meets once a month when PA is in session. All parents are invited to become members of the PSPA and are welcome at the monthly meetings. For further information, please call the PSPA voice-mail box at 978-749-4576 or e-mail at pspa@pspaANDOVER.org. Or visit the PSPA Website at www.pspaAndover.org.

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+May day students drive to school?

Licensed day students may drive to school with parental permission. Any vehicle(s) driven to campus must display a blue student registration sticker issued by Public Safety. Students may not use these parked vehicles again until 3 p.m., when they may relocate them closer to the center of campus.

+When does the school expect day students to go home at the end of the day?

Day students are, in effect, subject to the same rules as boarders. They are welcome to stay on campus until sign-in on nights before class days (10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. Sunday and Thursday, and 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays).

+May day students spend overnights on campus?

It is important for parents to understand that there are no extra beds in dormitory rooms. However, on occasion it is possible for a day student to spend a weekend night on campus, but only after a house counselor has given permission well in advance. A house counselor may refuse permission for a variety of reasons, and day student parents should be understanding. It is school policy not to allow overnight visitors on nights before class days, except in very rare cases. These special exceptions must be granted by the cluster dean.

Academic

+Does Andover have classes on Saturdays?

Nope. There are no Saturday classes and no classes on any Sunday.

+What classes can I take?

We offer over 300 courses. Take a look at our Course of Study and Academic Curriculum to learn more.

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+How does academic advising work?

Every Andover student has an individual adviser who helps design the student's course of study and extracurricular program and follows up with weekly meetings. For ninth-grade boarding students, advisers are assigned by dormitory. When the ninth-graders move to upper-class dorms, they are assigned permanent advisers. For ninth-grade day students and for all students who enter in grades 10-12, permanent advisers are assigned. The permanent adviser and student are paired until graduation, so their relationship grows as the years go by.

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Student Life

+Is there a dress code at Andover?

Andover does not have a formal dress code. Students are expected to be neat and clean and to dress appropriately for each occasion while embracing their own personal style.

+How are roommates and dorms chosen for new students?

In the spring after a student’s acceptance and matriculation, he or she will receive a roommate questionnaire, which asks about preferences, habits, and activities. Over the summer, the Dean of Students and the admission committee collaborate and make roommate and housing assignments based on the information provided.

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+How do Andover students do their laundry?

Andover students may use the coin-operated washing machines and dryers located in each dorm to wash their own clothes, or they may sign up for the E&R laundry service, which returns cleaned, ironed, and folded clothes to students once a week.

+What services of worship are offered at Andover?

The interfaith ministry of Andover seeks to be responsive to the spiritual needs of the school community. The Chaplaincy consists of clergy from Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Jewish traditions and also assists students from other backgrounds to meet their religious needs. Each week, the religious communities gather for worship and fellowship. In addition, Andover celebrates major occasions of the various religious calendars as well as common heritage and values in services and celebrations.

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+Where will I have my meals and is the food good?

Delicious meals are served in Paresky Commons, our central dining hall. The building features a variety of entrees, a pasta bar, stir-fry station, a sandwich bar, a salad bar, and a pizza oven. Susie’s, located on the lower level of Paresky Commons, is a student center that offers a menu of sandwiches, snacks, pizza, and smoothies at reasonable prices and at specific times. The food is delicious, and you’ll often have a hard time choosing between all the tasty options. Paresky Commons also teams with the Sykes Wellness Center to ensure that healthy, vegetarian, and allergy aware options are always available.

+What is Andover's policy on rules and discipline?

Offenses involving a student’s integrity, social offenses that threaten the well-being of other individuals or the school community, or continued infractions that indicate an unwillingness to come to terms with the demands of the school all may lead to dismissal. Andover takes special care to address issues associated with alcohol and illegal drugs, both of which are forbidden. All incoming students receive a copy of the school’s rules, published in The Blue Book, and are responsible for knowing and complying with its contents.

Health & Wellness

+What medical services do you have on campus to treat students who might be sick or injured?

The Rebecca M. Sykes Wellness Center is open 24 hours a day while school is in session to respond to individual student medical needs or a health emergency on campus. Its staff includes a full-time pediatrician who resides on campus, a nurse practitioner, and registered nurses. The Sykes Wellness Center has its own pharmacy, as well as a relationship with a local retail pharmacy to obtain any needed medications. X-rays and laboratory tests are available on site. In addition, the Sykes Wellness Center has a medical staff of 80 local medical and surgical specialists who are available to provide care to our students. While the Sykes Wellness Center does not provide emergency room services, local community hospitals and the tertiary medical centers of Boston are all within easy access. There is a physician on call and available 24 hours a day, but he/she may not always be in the building. Registered nurses are on duty 24 hours a day while school is in session.

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+What happens if I am sick and cannot attend class?

You must come to the Sykes Wellness Center to be excused from classes. If you are a day student at home, a parent must call the Wellness Center. If you are having academic difficulties due to your health or illness, please see the Wellness Center Medical Director or Counseling Director.

College Counseling

+What college counseling resources are provided for students?

The College Counseling Office carefully guides uppers (11th graders) and seniors through the college admission process. Counseling begins in the winter of the upper year and continues through the fall and winter of senior year. Each student meets with one of the six college counselors individually to discuss his or her own academic profile and school search.

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+Where do Andover graduates go to college?

We have a long, impressive college matriculation list. The reason it’s impressive is because it’s long. Which is to say: Andover graduates don’t all attend the same five “top-ranked” or “prestigious” colleges and universities. They choose colleges and universities across the country and around the world, all of which are exactly right for who they are and what they want to do with their life.

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Summer Session

+Who may apply?

Phillips Academy’s Summer Session accepts academically qualified students who have completed seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, or 11th grade. Students who have graduated from high school or who are 19 years of age or older are not eligible for admission. A serious academic commitment is expected, and students are held accountable for all requirements. Not every student who applies will be accepted into the Summer Session program.

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+When should I apply?

Students are urged to apply early (before April 1) for the best chance of acceptance and to obtain their first-choice courses. International students in particular will need adequate time to make travel arrangements.

+What is the tuition?

Tuition for Summer Session varies by program and covers all courses, course fees, the college counseling program, on-campus activities, loan of books for summer use, course materials, and health insurance. For students choosing a residential option, tuition includes all room and board, as well as bedding and towels, in-room phone and internet service, and program-scheduled airport transportation on arrival and departure days. Please check out our Tuition Information page for more specific tuition and fees for 2018.

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+What should I bring?

Each student is encouraged to bring a fan for his/her desk (these can also be purchased locally). Students should pack appropriate summer clothing, including athletic clothing, as well as any necessary school supplies. Linens—including a pillow, set of extra long twin sheets, lightweight blanket, and towels—are provided. Although Phillips Academy has several computer centers with Apple and PC computers, students are encouraged to bring their own computers to campus. Students may not bring refrigerators, televisions, or irons.

+How much spending money should I bring and how will I manage my money?

Students are encouraged to have a checking account at a bank, either in their hometown or in the town of Andover. There is a Bank of America ATM on campus, located by the student mailboxes in the lower level of George Washington Hall. Banks and ATMs located in downtown Andover, a short walk from campus, include Bank of America, Santander Bank, and TD Bank. Some students also find traveler’s checks to be a useful option. Personal spending habits vary. However, approximately $700 is recommended for trips, tours, and personal spending money.

+May my friend be my roommate?

We do not allow friends or relatives to share a dorm room. Some of the greatest benefits of this program are learning how to get along with others and making new friends from around the world. You will certainly see your friends or relatives often while you’re here, and you'll have different experiences to share with one another.

+May I choose my dormitory?

The Academy has a variety of dormitories, some of which are not available for Summer Session use. Dormitory placements include consideration of age, grade, courses, date of application, and geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity. You will receive a card that has your dormitory assignment when you arrive on campus for Summer Session during the registration process. The location of your classes, your instructors, and the times your courses meet will also be given out at this time.

+Is there internet access in the dormitories?

Internet access through the campus network is available in the dorms; though the wireless network shuts down between midnight and 6:00 am to encourage students to have a healthy sleep schedule.

+May I stay away from campus overnight?

Students may leave campus after classes on Saturday with written permission from parents and approval of Summer Session deans. An invitation from and the presence of an adult are required for the student to go home or to stay at a friend's home. No off-campus visit, with or without parents, may interfere with the student’s responsibility to attend every class Monday through Saturday and study hours Sunday through Friday. Unauthorized absence from campus will result in dismissal.

+What is it like to be a day student?

Other than not having an assigned dormitory room on campus, day students maintain the same schedule and lifestyle as residential students. Day students have access to lockers, are assigned an advisor to support them during the summer, and are encouraged to attend the same social events as their peers who live on campus. College trips, dances, weekend field trips, and daily college counseling workshops are just a few of the activities offered to all students.

+What is life in the dorm like?

For students who soon will be faced with the responsibility and independence of college life, a summer of living in a dorm is a great opportunity to develop self-discipline, time management skills, and respect for others from different backgrounds. With guidance from trained faculty members who also live in the dorms, students learn the flexibility and spirit of cooperation needed for living happily with others. During quiet evening study hours, many students choose to settle in their rooms to prepare for class the next morning, while others choose to study in groups in the dorm common room or head to the library, science center, or other designated place of study. The dorms also serve as a comfortable social environment in which students develop lasting friendships with peers and faculty. Living closely with other young people from widely differing backgrounds is one of the most rewarding experiences of Summer Session.

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+Will I have free time?

Yes, plenty! Days are structured to allow time for required classes, activities, and appointments. There is also ample time for individual study and relaxation, as well as social events or a 10-minute walk to downtown Andover. During free time, students may use athletic facilities, visit campus museums, study in the library, walk to town for ice cream or to stock up on snacks for their dorm rooms, or simply hang out with friends on the Great Lawn. Part of the Summer Session experience is learning how to manage one’s time and be independent.

+What kinds of rules are there?

We expect all students to come to Phillips Academy for a serious purpose and be prepared to engage in a challenging academic experience. Students joining our community are required to treat others with respect and take responsibility for their own actions, whether or not those actions are explicitly covered by the rules. Rules and regulations, such as prohibitions on smoking and drug and alcohol use, are clearly noted in the Summer Session Handbook, which is mailed to admitted students and their families. Students sign a community agreement, thus committing to living honestly, safely, responsibly, and respectfully in a multicultural setting.

+May I leave campus during the day?

Students may go to the town of Andover in the afternoons and early evenings. Upper School students may leave campus on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and all day on Sunday (on a Day Excuse) with house counselor permission and written parental consent on file. Lower School Institute (LSI) students are not allowed to take Day Excuses.

+Who will look after me during my stay at Andover?

Experienced, enthusiastic, and caring house counselors get to know each student personally and help students adapt to dorm living. House counselors, who often serve as teachers during Summer Session, will help with any questions or concerns. The main point of contact for students and parents, house counselors write a report at the end of the five weeks about each student’s Summer Session experience.

+How should my family and friends address mail to me?

Families and friends may send mail and packages to: YOUR NAME Phillips Academy Summer Session 180 Main Street Andover, MA 01810. All mail and packages will be held in the mail room in George Washington Hall. You will be assigned a personal mail box when you arrive. If you receive a package, you will be notified by email. The mail room operating hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

(MS)2

+Is there a cost to attend (MS)2?

No. (MS)2 is free of charge for all students selected. Scholars attend on full scholarships for three consecutive summers. Included are room and meals, textbooks, course materials, health insurance (if the family does not have it), and transportation to and from the program. The scholar is responsible for incidental personal expenses during the five weeks (e.g., laundry).

+Is transportation to (MS)2 covered if I am accepted?

Yes. The program will cover the accepted student’s round-trip transportation costs from a major airport near your home city to Andover.

+What are the characteristics of a successful applicant?

We are looking for motivated students who are have a demonstrated interest in math and science, are interested in working hard during their summers, and are prepared to experience living away from home.

+Is there an admissions interview?

All applicants are notified in early February by email if they are finalists for the (MS)2 program. Finalists must have a personal interview that will take place in their home city or via Skype. We encourage an adult family member or guardian to attend the 30-minute interview. During the first 20 minutes, the finalist is interviewed individually, and then the family member(s) is invited to ask questions.

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+What should I wear for the interview?

Applicants should wear what they feel comfortable in. Suggestions include: a shirt with a collar and trousers, a sweater and pants, blouse and skirt or slacks, a dress.

+Can my parents bring me to campus?

Yes. Most families do not live close enough to bring their student to Andover, but for those who do, it is the expectation parents leave campus once their child is registered and settled into the dorm.

+What will my dorm be like?

Dormitories vary in size, ranging from five to 45 students with a house counselor to student ratio of nine to one. All dormitories have wireless access, and students are provided with a login and andover.edu email address upon arrival. Every dorm room is outfitted with bed linens, a pillow, blanket, and towels. Laundry machines are available in most dormitories and are pay-per-load.

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+Can my parents visit me during the summer?

Yes, but you may not miss any of your obligations. (MS)2 scholars have classes six days a week and are typically “free” from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening.

+What if my parent needs to reach me during the summer?

If there is an emergency at home, parents can call the (MS)2 office at (978) 749-4402, which is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During non-class hours and on weekends, parents may call the Public Safety office at (978) 749-4444 which is open 24/7 and can get hold of the (MS)2 Director and the scholar.

+Can I receive mail or packages?

Of course. Mail should be addressed to your student’s name c/o Phillips Academy, 180 Main Street Andover, MA 01810

Giving

+What does tuition cover?

Full tuition pays for only about half of the actual cost of educating a student. An Andover student’s education is funded by three primary sources: the Andover Fund (12%), the endowment (35%), and tuition (53%). Nearly half of our students receive financial aid. Thirteen percent receive full scholarships. Even students whose families pay full tuition are subsidized by the Andover Fund and income from the endowment.

+What is the Andover Fund?

The Andover Fund is a vital source of expendable support that impacts virtually every aspect of Academy life, from faculty and students to technology and facilities, as well as the arts and athletics. The Andover Fund offers alumni, parents, and friends of Phillips Academy a special opportunity to support the highest current priorities of the Academy through their annual unrestricted giving. Most importantly, this broad-based support reflects the combined philanthropy of generations of PA and AA alumni(ae) who give generously at all levels.

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+What is the difference between the Andover Fund and the Parent Fund?

The Parent Fund is part of the Andover Fund and offers parents the unique opportunity to get involved with the Andover community while having a direct impact on their student’s experience. Gifts made to the Parent Fund provide vital financial support to enhance important programs and initiatives that directly impact all students.

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+Andover has an endowment; why not use that instead?

The income from Phillips Academy’s endowment is one of the principal sources of funding for the Academy and is used every year to support campus priorities. The Academy manages the endowment very carefully, drawing only a certain percentage of income each year to ensure the endowment is available for future generations of students. However, much of that income is restricted to certain purposes and cannot replace unrestricted current dollars necessary for day-to-day operating expenses.

+Why is participation so important?

Participation builds a strong and critical base of donors. It builds momentum that inspires others to give. Alumni, parents, and friends are more likely to make a gift if a significant number of their peers are contributing. Participation is an expression of confidence in the Academy’s mission.

+Can I match my gift?

Many companies will match your contribution as an employee/spouse, thereby doubling your gift to Andover. Click here for the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) corporate matching gift database (http://www.matchinggifts.com/andover) and instant online access to employers’ matching gift programs or check with your human resource office for the correct form.

+May I make a pledge or recurring gift?

Yes! Andover encourages donors to make pledges that will be paid in the current fiscal year. Alumni can also choose to make a multi-year pledge that will count toward their five-year reunion total. You may make recurring (multi-month or multi-year) gifts through our online transaction form linked below. This option allows you the flexibility to make a gift to Andover by spreading your contribution over time.

+What if I need more information?

Contact Nicole Cherubini, Director of Development, by phone 978-749-4288, or by email at ncherubini@andover.edu or write to her at: Office of Academy Resources Phillips Academy 180 Main Street Andover, MA 01810-4161

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Emergency Preparedness

+What has Phillips Academy done to prepare for emergencies?

Phillips Academy maintains a set of crisis management protocols that spell out responses for adults to follow for some of the most common kinds of emergencies such as a fire, hurricane, drug or alcohol overdose, or injuries. Beyond this, the school has also been developing a comprehensive, department-by-department disaster management plan to guide faculty, administration, and staff in responding to and recovering from the widest range of emergencies. The plan is geared first and foremost toward the protection and care of students and other members of our community. Perhaps the most important asset in responding to emergencies is the Academy’s well-prepared Crisis Management Team. This group of Academy staff, faculty, and administrators gather quickly, assess needs, implement appropriate responses, and communicate with internal audiences and parents as necessary. During the last year, the CMT has met frequently to discuss and plan contingencies for situations that might arise from local or national threats. While the school has a number of tools it can use to communicate information in an emergency—Facebook, Twitter, the website, and email—in a fast moving crisis the school also has a text/voicemail notification system that it will use to send out messages to the cell phones of students, faculty, staff, and parents.

+How does the Academy keep parents informed in an emergency?

In an emergency on campus when parents are not immediately able to contact their children or their children’s house counselors or cluster deans by telephone, parents should: Call the Office of the Dean of Students’ 978-749-4175. If there is no answer, dial the dean of students’ emergency hotline (978-749-4170). This line will be staffed during emergencies and contain a recorded message at other times. If the Academy’s local or regional phone service is disrupted, call the off-campus toll-free number at 877-445-5477 for a recorded message that will be updated regularly with information and instructions. Check your cell phone for text and voicemail messages sent from the school’s emergency alert system. Check for email messages from the Head of School. In order to reach the greatest number of parents by email, we ask that all parents submit an email address that they check often to the Office of the Dean of Students at kmorrissey@andover.edu. Check the Academy website at www.andover.edu, Facebook page, and Twitter feed for information and instructions.

+What would you do if you had to evacuate the campus?

As long as the campus is not specifically affected by an emergency, the Academy has the ability to shelter students in place for an extended period of time. Paresky Commons has the ability to feed students for up to a week without outside delivery. The campus power plant can operate even when regional electric services are affected. However, the Academy has worked in partnership with local public safety officials to plan for an emergency that might require students to evacuate the campus. Within Andover the Academy would work with local public safety officials to evacuate to one of Andover’s public schools. If the Academy needs to evacuate beyond the town of Andover, local public safety officials will assist in arranging transportation, if the Academy’s usual transportation carriers are unable to respond.

+What would the Academy do if it had to shut down and air travel were not possible?

In a situation where students were unable to travel from campus by air, the Academy would attempt to make other arrangements for transportation. If other means of transportation for students were not available or practical because of distance, the Academy would keep the student on campus or make arrangements for him or her to stay with a local family, with the approval of the student’s parent.

+Where does the Academy get its water, and what would it do if the water became contaminated?

The water supply for the town of Andover is Haggetts Pond, located in Andover. The town has long had an emergency response plan in place to protect the water supply. Water quality is monitored as it is brought into the town’s water treatment plant, and any significant change in quality is quickly detected. Following treatment, water is pumped to several covered reservoirs in town. These reservoirs distribute water by gravity to schools, residences, and businesses throughout town. In an emergency, when water use might be restricted, the reservoirs contain a five to seven day supply of water. Should Haggetts Pond be contaminated, the treatment plant could be shut down until the Board of Health determines the water is safe to drink. In addition, the town has security procedures in place to prevent entry into and damage or contamination of the treatment plant itself. Finally, the Academy’s food service provider would work with its regular suppliers to obtain bottled water for the community, should it become necessary.

+Is Phillips Academy at risk from radiation exposure in the event of an accident at the Seabrook Nuclear Plant in Seabrook, N.H?

Andover is located outside the immediate impact area of the Seabrook nuclear reactor. In fact, towns in the Andover area have been designated to receive evacuees in the event of an accident or vandalism to the Seabrook plant. The Academy has identified evacuation destinations and transportation to get there should evacuation be required.

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