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About This School

The Shipley School is a private high school in Bryn Mawr. The principal of The Shipley School is Steven S. Piltch, whose e-mail is spiltch@shipleyschool.org. 835 students attend The Shipley School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at The Shipley School is 8:1. Harriton Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 84%
Black, non-Hispanic 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4%
Asian 4%
Multiracial 3%
Hispanic 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been going to Shipley since my 9th grade year. At first felt it was a preppy school and I didn't like it. However by the end of my freshman year i came to enjoy my school. It is a great community where everyone is welcoming. Our school is now becoming more diverse i believe and I think it is a great school. Teachers are always willing to do whatever is necessary for their students. Also many bonds form between students and teachers. It truly is a good school. Going into my senior year I would not rather be anywhere else.

  • (5 years ago)

    I've been at this school since fifth grade and i can honestly say I wouldn't rather be anywhere else. The enviroment in Shipley is just impeccable and though the shool isnt perfect it's darn near there. Most of the teachers are very nice and as the for the ones who arent; well every highschool has them. The standard of education is better than any school in the area the only school who even slightly rivals us is Haverford and haverford is an all boys school and the enviroment of single sex schools is much different from the rest. The arts would definetly have to be our strength though we do have a few competitive athletic teams. The only problem I have with Shipley is the lack of diversity and I believe we now have a diversity sector of admissions to work on that problem.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been at Shipley for 10 years since Kindergarten and I am now in 9th grade. I used to enjoy school very much especially in lower school and in my early years of miidle school But now I am not enjoying it at all. There are huge racial and socioeconmic divisions within the student body and it causes tension outcasts and bullying. Many of the teachers are less than enthusiastic about teaching and do not make learning fun or are just not very knowlegdeable . Although the school is supposed to be centered on academics school life is really all about athletics even though Shipley rarely has competitive teams. This causes more social outcasts and academic neglect. Moreover the head of school Dr. Piltch sounds very good while giving speeches but is never available or involved in school life.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been going to this school for 8 years and I am in 7th grade this is the greatest school ever! All the teachers are so nice the only problem I have is their encouragment in the arts and drama and stuff i would rather be out on the fields but i can deal with it i only have music twice a week and i have sports and recess every day!

  • (6 years ago)

    i love my school. shipley is a great place to learn make friends and have fun. the lower school teachers are very kind and the facilities are wonderful. the middle school is awesome. the sixth and eigth grade teams are much above par. the seventh grade team is not quite up there but still very good. kirsten small the generations project and the holocaust curriculum make this a memorable year. the upper school is wonderful. the athletics program is the best of any independent school's in the state and the latin program is among the best in the country. shipley is an amazing school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Outstanding well-rounded school. Teachers honestly care about the well-being of students and families. School strikes nice balance between rigorous academic environment and extracurricular opportunities. School nurtures children to accept personal responsibility and do their best. Strong administrative leadership. Couldn't be happier.

  • (8 years ago)

    Shipley has an excellent academic program and wonderful parent involvement and extra curricular activiites. They inspire a love of learning in the students. Some of the teachers are a little less than enthusiastic but overall the staff is great. There are however other problems at the school. Racial tension is an ongoing underlying problem at Shipley that the school administration refuses to deal with adequately. Sad that such a fine school is weakened by racism and socioeconomic classism. Dr. Piltch take your head out of the sand!

  • (8 years ago)

    The parent involvement in the lower school is strong. There has been a lot of turn over in the lower school in the last 10 years. The middle school is much stronger academically than the lower school. I don't know much about the upper school except that it has a good arts department. The head master Steve Piltch is very eloquent when he speaks. Unfortunately when you need him and no one is looking he will not be there. He is all show.

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