School Details

The Shipley School

814 Yarrow St, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 525-4300

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-12 835 students 8 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

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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, who can be contacted at 835 students attend The Shipley School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at The Shipley School is 8:1. Harriton Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 84% %
Black, non-Hispanic 7% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% %
Asian 4% %
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Without Shipley I would be lost. Maybe even worse. I had no idea that people actually cared for kids this much. I want to move back to the main line to send my kids to Shipley. Can I go back again?

  • (8 months ago)

    We have 5 children at Shipley ranging from Lower through Upper School. Every step of the way we have found the teachers and administrators to be incredibly kind and supportive; they are always available to my children and to us. My children are encouraged to take risks and try new things but in an environment in which they feel safe and supported. They are challenged by Shipley's rigorous academics but not overwhelmed by work. They can be on the soccer team and in the school play. They can be in Chess Club and play Varsity Baseball. I think the right word to use is "Balance". I am watching my children develop into well-rounded confident young adults and I am thrilled that we have chosen Shipley for our family.

  • (8 months ago)

    I had an older child who went to the school so we were looking forward to have our daughter apply to grade 9. We were totally turned off by the admission counselor/lacrosse coach....he was rude out of breath and couldn't wait to get the tour over with. She is now happy at Agnew Irwin

  • (9 months ago)

    At Shipley we talk a lot about educating the whole child from academics athletics arts and character. The thing we don't talk about that always amazes me is how involved Shipley parents are in school activities and how open and encouraging the school administration is to that involvement. When we found Shipley we found the right place for our kids to learn and grow and a wonderful community for our family to be part of.

  • (9 months ago)

    I would not recommend this school. Varsity basketball coach is not good. academcs are so-so....hardly worth the money

  • (11 months ago)

    I went to Shipley from Pre-K to 12th grade and my experience there was extraordinary. I always found myself surrounded by adults who encouraged me to find my own path toward intellectual and personal growth. Additionally my peers were thoughtful diverse in both background and opinion and talented. During my senior year I took an independent study The History and Politics of the Cold War that helped prepare me greatly for my freshman writing and history classes at Harvard. Similarly the relationships with my teachers in high school taught me how to form strong bonds with my professors. All-in-all Shipley was a rigorous but supportive place that prepared me greatly for success in college.

  • (1 year ago)

    We spent a brief time on campus recently and found the staff to be intolerant rude and unwelcoming. There is a palpable culture of affluence that is exclusionary to the general middle class. It was very disappointing.

  • (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.

  • (6 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.

  • (6 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.

  • (7 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!

  • (7 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.

  • (8 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.

  • (9 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!

  • (9 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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