The Pike School

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The Pike School
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The Pike School
Non Sibi Solum
34 Sunset Rock Road
Andover, Massachusetts, 01810
United States
Coordinates 42°37′54″N 71°07′55″W / 42.631702°N 71.131878°W / 42.631702; -71.131878Coordinates: 42°37′54″N 71°07′55″W / 42.631702°N 71.131878°W / 42.631702; -71.131878
Founded 1926
Head of school John "Muddy" Waters
Grades Pre-Kindergarten - 9
Gender Coeducational
Age range 4 - 15
Number of students 439
Average class size 15
Student to teacher ratio 2.58:1[citation needed]
Language English
Color(s) Green, orange, white               
Team name The Fighting Quills
School fees $430 - 2,390
Tuition $15,065 - 30,950 [1]
Alumni >2000[2]
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The Pike School, founded in 1926 by Cynthia E. Pike, is an independent co-ed day school in Andover, Massachusetts that serves students in grades pre-kindergarten through ninth. The motto, "non sibi solum," translates into "not for one's self alone." The current Head of School is John "Muddy" Waters; however, the Board of Trustees governs the institution. Waters has been the Head of School since 1994. He is the sixth to have that title in Pike's history.[3]

About 439 students are enrolled annually.[citation needed] The school is divided into three sections: Lower School (pre-kindergarten through second grade), Middle School (third grade through fifth grade), and Upper School (sixth grade through ninth grade).

Additionally, the 7th grade of the Upper School annually contributes to a Thanksgiving food drive for Lazarus House, a shelter in Lawrence, MA. Campaigning consists of on-campus advertising and student speeches, collecting food in boxes, and food organization.[4]


The Pike School was founded by Cynthia E. Pike in 1926 as a small one-teacher homeschool with six local students. It has moved campus three times since then (to Shawsheen Village, Hidden Road, then to its current location). The School was incorporated as a non-profit educational institution in 1944. It was approved by the Association of Independent Schools in New England and is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.[5]

Upper School[edit]


The current head of the upper school is Colleen Welsh. There are thirty four teachers in the Upper School in total.[citation needed]

Student organization[edit]

The average class size in the Upper School is 14 to 16 students. Each grade consists of around 60 students. Students are divided into four travel groups. Each travel group takes the same classes together apart from Math, foreign languages, and Latin. Typically, three out of four of the World Languages travel groups (45 students) go to Spanish; the other 15 students take French. As of the 2013-2014 school year, student schedules are broken up into seven days, with 6 academic periods per day.


Fall sports:

Winter sports:

Spring sports:


Art club Drama club

  • F.W.D./Forward (Future With Diversity- open to students of color)
  • Multi-Cultural Group (open to all students)
  • Sprites
  • Rock band
  • Claymation
  • Improv club
  • Library club
  • Speech team


A photo of Pike's Dahod Center

The current campus was established in 1963 on 35 acres of land at Sunset Rock Road.[6] It encompasses four major buildings, one gymnasium, three playgrounds, two parking lots, and four fields along its one-way driveway. Home sports games are held in the fields during the fall and spring seasons. The Middle School takes classes in the Horne building, and the Upper School students' classes are held in the Farnsworth building.

In September 2008, Pike opened the Dahod Center for Community and Creative Thinking. The Dahod Center includes a new performing arts theater and expanded arts facilities.

Speech team[edit]

The Pike School is also known for its speech team's exceptional performance in high-level tournaments.[7] The Pike School Speech Team competes in the Massachusetts Middle School Forensics League's Junior Forensics Finals annually and has received the "School of Excellence" award at the NJFL nationals for the past 8 years.[8]