Westtown School

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Westtown School
WesttownSchool.jpg
Address
975 Westtown Road
West Chester, PA 19382
USA
Information
TypePrivate
Religious affiliation(s)Quaker
Established1799 C.E.
Head of schoolTori Jueds
Faculty118
Enrollment665
Average class size15 students
Campus size600 acres
Color(s)Brown, white, and blue
Athletics21 Varsity Teams
MascotMoose
RivalGeorge School
PublicationWestonian
NewspaperBrown and White
YearbookAmicus
Website

Westtown School is a Quaker, coeducational, college preparatory day and boarding school for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, located in eastern Pennsylvania.

About Westtown School[edit]

Founded in 1799 by the Religious Society of Friends, Westtown’s Campus is located in Chester County, PA, 25 miles west of Philadelphia. In 1799, Westtown was around one day’s carriage ride from Philadelphia.

Westtown is a Quaker school affiliated with the Friends General Conference branch of the Religious Society of Friends. All students are required to attend Meeting for Worship together with adults in the community who voluntarily attend (boarding students are required to attend Westtown Monthly Meeting on Sundays as well). Westtown uses the traditional Quaker practice of coming to unity in making some high-level decisions.

Westtown has been a coeducational school since its founding in 1799. Students come from many states and foreign countries.

The 2018 documentary, We Town, is about the 2016-2017 Upper School Basketball Team, featuring Mo Bamba. It chronicles the quest of the team to win the State Championship.

All school energy is purchased from renewable sources.

Currently, students at Westtown come from 20 states and 20 countries.

History[edit]

Westtown School first opened in May 1799. It was founded by Philadelphia Quakers who raised the money to build a boarding school and purchased land a full day’s carriage ride from Philadelphia—where they could provide a “guarded education in a healthy environment" away from the secular influences of the city. For many years, Westtown was nearly self-sufficient, with the campus providing raw materials used in the construction of its buildings and food for the people who lived and worked at the school.

Boys and girls had separate classes until about 1870. Boys learned useful skills such as woodshop, surveying, and bookkeeping, and girls had classes like sewing. However, Westtown eventually recognized that students of both genders should know basic academic subjects such as reading, penmanship, grammar, mathematics, geography, and science.

The 1880s brought physical changes to Westtown. The main building was replaced with a structure designed by architect Addison Hutton, which was completed in 1888 and is still in use today. During the 20th century, the student body and the curriculum both became more diverse. Visual and performing arts were added, for example, and non-Quakers, African-American, and international students were eventually admitted.

Westtown’s Esther Duke Archives is a facility dedicated to collecting and maintaining materials relating to the people and history of the school. Students and historians alike use the Archives for historical research.

Westtown's Campus[edit]

Westtown is located on a campus in southern Pennsylvania. The campus is 600 acres, including a 14 acre lake.

Notable alumni[edit]

Photo gallery[edit]

References[edit]

https://www.westtown.edu/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°56′58″N 75°32′16″W / 39.9494°N 75.5379°W / 39.9494; -75.5379