Phillips Academy, better known as Andover, is a coeducational independent boarding high school of approximately 1,100 students that is known for its excellent academic program. Andover, founded in 1778, is located in Andover, Massachusetts, 21 miles north of Boston, on a magnificent 500 acre campus.
Andover students come from almost every state. International students come from over 40 countries and represent 8 percent of the student body. The average class size is 13, and the student/teacher ratio is 5 to 1. Forty-six percent of the students receive partial to full scholarships. The financial aid scholarship grants exceed $18 million annually and there is a “need blind” admission policy. There are over 300 academic course offerings, including eight world languages. There are 100-plus musical/theatre/dance performances annually, over 30 different athletic options, 70-plus ongoing community service projects and over 100 student organizations. Ninety percent of the faculty live on campus. Andover’s endowment is almost $800 million.
Andover has exchange programs with China, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia and India. The Oliver Wendell Homes Library has 120,000 volumes. There are two museums on campus: The Addison Gallery of American Art and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology. Andover has its own health center that includes 18 beds and a full-time physician.
Graduates of the Class of 2012 attend many colleges and universities, including Amherst, Brown, Berkeley, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania and Yale.
Notable alumni include Julia Alvarez, Bill Belichick, Humphrey Bogart, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Dana Delany, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Chris Hughes, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Jack Lemmon, Caroline Lind, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Samuel F. B. Morse, Frederick Law Olmstead, and Benjamin M. Spock, M.D.
William D. Leahy, director of admission, will discuss boarding school life, present a DVD about Phillips Academy and answer questions at “An Evening With Andover,” on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Lisa and George Bartlett in Rancho Santa Fe. RSVP to the Bartletts at (858) 756-7686. For move information concerning Andover, visit www.andover.edu or call the Phillips Academy Admission Office at (978) 749-4050.