Phillips Academy, better known as Andover, is a coeducational independent boarding high school of 1,100 students that is known for its excellent academic program. Andover, founded in 1778, is located in Andover, Mass., 21 miles north of Boston, on a magnificent 500-acre campus.
Andover students come from almost every state. International students come from over 35 countries. Students of color represent over one-third of the student body. The average class size is 13 and the student/teacher ratio is 5 to 1. More than 40 percent of the students receive partial to full scholarships. The financial aid scholarship grants exceed $14 million annually and there is a “need blind” admission policy. There are over 300 academic course offerings, including nine 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. The vast majority of the faculty live on campus. Andover’s endowment exceeds $670 million.
Andover has exchange programs with China, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia and India. The Oliver Wendell Holmes Library has 120,000 volumes. There are two museums on campus: 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. The Class of 2009 sent graduates to over 90 universities and colleges, including 14 to Yale, 12 to Stanford, 13 to Princeton, and 19 to Harvard.
Notable alumni include Samuel F. B. Morse, Oliver Wendell Holmes, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Benjamin M. Spock, M. D., John F. Kennedy, Jr., Jack Lemmon, Dana Delany, Julia Alvarez, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Bill Belichick and Chris Hughes.
Jane Fried, dean of admission, and Jim Ventre, director of financial aid and admission operations, will discuss boarding school life, present a DVD about Phillips Academy and answer questions at “An Evening With Andover,” on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 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 more information concerning Andover, see
or call the Phillips Academy Admission Office at (978) 749-4050.