The Shipley School
814 Yarrow Street
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Shipley was founded in 1894 by three sisters to prepare students for Bryn Mawr College. Their establishment was to be far more than a finishing school. In the fall of 1894, when the School opened with six students and nine faculty members, a philosophy of education was established that would guide the School for over a hundred years, up to the present time. By 1950 the School was enrolling some 340 students, one third of whom were in Pre-School through Grade Seven. Half of the Upper School students were boarders from all over the country, as well as Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Shipley graduates were going to colleges beyond Bryn Mawr-to the other traditional women’s colleges as well as coeducational schools. In the 1970s and ’80s Shipley underwent two dramatic changes. It started accepting boys and it closed the boarding department. In2002 a 20 million dollar renovation was completed and the Beechwood house opened.
Because of their mission, which drives everything they do. They are committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and a compassionate participation in the world.
Because of their commitment to our motto: Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing.
Because their small classes promote the close student-teacher relationships that are critical to learning.
Because a balanced life is assured with opportunities in athletics, the arts, service learning, and other activities that complement their strong academic program.
Because Shipley’s size makes possible involvement in a variety of activities.
Because there is no Shipley mold; everyone can be him or herself and find her or his niche and role.
Because character education at all levels and an atmosphere of civility and respect permeate all parts of the school, from the classroom to community life to the playing fields.
Because in their coeducational atmosphere boys and girls are equally respected for their unique strengths and needs. Because at Shipley boys learn to listen and girls find their voices.
Because their students develop a commitment to contribute to the world.
Because Shipley cultivates adventurous minds.