Perkiomen School, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania


Solvitur Vivendo (It is Solved through Living)

Risk being your best every day at Perk. In preparing individuals for success in college and life, we nurture common sense, a sense of justice, a sense of honor, a sense of responsibility and a sense of humor. The Perkiomen School is a traditional coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school where structure, support, self-discipline, and integrity are valued. Perkiomen admits students in grades six through twelve and offers a year for postgraduate students.

Perk is located in Greater Philadelphia. Within walking distance of campus 50 shops, restaurants, banks, and salons are available for students. The Lehigh Valley is to the north (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton), Philadelphia is 49 miles to our south, and New York City is only 104 miles east. Perkiomen is convenient to some of the nation’s finest cultural and educational institutions, great shopping and entertainment, and beautiful countryside with skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and much more. 

Perkiomen students learn through experience and active inquiry. Each student is challenged to excel academically. Students are exposed to new ideas and to friendships spanning differing races, socio-economic groups, religions, interests, and learning styles; thus, preparing them for a competitive world. Perkiomen has always been and always will be about changing lives. We are committed to creating experiences that will prepare our students to excel in college and life in a world community.

There are six residence halls on campus for our boarding students. Kriebel Hall holds three floors and houses boys along with Schultz Hall, a two-floor dormitory. Girls live in Ruhl Hall, a two-floor dormitory, as well as three smaller cottages, Duyckinck Hall, Fritz Cottage and the Christman House. Each room provides a bed, bureau, desk, closet and safe for each student. All rooms have Internet connections as well as a telephone line. Window blinds are in all rooms, and beds are twin size with extra-long bedding if needed. Cork strips are provided in all rooms to hang posters. Televisions are available in the lounges and are not allowed in rooms. Students are responsible for the care of their personal property, room and equipment.

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The Perkiomen School offers a superb college preparatory education—from a middle school experience that nurtures independent inquiry, to the latest instructional technology applied in innovative ways. Perk students have the chance to take on many original and intriguing challenges—creating their own works of historical fiction, managing mock political campaigns, even investigating simulated homicides in Forensic Science. With a 7 to 1 student teacher ratio, Perk’s small classes allow learning to become truly interactive.

At Perk, we believe that to learn and grow into responsible citizens of the world requires a certain kind of risk, a willingness to face new challenges. Take Mandarin Chinese, try out for a sport you have never played before—or hit the crime lab to find a killer. Of course, you will make a mistake or two. Just be sure you learn from the experience.

The Upper School at Perk offers students in grades nine through twelve a rich college preparatory curriculum. World language study includes Spanish, Latin, German and Chinese. Students may also select from a variety of electives such as Astronomy, Ceramics and Sculpture, Ethics, Environmental Topics, Introduction to Acting, Multicultural America and Philosophy.

Perk’s academic program provides ample challenge for even the best students. One such highlight is the Senior Seminar, a small interactive class focusing on independent research and culminating in a digital senior thesis. Nine honors courses and 28 advanced placement courses are offered. The Upper School curriculum prepares students for challenging college programs. Each student carries five major courses and any required minor courses, such as Health. A sixth major course may be elected with the permission of the Head of the Upper School. Senior year students must attend all classes on campus. In order to graduate and earn a diploma, students must accumulate a minimum of 60 academic credits.

Tuition & Required Fees 2016 

US$ 55,400 Boarding tuition
US$ 10,900 ESL fee
US$   2,500 Incidental Account Deposit
US$   1,875 Health Insurance

Tuition includes academic training and access to teachers during study hall periods, room and board (lunch for day students), college counseling, 24-hour access to the health center and all basic health center expenses, facility access including access to the library, computer center, and athletic facility, and many school-sponsored academic, athletic and recreational activities.

Technology Fee includes access to the internet in classrooms and dormitories, wireless network access at key locations across campus, a school e-mail account and storage space on the school server, Activboards in all classrooms, telephone service, and ongoing maintenance and improvement to the network and computing resources on campus.