Class Acts

Top-notch academics? That’s pretty much a given at Philly’s private high schools. It’s special programs — inside and outside the classroom — that make a certain place stand out as the perfect choice for your child. From advanced science and technology offerings to international exchange and in-depth community service, here’s an honor roll of schools that excel in eight major areas


Malvern Preparatory School
Boys-only day, grades 6-12; tuition $23,550. 418 South Warren Avenue, Malvern, 484-595-1100,

The Malvern Prep Friars make it look almost too easy. With 95 percent student participation in athletics, the Friars won league championships in baseball, golf, cross country, football, swimming, lacrosse and track this past school year, tallying a record 61 points in interleague play and garnering the Inter-Academic League’s all-sport Heyward Cup for the second year in a row. To help the school’s young superstars reach their potential, a certified specialist oversees their workouts at an 8,000-square-foot strength and conditioning center. The school even houses indoor rowing tanks, where last year’s undefeated varsity quad trained before taking first place at nationals. Malvern Prep, however, doesn’t deserve a jock-school image, says communications director Jim Mack — athletics here serve to “balance an excellent academic tradition.” — B.S.

The Baldwin School. This fall, Baldwin is boosting its already impressive commitment to girls’ athletics: Its brand-new sports facility comes complete with squash courts and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Girls-only day, preK-12; tuition $24,775. 701 West Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, 610-525-2700,

The Episcopal Academy. Fulfilling the “body” part of its “mind, body, and spirit” credo, Episcopal unveils extensive new athletic facilities this fall as part of its move to Newtown Square. Co-ed day, preK-12; tuition $25,400. 1785 Bishop White Drive, Newtown Square, 484-424-1400,

Germantown Academy. The baseball squad defeated nationally ranked Malvern Prep 9-3 to win the state title last year, and the school enjoys an annual all-sports showdown with William Penn Charter on GA/PC Day — or is that PC/GA Day? Co-ed day, preK-12; tuition $24,280. 340 Morris Road, Fort Washington, 215-646-3300,

William Penn Charter School. They may attend the world’s oldest Quaker school, but Penn Charter’s athletes have plenty of fight in them; the football program trained this year’s highest-drafted quarterback, Matt Ryan, before he hit the big time. Co-ed day, K-12; tuition $23,220. 3000 West School House Lane, 215-844-3460,