2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR - ADMISSION INFORMATION PACKET - Devon Preparatory School

 
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          Conducted by the Piarist Fathers
                  Founded 1956
DEVON PREP AT A GLANCE
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Roman Catholic, conducted by the Piarist Fathers

ENROLLMENT (as of August, 2016): Middle School: 67             High School: 200           Total: 267

STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO: 10:1

STUDENTS PER CLASS: Ranges 2 to 25, Average is 15

TUITION (2016-2017): Upper School – $22,900; Middle School – $19,900

LOCATION: 20 acre campus in Devon on Philadelphia’s Main Line. Devon Prep students hail from Delaware, Chester,
Montgomery and Bucks counties, as well as parts of Philadelphia.

SAT SCORES OF GRADUATES (three year avg.): CR: 642, M: 646, WR: 625 (1288 out of 1600 scale; 1913 out of 2400 scale)

COLLEGE PLACEMENT: 100% accepted to four-year colleges

ACCREDITATION: Middle States Association
MEMBERSHIP: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Association of Del. Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)

FACULTY: 36 total; 23 men; 13 women; 2 Piarist Fathers; 7 Alumni; 2 Alumni Parents

ALUMNI: More than 2,300 alumni living throughout the United States and in 16 countries worldwide. Devon Prep alumni
have gone on to become attorneys, medical doctors, college professors, CEOs and CFOs, clergy, actors, artists, and reporters.
Some notable Devon Prep alumni include:

             John LaPrise ’12: Professional Baseball Player, Toronto Blue Jays Organization
             Matt Huenerfauth ’97 Assistant Professor, Computer Science, City University of New York (CUNY), Queens
              College.
             Rev. Gerard J. Olinger, C.S.C ’97 Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Political Science,
              University of Portland
             Mark Malseed ’93 Author of several books including The Google Story, and chief researcher for Bob
              Woodward’s Plan of Attack and Bush at War.
             Dr. Colin Phoon ’81 Director of Pediatric & Fetal Echocardiography, New York School of Medicine, NYU.
             Dr. Richard Battafarano ’80 Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery , Associate Professor of Surgery
              University of Maryland Medical Center
             Daniel L. Shields III ’80 United States Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam
             Kevin Magee ’72 Executive Vice President, Fox News.
             Dr. Anthony Coletta ’71 Local surgeon who pioneered laparoscopic surgery.
             Robert Ambrogi ’67 Director of the American International School of Johannesburg; former Superintendent,
              International School of Islamabad, Pakistan.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES: 18 AP’s offered (Available beginning with sophomore year in Upper School) Biology,
Chemistry, Physics B, Physics C, Environmental Science, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Language & Composition,
Literature & Composition, European History, U.S. History, U.S. Government & Politics, Comparative Government, Human
Geography, Spanish Language, Introduction to Computer Principles, Economics.

             75% scoring “3” or better on AP Exams
              Class of 2016 (at the end of their junior year) – 7 AP Scholars with Distinction; 5 AP Scholars with Honor;
              14 AP Scholars

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS: More than 20% of our graduates are named Finalists, Semifinalists, or Commended
Students by the College Board in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. (Class of 2016: 5 Semifinalist and 6
commended students). A semifinalist represents less than one percent of the top High School seniors in the nation.
APPLICATION, SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
The Admissions Office uses a rolling admissions policy. We carefully review each candidate's application in order to render a
decision representing the best interests of both the candidate and the school. Each candidate must submit a completed
application with the $50 application fee. The candidate’s current school must send official transcripts and recommendation
forms to the Office of Admissions. In addition, we review each candidate's scores from our entrance exam, which is offered
several times throughout the school year. We strongly recommend scheduling a day-long “shadow visit” at which time the
applicant will be interviewed by a member of the Admissions Committee.

It is the responsibility of the applicant and his family to ensure that all application materials, including official transcripts
and recommendations, are submitted to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts and recommendations must be submitted
directly to the Office of Admissions by the applicant’s current school.

When the application process is complete, the family will be notified by mail of the Admissions Committee’s decision.
Accepted candidates must submit a $1,000 deposit (non-refundable, but credited toward tuition) to reserve a place in the
grade for which they have been accepted.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Each year, Devon Prep awards merit scholarships to applicants who have demonstrated academic achievement and who
display potential for continued success. Top scorers on the entrance exam will be notified of their eligibility to qualify for a
scholarship.* There are a number of merit scholarships for students, including:

●Rev. Ladislaus Magyar Scholarship - Honoring a Piarist Father who taught for 49 years.
●Martin J. Devine Scholarship - A memorial for the father of five Devon graduates.
●Kevin Flatley Scholarship - A memorial scholarship in honor of a former student.
●Martin W. Bowen Scholarship - A memorial scholarship for a former teacher.
●Rev. Stephen Bendik Scholarship - This scholarship was established as a memorial for a Piarist Father who taught
        at all four of the Piarist schools in the United States.
●Stephen and Bernice Senye Scholarship Fund - An endowment established by the first headmaster of Devon Prep.
●Headmaster's Scholarships - Awarded each year by the Headmaster to students displaying leadership and
        scholarship, characteristics of a Devon Prep student.

*Notification of scholarship eligibility is NOT a notification of acceptance. A completed application (including
recommendations and transcripts) must be submitted before an admission or scholarship decision can or will be made.

FINANCIAL AID
Those who wish to be considered for financial aid must submit their previous year’s tax return to Devon Prep and submit a
completed Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) to School & Student Services (SSS), administered by the National Association of
Independent Schools (NAIS). Because resources are limited, we recommend applying for aid as early as possible. We begin
reviewing financial applications as early as February of the school year prior to enrollment.
Please apply online at sss.nais.org.

TUITION, 2016-2017
       ●$22,900 - Upper School Student
       ●$19,900 - Middle School Student
       ●Activity fees, field trips, books and other incidental expenses total approximately $1,600 per student.
       ●Van service for students beyond 10-mile coverage area is $2,000 round-trip and $1,200 for one-way service.
          (Please see Transportation section for more information.)
       ●Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year will be announced in early 2017.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
There are several payment options available, including semester, quarterly and monthly plans. There is an additional fee if
the quarterly or monthly plans are selected. Please contact the Business Office to discuss the plan that is best suited to meet
your needs.
TRANSPORTATION
If any part of your school district is within ten driving miles of Devon Prep, your school district will provide
transportation for you. The following school districts provide transportation to Devon Prep students:

Great Valley                               Norristown                                 Springford
Haverford                                  Phoenixville                               Tredyffrin Easttown
Lower Merion                               Radnor                                     Upper Merion
Marple-Newtown                             Rose-Tree Media                            West Chester
Methacton                                  Springfield

For students living beyond the ten-mile limit, Devon Prep provides bus and van service for an additional charge
($2,000 round-trip; $1,200 one-way). Students living in the following areas have taken advantage of Devon Prep's
bus service:

Chester Springs                           Drexel Hill                                  Lansdowne
Collegeville                              Glenmoore                                    Upper Darby
Downingtown                               Jeffersonville

COLLEGE PLANNING & PLACEMENT
The College Counseling Program begins in high school when the director meets with students and parents to
discuss trends in grades and extracurricular activities. Freshman students will take the PSAT, the first of three
times, and begin working on their activities resume.

Students begin meeting with college representatives in the fall of their junior year. In the spring they attend an
information session with their parents on the college selection process, standardized testing programs and the
application process. Students will also hold personal interviews with the director who will review their essay,
guide the search process, and prepare them for the college admission interview.

In senior year, students meet with the director to review applications. Throughout the high school years, students
and parents are invited to a variety of presentations from experts in their field, ranging from college interviewing,
college funding to the “Letting Go” process.

The College Counseling Program has enjoyed considerable success. 100% of our graduates continue their
education at a four-year institution of higher learning.

ATHLETICS
The Devon Prep Athletic Department seeks to develop loyalty, sportsmanship, perseverance and leadership in
each of our students. We encourage students to participate in athletics, granting each student the opportunity
to continue playing his favorite sport or to try something new.

One of the great benefits of a small school such as Devon Prep is the opportunity for students to compete at a
high level. Relative to many of their peers at larger schools, Devon students enjoy an excellent opportunity to
compete at the varsity level on a regular basis.

                            Mascot: THE TIDE                          Colors: NAVY & GOLD
Middle School Soccer and Basketball compete in the Catholic Academy League, while Middle School Baseball
competes in the CYO League.

The Upper School competes in the Bicentennial League (PIAA) in Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country,
Golf, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track & Field and Soccer. Devon Prep sponsors a co-operative Lacrosse program with
Delaware County Christian School. We will also field freshman teams in Basketball and Soccer if participation
warrants.

                                        Bicentennial League Members

                Bristol High School                             Holy Ghost Preparatory School
                Calvary Christian Academy                       Jenkintown High School
                Christopher Dock Mennonite High School          Lower Moreland High School
                Church Farm School                              Mast Community Charter School
                Delaware County Christian School                Morrisville High School
                Devon Preparatory School                        New Hope-Solebury High School
                Faith Christian School                          Phil-Mont Christian Academy
                                                                Plumstead Christian High School

In recent years, our athletic teams have won numerous League and District championships:

        2015-16                 District Championship in Baseball
        2014-15                 District Championship in Baseball
        2014-15                 Bicentennial League Championship in Baseball
        2014-15                 Bicentennial League President’s Division Championship in Soccer
        2013-14                 State Championship in Baseball
        2013-14                 District Championship in Baseball
        2013-14                 Bicentennial League President’s Division Championship in Soccer
        2012-13                 Bicentennial League President’s Division Championship in Soccer
        2011-12                 District Championship in Basketball
        2010-11                 Bicentennial League Championship in Baseball
        2010-11                 District Championship in Basketball
        2009-10                 District Championship in Baseball
        2006-07                 District Championship in Cross Country
        2006-07                 SCCL Division Championship in Cross Country
        2005-06                 SCCL Divisional Championships in Golf, Basketball, Track, Cross Country
        2005-06                 District Championship in Cross Country
CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
We want you to get involved. You could stay with your favorite activity, or maybe you'll want to try something
new. Even if you've never written for a newspaper, or if you've never built a solar-powered car, you have
many opportunities at Devon Prep. Students with differing interests work together, achieve together, and
grow together. They learn about each other and they learn about themselves.
Academic Challenge Team Students compete against                 activities that incorporate the language and culture of
their peers, answering questions about literature, fine arts,    German-speaking countries. The German-American
history, current events, science and mathematics.                Partnership Program is an exchange program intended to
Art Club This provides an opportunity for members to             acquaint both German and American high school students
advance in the knowledge and practice of art. Members            with the educational system and lifestyle of the two
meet regularly to develop their skills and to learn to work      respective countries.
with various media. The Art Club is open to all students,        Jazz Band The school band instructs its members in the
including those who are not enrolled in art classes.             theory and practice of jazz performance. Numerous
Book Club This is a forum for students to meet and discuss       performances are given during the school year. Members of
books and films which they do not encounter as part of           this group receive academic credit for their work.
school curriculum. With guidance, students decide the works      Mock Trial This club participates in and supports mock trial
to be considered, as well as the essential questions raised by   competitions and tournaments. Students gain a basic
those works that focus the discussions.                          education of trial techniques and strategies, and develop an
Calasanctian The student yearbook staff works throughout         appreciation and general knowledge of the U.S. legal system.
the year creating an accurate record of the life of the school   Model U.N. Students engage in an authentic simulation of
community.                                                       the United Nations system by learning about the UN and the
Campus Ministry Promotes and supports the religious life         skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution, and
of our students, faculty and staff through Catholic Christian    negotiation. Team members learn about the workings of
religious activities.                                            world diplomacy through the lens of current events.
ChemClub Open to high school students, this invites,             Pro-Life Club This is open to all students who share a
motivates, and encourages students to explore chemistry          belief in the sanctity of human life from the moment of
beyond the classroom. The club is supported by the               conception to the moment of natural death. Programs
American Chemical Society, which provides themed quarterly       include weekly pro-life activities as well as participation in
packets that include experiments, demos and other activities     local and national Pro-Life rallies such as the “National Life
for students.                                                    Chain” and the annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C.
Chess Club Upper School and Middle School students learn         Science Olympiad This is a competitive program for
and play the classic strategy game. The club also competes       students who are enthusiastic about science. Some events
against local schools.                                           require knowledge of facts and concepts, while others
Choral Tide This vocal group gives students the                  require students to design and build devices that complete a
opportunity to express themselves artistically and to develop    given task. Event topics include all the science content areas
poise, self-esteem, and teamwork skills. The group is open to    along with basic engineering principles.
all students who have an interest in vocal music.                Solar Car Team Established in 2010, this is the first and
Christian Action Program (CAP) This group is a                   only high school team in Pennsylvania to participate in the
student-run community and volunteer service program that         Solar Car Challenge. The program is designed to motivate
assists the underprivileged and disabled. CAP sponsors a         students in STEM; science, technology, engineering and
food drive, a blood drive, a Christmas party, and events for     mathematics.
the children of St. Edmond’s Home. Last year’s “Up For A         Student Council The Student Council coordinates dances,
Cause” events raised more than $31,000 for St. Jude              tailgates, basketball games, prom, and various other
Children’s Research Hospital.                                    activities. Members often represent Devon Prep’s student
Devon Dialogue The student newspaper gives students a            body at events both on and off campus. Student council
basic understanding of journalism, photography, and              members are elected by fellow students, and active
newspaper writing techniques. Members write, edit, and           participation in the Student Council provides training for
layout the five issues published each school year. Exceptional   leadership, service, and loyalty.
commitment earns students entry into the Quill & Scroll          Stock Market Club This promotes an understanding of
International Journalism Honor Society.                          economic issues and complexities of the market, and helps
Drama Club Performing the annual school play and annual          students remain current with business news – an experience
school musical, this club offers participation in all areas of   that is enhanced through participation in real life stock
dramatics: production, acting, lighting, scene construction,     market games and trading during market hours.
management, etc. Guest actresses from local schools              Tidal Currents This is the annual publication for creative
participate in these productions.                                expression in writing, art, and photography by students of all
German Club This allows students to participate in               grades. Roles for students include publicity, peer editing, and
                                                                 graphic design.
COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES AND MATRICULATIONS                                      CLASSES of 2012-2016

Albright College                   Johns Hopkins University*               Texas Christian University
American University                Juniata College*                        Towson University
Assumption College*                King’s College                          Trinity College
Auburn University                  Lafayette College                       Tufts University
Ave Maria College                  LaSalle University*                     University of California– Davis
Babson College*                    Las Positas College*                    University of California– Santa Barbara
Baylor University                  Lebanon Valley College                  University of Central Florida
Boston College*                    Lehigh University*                      University of Chicago
Boston University*                 LeMoyne College*                        University of Cincinnati
Bucknell University*               Louisiana State University              University of Connecticut
Cabrini College                    Loyola University – Chicago*            University of Dallas*
Cambridge University (UK)          Loyola University - Maryland*           University of Dayton
Carnegie Mellon University         Loyola University – New Orleans*        University of Delaware*
Case Western Reserve University*   Loyola Marymount University             University of Denver
Catholic University of America*    Lynchburg College                       University of Georgia
Christendom College                Marietta College                        University of Illinois- Urbana
Clemson University                 Marist College*                         University of LaVerne*
Coastal Carolina University        Marquette University                    University of Maine
College of Charleston              Marywood College                        University of Maryland
College of the Holy Cross          Massachusetts Institute of Technology   University of Massachusetts
College of New Jersey              McDaniel University                     University of Miami
College of William & Mary          McGill University*                      University of Minnesota*
Colorado State University          Merrimack College                       University of New Hampshire
Columbia University                Miami University                        University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Cooper Union*                      Misericordia University                 University of North Carolina Wilmington
Cornell University*                Mississippi State University            University of Notre Dame*
Dartmouth College                  Mount St. Mary’s University*            University of Pennsylvania*
DePaul University                  Muhlenberg College                      University of Pittsburgh*
DeSales University                 New York University                     University of Redlands
Dickinson College*                 North Carolina State University         University of Rhode Island
Drew University*                   Northeastern University*                University of Richmond*
Drexel University*                 Northwestern University*                University of Rochester
Duke University*                   Ohio State University *                 University of the Sciences*
Duquesne University*               Olin College of Engineering*            University of Scranton*
East Carolina University           Penn State University*                  University of South Carolina*
Elizabethtown College              Princeton University*                   University of Southern California
Elon University                    Providence College*                     University of Tampa
Emerson College                    Purdue University                       University of Texas
Emory University                   Quinnipiac University                   University of Virginia*
Fairfield University               Randolph Macon College*                 University of Washington
Flagler College                    Rensselear Polytechnic Institute*       University of Wisconsin-Madison
Florida Institute of Technology    Rice University*                        Ursinus College*
Fordham University*                Rider University                        Vanderbilt University
Franciscan University*             Rochester Institute of Technology*      Vassar College
Franklin & Marshall College        Rosemont College                        Villanova University*
George Mason University            Rutgers University                      Virginia Tech*
George Washington University*      Seton Hall University*                  Wake Forest University
Georgetown University*             Southern Methodist University           Washington & Jefferson College
Georgia Tech*                      St. Bonaventure University              Washington & Lee University*
Gettysburg College*                St. Francis University*                 Washington College*
Green Mountain College             St. John’s University                   Wentworth Institute of Technology
Grove City College*                St. Joseph’s University*                West Chester University*
Hartwick College*                  St. Louis University                    West Virginia University*
Harvard University                 St. Peter’s College                     Wheaton College
Haverford College                  St. Vincent College*                    Wheeling Jesuit University
High Point University*             Stevens Institute of Technology         Widener University*
Hofstra University*                Stevenson University                    Wilkes University
Illinois Institute of Technology   Stonehill College                       Williams College*
Immaculata University              Stony Brook University                  Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Imperial College (UK)              Suffolk University                      Xavier University*
Indiana University*                SUNY-Environmental Science & Forestry   York College of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of PA           Susquehanna University*
Ithaca College                     Syracuse University                     *Indicates a DP Alumnus is currently
James Madison University*          Temple University*                      enrolled.
PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION OF DEVON PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Devon Preparatory School is a private Roman Catholic college preparatory school, owned and conducted by the Piarist
fathers, for young men in grades six through twelve. The Piarist Order, founded over four centuries ago by St. Joseph
Calasanctius, is dedicated to the education of youth. The Devon Prep community of Piarists, lay teachers, administrators,
staff, parents, alumni, and friends is committed to the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development of all its
students.

Small classes and a focused liberal arts curriculum encourage intellectual curiosity and creativity on the part of the students
in their search for Truth through the pursuit of knowledge.

A diverse extracurricular program promotes social growth and nurtures leadership, individual skills, and personal interests.
Devon Prep’s safe and supportive atmosphere provides an environment in which students can confidently excel academically
within a Christian culture which fosters a love of God, a positive self-image, and a respect for others.

Guided by the tradition of a Piarist education rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ, Devon Prep graduates are prepared to
be responsible, compassionate leaders who serve God by providing service to humanity.

HISTORY OF THE PIARIST ORDER
St. Joseph Calasanctius (the Latinized version of his original name, Calasanz), the founder of the Piarist Order, was born in
Peralta de la Sal, Spain, in 1556. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1583, and nine years later he moved to Rome. St.
Joseph was very moved by the intellectual and moral misery of the poor children of Rome. Therefore, with the permission of
Pope Clement VIII, he opened a free school for them at St. Dorothy's Church in 1597. This school, which was open to every
child regardless of religion, is believed to be the world's first modern elementary school.

On March 25, 1617, with the permission of Pope Paul V, St. Joseph Calasanctius and fourteen other men became the first
members of a new religious congregation. On November 18, 1621, Pope Gregory XV raised this congregation to the rank of a
religious order, calling it the Order of the Pious Schools (in short, the Piarists.) The abbreviation "Sch.P." following the name
of a Piarist means Scholarum Piarum (“of the Pious Schools”).

The Piarists profess the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. In addition, according to the wishes of St. Joseph, members
of the Order also profess a fourth vow to dedicate their lives to the education of the young.

St. Joseph Calasanctius died on August 25, 1648, at St. Pantaleo's Church in Rome, where his body is still buried. Pope
Clement XIII declared him a saint in 1767; in 1948, Pope Pius XII named him Patron of Christian Schools. During the lifetime of
St. Joseph Calasanctius, the Piarists began to grow in numbers and in schools.

Today, more than 1400 Piarists work in 220 communities in 31 countries, including the United States, Argentina, Austria,
Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England,
Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Poland, Romania, Russia,
Senegal, Spain, and Venezuela. Over 115,000 students attend Piarist schools in these countries.

Devon Preparatory School admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and
activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color,
or national or ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic or other school administered
programs.
DIRECTIONS TO DEVON PREP
From King of Prussia: Route 202 is accessible from Route 422 or I-76 (Schuylkill Expwy.). Take Route 202 south to
the Devon Exit. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto North Valley Forge Road. See "from Route 202" below.

From West Chester, Exton, or Downingtown: Take Route 202 north to the exit-marked South Valley Forge Road.
At the end of the ramp, turn right onto North Valley Forge Road. See "from route 202" below.

From Newtown Square: Take Route 252 north to Route 30. Take Route 30 east to the light at Waterloo Road and
turn left. Landmarks include Cumberland Farms, a Gulf Station, and TD Bank. See "from route 30" below.

From Villanova: Take Route 30 west. Pass the Devon Horse Show Grounds (on left), and turn right at the light
onto Waterloo Road. See "from route 30" below.

From Berwyn, Paoli, & Malvern: Take Route 30 east to the light at Waterloo Road and turn left. Landmarks at the
intersection include Cumberland Farms, a Gulf station, and TD Bank. See "from Route 30" below.

From I-476 (Blue Route): Take Exit 13 (St. David's, Villanova). Take Route 30 west. Pass the Devon Horse Show
Grounds (on left), and turn right at the light onto Waterloo Road. See "from Route 30" below.

From Route 202: Follow North Valley Forge Road over a bridge. Beyond bridge, bear left, continuing uphill on
North Valley Forge Road. Devon Prep is on the left one mile ahead.

From Route 30: Take Waterloo Road and after passing under the train trestle bear right onto Station Ave. At the
first traffic light, cross the intersection taking the left fork, which is North Valley Forge Road. Devon Prep is just
ahead on the right.
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