2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR - ADMISSION INFORMATION PACKET - Devon Preparatory School
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ADMISSION INFORMATION PACKET for entrance into the 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR including Application Procedures Scholarships & Financial Aid Athletics Clubs & Activities College Acceptances and Matriculation, 2012-2016 Transportation Directions to Devon Prep 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.
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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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