Quick Facts & FAQ

ABOUT PERK

Founded: 1875
Motto: Solvitur viviendo
Location: Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
Grades: 6-12, PG
Enrollment: 332 (178 boarding, 154 day; 269 upper, 63 middle; 206 boys, 126 girls)
School colors: Purple & Gold (PMS 2617C, 468C)
School mascot: Panther
Student teacher ratio: 7 to 1
Upper school average class size: 11
Middle school average class size: 11
Number of states represented: 10
Number of countries represented: 24
Academics: 30 Advanced Placement® classes offered & 11 Honors classes offered. 168 overall classes.
Athletics: 42 teams across 20 sports.
Clubs: Eight leadership organizations, 36 clubs & activities (and constantly growing)
Technology: Digital Arts Lab; all classrooms & dorm rooms wired; computers & ACTIVBoards in all classrooms; iPad program for all students, faculty & staff; Mac lab; six 3D printers; virtual reality system; and a full suite of bots, programs, and technology in the Innovation Center.
Campus: 172 acres
Academic Buildings: Carnegie Library; Hollenbach Academic Center: Allison Middle School; Kehs Hall: Center for the Arts; Kriebel Hall; Robert M. Schumo Academic Center; Innovation Center in the Entrepreneur Institute.
Residence Halls: Duyckinck Hall; Kriebel Hall; Ruhl Hall; Schultz Hall; Kolbe Hall; Riordan Hall
Campus Community Buildings: Roberts Hall/Robbie's (Student Center/Bookstore); The Creamery (Headmaster’s Residence); Parents Hall (Dining Hall); Cleaver-Kistler Health Center; Faculty Housing; Physical Plant & Grounds Maintenance Building
Campus green spaces: Arboretum, Baker Garden, Goodwin Rain Garden, Kolbe-Riordan Plaza, Scherrer-Lamb Garden, Schumo Plaza, Stefano Meditation Garden.
Athletic spaces: Huttel Natatorium; Exhibition Gymnasium; Practice Gymnasium; Baker Baseball Field; Stauffer Family Tennis Courts; Zeller Soccer & Boys Lacrosse Field; Freeman Football & Girls Lacrosse Field, Schultz Softball Field, Field Hockey Field, Girls Soccer Field, Middle School Girls Lacrosse Field, Middle School Field Hockey Field, Middle School Boys Lacrosse Field, Middle School Boys Soccer Field.

What sports do you offer?

Fall

Cross Country (boys, girls)

Football (boys)

Golf (coed, additional fees)

Soccer (boys' girls)

Tennis (girls, top 20 players)

Volleyball (girls)

Badminton (coed, additional fees) *

Boxing (coed, additional fees) *

MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL

Soccer (boys' girls)

*indicates non-interscholastic sport

Winter

Basketball (boys, girls)

Swimming (boys, girls)

Winter Track (coed)

Boxing (coed, additional fees) *

Badminton (coed, additional fees) *

Strength & Conditioning (coed) *

MIDDLE SCHOOL WINTER

Basketball (boys, girls)

Swimming (boys, girls, by tryout only)

*indicates non-interscholastic sport

Spring

Baseball

Golf (coed, additional fees)

Lacrosse (boys, girls)

Softball

Tennis (boys)

Track and Field (boys, girls)

Boxing (coed, additional fees) *

Strength & Conditioning (coed, additional fees) *

Badminton (coed, additional fees) *

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPRING

Lacrosse (boys, girls)

JV Baseball (by tryout only)

*indicates non-interscholastic sport

What arts programs do you offer?

Theater
Studio Art
Music
Rock Band
Yearbook
Robotics
Model UN

Does the school close for breaks? What are my options if I don't want to go home?

Perkiomen School closes its doors three times during the school year. First, the school is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday for approximately 8-10 days. Students will go home for this time frame or they have the option of a school trip to Disney World. The school closes for the winter holiday for three weeks. The third time it closes is for a two week spring break typically in mid-March. There is an optional trip to Germany and Poland during this time.

Are there community service opportunities and/or requirements?

Every Perkiomen student is required to complete six community service hours per year in order to graduate. Many students choose to volunteer more than the required number. There are opportunities to get involved in on campus projects and numerous opportunities in the surrounding community – many of which are organized by the Student Life department!

What activities take place on the weekends?

There are numerous opportunities to keep busy on the weekends. Perkiomen offers off-campus trips throughout the year to many different places. Some examples are the King of Prussia Mall, Center Valley Promenade Shops – for a dinner and a movie, New York City, Philadelphia, whitewater rafting, and major and minor league sporting events. Other trips have consisted of ice skating at Penn’s Landing, paintball, skiing and snowboarding, and haunted houses around Halloween. If you prefer to stay on campus there are always options to keep you busy as well! Depending on the weekend we could have an on-campus movie night, indoor soccer tournament, open swim time in the pool, outdoor festival, concert, or game night. There are often Perkiomen athletic teams playing a home game or an arts activity to support your friends. The Student life department works hard to ensure there are many options throughout the year of different things to do on the weekends. Day students are also welcome to take advantage of any of the trips!

How does financial aid work?

The financial aid process is a separate application from the admissions application. The deadline to apply for both admission and financial aid is February 1 each year. Families interested in applying for need-based financial aid are encouraged to submit the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) provided by SSS by NAIS. Perkiomen will receive an electronic copy of the PFS. The PFS will calculate a family’s expected family contribution (EFC). Financial aid awards are sent with offers of admission on March 10. Families have until April 10 to review the offer of admission and financial aid award. For more specific information regarding the financial aid process at Perkiomen, please visit the tuition and fees page.

Can I apply after the deadline?

The deadline to apply for admission is February 1 each year. For applicants who do not complete the admission process by February 1, decisions are made on a rolling basis as space allows. The first round of admission offers are sent on March 10 each year. Families have until April 10 to review the offer of admission. Late applicants will be offered admission as space and the financial aid budget allow, after the April 10 date.

Is there a school uniform or dress code?

On Mondays, students wear formal dress throughout the academic day and during formal dinner. Boys wear a dress shirt with a school tie and a navy blue blazer. They also wear Chino type dress pants with a belt, dark dress socks, and dress shoes. Girls wear a dress shirt or blouse with a navy blue blazer. They also wear chino type dress pants with a belt or a solid colored skirt with dress shoes and dark dress socks, tights, or nylons.

On Tuesdays-Fridays during the academic day, the standard dress is more relaxed. Boys wear a Perkiomen polo shirt with Chino style dress pants and a belt. (Shorts can be worn during September and May only). Dress shoes or sneakers can be worn. Girls also wear a Perkiomen polo shirt with either chino style dress pants and a belt or a solid color skirt (shorts can be worn during May and September only). Dress shoes or sneakers can be worn.

How many students live in a dorm room?

Most of our students live in a room with one roommate. There are also a few rooms that are singles without a roommate.

Why does it smell like chocolate on campus?

This is actually a question we get a lot! Many days it does smell like someone is baking a lot of brownies, and the smell permeates town. The Blommer Chocolate Factory is located in East Greenville and it makes it impossible to ignore chocolate cravings.

Did I just see a dog?

I'm sure you did! Perkiomen is a dog-friendly community and a few dogs are on campus in classrooms and in offices. Read more about our four-legged friends here.

Wasn't Perkiomen an all-boys school?

Perkiomen was originally a coeducational institution. In 1916, however, Trustees decided to change the name to Perkiomen School and gradually phase out the presence of female students. The school successfully operated as an all-boys school for 47 years, but with societal changes affecting the United States during the Vietnam era, the Trustees voted to accept female day student girls in 1969 with boarding girls enrolled in 1971. It has remained coeducational in the time since.

Occasionally you'll see "Perkiomen Seminary" or "Perkiomen School For Boys" on map applications. We've submitted the correction a number of times and encourage you to do so as well!

Isn't there a farm at Perkiomen?

Yes! Perkiomen sits on over 170 acres of land, much of which is expansive fields. One of our faculty members is passionate about organic farming and agriculture, and raises goats. Expanding our knowledge on sustainable farming coincides with our Entrepreneur Institute and a number of student capstones, including Aquaponics. There is also a vegetable and fruit garden near the Middle School, and two students maintain an apiary on campus.

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