Quick Facts & FAQ

ABOUT PERKIOMEN

Founded: 1875
Motto: Solvitur vivendo
Location: Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
Grades: 6-12, PG
Enrollment: 347 (178 boarding, 169 day; 292 upper, 55 middle; 206 boys, 141 girls)
School colors: Purple & Gold (PMS 2617C, 468C)
School mascot: Panther
Student/faculty 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: 18
Academics: 30 Advanced Placement® classes offered & 16 Honors classes offered. 145 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: 185 acres

What sports do you offer?

Fall

Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Volleyball (girls)
Boxing

Winter

Basketball
Swimming
Winter Track
Boxing
Strength & Conditioning

Spring

Baseball
Golf
Lacrosse
Softball
Tennis
Track and Field
Boxing
Strength & Conditioning

What arts programs do you offer?

Dance
Theater
Studio Art
Music
Rock Band
Pit Band
Yearbook
Literary Magazine

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 in Florida. 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.

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, ultimate frisbee, open swim time in the pool, outdoor festival, concert, or game night. There may be Perkiomen athletic teams playing a home game or a play or musical to watch. 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, including a navy blue blazer, dress shirt+school tie or blouse, dress slacks or skirt, and dress shoes.

On Tuesdays-Fridays during the academic day, the standard dress is more relaxed. Students wear a Perkiomen polo shirt with Chino-style dress pants/belt or skirt. Bermuda-style shorts can be worn during September and May. A Perkiomen school sweatshirt may be worn over the polo.

The full dress code can be found in the Perkiomen School Community Handbook.

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. Allergies and/or fears of animals are also recognized and respected. We have policies in place so all students and faculty feel safe, comfortable, and welcome on our campus.

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 more than 185 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.

Do you offer scholarships?


Because of the compassion and generosity of the Perkiomen Community, we are fortunate to be able to offer several scholarships to talented students. Please click HERE to learn more about the awards available.