Introduction

Tower Hill School is a coeducational private school for age 3 through Grade 12, dedicated to living our motto Multa Bene Facta — Many Things Done Well. With a beautiful 44-acre campus located in northwest Wilmington, Tower Hill has the reputation as one of the top academic schools in the region. Our unparalleled resources include excellent faculty, state-of the-art facilities and individualized learning support.

Tower Hill is bound by an understanding that our students are expected to take an active part in school life and, later on, life in the adult world; to take chances within this caring community; to learn from their experiences; and then, to enrich the world in which they live. We believe that an independent school education is an all-encompassing affair, and we, as a community, bring our best to everything we do, every day.  

By combining personal challenge with individual support, Tower Hill is a college-preparatory school committed to building in students a foundation for lifelong learning. Tower Hill believes that diversity in all aspects of school life broadens and enhances the educational experience. In keeping with our motto Multa Bene Facta — Many Things Done Well — the school provides a challenging and exhilarating program, engaging students in a variety of educational experiences, while allowing them to develop their individual strengths and pursue their passions.

To emphasize our core values — active citizenship, personal integrity, collective responsibility, team building and collaboration, and mutual respect — the school encourages each student to develop a sense of personal worth and to recognize, understand and accept the individuality of others. While cognizant of the school's Christian roots, Tower Hill embraces and celebrates diverse cultures and beliefs, fostering a strong sense of community.

Tower Hill School prepares students from diverse backgrounds for full and creative engagement with a dynamic world. Each student is provided with an educational experience that emphasizes the development of an inquisitive, discerning and critical mind; the value of being creative and aesthetically sensitive; the appreciation of physical well being; the ability to collaborate and to function as part of a team; and the growth of character.

 

Location 
Wilmington,Delaware,UNITED STATES
Grades 
k-11
School Type 
Private Non-Religious School
School Size 
Large (over 600 students)

Highlights

Year Established 1919
Total Enrollment 757
College Matriculation 100%
Teacher to Student Ratio 1:7
International Students Ratio 2%
Teachers with Advanced Degree 82%
Gender Co-ed
AP Courses 18
Average Class Size 14
Average SAT Score 1877
Religious Affiliation Independent
Uniform Requirement None

Campus Features

  • The average enrollment in the Upper School is 300, with section sizes ranging from an independent study of 1 to regular classes up to 18, with music groups being larger. The average class size is about 14. The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and consists of 60-minute classes and a lunch period. Athletics begin at 3:30 p.m., and all Upper School students must participate in athletics during all three seasons. Juniors and seniors, however, may take one season off per year.
  • Each student has an advisor — a member of the faculty who monitors that student's academic progress, communicates with his or her parents when the need arises and is available to the student as a sounding board. This system helps create a support network as well as a system of accountability that prepares students for college.
  • The Upper School curriculum is challenging, with most students taking between 20 and 24 credits per year (a full year course is the equivalent of four credits). Graduation requirements include 16 credits of English, 12 credits of math, 12 credits of science, 12 credits of a language, 12 credits of history and 4 credits of art. In addition, students must complete a social service project, including 40 hours of service in one calendar year.
  • Outside of the classroom, students have ample opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, with theater productions, yearbook, newspaper, Student Government Association and the Diversity Club, just to name a few.
  • Marks and detailed narrative comments are sent out four times a year. There is one scheduled parent-advisor conference, but additional conferences can be easily arranged. Progress reports are sent to update parents on a student's particular successes or difficulties, and informal parent-teacher contact is encouraged throughout the school year.
  • The college guidance program begins in the eighth-grade year, but takes on a more formal, individualized approach early in the junior year, with each student assigned a college counselor, who helps navigate the student and parents through the process of choosing and applying to college.

Admission

Interview Requirements 
Yes
Application Fee 
N/A
Application Description 
N/A
Space Available 
Grade 7
0
Grade 8
0
Grade 9
2
Grade 10
2
Grade 11
2
Grade 12
0

Admission Instructions

SSAT Requirement of 2200 TOEFL Requirement of 100

Test Score Requirement

TOEFL 
Above 80
TOEFL Jr 
N/A
IELTS 
N/A
Academic Strength 
Top 10%
academic strength explanation!
SSAT of 2200

Estimate Total Cost

Total Annual Cost 
$55,845
Total Annual Cost is Calculated based on tuition, health insurance, and average local living expenses.
International Tuition /Year
$34,895
Domestic Tuition /Year:
$31,000

Courses

AP Courses 
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • French
  • Government and Politics
  • Human Geography
  • Latin
  • Music Theory
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History
Honor Courses  

Chemistry, Biology, English, History, Language, Math

Special Programs  
NOT AVAILABLE

Student Activities

Clubs 
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer
  • Cultural Club
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Foreign Language
  • Honor Society
  • Math Team
  • Model United Nations
  • Musical Instruments
  • Peer Leadership
  • Robotics
  • Speech
  • Student Goverment
  • Vocal Performance
  • Volunteer
  • Year Book
Sports 
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track & Field
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Matriculations

American University Amherst College Arizona State University Bard College Bishop’s University (Canada) Boston College Boston University Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Chatham University Cheyney University Clark University Clemson University Honors program Clemson University Coastal Carolina University Colby College Colgate University College of Charleston College of William and Mary Columbia University Dartmouth College Davidson College DeSales University Dickinson College Drexel University Honors program Drexel University Duke University Duquesne University Eckerd College Elon University Emory University Fordham University Franklin and Marshall College Furman University George Mason University Georgetown University George Washington University Gettysburg College Haverford College Hawaii Pacific University Howard University Indiana University The Johns Hopkins University Kings College London Lafayette College Lehigh University Loyola University – Maryland Lynn University Macalester College Marymount University Miami University of Ohio Michigan State University Mount Holyoke College Muhlenberg College New Jersey Institute of Technology New York University North Carolina Wesleyan University Northeastern University Northwestern University Occidental College Ohio State University Oxford College – Emory University Pennsylvania State University Princeton University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhodes College Rochester Institute of Technology Rollins College Rosemont College Rutgers University Saint Francis Xavier University (Canada) Saint Joseph’s University Salisbury University Sarah Lawrence College Scripps College Skidmore College Smith College Southern Methodist University Spelman College SUNY Stony Brook Syracuse University Temple University Texas A&M University Texas Tech University Trinity College Tufts University Tulane University University of Alabama University of St Andrews (Scotland) University of Bristol (England) University of California – Berkeley University of California – Davis University of California – Irvine University of California – Los Angeles University of California – Santa Barbara University of California – Santa Cruz University of Connecticut Honors program University of Delaware Honors program University of Delaware University of Illinois – Urbana – Champaign University of Maryland University of Miami University of Mississippi University of North Alabama University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh Honors University of Pittsburgh University of Portland University of Rochester University of the South (Sewanee) University of South Carolina University of Southern California University of Tampa University of Tennessee University of Vermont University of Virginia Ursinus College Villanova University Wake Forest University Washington College Washington and Jefferson College Washington and Lee University Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College Wells College Wentworth Institute of Technology West Chester University West Virginia University Williams College

Wilmington

Wilmington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

About 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Philadelphia. Wilmington Train Station, one of the southernmost stops on Philadelphia's SEPTA rail transportation system, is also served by Northeast Corridor Amtrak passenger trains. Wilmington is served by I-95 and I-495 within city limits. In addition, the twin-span Delaware Memorial Bridge, a few miles south of the city, provides direct highway access between Delaware and New Jersey, carrying the I-295 eastern bypass route around Wilmington and Philadelphia, as well as US 40, which continues eastward to Atlantic City, New Jersey. These transportation links and geographic proximity give Wilmington some of the characteristics of a satellite city to Philadelphia, but Wilmington's long history as Delaware's principal city, its urban core, and its independent value as a business destination makes it more properly considered a small but independent city in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

In the 1990s, the city launched a campaign to revitalize the former shipyard area known as the Wilmington Riverfront. Delaware Theatre Company was at the forefront of this movement, opening its current space on Water Street in 1985. The efforts were bolstered early by The Big Kahuna also known as Kahunaville (a restaurant, bar and arcade which has also since closed and been rebuilt in 2010 as the Delaware Children's Museum) and the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball stadium. The Wilmington Rowing Center boathouse is located along the Christina River on the Riverfront. Development continues as the Wilmington Riverfront tries to establish its cultural, economical, and residential importance. Recent high-rise luxury apartment buildings along the Christina River have been cited as evidence of the Riverfront's continued revival.

On June 7, 2006, the groundbreaking of Justison Landing signaled the beginning of Wilmington's largest residential project since Bancroft Park was built after World War II. Outlets shops, restaurants and a Riverfront Market have also opened along the 1.2-mile (1.9 km) Riverwalk. Wilmington has a warm temperate climate or humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers, cool to cold winters, and precipitation evenly spread throughout the year. In July, the daily average is 76.8 °F (24.9 °C), with an average 21 days of 90 °F (32 °C)+ highs annually. Summer thunderstorms are common in the hottest months.

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