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.
- 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.
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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.