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Finding Your Family’s Educational Home: A Guide to Choosing the Right Independent School, from Westtown School

Are you new to the area, or in need of a new school home? Westtown School shares tips to find the perfect match.

Group of lower school students posing on wooden steps.

Moving to a new area brings with it a whirlwind of emotions and decisions, especially when it comes to finding a school where your child(ren) will thrive. As you embark on this journey, remember that you know your child(ren) and family better than anyone else. It’s not just about academics; it’s about finding a school that feels like home. 


Educational Philosophy

Begin by understanding your family’s values and educational philosophy. Is your first priority a nurturing environment that prioritizes holistic development or is it a highly structured academic setting that tops your list? Knowing your priorities will guide your search. At Westtown School, an independent, Quaker, Pre-k–12 school in West Chester, PA, values drive a culture of inclusivity, where students feel safe to take risks and thrive both academically and emotionally.


Curriculum and Programs

Look into the curriculum and programs offered by each school. Seek a well-rounded education that includes opportunities for extracurricular activities, arts, and sports.


Group of upper school students cheering in front of a building.

Community and Feel

School websites can provide valuable insights into school offerings, but a decision as significant as choosing the right educational institution warrants an in-person visit. How do you feel when you step foot on campus? Pay attention to the atmosphere and sense of community. Do you feel welcomed and included? Do the materials shared with you and displays on the hallways resonate with your family’s values? 


Outdoor Learning and Exploration

 Fresh air and outdoor activities are critical for a child’s development. Inquire about the number of recess and outdoor learning opportunities each day. At Westtown, students have myriad opportunities to explore the school’s 600-acre campus daily, starting with their youngest learner’s science-based Farm + Forest program.


Group of middle school students hanging out on campus.

 Teacher and Student Dynamics

Observe the interactions between teachers and students. Do they exude joy and enthusiasm for learning? Are there support systems in place for students to be seen and heard? Westtown has a dedicated team in each division committed to the holistic development of every child.


Finding the right school for your family requires careful consideration of educational philosophy, community dynamics, and support systems. Trust your instincts, visit schools in-person, and envision your child(ren) thriving in their new educational home. Remember, it’s not just a school; it’s a place where your family feels valued, supported, and inspired to grow.


Curious About Westtown School?  

Experience a small group tour this spring. Westtown hosts on-campus tours so you can see their teachers in action, learn details about their programming, and get a sense of their vibrant community. Join a Lower School Group Tour on April 9 at 9:00 a.m. or May 14 at 10:00 a.m. Join a Middle School Group Tour on April 12 at 9:00 a.m. or May 13 at 1:00 p.m. Registration is required, click here to register for Lower School and here to register for Middle School. Interested in grades 9-12? Please click here.  Westtown School looks forward to welcoming you to campus soon!


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Westtown School is a Quaker, co-ed, pre-K-12 day school with boarding options in grades 9-12. Westtown offers a challenging, diverse curriculum emphasizing action-based learning, critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, service and social action. For over 200 years, Westtown has inspired and prepared its graduates to be stewards and leaders of a better world. www.westtown.edu