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Malvern Preparatory School

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Posted April 10, 2014

Malvern is easily one of the most underrated private schools in the Philadelphia area. As a student, I found the academics both challenging and enriching. There is an ideal balance of academics, activities, and spirituality, so the student body is well-rounded and prepared for leadership roles. The new Head of School is truly making bounds of progress in incorporating more diversity and project based learning. Your son will enter as a boy and will leave prepared for almost anything in college and beyond. A word to the wise: Malvern's athletic programs are well regarded but not at all are the primary focus of the school.

Posted July 18, 2012

As a student who graduated from this school, who came back to coach, and I am planning on sending my first child in the next few years, Malvern is in incredible school that opens up unique doors to life. Malvern has focused on creating modern "renaissance men" by making their students focus on Academics, arts, and sports, which in turn helps them later in life in their careers, and in getting into top tier schools. I myself attending a top 10 university. In the greater Philadelphia area, Malvern also opens you up to a network of Malvern Alums willing to help one another out (I have had 2 college students intern for me who were Malvern grads), and access to a greater network of Inter-ac league former students. Malvern Men become friends in middle and high school, and remain that way for life. It is a life long bond that few lucky enough to have.

Posted June 14, 2012

Great school. My son attended, went to an Ivy League school, and is now attending a top tier law school. He enjoyed every minute of it and still is extremely close with his classmates. He didn't play on any varsity sports teams and it made no difference. He attained a great education and built lifelong relationships.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2011

Many parents send their kids to Malvern Prep so they can put the MP sticker on the rear window. The school is great if your son takes full advantage of everything it offers otherwise the $27k is better spent somewhere else. If nothing else, the kids enter a network that takes care of its' own for the rest of their lives.
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Posted February 15, 2010

Malvern will get you into to the college of your choice no questions asked. If you put your time into Malvern Prep you will get a lot more out of it than a fine education, but a bright future. The sports at Malvern are the best in the Mid-Atlantic. Our Catholic values will lead you on to a very moral future. After Malvern you will leave with about 120*** new brothers.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 10, 2008

Malvern has a phenomenal facility, tremendous academics, diverse extracurricular activities, and is proving to be a wonderful environment for our (middle school) son. We are honored to be a part of the Malvern Community.
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Posted July 31, 2008

Malvern does not offer Athletic scholarships. The reason for the high level of athletic success is due to exceptional coaching and not recruitment. Malvern does offer academic scholarships and they are determined by the child's score obtained on the admissions exam. We send our son to Malvern for the academics and the mission of the school. It is a sacrifice for us to send him but worth it. We plan to send our younger son too, if he is accepted. Having had a child go through our high ranked local public school system too, I am able to evaluate both, but not compare - not in mission, academics, or spirituality. The quality of the academic program ranks among the best - check out a reputable source - such as a school review site for the facts.
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Posted June 25, 2008

I know someone who goes there. He says they have alot of work and it is very expensive you have to be sitting on a gold mine to go to that school

Posted May 28, 2008

Not worth the investment. Too much emphasis on sports and not enough discipline. Why is an 'elite' college prep school recruiting for sports? If we had to do it all over, it is a good chance that our boys would be somewhere else. For what it has turned into, it is not much different than an Archdiochese High School.
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Posted March 28, 2008

I had siblings that attnded Malvern. They both loved it and are at fantastic colleges. It's great that they do have some very good sports teams. They're very lucky to have the ability to have such great athletic facilities such as a pool, tennis, squash and basketball, they also have various fields. My brothers were very hard working and came out with good grades. They also were star athletes on both of their sports teams(both different). From their expierences at Malvern, they have been led onto great things and know how to handle themselves in difficult situations. Theyre academics are great, parents, gatherings and teachers all really care. My mother will speak very fondly of this school and my father would too, he's a graduate. Malvern was a great place and they teach you what you need to know for your expierence in the world.

Posted January 17, 2007

We had the opposite experience. We have been there 7 years and have had a great experience. Academics are high with many AP courses, discipline and honor is abundant, and we are non-catholic. Homework is challenging. Teachers are engaging and well trained. There are students that go to the Ivys with perfect SATs and not perfect SATs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 19, 2006

The quality of the academic programs at Malvern Prep is at best poor. We found that the majority of the program focused on sports. English reading was well below grade level. There was also an obvious discipline problem within the school. Many of the students were left unattended and sometimes hurt. When reported to the administration nothing was done.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 71%
Black 3% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
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418 South Warren Avenue
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: (484) 595-1105


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