Solebury School, Bucks County, Pensylwania, USA

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Solebury School is  college-preparatory coed boarding and day school serving approximately 235 students in grades 7-12.  Solebury’s curriculum consists of required curriculum courses, Advanced Placement courses, Honors courses, and electives. A Learning Skills Program assists approximately 30 students who have learning differences in the basic language areas. For international students, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are offered during the full year. ESL classes are small and concentrate on communication skills.

Opportunities at Solebury School:

Half-Year and One-Year Programs

Multi-Year Program, culminating in a Solebury School diploma

Post-Graduate Program

Exchange Programs

Summer Programs

ESL Program –  is led by a 20-year veteran educator and offers 3 levels of entry depending on your ability in English skills

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About the school

Solebury opened its doors in rented quarters September 1925 with four boys and four teachers. A year later, the founders purchased its present location, the Michener Farm, and Solebury School as we know it has continued to grow ever since.

Just down the road from Solebury was Holmquist School for Girls, founded in 1917. Miss Karline Holmquist believed, as did Solebury’s founders, that each student should be helped to discover and develop her own talents and capabilities. As Solebury and Holmquist grew, the two schools found themselves sharing theatrical productions, a chorus, proms, informal teas, progressive dinners and card parties. In 1949 the two schools merged to become Solebury School, one of the first coeducational independent schools in the country.

While the faces have changed through the years, Solebury’s mission has remained, to provide a challenging college preparatory curriculum that encourages students to explore and develop their individual skills and talents in an informal educational community.

Solebury School’s location in Bucks County, PA enables us to visit many of the attractions of the northeast while enjoying the quiet, safety, and open space of a 90-acre rural campus. 

Students dine on delicious cuisine in dining hall, study in the Library, and work out in our modern fitness center. A pool and tennis courts are available on-site for student use. High-speed internet access is available throughout campus.

Solebury has three dormitories. Each features a full kitchen, WiFi internet access, laundry facilities, and plenty of space for boarders to work and to enjoy their free time. For girls, the Holmquist House dormitory has 28 beds; Appledore, a smaller dormitory for senior girls has five beds. Walter Lamb Hall is a boys dormitory with 41 beds. More than half of the faculty live on campus. All of the teachers, but especially the dorm parents, are there for students at every turn – to offer extra help with that history paper, toss a baseball outside, spend an afternoon baking cookies, or drive a van of kids to the movies, local apple orchard, or even to New York City for the day.

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Academic life

Solebury School’s academic program features a college-preparatory curriculum, with courses and electives in various subject, with a focus on interdisciplinary and experiential education models.

Advanced Placement

AP Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, French Language, US History, US Government and Politics, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art

Honors: Ethics,  Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra and Trigonometry, American Literature, Theory History Thesis, Physics , Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Pre-Calculus, US Government and Politics, Economics, Debate

Programs: Diploma, Post Graduate, Short Term

Sport and culture

Basketball, Baseball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Track &Field, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis, Wrestling

In addition to team sports, Solebury offers a wide variety of noncompetitive sports and fitness-oriented activities, from yoga to strength training to dance, that help teens develop healthy, lifelong habits, skills, and interests.

Solebury School’s Athletic Center houses a 21,500-square-foot gymnasium, a multi-purpose room for wrestling and dance, a fitness center, and an outdoor six-lane running track and athletic field. With these facilities, Solebury hosts track and field events and offers a greater variety of athletic activitie

Solebury School offers a wide array of visual art classes. Each of these classes is taught by a professional artist. Students can take introductory classes which provide classical training in drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography, and then go on to pursue any of these disciplines at a higher level. For example, it is one of only 10 schools in the country that offers a Life Drawing class, an evening class for advanced students where they learn to draw live models. The most advanced students can take AP Studio Art where they can receive college credit while creating a portfolio to show to colleges.

Each year, Solebury students bring several productions to the stage for the community to enjoy. Theater curriculum includes classes such as Shakespearean Acting, Directing for the Stage and SoleStage Theater Tech. Students showcase their talents in a drama in the fall, a musical in the winter, and a Shakespeare production or student written and directed one-acts in the spring.

The theater tech program honors Solebury’s philosophy of getting students to pursue their passions. The tech crew transforms our wonderful black box theater, designing and building each set from scratch. Students are trained how to run the light and soundboards, construct the sets, and manage the stage.

Solebury School’s music program is current, innovative, and unique.

Approximately one-third of students are enrolled in the music program each trimester. Schols offers seven music performance classes: A Cappella, Chorus, Diversity Music Ensemble, Jazz Roots Ensemble, Master Singers, Rock Band, and Solebury Elite Ensemble. Each class has several performances throughout the year, and a number of students can audition to perform with the County Chorus or Ensembles. Non-performing classes are also offered, such as Scoring for Film and Video, American Song Roots, and Jazz Theory and Composition.

Solebury School has dance offerings during the academic day and as an after-school activity. During the day, students can take electives, such as Tap, Musical Theater Dance, Swing Dance, and Choreography, while after school they can join our dance group. Whichever of these students choose, they’ll have the chance to strut their stuff in performances for the community.

Summer Classes 2018


Finish a full-year course in just five weeks, freeing up your schedule to take more advanced classes.

For students entering 9th-12th grade, who meet program prerequisites.

Classes are limited to 14 students each.

Classes run Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Cost for each class: $2,125 for day students. $5000 for boarding students.

Chemistry (June 25-July 27)

Geometry (June 25-July 27)

Pre-Calculus (June 25-July 27)


For students entering 7th-12th grade, who meet program prerequisites.

Global Justice (June 25 – July 6; no class July 4)

Cost: $850 for day students / $2,000 for boarding students

Introduction to Robotics with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® (June 25 – July 6; no class July 4)

Cost: $900 for day students / $2,050 for boarding students

Introduction to Engineering (July 9-20)

Cost: $900 day / $2,050 resident

College Essay Writing Workshop (July 9-20)

Cost: $850 day students / $2,000 boarding students

Rock Band Workshop (July 16-27)

Cost: $850 day students / $2,000 boarding students


Afternoon and Weekend Activities

Each day after class, students take part in a variety of activities, both on campus and in the surrounding area such as a baseball game, laser tag, kayaking, and a trip to the beach. During the week, evening study hall provides a dedicated time for all students to focus on their academics. Weekends offer students the opportunity to explore nearby New York City, Philadelphia, and Princeton.

All Summer Programs boarding students will live in Walter Lamb Hall, an air-conditioned, all-suites dorm. Each suite contains two rooms with two beds each; suite-mates share a bathroom. Common rooms both upstairs and downstairs include large-screen TVs, a ping pong table, two pool tables, and two foosball tables, as well as computers for common use. Laundry machines are also housed in the dorm and operate free of charge.

Location Description

The school is approximately one hour from Philadelphia (PHL) and Newark (EWR) airports. The closest major train station is just 20 minutes away in Trenton, NJ, and hosts Amtrak, New York City’s Metro North and Philadelphia’s SEPTA lines.

Princeton, NJ: 30 minutes

Philadelphia, PA: 1 hour

New Jersey beaches: 1 hour

New York City: 90 minutes

Pocono Mountains: 90 minutes

Baltimore, MD: 2.5 hours

Washington, DC: 3.5 hours

6832 Phillips Mill Road New Hope, Bucks County, PA 18938

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