The Future of Episcopal Academy: About the Move

About the Move

In June of 1998, as part of its strategic plan, the Episcopal Academy Board of Trustees directed the "active pursuit of a large tract of land in the western suburbs to serve as a long-term asset and a means of preserving future options."

With this charge, a small group of dedicated visionaries contributed close to $20 million in 2000, enabling us to acquire 123 acres of rolling pasture and mature trees unlike any other on the Main Line. The natural setting is beyond compare and provides a fitting environment for our educational mission.

Furthermore, the site is strategically located in Newtown Square, which is in the heart of the fastest growing region of greater Philadelphia, and yet still only 30 minutes from Center City. We could not have imagined a more perfect location.

Why build an entirely new campus? Episcopal Academy is a far larger, more complex community than it was even twenty years ago.

Today, more students are taking more courses in the same buildings and playing more sports on the same courts and fields than ever before.
Twenty-five years ago, the Academy offered eight Advanced Placement courses; today we offer fourteen. Modern language instruction begins in grade six, not grade eight, and the offerings in history, religion, music, drama, and Upper School mathematics have increased.

The advantages of constructing a new campus become particularly compelling in looking at the constraints facing Episcopal¹s two current campuses.

The Merion campus, established in 1921 to house a boys' school, has now been coeducational for three decades. With coeducation came the need for additional facilities and more field space.

Over the years, we have reworked the campus to the extent that space has allowed. But no matter what we do, the reality is that Merion was intended for a school of 600 students, not the current enrollment of 900.

For all of these reasons, we have concluded that in order to remain among the top independent day schools in America, Episcopal needs a new, larger, unified campus.

The Episcopal Academy * Merion: 376 N Latches Lane, Merion, PA, 19066 610-667-9612 * Devon: 905 S. Waterloo Road, Devon, PA, 19333 610-293-0830