Our Core Values

Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence

Academic excellence is the hallmark of an Andover education. Our students, curious and eager to take intellectual risks, secure an exceptional foundation in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences through rigorous study in a dynamic residential setting. They are guided by educators who foster independent learning, critical thinking, creative collaboration, and personal well-being.

Non sibi

Non sibi

Non sibi (not for self) – imprinted on the school seal – speaks to the generosity of spirit to which Andover students, faculty, staff, and alumni aspire. This ethic asks us to think beyond ourselves to the needs of the community; it urges us collectively to ensure that our practices are sustainable. The young people and adults of Phillips Academy demonstrate self-respect, empathy, and commitment; we understand that self-care is a necessary part of being of service to others.

Youth from Every Quarter

Youth from Every Quarter

Andover’s commitment to an intentionally diverse learning community dates back to our constitutional mission to educate “youth, of requisite qualification, from every quarter.” Today, the academy’s need-blind admission policy allows us to remain “ever equally open” to talented students from different cultural, geographic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This diversity enriches the academic and personal lives of all who attend Phillips Academy and prepares them to address global challenges that lie ahead.

Knowledge and Goodness

Knowledge and Goodness

The union of intellect and integrity guides our daily efforts to prepare students for a lifetime of learning. Thirst for mastery propels our pursuit of academic excellence while application of such mastery for the greater good exemplifies non sibi. Our founders believed that knowledge and goodness together “form the noblest character, and lay the surest foundation for usefulness to mankind.”

Private School with a Public Purpose

Private School with a Public Purpose

Andover has long served as a resource for students and as a partner to educators nationally and worldwide, from Outward Bound and A Better Chance to (MS)², IRT, PALS, and Andover Bread Loaf. Building on this history, we prepare our graduates for active and ethical civic engagement.