Admission Overview

Thank you for your interest in Tower Hill School! As we look forward to our Centennial Celebration in 2019, we are proud of our heritage as a leader in academic excellence. Our innovative curriculum, while well-grounded in a traditional independent education, lays the foundation for our students to constantly challenge themselves to reach their potential and beyond. Our graduates go on to enroll in prestigious colleges and universities and make a meaningful difference in the world.

Tower Hill is a community that values and cultivates character, integrity, service and a passion for learning. Living our motto, Many Things Done Well, our students are inspired to bring their best to all that they do in academics, athletics, arts and service. Tower Hill is committed to the role that diversity plays in the richness of education. We have a vibrant student body drawing from many different backgrounds and cultures that is fundamental for experiencing global perspectives.

Our campus is set on 44 acres and includes spacious classrooms incorporating modern technology, a state-of-the-art Math and Science Center, performance theaters and studios for art, music and drama, and spectacular athletic fields and physical education facilities. Our highly regarded faculty is known for their supportive and caring natures while being masters in their fields of education.

The best way to experience the opportunities that can be afforded your child at Tower Hill School is to see our campus in person. If you have not already visited, we encourage you to register for an Open House or schedule a personal tour by contacting our Admission Office at thsadmit@towerhill.org or 302-657-8350. We look forward to meeting you!

You can start the admission process now by filling out this form.

Testimonials

"We were completely blown away by the completeness of the curriculum ... The resources Tower Hill School provides are second to none, including impressive facilities, teachers and alumni."
Parent of New Kindergarten Student
 
"Our daughter adores her teachers and friends, and we could see how happy she is in the learning environment and how she grew as an individual in the past year. You provided her with fundamental life skills in this early years of her education that will shape her for many years to come."
Lower School Parent

"Over the years, we considered and re-considered if the choice of school we made for our children was the right one. The graduation ceremony provided yet another moment to reflect on this question ... and punctuated the fact that that for us and for our children, the answer was and is "YES!""
Parent of 2012 Graduate and Upper School Student

FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What makes Tower Hill unique?

    A: Challenging Students to Be Their Best
    Tower Hill lives by its motto Multa Bene Facta or Many Things Done Well. Everyday our students, faculty and staff are challenged and encouraged by our community as a whole to do many things well. This means bringing the best of ourselves to all that we do. And our students strive to do it all in an environment that balances academics, the arts, athletics and community involvement. There's no doubt about it: Tower Hill is a demanding academic experience. But it is a challenge that is accompanied by dedicated faculty and advisors, who provide advice, guidance and problem-solving help, and a nurturing, supportive environment where students feel empowered to take the risks that promise real rewards in knowledge and experience.

    Commitment to Values
    Tower Hill has a deep commitment to the values of integrity, respect and responsibility, providing a fundamental ethical foundation that is apparent when one walks through the front doors of the school. In Lower School, a character curriculum is an integral component of daily teaching. We believe that learning extends well beyond the classroom for all students and take character education seriously emphasizing that responsibility requires action, not simply good intentions. Community service projects are executed every year in each grade, providing hands-on understanding of the value of service to others.

    Connectivity for Growth and Learning
    Being located primarily "under one roof" fosters connectivity that is unique from most other schools. While the Lower, Middle and Upper School each convene in their own areas of the building, cross-divisional learning opportunities, in which faculty and students join together, provide a variety of meaningful growth and learning opportunities. Third graders are immersed in the study of Shakespeare with the Upper School Shakespeare class, a Pre-kindergartner may have a 5th grade reading buddy who they see at lunch or an Upper School advisory group may pair with a Kindergarten class for mentoring.
  • Q: What are you looking for in a candidate?

    A: In the admission process, we strive to get an accurate view of our applicants through visits, school records, interviews and/or testing. The goal of the admission committee is to determine if Tower Hill can provide an optimal learning environment for each applicant. The committee members decide if the program is well-suited to a student's needs and abilities. For our youngest applicants, we ascertain if the child is developmentally ready for the program.

    Students who attend Tower Hill are inquisitive and motivated. They bring an excitement for learning into the classroom. Students immerse themselves in their learning environment. They care about each other and work together.
  • Q: Do you offer scholarships?

    A: Tower Hill's financial assistance program is need-based and offers financial assistance to families who qualify. Tower Hill does not offer athletic scholarships and regulations from the state athletic agency prohibits us from offering athletic scholarships. Tower Hill has some limited endowed scholarship funds for new students entering 9th grade based on academic achievement.
  • Q: Are there openings at various grade levels?

    A: Tower Hill typically has new students enter at most grade levels, with the exception of twelfth grade. The majority of our new students enter in the Preschool years, Tower Tots, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten. We also enroll a large number of students entering 9th grade.
  • Q: Where do your graduates go to college?

    A: Our graduates attend a wonderful range of colleges and universities across the United States. The goal of the College Counseling office is to find the best fit for each student academically and socially. Please visit our College Counseling webpage to view the colleges our recent graduates are attending and for additional information on the in-depth services our College Counseling office provides.

    Tower Hill College Counseling
  • Q: Do you offer bus transportation?

    A:
    Tower Hill School offers morning and afternoon bus transportation for families who live in Middletown, Bear and southern New Jersey. Two buses run each day that Tower Hill is in session: One stops in Middletown and Bear, and the other stops in Mullica Hill and Swedesboro.
     
    The After School program is available for students through Grade 6, the cost of which is included in the transportation fee for round-trip riders.
     
    Please contact the Admission Office for more information at thsadmit@towerhill.org or 302.657.8350.
Non-Discrimination Statement

Tower Hill School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its policies or financial assistance program.

At a Glance

 
  • Ranked among the top 50 private day schools in the country
  • 735 students enrolled (240 Lower School, 213 Middle School and 282 Upper School)
  • 49% boys, 51% girls
  • 28% students of color
  • 16% new to Tower Hill
  • Enrolled students are from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and abroad
  • Over $2.2 million is distributed in financial assistance annually
  • 28% receiving need-based financial aid

Meet the Admission Office

List of 4 members.

  • Mrs. Kristin Mumford 

    Director of Admission
    University of Delaware - Bachelor of Arts
  • William Ushler 

    Associate Director of Admission
    302-575-0550
    Shippensburg University - M.S. - Counseling
    Elizabethtown College - B.A. - Communications
  • Amy Bickhart 

    Assistant Head of Lower School, Assoc. Director of Lower School Admission
    (302) 575-0550
  • Linda Palmer 

    Admission Office, Administrative Assistant
    302-575-0550

Founded in 1919, Tower Hill School is a private, college prep school in Wilmington, Delaware, serving students in preschool through Grade 12.
Tower Hill is regarded as one of the best private schools in the U.S. Many of Tower Hill's students attend top universities and colleges.


  • Tower Hill School
  • 2813 W. 17th Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19806
  • 302-575-0550