International Students at Church Farm School

The college-prep boarding school preparing tomorrow’s leaders

Finding the right U.S.-based boarding school for your son can be a challenge.

You’re looking for private boarding schools with an academic program that will prepare your child for the challenges that come with college. You also want your son to have the leadership skills needed for success at a U.S. university.

Church Farm School offers an exceptional college-prep curriculum, personal attention and a small community that’s committed to one another.

Learn more about the application process and see how CFS can prepare your son for college, what universities our graduates attend and how we equip students for long-term success.
How to Apply

Step 1: Submit an Application
You can apply to Church Farm School through the CFS application. Students applying to multiple schools might save time using the Standard Application Online. If you opt to use this method, be sure to indicate Church Farm School.

Step 2: Schedule an Interview
A Church Farm School interview is required as part of the application process. Interviews can be conducted before or after a campus visit. If a campus visit is not possible, we offer virtual interviews via Zoom or FaceTime.

Note: Mainland China applicants must complete both the Church Farm School interview as well as a Vericant interview. Visit the Vericant site to schedule.

For more information or to schedule a Church Farm School interview, please contact the admissions office at (610) 363-5347 or

Step 3: Required Testing
The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is required for all applicants. For more information on registration and test dates, please contact SSATB in Princeton, NJ at (609) 683-4440 or visit To ensure Church Farm School receives your score report, our SSAT school code is 2236. We will also accept ISEE scores. Our ERB code is 393150.

If English is not your primary language and/or if you have attended an English-speaking school for less than three years, we require you to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL IBT or ITS), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Duolingo. For more information, please contact TOEFL at (609) 771-7100 or visit To ensure Church Farm School receives your score report, our TOEFL school code is 7218.

If you’re looking for the best boarding schools in Exton, PA, and beyond, we are happy to answer your questions! Please contact us at (610) 363-5347 or
Student Outcomes

CFS has a strong reputation for developing well-rounded students who explore a wide range of interests and leadership opportunities and go on to esteemed colleges and universities.

What are your priorities as you explore boarding school options?

Personal Attention
Class sizes average between 7-12 students for an intimate setting where students get to know faculty and other CFS students. Because our community is so small, the boys get to know their peers and faculty by name.

Brotherhood Bond
Your son will be surrounded by motivated boys who will challenge and encourage him to achieve more than he imagined. CFS students come from all walks of life. And they look out for one another. They’ll forge close bonds that strengthen important leadership skills.

Dynamic Academics
At CFS, your son will have academic opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. It starts with a level of academic quality that translates to the college acceptance list. Living on campus prepares teens for college by teaching them how to prioritize their studies.

Real-world Learning
Families love the Exton, PA, campus location, which is close to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. CFS students travel to see plays and visit museums.

CFS graduates live all over the world and work in many diverse professions. But our successful graduates all share the same profile.

When students graduate from CFS, they are:
  • Curious and passionate learners 
  • Compelling communicators 
  • Healthy in mind, body and spirit 
  • Persistent in the pursuit of excellence
  • Ethical agents for the common good
  • Committed to global responsibility
Discover the international boarding school in Exton, PA, that prepares boys in grades 9-12 to lead productive and fulfilling lives. To schedule a virtual tour, contact us at (610) 363-5347 or
Key Distinctives

Academic Tracks
Students can take advantage of college prep and Dual Enrollment classes at CFS. Your son will also get the support he needs to be successful.

  • Dean of Studies: Ensures students are enrolled in courses that best reflect their aptitude and interests, especially upon deciding on a college track. 
  • Grade-level Leaders: Provide various social-emotional learning activities to prepare students for life in college and beyond.
  • College Guidance Director: Offers grade-level support to help students with course selection and finding the best fit socially, financially and academically.

Electives and Clubs
Popular electives include creative writing, woodworking, choir, sports journalism and contemporary human rights & revolutions. Students can further explore areas of interest in one of our many clubs. Student favorites include photography, robotics and multicultural issues.

Championship Athletics
Our students develop key leadership skills like hard work, consistency, determination and good sportsmanship — all within a community of like-minded young men. The Griffins have a winning tradition with championship basketball, track and field and wrestling teams.

Dedicated Teachers
All of our teachers are also faculty advisors to a group of 4-5 students who meet twice weekly and go on outings together. In addition to being members of a grade-level team, all teachers are available weekly for evening study hall and various weekends throughout the year. Teachers coach sports or run lunchtime and afternoon clubs, and some of them oversee dormitory life.

Interested in learning more about how CFS makes a college prep education financially accessible to a diverse group of young men with academic ability and good character? Learn more here.
College Prep

A Roadmap to Success
It is no surprise that 100% of our graduates are accepted to college, or that many of them are recruited by some of the best schools in the nation.

Current Students
Our various faculty mentors (academics team, advisors, grade-level leaders, cottage faculty and College Guidance Director) work together to ensure our scholars are learning the life skills they need to thrive at CFS, in college and beyond.

CFS Graduates
Our Alumni Success Program follows our alumni in college to ensure they are persisting in college and graduating within six years. Our current persistence rate is more than 85%, twice the national average for young men.

Our graduates attend prestigious universities that include:
  • Syracuse University
  • Lehigh University
  • Dartmouth
  • Drexel University 
  • Vassar College
  • Juniata College
  • Howard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Skidmore College
  • Columbia University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Pennsylvania
CFS has not only prepared me academically, but when it comes to being socially aware and independent, I feel ready for anything. I grew here and was given a chance to succeed. I played sports I had never even heard of. I built a network of friends that live worldwide. I had fun and lived my high school experience in a place filled with people that didn’t want to see anything but me and my class make it in life.
-Dion Mathews '20
Preview CFS

Virtual tours are an excellent way for international students to preview the campus. For more information, contact us at (610) 363-5347 or

Interested in seeing the campus firsthand? Our Open House in the fall and Revisit Day in the spring enable prospective students to attend classes.

Are you ready to take the next step?
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School now serves boys from a range of socio-economic circumstances who are seeking an extraordinary educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.