Why Church Farm School

There is so much motivation here, whether it’s seeing the other students working so hard and succeeding, the mentoring from upperclassmen and advisors or the genuine investment in our kids we witness from every adult on campus. - Morgan Beever P'20, P'15

Harrison Smith '20, Hamilton College

Harrison Smith of Philadelphia selected Church Farm School for his high school experience due to its small, supportive learning environment. A smart, but quiet, young man, Harrison says he didn’t initially see himself as a “leader.”

That all changed his sophomore year, and over the past three years, he has taken on a mentoring role in almost all aspects of school life; in addition to serving as a cottage prefect, he is president of the Honor Council, an Admission Ambassador, a member of the National Honor Council, and perhaps, something of which he is most proud, president of the Art Club. “I realized that I actually enjoyed guiding students and being looked up to as a role model. Ever since then, I have been taking on the various opportunities given to me. Now that I know what leadership looks like, I feel that I am prepared for college and ready to explore future leadership roles.”

Harrison earned a prestigious summer internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) last summer. Next year, Harrison will attend Hamilton College, where he plans to major in biology and minor in art.

Says his advisor, Mr. Tom Johnstone, "Underneath Harrison's quick sense of humor, he is one of the most driven young men I've had the pleasure of knowing. No obstacle is too big for his relentless work ethic to tackle and I'm sure this will serve him well in the future. I can't wait to see where life takes him!"

Sungho Yoo '17, Johns Hopkins University

Sungho Yoo ’17 came to the United States from Korea as a 9th grader, leaving his family behind to pursue his studies. He was initially placed in a day school in Kansas. “Hollywood movies were the only window through which I had seen America when I lived in Korea. The portrayals were mostly wealthy white people. Even during my time in Kansas, I didn’t feel like I really had a feel for true American culture,” he recalls. That all changed when he transferred to Church Farm School in 10th grade. “The environment was so diverse! It was something that I never expected to exist in America. It opened up my perspective to a completely opposite view of that world.”

Living within a diverse environment—ethnically, financially and otherwise—was important to Sungho. “Like Korea, America suffers through economic division. Church Farm School has helped me to develop my passion, which is to help resolve that division.” Sungho hopes to pursue that passion while studying at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). “I selected Johns Hopkins [over Rice University in Texas] because Baltimore has an underserved population and the school is very much involved in helping achieve economic equality there.” Sungho plans to study neuroscience, and says JHU offered the most federal grants for undergraduate research.

Sungho was a stellar student at Church Farm School. He embraced all of the opportunities the school offered to excel in class, on the athletic field and through clubs and extra-curricular activities. He enjoyed AP Calculus and Physics, plus serving on the Student Council; the TEDx, DECA, Greystock News and Robotics clubs; and varsity golf, tennis and track teams. “At first I hated the idea of mandatory sports,” Sungho says. “But ultimately it made me stronger and more interested in sports than I ever was.”

Through it all, Sungho says the school “helped me become more fluent in communicating with people of other backgrounds.” Boarding school has also prepared him well for being independent and living alone. “I’ve grown into a young adult here. The school has helped me get out of my comfort zone in a lot of ways.”

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  • Photo of Brandon Herbert

    Brandon Herbert 

    Director of Enrollment Management
  • Photo of Barbara Scudder

    Barbara Scudder 

    Admission Coordinator
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.