FAQs

General Questions

What will my interview and visit be like?

The admission interview takes about 15 to 30 minutes. One of the Admissions Officers will want to learn about your academic interests, as well as your involvement and interest in the arts, sports and extracurricular activities. The goal of the interview is to get to know what kind of student and person you are. This is also a time for you to ask questions.

What is the role of the parent in the interview?

During the interview, parents are welcome to ask additional questions about Solebury School and offer information about the needs and aspirations of your child.

What transportation is available for day students?

Parents drive or car pool students and the following local Pennsylvania school districts provide transportation for Solebury School day students: Central Bucks; Council Rock; New Hope-Solebury; Palisades and Pennridge. Our vans provide transportation to students in various parts of New Jersey including Princeton, as well as Yardley, PA. There is a fee for this service. Transportation is arranged during the registration process.

How do I obtain an I-20 for the visa process?

Once a student has completed our application process and has been accepted to Solebury School, and we have your signed contract and payment, we will then send the I-20, which is needed to obtain a F-1 visa.

Can I visit classes?

At any time during the admission process, we would love to schedule a time for you to spend the day with us. We will try to arrange a schedule that allows you to see the areas of the school you are most interested in. You'll be paired with a current student who will host you for the day, and your visit will include a tour of the campus if you have not already had one.

Do you have a dress code?

No.

Academics Questions

How much homework are students assigned at Solebury School?

Teachers may assign 45-60 minutes of work per class meeting or 60-75 minutes per class for AP courses.

One of the reasons we introduced a new daily schedule in the fall of 2016 was to keep the amount of assigned homework reasonable. Students used to have six classes per day; they currently have four. With less homework to navigate each night, students can better focus on the homework they do have, leaving them less exhausted and stressed out.

Can students bring their own computers? What technology is available at Solebury School?

Solebury School has an Individual Device Policy requiring students to use a personal device of their own, in and out of class. Courses that require specialized computers or software, such as digital filmmaking, photography and music production, are equipped with appropriate resources for assigned coursework. Every classroom at Solebury features a high-definition touch monitor that displays easy-to-read text, graphics, and images and allows teachers the creative use of technology. The Founders Library has computers available for quiet study or research and desktops are available in all three dorms. Printing is available directly from students’ personal devices to the multi-function printer in the library.

All campus buildings are served by our wired network and encrypted WiFi, which covers some outdoor spaces as well. Students receive a solebury.org email address/Google account for schoolwork, as well as a Solebury Network account for local network and WiFi access. Digital screens around campus share the day’s news, from our lunch menu to announcements to school sporting events each afternoon.

What academic support is available for students?

Solebury School's teachers are readily available to help students outside of class. There is time every school day for students to see teachers, all of whom have designated office hours throughout the week.

Our Peer Tutoring program features student volunteers who tutor other students in need of extra help in particular classes.

Solebury also offers programs to help students with learning differences realize their full potential. Please see the Academic Support Programs for more information.

Do you have student advisors?

Yes. The advisor is a teacher or administrator who is assigned to help with navigating the “ins and outs” of Solebury School. He or she is usually the first point-of-contact for parents to call with any questions regarding their child. New students are assigned an advisor at the opening of school. Advisory meetings are held every Monday from 3:10 – 3:30 p.m. Advisory is a time when students have an opportunity to touch base with their advisors and fellow students who share that advisor. It is a time to discuss any academic or social issues, and the meeting might include an outing and food.

Boarding Life Questions

What do students do on the weekends?

Both boarding and day students are welcome to participate in weekend activities, which are planned by the faculty members (four faculty members are on duty (OD) each weekend) and the students. Trips to New York City and Philadelphia take place during the year. The area is also full of many recreational opportunities; bicycling and hiking on the canal path and canoeing and tubing on the Delaware River are popular. Boarding students with parental permission may also visit day students' homes on the weekends.

What happens if I get sick while at Solebury School?

Solebury’s school nurse is an RN and pediatric nurse-practitioner. She oversees the student health services, provides minor medical care on campus, counsels students on health and personal issues, and is responsible for assuring that students receive proper care for any illnesses. The school uses the services of the Phillips Barber Health Center in Lambertville, New Jersey when students need to see a physician.

Is there a required study hall? Day/evening?

Daytime Study Halls: Supervised study hall will be held either in the Learning Skills suite or in the dining hall during the designated period. All students in grades 7 through 10 who do not have classes and are not on honors must attend.

Evening Study Hours: 8:00 - 9:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, are designated for study. All boarding students are expected to be in a supervised study hall, except when they have earned "Room Study."

How are roommates assigned?

During the summer, the Dean’s Office sends out a questionnaire to new students to help determine to best roommate matches. Returning students have the option each year to choose their roommates or whether they would like to room with a new student.

How many international students are at Solebury School?

Our international population ranges each year from 25-30 students from various countries.

Are athletics required?

All students are required to participate in a supervised afternoon team sport or activity each trimester. Team sports meet 5 days a week from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and involve additional time for practice and games. Other activities meet only 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Students select activities from a list of choices during registration for classes each trimester. Participation in a physical activity is required during at least two of the three trimesters. While there is a wide offering of team sports from which to choose, we recognize that our students have a variety of interests and thus do not require students to do interscholastic athletics.