Whitfield’s mission statement functions as a real-life guide to our everyday practice. We start with “ethical” because character is the cornerstone of a Whitfield education—molded in the classroom, on the playing field, in our halls. Today’s high-tech students are connected and empowered in ways previously undreamed of, and it matters deeply that they uphold their ethical obligations to self, family, and community. 


Our job is to prepare students to reach their highest personal and academic goals and to pave the way for their future growth. For one student that may mean an in-depth grounding in the sciences, for another fluency in a foreign language, for yet another early admission to a premier college program. Ultimately, success is the combination of the right academic skills and personal qualities, like perseverance and compassion. This kind of preparation is only possible in a close-knit academic environment where each child’s strengths are known and cultivated. 


To prepare students for a world that is undergoing enormous change, we must both honor the legacy of traditional education and recognize the importance of innovative thinking. Every course at Whitfield is designed to address essential questions that reflect the needs and realities of the 21st century while also building strong academic skills. To strengthen the learning process we employ project-based instruction wherever appropriate and a variety of assessment strategies. In the hands of excellent teachers and enthusiastic learners, Whitfield’s technology resources facilitate exploration, collaboration, and creativity.



A collaborative school environment enhances academic achievement. We gain essential insight from the perspectives of others and do our best work in a supportive atmosphere where risk taking is encouraged. Working together—and growing together—is the practical application of Whitfield’s commitment to community.  Trust is the glue that holds us together.  Through collaboration, our students, faculty, coaches and staff learn to rely upon one another to build a community of trust.


Whitfield classrooms are bursting with energy.

Students in grades 6-12 take required courses in English, math, science, social studies, and world languages every year. Additional science and humanities electives allow students to explore specific topics in greater depth. AP courses in math, science, and languages are also available. 

Whitfield offers students numerous opportunities to participate in the performing and visual arts. Students may choose from band, choir, and ensemble groups as well as mainstage productions in the theater department. The fine arts curriculum offers drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, and ceramics.

Our history of leadership in educational innovation coupled with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum prepares students for success in college and beyond.



80% of Whitfield students participate in athletics. Our no-cut policy allows all students to explore new athletic activities based on their interest, regardless of prior experience. The result is one of the most successful athletic programs in the area, claiming 28 state championships, earning multiple coach and player of the year awards, and sending numerous graduates to play at the collegiate level.

Sports offered at Whitfield:

Cross Country (B, G)Basketball (B, G)Baseball
Field HockeyDanceLacrosse (B, G) 
Soccer (B)Ice HockeySoccer (G)
Tennis (G)Squash (B, G)Tennis (B) 
Volleyball (G)WrestlingTrack & Field (B, G)
  Volleyball (B)


Whitfield’s veteran college counseling team provides expert and individual navigation of the application process and helps students find the right fit for the next step in their education. Whitfield students have earned just over $9 million in merit scholarships over the last five years and found success at some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities.

A selection of the schools Whitfield graduates have chosen to attend over the last five years:

American UniversityIndiana University at BloomingtonUniversity of Southern California
Boston CollegeKenyon CollegeUniversity of Chicago
Boston UniversityLehigh UniversityUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
Bradley UniversityMiami University, OxfordUniversity of Denver
Butler UniversityNew York UniversityUniversity of Michigan
Case Western Reserve University    Northwestern UniversityUniversity of Missouri, Columbia
Chapman UniversityPurdue UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
Columbia UniversitySaint Louis UniversityUniversity of Southern California
Cornell UniversitySavannah College of Art and DesignUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Dartmouth CollegeSouthern Methodist UniversityVanderbilt University
Duke UniversitySyracuse UniversityWake Forest University
Emory UniversityThe George Washington UniversityWashington University in St. Louis
Grinnell College Tulane UniversityWest Point
Howard UniversityUnited States Naval Academy 

Whitfield is dedicated to the full development of its students as learners, leaders, and citizens. Guided by teachers of unparalleled talent and vision, our graduates are uniquely prepared to succeed in a rapidly evolving society, university setting, and workplace. 

- John Delautre, Head of School

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About Us

Whitfield School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for grades 6–12.

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Whitfield’s demanding academic program coupled with the support of a dedicated, world class faculty prepares graduates for both the college experience and life beyond.

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Students who choose to engage in the arts at Whitfield, whether performing or visual, discover the nearly limitless possibilities for self-expression.

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The Warriors have claimed 29 state championships, earning multiple coach and player of the year awards, and sending numerous alumni to play at the collegiate level.

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Student Life

Whitfield students are happy, healthy and engaged in their community. Working diligently both in and out of the classroom, they learn both the academic and the interpersonal skills that lead them to success in college and beyond.

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The culture of philanthropy has always been an essential part of the Whitfield experience. Whitfield is fortunate to have parents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty and staff, trustees, grandparents and special friends who consistently support our school.

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