Passing through Exton on Route 30, it is impossible to miss the handsome white campus on both sides of the busy highway. Nearly two hundred young men live and study here, passing under the Lincoln Highway from classrooms and athletic fields to Chapel and dormitories through a hidden tunnel. Here is one of America’s most unique and diverse educational institutions.
The Church Farm School (CFS) is a college preparatory boarding and day school in the Episcopal tradition for boys in grades 7-12. The School provides generous scholarships to all its students especially to those from low income families. As a result, a richly diverse student body is framed, and no qualified student is turned away because of an inability to pay tuition. The School’s mission states it clearly: “Church Farm School prepares a diverse group of boys with academic ability and good character to lead productive and fulfilling lives by making a college preparatory education financially accessible.” Making the most of opportunities available at CFS, graduates are admitted to some of the country’s most competitive colleges and universities.
CFS boasts a singular history. In the years between its founding in 1918 by the Reverend Dr. Charles W. Shreiner, an Episcopal priest and visionary, and the early 1980’s, students, mainly boys from single parent families, helped to operate a 1600 acre farm while attending classes. Their labor, coupled with private donations, supported the School, and many donors fondly recall receiving gifts of scrapple, sausages and roses in gratitude for their support. Dr. Shreiner and his son and grandson, the next two headmasters, had a genius for engaging and involving benefactors, imbuing them with their vision of a great school built on the principles of courageous faith, solid academics and honest toil.
The Rev. Edmund K. Sherrill (Ned) is CFS’s fourth headmaster. Today, all but 150 acres of CFS farm land has been sold with proceeds added to an endowment solely dedicated to scholarships for deserving students. Student farm work has been replaced with more hours in school and a required community service program. Strong in traditional subjects--humanities, the arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the School also offers a comprehensive athletic program. CFS’s nationally recognized Ethical Literacy Program, which embraces student identified values of responsibility, respect, brotherhood and integrity, encourages discussions of spirituality, morality and ethics, and continually asks students to think about what is right and good.
Families from all over the world, especially those seeking real world experiences for their sons as well as a comprehensive college preparatory education and vibrant sports and arts programming, choose Church Farm School where diversity is genuinely embraced and celebrated. The renowned CFS Choir, the Christmas Pageant, chapel services, great athletic teams, and a myriad of other traditions propel the School as it marches towards its centenary in 2018.
Visitors are warmly welcomed to tour the School. To arrange a visit please contact Peter Corrado (firstname.lastname@example.org or 610.363.5383).
The Church Farm School
1001 E. Lincoln Hwy. | Exton, PA
610.363.7500 | gocfs.net