An Independent Episcopal Day School for Ages 3 Through 12th Grade in Burlington, New Jersey

Quick Facts

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General Information

  • A college preparatory day school for boys and girls 3 years of age through 12th grade.
  • Founded in 1837.
  • Located in Burlington, New Jersey, on the banks of the Delaware River, 17 miles north of Philadelphia.
  • 11-acre riverfront campus with five main buildings and a chapel. The chapel and two of the main buildings are on The National Registry of Historic Places.
  • We currently enroll 245 students coming to us from a total of 41 cities and towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • With 41 classroom teachers, the student-teacher ratio is 5.97:1.
  • 47% of students receive need-based financial aid.
  • 17 total interscholastic teams (9 girls, 7 boys, and 1 co-ed).
  • Founded as an Episcopal boarding school, Doane Academy is open to all faiths.
  • Chapel services in the Episcopal tradition are held once per week.

Academic Profile

  • Class of 2018: Top 15% Mean SAT Score: 1410 (out of 1600)
  • Class of 2018: Top 25% Mean SAT Score: 1382
  • Upper School Mean SAT Score: 1222
  • SAT score range - Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 540 - 760, Math 440 - 800
  • Over the last six years, 130 graduates earned approximately $20.5 million in scholarships, and have been accepted to over 500 colleges.
  • 100% of seniors attend 4-year college or university.
  • A sample of colleges and universities attended by Doane Academy students over a five-year period ('12-'16) include; New York University, Cornell University, Temple University, Lafayette College, Rowan University, George Washington University, Wake Forest University and more.
  • Click here to see a complete list of these colleges and universities.

Lower School Academic Information

  • Lower School Daily Courses - Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Reading, Spanish.
  • Lower School Additional Courses (meet twice a week) - Art (Primary–5th grade), Music (Primary–5th grade), Physical Education (Primary–5th grade), Library (once a week for Primary–5th grade), Computers (4th and 5th grade), Discovery (supplemental nature/science class).

Middle School Academic Information

  • Middle School Departments - English, Health, History & Social Studies, Science, Math, Visual and Performing Arts, Classical and World Languages, Physical Education
  • Curriculum - In grades 6 through 8, students engage in a rigorous with a strong focus on leadership and autonomy. Middle School teachers create dynamic, hands-on learning opportunities suited to the unique cognitive and emotional needs of this age group. Middle School courses are designed to foster creativity, inquiry, collaboration, and self-expression. Courses are designed to offer opportunities to mix with other grade levels. There is a strong focus equipping students with the academic readiness needed for success in Upper School, such as developing efficient study habits, critical thinking abilities, and effective reading, writing, and research skills.

Upper School Academic Information

  • Upper School Departments - English, History & Social Studies, Science, Math, Arts, Music, World Languages, Physical Education
  • Curriculum - All courses are college preparatory. Most courses are offered at different levels including honors and Advanced Placement. Students are placed in courses that best suit their background and ability (it is not unusual for students to have an academic schedule that includes courses from different levels)
  • AP Courses - Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Psychology, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Art History, U.S. History, European History, U.S. Government


  • Participation - 100% of students participate in extracurricular activities (including sports)
  • Interscholastic Middle School Teams - Co-ed Soccer, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Baseball, Softball.
  • Interscholastic High School Teams - Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Cross Country, Girls Tennis, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Crew, Baseball, Bowling, Softball.
  • Clubs and Societies – Student Council, Student Ambassadors, Varsity Club, Mock Trial, Community Service, Yearbook, Creative Writing Club, Cum Laude Society, National Honors Art Society, Photography Club, Spartan STEAM Club - Science Olympiads Team, Spartan STEAM Club - Odyssey of the Mind Team, Math Club, Equality Club, Middle School STEAM Class - FLL and Future City Competitions, Spartan STEAM Club – SeaPerch, Spanish Club, Art Club, Spartan STEAM Club - Seasonal Competitions, Latin Club, Doane’s Dungeon, Christmas Mystery, Spartan Studio Actors Spring Play, The Kindness Project, and Student Government
  • Arts - Fine Arts, String Ensemble, Band, Jazz Band, Choir, Performing Arts, Private Music Instruction (each participates in performances, concerts, and exhibitions throughout the year)
  • Rocks, Roots and Wings - An outdoor education program that emphasizes character development
  • Traditional Events - Back to School Picnic, Canoe to First Day of School, Homecoming/Spirit Week, Doane’s Dungeon and Halloween Parade, Christmas Mystery Performance, Founder’s Day, Class Night

Accreditation and Membership

  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of College and Secondary Schools
  • Accredited by New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS)
  • Member, National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Member, Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)