Basic Information

Address: Phillips Academy, 180 Main Street, Andover, MA 01810
Phone Number: 978-480-0668

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Additional Information

Focus: PALS is a two-year program for seventh and eighth students who are teacher recommended as academically capable, successful in school, and self-motivated. PALS is privately funded. All children receive scholarships to attend. Students come from two Lawrence Massachusetts middle schools

Non profit

Director: Thomas E. Cone. Cone has been the PALS Director since 1990. PALS began in 1988. Tom can be reached at (978) 470-0668 or by e-mail at
Schedule: Four weeks in July. During the school year PALS meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school
Ages: 12, 13, 14 years old
Membership/Pricing: 100% scholarships

During the school year the students and their high school teachers meet at the Partham School in Lawrence MA on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays they meet at Phillips Academy. In July PALS uses the facilities of Phillips Academy classrooms, athletic facilities and dining hall


PALS started in 1988 as a cooperative educational program with the public schools of Lawrence MA and the private school Phillips Academy

Field Trip Destinations: Every Friday afternoon in July there is a field trip to a educational site in the Boston area
Program Information:

From September to May PALS provides individualized math and focused writing on Tuesdays and enrichment activities in science, art, music, drama, sports or computers on Wednesdays.  High school volunteers teach the students in a one on one basis.


The PALS curriculum also helps students set short, mid and long term goals and, in eighth grade, guides him or her in planning a high school program, and assists in the application process.


PALS is a year-round program, which includes a required fun four-week summer program in July. Academic skills are taught in the mornings, and sports, music, special projects and field trips are offered in the afternoons.


Interns teach the students in the summer, guided by Master Teachers. Interns are looked up to as role models, building self-confidence, motivating them to continue doing well in school and to fulfill future aspirations.