Church Farm School Releases Documentary in Honor of Its Centennial


In honor of its centennial, the Church Farm School – an independent boarding and day school in Exton for boys in grades 9-12 – recently premiered a new documentary entitled Honoring Legacies, Fulfilling Destinies: 100 Years at Church Farm School.

The 20-minute film follows the school’s founding on April 1, 1918 by The Rev. Charles Wesley Shreiner, who wished to create a working farm school for fatherless boys. This vision endured through decades of progress, culminating in the CFS of today, where all students graduate and attend some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, including Yale, Brown, Williams, Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, and Penn.

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Narrated by James Tate, Class of 1952, the documentary features historical and contemporary photos and videos interspersed with interviews of:

  • alumni from various decades
  • current students, faculty, and staff
  • The Rev. Edmund K. Sherrill II, Head of School
  • former and current board members, including Stacey Shreiner Kley, the founder’s granddaughter whose father served as second headmaster and whose brother served as third headmaster

“This film is important and pays homage to our founder’s vision and the many, many people who have made our continuing work possible over the past 100 years,” said Rev. Sherrill. “While the school is no longer a working farm, its founding mission to help young men build confidence and character as they prepare to go out into the world is as strong as ever.

“The documentary provides valuable insight into our profound purpose, and uncovers this hidden gem for others to see and support.”

Click here to view the documentary. To request a DVD, please contact Stefanie Claypoole at or 610-363-5376.

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