Cheshire Academy

10 Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410
Tel: (203) 439-7250
Gr: (Boarding) 8-12, PG | 396 students
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The tenth private school founded in the United States, Cheshire Academy’s history stretches back to 1794, and enjoys a rich legacy of freedom of religion, cultural diversity and inclusion. 

Pictured here is Bowden Hall, the oldest schoolhouse in continuous use in the state of Connecticut.
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The tenth private school founded in the United States, Cheshire Academy’s history stretches back to 1794, and enjoys a rich legacy of freedom of religion, cultural diversity and inclusion. 

Pictured here is Bowden Hall, the oldest schoolhouse in continuous use in the state of Connecticut.
Cheshire Academy features a combination of academics, athletics, the arts, community service, leadership opportunities, a diverse environment, and a strong residential life program.
Small class sizes, offering breadth and depth of curriculum, enable students to challenge themselves both personally and academically. 

Advance Placement courses, the International Baccalaureate Programme, and our Roxbury Academy Support program help to meet students where they are academically and take them to the next level.
An active community life program keeps students involved after class hours, while the residential life staff continually searches for creative ways of making school a “home” for boarders.

Throughout the year, Cheshire Academy hosts
Cheshire Academy is a student-centered institution emphasizing both academic and character development. 

The Roxbury Academic Support Program is known for its individual and small group instruction, sessions that provide the structure, support, and strategies that students with different learning styles need in a traditional school setting.
This aerial view of Cheshire Academy highlights the over 100 acre campus, complete with state-of-the-art Simosa Track & Field and the surrounding town of Cheshire. 

The campus also includes its own Ropes Course, tennis courts and baseball diamond.
Students participate in an annual convocation to usher in each new school year; formal dress code and the school's official blazer is required each Friday, with semi-formal dress in effect during the rest of the school week. 

Students enjoy several traditions throughout the year, including CA Spirit Week and the highly anticipated Spring Fling.
Athletics have a long, proud heritage at Cheshire Academy, with three seasons of offerings at all skill levels. 

All students participate in our Afternoon Program, choosing from a wide range of athletics, clubs and activities. Sportsmanship and team participation are stressed as integral parts of the Cheshire Academy community.
Diversity is one of Cheshire Academy’s core values, and students travel from all over the world to become part of our family. Students who currently attend Cheshire Academy hail from over 30 different countries.

During our International Festival Weekend each year, students represent their cultures by presenting music, food and history to the entire school.
Cheshire Academy’s arts program encourages students to stretch their boundaries in the visual arts, vocal and instrumental groups, and theatre.

Actor and alum James Van Der Beek '95 recently visited a class in the Black Box Theatre to discuss acting tips and pursuing a career in the arts.
The Student-Centered School, Cheshire Academy is a community within a community, close to large cities, yet suburban enough that students feel comfortable on- and off-campus.
What discoveries await a student here? There are as many answers to that question as there are students, because education that inspires the individual is our way of life.
Students, teachers, coaches, and parents combine their diverse talents to create a learning and living environment that honors the differences in all of us.
Our history includes women and men who changed the course of world events because they stood up for who they are, and we’re proud they learned to do that here.
While our past makes us one of the nation’s oldest schools, our progressive curriculum encourages intellectual and ethical maturity for today’s global society.

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2014 School Data
Cheshire Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 8-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1794 1910
Campus Size 104 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 396 students 295 students
% Students of Color 13% 19%
% International Students 45% 20%
% Students Boarding 66% 68%
Average SAT Score 1661 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1470 - 1880 -
Average ACT score 22 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 15 16
Number of IB Courses Offered 29 -
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 70% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $13 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,290 $48,520
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,650
(8th grade day student tuition: $31,900)
$27,240
% Students on Financial Aid 40% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $23,000 $20,255
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 75% 57%
Director of AdmissionsScott Pottbecker
Associate Director of AdmissionsSarah Thompson

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 15 16
CoursesAP American Government, AP Biology, AP Calculus I-AB, AP Calculus II-BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP European History, AP French V, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature & Composition, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish V, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 19 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 23 23
ExtracurricularsA, Campus, Chamber, Chess, Community, Computer, Crafts, Drama, Dramatic, Gay-Straight, Horizons, Jazz, Key, Martial, Math, National, Peer, Proctors, Prom, Ropes, Ski, Student, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: - 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
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School Notes:

  • The Student-Centered School, Cheshire Academy is a community within a community, close to large cities, yet suburban enough that students feel comfortable on- and off-campus. What discoveries await a student here? There are as many answers to that question as there are students, because education that inspires the individual is our way of life. Students, teachers, coaches, and parents combine their diverse talents to create a learning and living environment that honors the differences in all of us. Our history includes women and men who changed the course of world events because they stood up for who they are, and we’re proud they learned to do that here. While our past makes us one of the nation’s oldest schools, our progressive curriculum encourages intellectual and ethical maturity for today’s global society.

  • Academics & College Prep: Cheshire stresses strong, informed college preparation. We offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a range of honors classes, AP courses, electives, and independent studies. Academic support, including a writing center and math lab, rounds out our curriculum. A full-time college counseling team guides students through their college search process, and more than 150 college representatives visit campus each year. 2012 college acceptances included Brown, Bates College, Bentley College, Boston College, Tufts, New York University, Purdue University, Smith College, University of Michigan, and Bucknell.
  • Athletics & Afternoon Programs: The tradition of athletics is integral to the life of Cheshire Academy. With programs including baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and wrestling, each student is encouraged to participate for a minimum of one season, although many choose to play all three. For those who want to explore a new sport, the beginning and junior varsity teams provide a chance to acquire basic skills, make new friends, and learn about sportsmanship. Cheshire Academy’s other afternoon programs introduce new interests and life-long passions that emphasize teamwork, goal setting, and self-confidence. Our community has produced a wide range of internationally recognized athletes, musicians, actors, novelists, and playwrights.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Extracurricular activities are as varied as student interests, often organized in response to student requests. The Proctors, Student Council, Peer Counselors, and the National Honor Society provide student leadership. Our many other organizations include the Diversity Club, Key Club, Earth Club, Chess Club, Model U.N., and two computer clubs. A literary magazine and new multi-media clubs provide practical experience in writing, editing, photography, and digital imaging.
  • Campus Life: Learning occurs not only in classrooms but also in halls and dormitories. A powerful connection is created when teachers also serve as dorm parents and advisors. Programs like the Citizenship Committee are fundamental to who we are as a school and a community. Each program adds to our authentic, whole-learning environment, and students are able to voice their opinions about the activities that interest them. To follow what our students are currently up to, find us on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/cheshireacademy
  • Financial Assistance: Cheshire Academy annually awards $2.2 million in financial assistance. In addition, we award a four-year scholarship to a town resident, a three-year scholarship to an incoming sixth grader, and a scholarship from the Goizueta Foundation for a candidate of Latin background.
  • Admission: There is much more to learn about us! We look forward to showing you our wonderful community. To arrange a tour, please contact the admission office at 203-439-7250.

  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, National Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, Connecticut Association of Independet Schools

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