Cheshire Academy

10 Main Street,
Cheshire, CT 06410
Tel: (203) 439-7250
Gr: (Boarding) 8-12 | 385 students
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 (Boarding) 8-12, PG 8-12
Grades Offered (Day) 7-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1794 1908
Campus Size 104 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 385 students 300 students
% Students of Color 13% 18%
% International Students 45% 20%
% Students Boarding 66% 67%
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 10 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 15 15
Number of IB Courses Offered 29 -
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 70% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $13 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,800 $47,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$34,900 $26,110
% Students on Financial Aid 41% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $19,000 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 75% 58%
Director of Admissions Scott Pottbecker  
Associate Director of Admissions Kristin Mariotti  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 15 15
AP 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


# 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


Total Extracurricular Organizations 23 24
ExtracurricularsA cappella group, Campus Guides, Chamber Ensemble, Chess Club, Community Service, Computer Club, Crafts Club, Drama, Dramatic Society, Gay-Straight Alliance, Horizons Literary Magazine, Jazz Ensemble, Key Club, Martial Arts, Math Club, National Honor Society, Peer Listeners, Proctors, Prom Committee, Ropes Challenge Course, Ski Club, Student Council, Yearbook

College Matriculation

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

  • 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
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Fred Friendly - Former president, CBS News
    • Roberto C. Goizueta - Former chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola
    • Talib Kweli - Rapper
    • Rockwell Kent - Artist
    • Robert Ludlum - Author
    • J.P. Morgan - Industrialist
    • Angela Robinson - State Superior Court judge
    • James Van Der Beek - Actor
    • Gideon Welles - Secretary of the Navy (Lincoln)
    • Patrick McCaskey - Director, board member, Chicago Bears

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Choate Rosemary Hall (5.7 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • WallingfordChoate Rosemary Hall
    333 Christian Street
    5.7 mi | 865 students | Gr. 9-12
  • MiddleburyWestover School
    1237 Whittemore Rd., P.O. Box 847
    11.6 mi | 206 students | Gr. 9-12
  • WatertownThe Taft School
    110 Woodbury Road
    13.5 mi | 598 students | Gr. 9-12
  • FarmingtonMiss Porter's School
    60 Main Street
    15.9 mi | 320 students | Gr. 9-12
  • AvonAvon Old Farms School
    500 Old Farms Road
    19.8 mi | 409 students | Gr. 9-12
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