Cheshire Academy

10 Main Street,
Cheshire, CT 06410
Tel: (203) 439-7250
Gr: (Boarding) 8-12, PG | 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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2013 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 7-12
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 1907
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

Acadmics 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% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $13 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,800 $47,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$34,900 $26,300
% Students on Financial Aid 41% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $19,000 $19,000
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 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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 19 13
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 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:

  • 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 203-272-7250.

  • 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
  • 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

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