Westminster School

995 Hopmeadow Street,
Simsbury, CT 06070
Tel: (860) 408 3060
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 390 students
Westminster School enjoys a reputation as one of the finest college-preparatory schools, and certainly one of the very top small boarding schools, in the country.
The challenging academic program, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, prepares students for academic success and the rigors of college while cultivating in them a love of learning that becomes a lifelong habit

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2013 School Data
Westminster School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1888 1907
Campus Size 200 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 390 students 300 students
% Students of Color 15% 18%
% International Students 13% 20%
% Students Boarding 69% 67%
Average SAT Score 1926 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1810 - 2080 -
Average ACT score 23.3 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Acadmics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 24 15
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 70% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $75 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,500 $46,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,800 $26,300
% Students on Financial Aid 30% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $30,268 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 15 Jan. 15
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 70% -
Acceptance Rate 28% 57%
Director of Admissions Jon C. Deveaux  
Associate Director of Admissions Mitchel Overbye  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 24 15
AP Art History AP Biology
AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry AP Chinese
AP Comparative Government AP Computer Science A
AP Economics (Macro & Micro) AP English Language
AP English Literature AP Environmental Science
AP European History AP French Language
AP Latin AP Music Theory
AP Physics-C: Mechanics AP Spanish Language
AP Spanish Literature AP Statistics
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design AP Studio Art: Drawing
AP U.S. History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 16 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 42 24
ExtracurricularsA Capella Singing Groups, Amnesty International, Artists Club, Asian Awareness Association, Band, Black & Gold (admission tour guides), Chamber Choir, Chorale, Cook Nook cooking club, Dance Ensemble, Dramat Club, Eco-Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Focus Christian Fellowship, Gay-Straight Alliance (G.S.A.), Grameen Foundation Clubs, Harry Potter Club, Improv, Instrumental Music Groups, Jazz Band, Jewish Student Organization, John Hay Society, Literary magazine, Literary Society, Model United Nations,

College Matriculation

Year: 2005-2009 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston College 20
Trinity College 17
University of Richmond 14
George Washington Univ. 12
Connecticut College 10
Hamilton College 10
Columbia University 7
Harvard University 5
Yale University 5
Colby College 4
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • Westminster is a diverse, close-knit community of 86 faculty and 390 students (two-thirds boarding, one-third day) from across the country (26 states) and around the world (23 countries). Nearly one third of the students receive financial aid from the more than $3.7 million awarded each year. Westminster School, on its 200-acre campus overlooking the Farmington Valley, is a place where scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship and leadership thrive. Admission is highly selective and based on more than excellent grades. We seek young men and women who have accomplished much already and who hold the promise of achieving more in an environment that simultaneously pushes and supports them.
  • School accreditations: NEASC

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is The Ethel Walker School (3.2 miles away)
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