The Winchendon School

172 Ash Street,
Winchendon, MA 01475
Tel: 978-297-4476
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 250 students
The Winchendon School, a coeducational multicultural community, provides college-bound students of good character and promise with the essential study skills and learning strategies that will propel each student to achieve academic success.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
The Winchendon Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1926 1909
Campus Size 326 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 250 students 295 students
% Students of Color 11% 19%
% International Students 45% 20%
% Students Boarding 80% 68%
Average SAT Score 1620 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 7 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 6 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 40% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $25 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,080 $48,520
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$30,700 $26,800
% Students on Financial Aid 35% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $20,000 $20,074
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 60% 57%
Director of Admissions Ellyn Baldini  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 10 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 26 25
ExtracurricularsA Cappella , Aerobics, Badminton, Chorus, Community Service, Dance, Drawing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Judicial Board, Literary Magazine, Newspaper, Outdoor Seal Training, Outing Club, Painting, Photography Club, Sculpture, Skiing and Snowboarding, Student Activities Committee, Student Government, Swimming, Theater, Triathlon Training, Ultimate Frisbee, Weightlifting,

College Matriculation

Year: 2000-2004 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston University 5
Northeastern University 5
Assumption College 4
Hamilton College 4
Syracuse University 4
Wheaton College 4
Bentley College 3
Curry College 3
Rhode Island School of Design 3
UMASS - Amherst 3
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • The Winchendon School, a coeducational multicultural community, provides college-bound students of good character and promise with the essential study skills and learning strategies that will propel each student to achieve academic success. Winchendon is located on 326 acres, including an 18-hole Donald Ross designed golf course, playing fields, baseball diamond, a spacious gymnasium with two sprung-hardwood floor basketball courts and a fitness area with new cardiovascular equipment, a new state-of-the art ice hockey arena, and tennis courts. Facilities include several academic buildings, including the new Rhoads Building, comfortable dormitories, a beautiful New England dining hall, a Digital Resource Center, and extensively renovated buildings for the visual and performing arts. Students are attracted to, and thrive at Winchendon, because of its unique academic approach, focusing on instruction in essential study skills and learning strategies in every class. Students learn how to study, with content woven into this instruction. Our small, seminar style classes, averaging six to eight students, provide individual attention to assure that students understand the material and are able to ask questions. Our structure and supportive environment, with daily conference periods, advisor meetings, and written real-time feedback, are helpful for students to know how they are progressing and how they can improve. Our multicultural community, with 21 countries and 16 states represented, provides enriching opportunities for students to understand and celebrate many different cultures and customs.

  • Our school's philosophy, which limits class size, is reflected in the design of the academic room- all are of seminar size. The deciding factors enabling a student to enter Winchendon are academic potential and good character. Upon entry, each student is administered diagnostic tests, which along with interviews, allows us to identify the best program for the student. When indicated, such a program may include remedial or tutorial sessions in order to aggressively address weaknesses in study skill areas. The stress on individual attention includes a daily review of achievement between student and advisor, and weekly reports to parents. The highly individualized approach succeeds in sending most members of each year's graduating class on to college.
  • Our school provides a structured environment, promoting traditional standards of behavior and comportment (dress code, no-smoking policy). Equally important are those elements of school life which prepare the student to meet his or her responsibilities as a mature citizen. All students have the opportunity to become involved with Student Government, Dormitory Proctorship, Judicial Board, and other student-faculty committees. Each student is required to participate in the sports program in each season. Athletic facilities include several playing fields and a gymnasium. The school also uses the town's Wendell P. Clark Athletic Center with its covered hockey rink and Olympic-sized swimming pool.

  • School accreditations: NEASC, NAIS, TABS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Beuhl Ford -
    • J.J. Newberry -
    • Sterling Hayden -
    • Scott Bartlett -
    • Jon Rotenberg -

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