The Gunnery

99 Green Hill Road
Washington, CT 06793
Tel: (860)-868-7334
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 288 students
The Gunnery, Mr.
Gunn's School, was established in 1850 by Frederick W.
Gunn based on the belief that strength of character was the goal of education.  That belief still guides us today as a coeducational, independent day and boarding, college preparatory school for 300 students in grades nine through twelve.
The 220-acre campus borders the village green of Washington, Connecticut, U.S., a small, beautiful, and historic town in the Litchfield Hills.

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2014 School Data
The Gunnery Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1850 1909
Campus Size 220 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 288 students 295 students
% Students of Color 6% 19%
% International Students 20% 20%
% Students Boarding 70% 68%
Average SAT Score 1738 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics 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 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 62% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $21 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$53,750 $48,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$40,425 $27,240
% Students on Financial Aid 45% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 50% -
Director of Admissions Sara Lynn Leavenworth  
Associate Director of Admissions Shannon Baudo  


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 16 13
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 25 24
ExtracurricularsAmnesty Internation (Known as One World), Chorale, College Club, Community Council, Community Service, Dance Club, Debate Club, Drama, Green Club (Evironmental Group), Gunn Society, International Club, Jazz Ensemble, Math Club, Model UN Club, Outdoor Club, Private Music Lessons, Prom Committee, Radio Club, School Literary Magazine- Stray Shot, Ski Club, Student Activites Council, Student Newspaper- The Gunnery News, Troubadours (Singing), Ultimate Frisbee Club, Year Book- The Red and Gray

School Notes:

  • The Gunnery mission statement rests on the four cornerstones of character: scholarship, integrity, respect and responsibility. Character is forged in a cohesive, diverse community informed by a challenging college preparatory curriculum, a broad range of athletic, artistic and social activities and a faculty of scholars and committed educators dedicated to the intellectual and ethical development of every student. A Gunnery graduate is a broadly educated, socially responsible citizen with tested beliefs, strength of character and the courage to act on convictions.   

    The Gunnery offers small classes, a comprehensive curriculum, a close community, and a range of artistic and athletic offerings in an extraordinary setting, where students are encouraged to prepare for the future by learning in the words of the school motto "Vir bonus semper discipulus est - A good man (person) is always a student.

  • School accreditations: TABS, NAIS, CAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Dr. David Abala '73 - Dr. Abala works for Duke University Medical Center where he specializes with prostate cancer. He works with the di Vinci Surgical Robot which is minimally invasive and offers patients an alternative to major surgery. For more visit our website!
    • James Perse '91 - After graduating James persued fashion design, manufacturing, and merchandising and is known as a rising star in the world of designer clothing. In '96 he started his own buisness, James Perse Enterprises, Inc. For more visit our website!
    • Sarah Scheel Cook '82 - Sarah is the Director of Quality Assurance for the Schwans Food Company, Bakery Division. Sarah and her staff ensure the food products meet all safety standards on both the state and national level. For more visit our website!
    • George Grande '64 - A 35 year old veteran of the broadcasting business, George has been the sports announcer for the Cincinnati Reds on Fox Sports Net Ohio since '93. He has covered MLB since '65 and has been broadcasting MLB since '89. For more visit our website!
    • Jesse Soffer '02 - Jesse Soffer graduated from The Gunnery in 2002 and went on to act on the popular day time show, As The World Turns.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Rumsey Hall School (3.6 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Washington DepotRumsey Hall School
    201 Romford Road
    Washington DepotCT 06794
    3.6 mi | 326 students | Gr. K-9
  • BethlehemThe Woodhall School
    PO Box 550, 58 Harrison Lane
    BethlehemCT 06751
    5.8 mi | 42 students | Gr. 9-12
  • New MilfordCanterbury School
    101 Aspetuck Avenue
    New MilfordCT 06776
    5.9 mi | 320 students | Gr. 9-12
  • KentKent School
    PO Box 2006
    KentCT 06757
    8.6 mi | 570 students | Gr. 9-12
  • South KentSouth Kent School
    All-boys  (Episcopal)
    40 Bulls Bridge Road
    South KentCT 06785
    860-927-3539 ext.201
    9.1 mi | 180 students | Gr. 9-12
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