Avon Old Farms School

5.00 5 1 (6 reviews)
500 Old Farms Road
Avon, CT 06001
Tel: 800-464-2866
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Nestled among Cotswold-inspired architecture on 860 acres in the Farmington Valley, Avon Old Farms stands as the leader in preparing young men for higher education.
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Nestled among Cotswold-inspired architecture on 860 acres in the Farmington Valley, Avon Old Farms stands as the leader in preparing young men for higher education.
Our core values of Brotherhood, Scholarship, Integrity, and Sportsmanship serve as the foundation to enduring life lessons at Avon Old Farms.
At Avon, academic excellence consists of thorough instruction in the basic disciplines, the development of sound study habits, and the opportunity to be challenged by increasingly complex subject matter.
Our sports teams have won over 30 league and New England championships over the last 15 years, and many of our athletes move on to compete for some of the nation's foremost collegiate programs before moving on to be famous professional athletes.
Our English Cotswold styled architecture has been compared to the majestic environment of that found in the classic academy award winning Harry Potter movies.
At Avon, the arts are more than paint on a canvas, pixels on a screen, notes in the air, or chords in the hand - our boys experience a journey of creative discovery through personal programs allowing them to explore their undiscovered talents.
Avon cultivates young men of integrity, who honor wisdom, justice, inclusion, service and the pursuit of truth, all within a tightly bonded brotherhood community.
Our 860 acre campus is comprised of breathtaking panoramic vistas; rustic hiking trails; a serene pond for swimming and fishing; and abundant seasonal foliage.
Because of the quality and experience of the faculty/staff and the careful organization of time set aside for personal instruction and guidance, we believe that a boy will find a superior academic program at Avon Old Farms.
Aspirando et Perseverando. Avon inspires young men to aspire and persevere in the pursuit of excellence and self-discovery.
  • Avon Old Farms is expert in educating boys by leveraging relational learning in a very structured and well balanced environment, fostering the character traits needed to be successful throughout one's entire life, all within a unique brotherhood community - guided by traditional Avonian values.
  • Avon is a Community Where Traditions Live, Where Scholarship Flourishes, Where Boys Become Men.

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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/28/2016
    United States Military Academy
    Morning meeting every morning at 7:45 am really brought the community together and started each day off right. Also mandatory lunches, they gave you assigned seating which give you the opportunity to meet new people. . .

  • Class of 2015
    5 Stars   12/17/2016
    Tufts University
    The all-boys atmosphere provides a working atmosphere similar to a giant team of students banding together to tackle their education. It establishes trust amongst the student body and allows the same kind of trust to. . .

  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars   12/17/2016
    Middlebury College
    The physical campus is probably the most unique thing about it. There is nowhere that looks or feels like Avon and it instills the community with a sense of togetherness in ways that are often. . .
  • Lake Forest College
    The fact that the student body population is small- 400 kids or so, and most of the students and teachers live on the property give it a real at-home feeling. Kids come from all over. . .
  • Rensselaer
    The schools principles and mission revolve around character development. Students have a very close bond with teachers / administrators which helps foster an open form of communication. The schools also does a great. . .
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2016 School Data
Avon Old Farms Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type All-boys Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1927 1910
Campus Size 800 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 409 students 300 students
% Students of Color
10%
20%
% International Students
19%
20%
% Students Boarding
76%
68%
Average SAT Score 1705 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1550 - 1870 -
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Less than once a month
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 14 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
65%
70%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $50 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,450 $51,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$39,700 $28,200
% Students on Financial Aid
32%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $26,315 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 60% -
Acceptance Rate
48%
57%
Director of AdmissionsLeon Hayword

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 14 16
CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Economics, English Literature and Composition, Environmantal Science, European History, Latin, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History, World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 15 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Riflery, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 46 23
ExtracurricularsAnnual Blood Drive, Art Club, Audio Visual Club, Avon Fellowship, Avon Record, Biking Club, Breakdancing Club, Camping Club, Chorale, Community Service Club, Connecticut Forum, Creative Writing Club, Cricket, Environment Club, Film Club, Food Club, Habitat for Humanity, Hippocrene, History Club, International Club, Irish-American Club, Italian Club, Japanese Animation, Jazz Club, Model UN,

School Notes

  • Established: 1927 by the famous architect Theodate Pope Riddle
  • Campus Size: 860 beautiful acres conveniently located between Boston & New York City
  • Enrollment: 404 boys, 75% are Boarding Students
  • States/countries Represented: 26/24 with an International Student Population of 20%
  • Average Class Size: 12 with a 6:1 Student to Teacher Ratio
  • Interscholastic Sports: 15
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Pete Seeger '36 - Award-winning musician/songwriter, environmentalist
    • David Bigelow '44 - Co-Chairman and Co-CEO R.C. Bigelow Tea Company
    • Richard Yates '44 - Novelist (Revolutionary Road), short story writer
    • Stephen Lash '58 - Chairman of Christie's, North and South America
    • Michael Nouri '64 - Broadway, film, television actor
    • John Garvey '78 - Garvey Spacecraft; former NASA rocket scientist
    • Brian Conroy '82 - Head of Global Equity Trading, Fidelity Investments
    • Brian Leetch '86 - World Cup, Olympics, and NHL; NY Rangers; Hall of Fame
    • Kristian Bush ’88 - Musician -award winning country music duo- Sugarland
    • Kevin McKernan ’91 - Scientist, Agencourt;Whitehead Institute-Genome Research;
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