Eaglebrook School

5.00 (1 review)
271 Pine Nook Road, P.O. Box 7
Deerfield, MA 01342
Eaglebrook School Photo #1 - Eaglebrook School teaches middle school boys the skills they will need for the rest of their lives. Learn more about our Core Skills at https://www.eaglebrook.org/coreskills.
Eaglebrook School Photo #1 - Eaglebrook School teaches middle school boys the skills they will need for the rest of their lives. Learn more about our Core Skills at https://www.eaglebrook.org/coreskills.
Eaglebrook School Photo #2 - Classes in visual and performing arts are available to each Eaglebrook student.
Eaglebrook School Photo #3 - At the heart of the school is the shared life of teachers, their families, and boys working together. This is the common room of Halsted House, one of five dormitories on campus.
Eaglebrook School Photo #4 - Eaglebrook's vision is to help each student develop his unique gifts during the important middle school years, and our mission is to meet boys where they are in their development and to encourage them to build self-confidence through success. Eaglebrook offers a rich and diverse curriculum geared toward the learning styles of middle school boys.
Eaglebrook School Photo #5 - Eaglebrook offers a vibrant drama program. The department presents plays three times a year, and all students are encouraged to be a part of the productions.
Eaglebrook School Photo #6 - Fall sports at Eaglebrook include: football, soccer, mountain biking, water polo, and cross country running.
Eaglebrook School Photo #7 - Winter sports options at Eaglebrook include: hockey, competitive skiing, swimming and diving, basketball, squash, snowboarding, recreational skiing, ski patrol, and wrestling. The Easton Ski Area, located on campus, has six trails and is serviced by a double chairlift. Snowmaking and grooming happen throughout the winter.
Eaglebrook School Photo #8 - Spring sports options at Eaglebrook include: baseball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, track & field, and the outdoor program.
Eaglebrook School Photo #9 - Eaglebrook works hard to maintain a vibrant middle school athletic program for boys of all sizes and abilities. The school boasts top-notch athletic facilities, including a pool, a hockey rink, six international squash courts, a track, ski hill and numerous playing fields. Learn more at https://www.eaglebrook.org/athletics.
Eaglebrook School Photo #10 - Eaglebrook's band is one of the many opportunities available for students interested in music. Chorus, jazz band, string orchestra and piano is also offered to the students.
Eaglebrook`s role is to help each boy come into full and confident possession of his innate talents, to improve the skills needed for the challenges of secondary school, and to establish values that will allow him to be a person who respects individual differences and acts with thoughtfulness and humanity.

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  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars  
    Boston University
    There are numerous aspects about Eaglebrook School that make this "pre-prep" or "junior" boarding school truly unique. While the rigorous academic program, the beautiful, up-to-date campus, the diversity of students and faculty, and low student-teacher. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Eaglebrook School
School FocusJunior Boarding School
Grades (Boarding)Grades 6-9
School TypeAll-boys
Supports Learning Differences (LD)Yes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominational
Year Founded1922
Campus Size750 acres

Student Body

Enrollment250 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Collared shirt, shorts in fall and spring only, socks required)
Average Class Size10 students
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
Number of AP Courses Offeredn/a
ESL Courses OfferedYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$101 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(An additional deposit required for incidental acct)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Summer Program Cost$8,300
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$30,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / Rolling
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsChristopher Loftus
Associate Director of AdmissionsKarl A. Koenigsbauer

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered18 Interscholastic Sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Polo


Total Extracurricular Organizations9 Extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Childrens, Childrens Theater, Robotics, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
A Capella, Literary, Mountain, Musical, String

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Students: Eaglebrook is a school for boys in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grades with an enrollment of approximately 200 boarders and 50 day students. In a warm, caring, and structured atmosphere, students learn more than they ever thought possible, discover inner resources, develop self-confidence, and have fun with their friends. Eaglebrook welcomes boys of any race, nation, or creed, and all share the same privileges and duties.
  • Teachers: The teachers at Eaglebrook watch over each boy`s personal growth and set the academic tone of the school, coach the teams, serve as dormitory parents, and are available for students when they need a mentor or a friend. Their job is to motivate students to reach beyond the easily attained and help them realize that mistakes can lead to progress.
  • Dormitories: Six dormitory houses are homes for the boys, faculty and faculty families. Boys learn effective study habits because they do their homework in their rooms with faculty supervision. The family spirit that exists in the dorms between faculty and students is strength of the school and shapes life at Eaglebrook.
  • Advisors: Each boy has a faculty advisor who takes a personal interest in his classes, sports, friends, and activities. The adviser is friend and mentor and supervises academics, gives advice, answers questions, discusses problems, and keeps in touch with parents and teachers.
  • Academics: Eaglebrook has a core curriculum of English, math, science, history, and languages. Because students learn in different ways, vary in their innate abilities, and come from a variety of educational backgrounds, teachers organize classes to meet the needs of each boy and give extra help outside of class.
  • The Out-of-Doors: When Howard Gibbs founded Eaglebrook in 1922; he wanted a school that combined a healthy outdoor life with education. Eaglebrook has remained true to his vision. Today the school`s 750 acres provide fields, woods, and trails for mountain biking, hiking, overnight camping, or a climb to the Rock.
  • Meals: Sit-down meals with faculty heading the tables are a tradition at Eaglebrook. They provide students with a relaxed time to be with other students, make friends, and develop healthy eating habits. A large kitchen staff prepares meals that include lean meats, seafood, whole grains, and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, organic and local when available.
  • Sports: Boys need and enjoy daily vigorous activity. The athletic program provides opportunities for each boy to receive training in seasonal sports, both team and individual, at an appropriate level. All students build skills and stamina, improve their coordination, and develop a sense of good sportsmanship.
  • Electives: Each trimester, boys can choose an elective for two of their class periods. Electives add variety to the academic day and offer an opportunity for boys to learn new skills or pursue an established interest. Electives include classes in studio art, music, ceramics, photography, woodwork, stained class, choral singing, drama, computer skills, swimming, and publications.
  • Sunday Meeting: Each Sunday evening, students and teachers gather in the assembly area for Sunday Meeting, a time for quiet reflection. Since Eaglebrook is non-denominational and students come from different religious backgrounds, Sunday Meetings present a varied program that exposes students to different speakers, services, and performances.
  • Service: Helping others is a tradition that creates a spirit of community at Eaglebrook. Boys work with teachers and staff in the dining room, kitchen, classroom buildings, dormitories, and around campus. They learn to conserve electricity, water, and fuel in buildings and to make recycling a part of their daily lives.
  • Summer Program: The Eaglebrook School Summer Semester for both boys and girls ages 11, 12, and 13 is a four-week session held in July of each year. It is designed to build confidence through achievement and to foster leadership skills in the classroom, on the playing field, and within the school community. For more information about Eaglebrook`s Summer Semester, please visit http://www.eaglebrook.org/SummerSemester.
  • History
    • 1922-1928: Howard Gibbs, and Amherst graduate and friend of Headmaster Frank Boyden of Deerfield Academy, had a vision for a younger boy`s boarding school that combined a healthy outdoor life with education. He wanted boys to develop their innate abilities, discover new interests, and gain deserved confidence. Eaglebrook Lodge, a sanitarium and former hunting camp on 27 wooded acres in the hills of Western Massachusetts, seemed the ideal place for his school In 1922 Mr. Gibbs bought the property and transformed it and its outbuildings into Eaglebrook School. He enrolled 15 boys that first year.
    • 1928-1966: After Mr. Gibbs's unexpected death, Thurston Chase, an Eaglebrook teacher and recent Williams College graduate, took over the school. Under his leadership, student enrollment expanded to 165 students, and the physical plant grew to include a gymnasium, tennis courts, learning center, science building, and four new dormitories.
    • 1966-2002: When Thurston Chase retired, his son Stuart Chase '47, assistant headmaster at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut, became Eaglebrook`s headmaster. Stuart Chase saw the school grow to 175 boarders and 58 day students. While he was headmaster, the school bought 500 adjacent acres and added new playing fields, a track, a modern ski area with snowmaking and a chair lift, two new dormitories, a swimming pool and a hockey rink.
    • 2002- present: Andrew Chase '73, Eaglebrook`s former director of development, son of Stuart and grandson of Thurston, is the current headmaster. He and his wife Rachel Blain have three children: Calla `07, Lucy `10, and Sam `12.
    • Three generations of Chases have remained true to Mr. Gibbs`s vision for his school, and although the school continues to grow in its range of offerings and facilities, it still nurtures young boys and helps them realize their talents. The woods, fields, and mountain trails continue to provide students with the healthful life that Mr. Gibbs considered so valuable.
    • Eaglebrook is owned by the Allen-Chase Foundation, a nonprofit educational trust. The remarkable facilities of the school, endowed chairs for many faculty positions, a fund for professional development, and the school`s impressive scholarship program are the results of gifts to the Allen-Chase Foundation from generous parents, friends, and alumni. Andrew Chase is a descendent of the Allen and Chase families, both leaders in 19th-century American education.
  • Admissions Information
    • How to Apply: A candidate for admission to Eaglebrook must complete and return an application. You may contact the school through our online Inquiry Form, or download an application from our website. Along with submitting an application, and all forms listed below, a candidate and his family must visit the school for an interview and tour which allows a family to view the campus, ask questions, and meet teachers and students.
    • Costs and Financial Aid Eaglebrook School seeks to enroll boys from different backgrounds within the United States and from abroad. Need-based financial aid provides tuition assistance for qualified applicants. Through the generosity of friends, parents, and alumni, these need-based grants are awarded on a year-by-year basis at the discretion of the Financial Aid Committee.
    • Tuition for boarding students for the 2020-2021 school year is $66,00 and for day students tuition is $31,800. Additional fees do apply. All candidates seeking aid should contact Karl A. Koenigsbauer in the Admissions Office at kak@eaglebrook.org. Approximately 24% of the student body receives financial aid. For more information, please see http://www.eaglebrook.org/Tuition.
    • Application Timetable Inquiries are welcome at any time. Admission Office hours are 8:30-4:00, Monday through Friday. School catalogs and applications can be obtained through the Admission Office, or through the Eaglebrook website, at www.eaglebrook.org/Admissions. The application fee is $50 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants
    • Admissions Correspondence Christopher Loftus, Director of Admissions, Eaglebrook School, 271 Pine Nook Road, P.O. Box 7, Deerfield, Massachusetts, 01342, United States. Phone: 413-774-9111; fax: 413-774-9119; email: cloftus@eaglebrook.org Website: http://www.eaglebrook.org.
  • Eaglebrook School accreditations: AISNE
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein '77 - Abdullah II is a well respected world leader and a member of the Hashemite dynasty, the royal family of Jordan since 1921. He began his reign in 1999.
    • Jason Wu '98 - Jason is a Taiwanese-Canadian artist and fashion designer based in New York City best known for designing the dresses of Michelle Obama on several occasions, including those worn during the first and second inauguration of American President Barack Obama.
    • Michael Douglas '60 - Michael is an award winning and acclaimed actor and producer. He has received numerous accolades over the years including two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the AFI Life Achievement Award.
    • Henry Kravis '60 - Henry is the co-founder of KKR & Co. Inc., a global investment firm. Additionally, in 2006, he established The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership which identifies extraordinary leaders in the nonprofit sector, celebrates their accomplishments a
    • Brandon Wu '12 - Brandon got his first PGA tour start at the 2019 US Open after winning the US Amerstur Championship tournament that year. In 2020, he was the Ferry Tour Championship winner and also helped guide Stanford to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship team
    • Michael Beschloss '70 - Michael is an award winning historian known for specializing on the United States presidency and has been a frequent commentator on the PBS NewsHour and is the NBC News Presidential Historian.
    • Mo Cassera '89 - Mo is an American basketball coach and was Hofstra University's men's head coach from 2010-2013 and current CBS Sports Broadcaster covering NCAA basketball.
    • Christopher Mellon '72 - Christopher is a former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and later for Security and Information Operations. He also served as the staff director of the United States Sen
    • Chris Waddell '84 - Chris was an American Paralympic sit-skier and wheelchair track athlete. Additionally, in 2009 he became the first paraplegic to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Chris was inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2010 and the US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame i
    • Thomas Hoving '46 - Thomas was an American museum executive and consultant and the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He began his career at the MET in 1967 and quickly expanded the MET's collections.

Profile last updated: 07/19/2021

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