Loomis Chaffee

5.00 5 1 (17 reviews)
Tel: 860-687-6400
Office of Admission
Windsor, CT 06095
  • Loomis Chaffee is one of the nation's leading boarding schools with a long history of supporting excellence in its students from all over the country and around the world in grades 9-12.
  • The mission of The Loomis Chaffee School is to advance the development in spirit, mind and body of boys and girls drawn from diverse cultural and social backgrounds and to inspire in them a commitment to the best self and the common good.
  • The goal of the school`s academic program is the formation of skilled and discerning minds in preparation for higher education and lifelong learning.

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  • Class of 2018
    5 Stars   6/8/2018
    New York University
    The location of the school definitely shaped the school dynamic of Loomis. It isn’t necessarily isolated but it’s formed in a very large location of its own. As a result, Loomis is very secure for. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   5/31/2017
    Brown University
    The unique community feel is certainly special. As an arriving senior, it was tough to get acclimated to a place that people had been at for four years. Some other boarding schools I looked at. . .

  • Class of 2015
    5 Stars   6/13/2017
    Villanova University
    Good balance between day students and boarders created a non isolated feeling to the campus. Overall feeling on campus was unified and together. Smaller school population is a reason for this.. . .

  • Class of 2014
    5 Stars   11/27/2017
    Stonehill College
    The location of the school in Windsor, CT that was formed into basically an island. This provides some security and well as comfort for the students and faculty living on campus. The campus also was. . .

  • Class of 2013
    5 Stars   6/16/2017
    Brown University
    The writing program was quite special. All sophomores had to take a Writing Workshop class where we were taught a particular way of enhancing our analytical skills with "interpretive sentences." We also had workjobs --. . .
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2017 School Data
Loomis ChaffeeBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18741910
Campus Size300 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment690 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1320* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1230 - 1390-
Average ACT score30*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no jeans )
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered6017
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$203 million$18 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant42361$22,844
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsLynn Petrillo
Associate Director of AdmissionsNancy Cleary (Director of FA)

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1915
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations3124
ExtracurricularsChinese Language & Culture Club, Christian Fellowship Club, Community Life, Community Service Club, Jewish Student Union, PRISM (Persons Rising in Support of Multiculturalism), Service Club, Student Activities, Student Council, The Book Club and Literary Society, The Confluence (yearbook), The Debate Society, The Log (Student Newspaper), The Loom, Theater

Club or Organization:
A Capella, Animation Club, Chess Club, Dance Club, Darwin Club, Film Club, FIRST Robotics Team Paragon, Math Team, Project Green, Spectrum (Gay/Straight Alliance), The BBQ Club, The Living Poet's Society, The Loomis Chaffee Democratic Society, The Middle Eastern Dance Club, The Stock/Finance Club, Video Game Clu

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 201710 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
New York University (NYU)31
Georgetown University24
Northeastern University24
Boston College22
Brown University20
Colby College19
Union College19
Wesleyan University18
Bowdoin College and Middlebury College16
University of Chicago16
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • The mission of The Loomis Chaffee School is to advance the development in spirit, mind and body of boys and girls drawn from diverse cultural and social backgrounds and to inspire in them a commitment to the best self and the common good. The goal of the school`s academic program is the formation of skilled and discerning minds in preparation for higher education and lifelong learning. Through its courses and community life, Loomis Chaffee also educates its students for service in the nation and in today's global civilization. In all things, the school aims to be, as its founders intended, "a shrine from which boys and girls shall take the highest inspirations for better and grander lives."
  • School accreditations: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • George P. Shultz '38 - Former Secretary of State
    • Ella T. Grasso '36 - Former Governor of Connecticut
    • Diana Farrell '83 - Founding president and chief executive officer of the JPMorgan Chase Institute
    • Henry R. Kravis '63 - Co-founder, co-chairman, co-CEO KKR
    • James Widdoes '72 - Actor, writer, director, and producer
    • Gretchen Ulion '90 - 1998 Winter Olympic Games US women's ice hockey Olympic gold medalist
    • Nana Mensah '01 - actress, writer, singer, and director
    • David Edelstein '77 - Film critic for New York magazine and for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air
    • Jason Wu '01 - Fashion designer (designed First Lady Michelle Obama's inaugural ball gowns and other pieces for the first lady)
    • Frank Bruni ’82 - Author, journalist, The New York Times and the New York Times Magazine
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