Rectory School

P.O. Box 68 528 Pomfret Street
Pomfret, CT 06258
Rectory School Photo #1 - At Rectory, our students learn by doing. Our academic philosophy focuses on hands on learning, student choice, and teaching students how to advocate for themselves.
Rectory School Photo #1 - At Rectory, our students learn by doing. Our academic philosophy focuses on hands on learning, student choice, and teaching students how to advocate for themselves.
Rectory School Photo #2 - Express yourself in the Arts at Rectory from the Collins Art Barn to the P.Y. & Kinmay Tang Performing Arts Center. Explore printmaking, pottery, photography in the darkroom, or put on a show in the Spring Musical, Jazz Band or RECappella.
Rectory School Photo #3 - Rectory has 11 dormitories with 150 beds on campus across 138 acres of bucolic landscape in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. Try Karaoke, movie, and mall trips or dorm activities with your roommates and dorm parents. You will build relationships that last a lifetime.
Rectory School Photo #4 - Individualized attention to a young person`s academic, physical, social, and moral development has been a keystone of Rectory School since its founding 100 years ago. In our Learning Services program, students work 1 on 1 with our Learning Specialists to help them with his/her individual needs.
Rectory School Photo #5 - The Placement Department knows the students individually and diligently guides them through the secondary school process. The result is acceptance for each student into the school that's the best match.
Rectory School Photo #6 - Our March Experiential Learning Program (MELP) is a signature week of exploration outside the classroom. Among the 20 possibilities are trips to the Rio Grande, New Orleans, Washington DC, or making African drums, glass mosaics, and rowboats. Rectory students have many opportunities to learn.
Rectory School Photo #7 - Rectory offers 21 sports to choose from including equestrian, soccer, volleyball, basketball, squash, fencing, swimming, wrestling, softball, and lacrosse.
Rectory School Photo #8 - Choose from a range of diverse electives from mountain biking, newspaper, community service, and yoga!
Rectory School Photo #9 - Engage in a bundle of activities with students from across the world and from around the United States. Enjoy the spacious common rooms or a trip to the movies with your peers.
Rectory School Photo #10 - Head of School, Fred Williams, has been at Rectory since 2009. He created the Martin Luther King Jr. day of service tradition, and is always the one to beat in the annual regatta across the Rectory Pond. His open door policy and love for working the middle school age group enable students to get the most out of their experience here at Rectory, often with the helping hand of Mr. Williams himself.
At The Rectory School, students thrive through individualized attention and instruction.
Our program is a successful combination of traditional academics, athletics, performing and studio arts, presented in innovative ways by a caring faculty.
The signature Individualized Instruction Program (IIP) offers unique one-to-one teaching for a variety of learning styles and aptitudes.
Moreover, our focus on developing individual talents permeates every aspect of life on our picturesque, 138-acre campus.
The Rectory experience encourages the spark in its students that ignites their desire to excel.  Our students love it here!

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 5-9
  • Enrollment: 250 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $67,700
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $33,300
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School News

  • Back-To-School Homework - 08/30/2023
    The beginning of a new school year can be a bit overwhelming whether your child is attending a day school or a boarding school. Doing some homework before school starts ...morewill make the transition from summer vacation much easier for everyone. hide
  • 9th-Grade Capstone Project Helped Shape An Intentional History Curriculum - 04/26/2023
    Curriculum design plays an essential role in enriching students' educational experiences. Middle school students require a unique approach to academic learning because they are going through a critical period of ...moredevelopment where they are transitioning from childhood to adolescence. By developing a well-designed curriculum, middle school educators can ensure that students are exposed to a wide range of topics and ideas and provided with the necessary skills to transition from primary education and succeed at the secondary school level. Participating in and then leading Rectory's ninth-grade Capstone Project gave History Team Leader Jamie Haines insight into what gaps needed to be filled in the middle school history curriculum. The result was a curriculum that allowed students to successfully build the skills they needed to rise to the next grade. hide
  • Students Explore Interests and Passions in Middle School Electives - 03/29/2023
    Electives play an essential role in developing middle school students by allowing them to explore their interests, develop new skills, and broaden their perspectives beyond the core academic curriculum. At ...moreRectory, we encourage our students to explore their interests and passions through our dynamic electives program. This program gives our students an exploratory experience in a variety of disciplines. Middle school students must take either an elective or a performing art each trimester. hide
  • The Importance of Community Service in Middle School - 02/24/2023
    Community service is an excellent way for middle schoolers to develop their characters. It provides them with the opportunity to learn about the needs of others and to develop empathy ...moreand compassion. It can help them build leadership and teamwork skills and give them a sense of responsibility and accountability. It can also help them build their self-esteem because they know their efforts matter. hide
  • A Creative Oasis at the Heart of Rectory's Campus - 01/25/2023
    Art teachers Mrs. Gould and Mrs. Oakes create an environment that promotes discovery and self-expression as they encourage their students to value process over product and practice over perfection.
  • Faculty Feature: Kara Burke Savors the Study of Spanish - 01/04/2023
    Kara Burke, who serves as World Languages team leader, Spanish teacher, learning specialist, JV tennis coach, and dorm affiliate, has been a member of the Rectory faculty for nearly a ...moredecade. Recently, we sat down with Mrs. Burke to discuss her work at the school, her approach to teaching, her background, and her lifelong love of food. hide
  • Rectory's Continued Commitment to Gender Equity: A Work in Progress - 12/15/2022
    With the construction of a new female dormitory and the renovation of the girls` locker room this year, Rectory School continues its ongoing commitment to gender equity, an initiative that ...morewas greatly advanced in 2007 with the inclusion of female boarders. In this series of articles, members of the Rectory community discuss the transition to co-educational boarding, focusing, in this installment, on the first years, the challenges overcome, the changes made, and the work still to do. hide
  • Private School Application Process: Community & Culture - 10/26/2022
    In this second installment of the Private School Application Process Series, we will discuss the importance of community. Community is the foundation of any successful private school, and there is ...moreno right or wrong way to do it. For example, a boys' boarding school will be much different than a co-educational day school. What values and ethos are most prevalent in the community, and how do you identify them? hide
  • Rectory's Continued Commitment to Gender Equity - 10/19/2022
    With the construction of a new female dormitory and the renovation of the girls` locker room this year, Rectory School continues its commitment to gender equity, an initiative that was ...moregreatly advanced in 2007 with the inclusion of female boarders. In this series of articles, members of the Rectory community will discuss the transition to co-educational boarding, reflecting on the factors that inspired it and the impact it has had on our school. Looking toward the future, they will also consider what more can be done to ensure equal footing for our female students. hide
  • An Intentional Student Experience - 09/21/2022
    Rectory School's intentional design to create exceptional experiences for our students goes far beyond what happens in the classrooms. At Rectory, the student experience isn't just pedagogy- it's personal.
  • At Rectory, School Counselor Donna Grant's Door Is Always Open - 09/12/2022
    School Counselor Donna Grant maintains an open-door policy, so that students know she is always available. Joining Rectory midyear in January 2022, Ms. Grant has already formed a strong bond ...morewith students while helping to grow the school's Counseling Department. hide
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School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Rectory School
Grades Offered (Boarding)
Grades Offered (Day)
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
138 acres

Student Body

250 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Average Class Size
10 students
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Dec. 15 / rolling
Director of Admissions
Lesley Gibbs

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
Calculus, Honors English, Honors Physics



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Bookworms, Chess Club, Debate Club, Jewelry Making, Newspaper, REC Story (Poems, Short Stories, Art Work, etc.), Robotics, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Young Investors Club

Arts and Music Programs:
9th Grade Ensemble, A Capella, Armed Drill Team, Camera Club, Chorus, Development of Instrumental Music Techniques, Fine Arts Club, Flag Corps, General Music: A History of Jazz Music in America, General Music: A History of Rock Music in America, Jazz Club, Orchestra, Photography, Spring Musical

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10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • Students enjoy increasing their skills and revealing new talents in state-of-the-art facilities. The Tang Center for Performing Arts is an exceptional venue for concerts, assemblies, lessons, and special programs. The Collins Art Barn allows students to create in bright studios and develop photography in the darkroom.
  • Every Rectory student is involved in sports and participates on a team. The program emphasizes healthy competition on levels that provide a challenge for the skilled athlete and encouragement for the beginner.
  • The Rectory School community lives its creed: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Compassion.
  • The Rectory School`s four-week summer session, Summer@Rectory, is an innovative, individually designed program that balances academics, sports, art, music, drama, and recreation. Offering a variety of options for enrichment or remediation, Summer@Rectory has enrollment for coeducational day and boarding students who are entering grades five through nine.
  • The morning academic program provides choices for students to explore an interest, challenge their skills, refresh academic knowledge, improve study skills, and increase English language proficiency. Students enroll in four courses for the four-week session. One of these courses may be the one-to-one Individualized Instruction Program (IIP).
  • The afternoon sessions include FOCUS where the students learn beyond the classroom environment. Music camps promote the performing arts with instrumental ensembles, jazz, stringed instruments, and private lessons. Drama workshops allow students to explore theatrical skills, while recreational activities such as tennis, fishing, canoeing, softball, and soccer create personal enjoyment and team play. Students may elect a different option for each week.
  • The weekend schedule of field trips and off-campus activities gives Summer@Rectory students more experiences to remember. Area beaches, an overnight trip to Boston, New England excursions, Six Flags, and a professional baseball game all add to the excitement. Summer@Rectory is held for four weeks during the month of July. Call The Rectory School for more information.
  • Rectory School accreditations: Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), Junior Boarding School Association (JBSA) Small Boarding School Association (SBSA)
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Rectory School cost?
Rectory School's tuition is approximately $67,700 for boarding students and $33,300 for day students.
What sports does Rectory School offer?
Rectory School offers 19 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling.
What is Rectory School's ranking?
Rectory School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Low student:teacher ratio.
When is the application deadline for Rectory School?
The application deadline for Rectory School is Dec. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Dec. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 5-9
  • Enrollment: 250 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $67,700
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $33,300
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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