The Gunnery - Mr. Gunn's School

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
99 Green Hill Road
Washington, CT 06793
Tel: (860)-868-7334
The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and post graduate.  The school current has 300 students (90 day and 210 boarding).  Represented in the student body are 18 states and 19 countries.  Our 220 acre campus borders the village green of Washington, a small, historic town in the Litchfield Hills.
The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and post graduate.  The school current has 300 students (90 day and 210 boarding).  Represented in the student body are 18 states and 19 countries.  Our 220 acre campus borders the village green of Washington, a small, historic town in the Litchfield Hills.
The Gunnery's sports program cultivates competition and cooperation in the context of organized athletics. This is a tradition that stretches back, unbroken, to Mr. Gunn's era. A staunch advocate of physical fitness, he created the school's first athletic teams.

Currently, 36 Gunnery teams compete in 15 sports.
Gunnery students are actively involved in a challenging educational experience. The traditional college preparatory curriculum with graduation requirements in English, mathematics, science, language, art, ethics and public speaking encourages every student to develop a commitment to life-long learning.
The Gunnery offers a wide range of activities for students interested in music.  Instrumental performers can participate in the Jazz Ensemble, the Chamber Ensemble.  Vocalists can participate in The Gunnery Troubadours, where students learn vocal technique and ensemble singing. Solo concerts each term allow the student to apply what they have learned in a performance setting.
The Gunnery is a school that is proudly small in scale but large in offerings, and you’ll find that we offer the same range of Advanced Placement courses found at much larger schools in a setting where the individual attention you’ll receive in those classes is much greater.
The drama program at The Gunnery offers a range of electives to the interested student, including classes in Acting, Scene Study, and Technical Theater. In addition, The Gunnery Drama Society presents two productions each year - typically a play in the fall and a musical in the winter, providing opportunities for actors, singers, dancers, stage managers, and stage crew.
The visual arts program at The Gunnery offers a wide range of high quality experiences to the interested student.  Students have the opportunity to submit materials to the Advanced Placement Studio Art Exam if they complete the requisite amount of work. We also offer developmental courses in photography, ceramics, drawing, art history, painting, and graphic design.
  • Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate.
  • Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement.
  • Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life.
  • The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community.
  • By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Cornell University
    The Gunnery is unique in its approach to learning and growth. I had never before and never since experienced an environment that was so meticulously tailored to the individual student. From the moment you arrive. . .
  • University Of Rochester
    What really sets The Gunnery apart from other schools is the tightly knit community. It is very easy to (and impossible not to) find yourself developing close relationships with faculty members and students alike. During. . .
  • University of Pennsylvania
    I initially chose the Gunnery as my high school because of its location. After my first visit to the school, I knew I would enjoy being amongst the rolling hills of Litchfield County, hiking and. . .
Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
The Gunnery - Mr. Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1850 1910
Campus Size 220 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 288 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
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
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $21 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$55,350 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$40,425 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
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 AdmissionsSara Lynn Leavenworth
Associate Director of AdmissionsAlexandra Ince

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 15 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee


Total Extracurricular Organizations 27 23
ExtracurricularsAmnesty International Club, Chorale, College Club, Community Council, Community Service Club, Dance Club, Debate Club, Drama Club, Green Club, Gun Club, International Club, Jazz Club, Math Club, Media Club, Model UN, 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),

College Matriculation

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

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, NEASC
  • 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.
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