The Loomis Chaffee School

5.00 5 1 (13 reviews)
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Windsor, CT 06095
Tel: 860-687-6400
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  • 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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  • 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. . .
  • 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.. . .
  • 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 --. . .
  • Mount Holyoke
    LC has a work job program and every term, you'll be assigned a new work job to carry out. You may end up cleaning the art building, or sweeping the dining hall-everyone does one because. . .
  • Davidson College
    Though some other schools advertise writing improvement, Loomis provides a legitimate writing program designed to cultivate true mastery of the written word. "Writing workshop" starts Fall of Sophomore year with grammar and individual sentence. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
The Loomis Chaffee 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 1874 1910
Campus Size 300 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 650 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1970 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1750 - 2120 -
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Bi-Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(no jeans )
Average Class Size 11 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 38 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $180 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$53,750 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$40,780 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $39,600 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 79% -
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsErby L. Mitchell
Associate Director of AdmissionsNancy Cleary (Director of FA)

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 20 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 47 23
ExtracurricularsA Capella, Animation Club, As Schools Match Wits, Chess Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Christian Fellowship Club, Community Life, Community Service Club, Dance Club, Darwin Club, Film Club, FIRST Robotics Team Paragon, French Club, German Club, Homeless Helpers, Jewish Student Union, Loomis Chaffee Archers, Loomis Chaffee Radio, Loomis Chaffee Step Team, Loomis Chaffee TV, Loomis Chaffee UNICEF, Magic Club, Math Team, Paintball Club, Ping Pong Club,

College Matriculation

Year: 2006 - 2009 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
George Washington University 29
University of Connecticut 23
New York University 22
Bates College 19
Skidmore College 16
Tufts University 16
Cornell University 15
Georgetown University 15
Union College 15
Trinity College 14
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."
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • George Schultz '38 - Former Secretary of State
    • Ella T. Grasso '36 - Former Governor of Connecticut
    • Arthur Ochs Sulzberger '45 - New York Times Chairman
    • Henry R. Kravis '63 - Financier; founding partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
    • James Widdoes '72 - Actor, writer, and producer
    • Gretchen Ulion '90 - 1998 Winter Olympic Games US women's ice hockey Olympic gold medalist
    • John D. Rockefeller III '25 - Successful businessman and philanthropist
    • Winthrop Rockefeller '31 - Former governor of Arkansas
    • Jason Wu '01 - Fashion designer (designed First Lady Michelle Obama's inaugural ball gown and other pieces for the first lady)
    • Frank Bruni ’82 - Journalist, The New York Times and the New York Times Magazine
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