995 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
Westminster School enjoys a reputation as one of the finest college-preparatory schools, and certainly one of the very top small boarding schools, in the country.
The challenging academic program, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, prepares students for academic success and the rigors of college while cultivating in them a love of learning that becomes a lifelong habit.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Students: 400 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $62,475
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $47,225
  • Acceptance rate: 26%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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Class of 2019
5.00
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
You mostly have all of your classes besides arts and theatres in one building. The Armour Academic Center is a four-floor building that will host most if not all of your classes. It's home to. . .

Class of 2018
5.00
Boston College
While Westminster is in the Founder's League, its overall size hovers closely to 400, making it a tightly-knit community where a student at the very least knows everyone's face on campus. The newly built. . .

Class of 2018
5.00
University of Colorado, Boulder
Family-style dinners bring the community together and are unique to Westminster - twice a week when I was a student - now they do it during lunch.The senior lawn ceremony was special - at. . .
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Top Rankings

Westminster School ranks among the top 10 schools with 200-400 students (out of 109 schools) for:

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Student Attention

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2021 School Data
Westminster School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1888
1907
Campus Size
200 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
400 students
300 students
% Students of Color
21%
25%
% International Students
16%
20%
% Students Boarding
75%
70%
Average SAT Score
1330
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
27
*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
(Jackets and ties for boys, skirts/dresses or layers for girls.)
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
22
17
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
61%
70%
Summer Program Offered
Yes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$102 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$62,475
$59,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$47,225
$33,250
% Students on Financial Aid
33%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$41,700
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Average Percentile SSAT
69%
-
Acceptance Rate
26%
58%
Director of Admissions
Miles Bailey
Associate Director of Admissions
Kelly Babbidge

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
22
17
Courses
AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP Comparative Government, AP Computer Science A, AP Economics (Macro & Micro), AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Latin, AP Music Theory, AP Physics-C: Mechanics, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art: 2-D Design, AP Studio Art: Drawing, AP U.S. History

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
22
23
Extracurriculars
Band

Club or Organization:
Black & Gold (admission tour guides), Debate Club, Eco-Team, Multi-Cultural Student Union, Seniors As Sisters, Serving Our Neighbors (S.O.N.), Student Academic Committee, Student Activities Committee (S.A.C.), Student Government, The Martlet (annual magazine), The Westminster News, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber, Chorale, Dance Club, Dramatics, Jazz Club, Theater (acting), Theater (stagecraft), Westminster Belles

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ski and Snowboard Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2005 - 2009
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston College
20
Trinity College
17
University of Richmond
14
George Washington Univ.
12
Connecticut College
10
Hamilton College
10
Columbia University
7
Harvard University
5
Yale University
5
Colby College
4

School Notes

  • Westminster is a diverse, close-knit community of 95 faculty and 400 students (75% boarding, 25% day) from across the country (22 states) and around the world (30 countries). Nearly one third of the students receive financial aid from the more than $5.86 million awarded each year.
  • Westminster School, on its 200-acre campus overlooking the Farmington Valley, is a place where scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship and leadership thrive. Admission is highly selective and based on more than excellent grades. We seek young men and women who have accomplished much already and who hold the promise of achieving more in an environment that simultaneously pushes and supports them.
  • Westminster School accreditations: NEASC
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Students: 400 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $62,475
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $47,225
  • Acceptance rate: 26%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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