Keys Facts 2016–17
Sheila Culbert, Ph.D., Head of School
Christopher K. Norton ’76, Chairman, Board of Trustees
The Loomis Chaffee School is a renowned New England boarding school located on a 300-acre campus in Windsor, Connecticut. Chartered in 1874 by five siblings whose children all died tragically and who then selflessly determined to found a school as a gift to the children of others, Loomis Chaffee provides our students with the best education — an education in which excellence in teaching and learning is shaped by the why, as much as the what, and every member of the community shares a commitment to the best self and the common good.
- The School
- The Students
- The Faculty
- Finances, Tuition & Financial Aid
- Academic and Special Programs
- Centers for Excellence
- Diversity Mission Statement
- Guest Speakers
- College Guidance
- grades 9–12 and post-graduate
- trimester schedule
- 300-acre campus in historic Windsor, Connecticut
- 13 dormitories with 40 live-in faculty families and 46 affiliated faculty members
- 250+ courses (regular, advanced, and college-level) and independent study
- average class size: 12
- The Norton Family Center for the Common Good
- The Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies
- The Henry R. Kravis '63 Center for Excellence in Teaching
- 675 enrollment
- 70% boarding students, 30% day students
- students represent through citizenship and/or residency more than 40 countries and 30 U.S. states
- 25% students of color
- 17% international students
- SAT: The middle 50 percent of the students in the Class of 2016 scored in the following range on the SAT: Critical Reading 590–690*, Mathematics 600–710, Writing 580–690*
*includes TOEFL-eligible students
- Boarding $57,760
- Day $43,820
- Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 33%
- Total financial aid awarded: $9.9 million
- $171.2 million endowment; $50.4 million annual operating budget (2015-16)
- $4.25 million in Annual Fund contributions (2015-16)
- 38% alumni participation; 80% parent participation (2015-16)
- $14.41 million in total voluntary support (2015-16)
- 250+ courses and independent study
- 60 college and advanced level courses
- Signature Programs:
Freshman Seminars in the Common Good
Sophomore Writing Workshop
Four-year Arabic Language Program
Guided Research Projects (science)
Global & Environmental Studies Certificate
Sustainability and Agriculture Programs
- Study/Travel Abroad Opportunities in recent years: Quebec, Peru, Dominican Republic, India, Hungary, South Africa, the Arctic Circle, Italy, France, Spain, and China
- Special programs: The Mountain School (Vt.), CITYterm (N.Y.), The High Mountain Institute (Colo.), Chewonki Semester School (Maine), and The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (D.C.)
- In addition to a traditional core curriculum, Loomis offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, economics, linear algebra, and multivariable calculus; advanced biology electives in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, and anatomy/cell biology; and a wide range of philosophy/psychology/religious studies offerings from existentialism to theory of knowledge.
- Agricultural Proctors, Environmental Proctors, and Gilchrist Environmental Fellowship Program
- Loomis Chaffee Summer Program: an intensive five-week program for students entering grades 7 through 12 that combines the best of rigorous academics with a fun summer experience
- More than 40 student clubs and organizations
The Norton Family Center for the Common Good nurtures an active approach to citizenship in our global society. Under the guidance of the center, all freshmen share a common first-year experience that engages them in important conversations about citizenship and democratic values. These conversations expand to the wider school community through the Hubbard Speakers Series and student service initiatives that have real and lasting impact on local, national, and international communities. Read more about the Norton Center.
The Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies The Mission of the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies is to promote global and environmental literacy, sustainability, and engagement. Read more about the Alvord Center.
The Henry R. Kravis '63 Center for Excellence in Teaching serves Loomis Chaffee teachers in their pursuit of teaching and coaching excellence. Faculty use the center and its staff as a proactive source for both ongoing professional development as well as pedagogical research based at Loomis Chaffee and applied to our classrooms directly. Read more about the Kravis Center.
The Richmond Art Center, the Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery, and the Visiting Artist Program make the visual arts a school specialty. We teach the fundamentals of technique and design in a wide variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, digital photography, computer graphics, videography, and art history.
The Hubbard Music Center is home to music programs that more than 40 percent of Loomis students take part in. The MUsic Department offers both theoretical training and performance experience, including orchestra, chamber music, concert band, jazz band, jazz improvisation, guitar ensemble, concert choir, and chamber singers.
Theater and Dance
Training in all aspects of theater is supported by curricular offerings in acting, directing, technical theater, and playwriting as well as an active yearly production schedule of full-length plays, musicals, and a festival of original plays written, directed, performed, and produced entirely by students. Additionally, both daytime and after-school dance programs offer training and performance opportunities in modern/contemporary, jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-hop .
Interscholastic, Intramural, and Instructional Athletics
- 30 Founders League titles in the past four years
- 60 interscholastic teams
- 26 intramural offerings
- Daytime classes in fitness and wellness, tennis and squash, weight training, core strength, aerobic conditioning, and lifeguard training, along with a full dance program
- State-of-the-art facilities
Championships in 2014-15 and 2015-16
- Girls Cross-Country — Founders League Champions (2014-15; 2015-16)
- Boys Cross-Country — Founders League Champions (2014-15; 2015-16)
- Boys Soccer — Western New England Champions, Founders League Champions (2014-15)
- Girls Soccer — Founders League Champion (2015-16)
- Girls Volleyball — Founders League Champions (2015-16)
- Girls Basketball — Founders League Champions (2014-15; 2015-16)
- Boys Hockey — Founders League Champions (2014-15)
- Boys Swimming & Diving — Founders League Champions (2014-15)
- Girls Swimming & Diving — Founders League Champions (2015-16)
- Boys Squash — New England Class B Co-Champions (2014-15)
- Boys Golf — Western New England Champions, Founders League Champions (2014-15)
- Girls Lacrosse — Western New England Champions, Founders League Champions (2014-15; 2015-16)
- Boys Track and Field —Founders League Champions (2015-16)
- Girls Track & Field — New England Prep School Division I Champions, Founders League Champions (2014-15)
The Loomis Chaffee School is committed to sustaining an environment in which diversity is one of the cornerstones of our community. Only when the community fully commits to the pursuit of justice, equity, and inclusivity is it then able to maximize the benefits of diversity. As an institution steeped in the liberal arts tradition, students and faculty regularly engage material that is enhanced by the multiplicity of voices within our school. We fundamentally believe that we become better people when we learn from and embrace others who have different experiences and perspectives from our own. Accordingly, The Loomis Chaffee School places great value on respect for the dignity and contribution of each and every one of its members.
Each year, several guest speakers visit campus for our annual speakers series to discuss important issues and themes with students. In 2016-17, our theme is Mind Over Matter. We will be discussing themes and offering programming around mindfulness and spiritual and physical well-being. We look forward to welcoming Rebecca Pacheco '97 and Dr. James Maas among others this year. Past speakers include Sebastian Junger, Suki Kim, Sally Kohn, Jamaica Kincaid, Billy Collins, Tom Friedman, Andrew Sullivan, Rosalind Wiseman, Chris Hedges '75, Mark Oppenheimer '92, Laurie David, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicholas Kristof, Bill Curry, Frank McCourt, and Bill McKibben.
Each year, Loomis Chaffee seniors apply to over 250 different colleges and matriculate at over 90 institutions. In the past five years, these institutions have included Amherst, Barnard, Bates, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin, Brown, Carleton, Carnegie Mellon,Claremont McKenna, Colby, Colgate, College of the Holy Cross, College of William & Mary, Colorado College, Columbia, Connecticut College, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Duke, Emory, George Washington, Georgetown, Grinnell, Hamilton, Harvard, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Lafayette, Lehigh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill, Middlebury, New York University, Northeastern, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oberlin, Pomona, Princeton, Rice, Stanford, Swarthmore, Trinity, Tufts, Tulane, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, UC/Berkeley, UCLA, University of Chicago, University of Edinburgh, University of Michigan, UNC/Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, University of St. Andrews (Scotland), University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Vassar, Villanova, Wake Forest, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Williams, and Yale.
The middle 50 percent of the students of the Class of 2016 scored in the following range on the SAT:
Critical Reading 590–690*
*includes TOEFL-eligible students
In the past five years, Loomis has graduated 21 National Merit Semifinalists and 102 National Merit Commended Scholars.
In 2014, 229 students were administered 479 AP exams, 94 percent of which were awarded the three highest scores of 3, 4, and 5.