Key Facts 2012-13
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 a superb education for boys and girls regardless of religious or political beliefs, national origin or financial resources.
Academically challenging, the school promotes active learning and close faculty-student bonds within a respectful and civil community. All Loomis Chaffee students, who come from 30 states and 31 countries, plan to attend four-year colleges and universities. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
- The School
• grades 9-12 and post-graduate Read more
• trimester schedule with an 11-day cycle; classes held every other Saturday
• 300-acre campus in historic Windsor, Connecticut
• 5-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
• 11 dormitories with 32 live-in faculty families and more than 40 affiliated faculty members
• 180 courses (regular, advanced and Advanced Placement) and independent study
• average class size: 11
• The Norton Family Center for the Common Good
• The Center for Global Studies
• The Henry R. Kravis '63 Center for Excellence in Teaching
- The Students
• 650 enrollment Read more
• 62% boarding, 38% day
• 31 countries and 30 U.S. states represented
• 24% students of color; 15% international students
• 96 Advanced Placement Scholars (2012): 41 with Distinction, 21 with Honor
• SAT: The middle 50% of the Class of 2012 scored in the 580–710 range (critical reading), 590–710 (math) and 580–700 (writing)
- The Faculty
• 160 total faculty (125 teaching and/or dorm-affiliated faculty)
• 55% of full-time faculty who teach have been at Loomis Chaffee for 10 years or longer
• Four to six student advisees for each faculty member
- Finances, Tuition & Financial Aid
• $175 million endowment; $44 million annual operating budget
• $7.9 million in need-based financial aid awarded to 34% of student body Read more
• 180 courses and independent study
• 19 Advanced Placement courses and 38 advanced-level courses
• In addition to a traditional core curriculum, Loomis offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, economics, linear algebra, microbiology, molecular biology, and existentialism.
• Loomis Chaffee also offers several interdisciplinary courses each year. Recent courses offered: The Model T and the American Industrial Revolution (history, mathematics, science), Just What in the World is Going on Out There and Why? The Economics and Statistics of Human Behavior (economics and mathematics), Desegregation and Democracy in South Africa (English and history), Oil in Water: Topics in Environmental Law (science and law)
• Freshman Seminar on the Common Good; Sophomore Writing Workshop; Junior-year U.S. History/American Civilization Research Project/Paper
• Study abroad opportunities in France, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, China, and Japan
The Richmond Art Center, the Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Gallery and the Visiting Artist Program make the visual arts a school specialty. Core art courses are supplemented by videography, filmmaking, animation, and graphic design.
Music programs offer both theoretical training and performance experience, including orchestra, chamber music ensembles, concert band, jazz band, jazz improvisation, concert choir and chamber singers.
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 one-acts. Additionally, both daytime and after-school dance programs are offered. Read more
All students participate in interscholastic, intramural or daytime athletic programs. Interscholastic varsity and junior varsity competition for boys and girls is offered on 55 teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming/diving, tennis, track, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.
- College Guidance
Five full-time college counselors guide students through the college search and application process. Eighty-four percent of the members of the Class of 2012 were admitted to colleges and universities deemed most competitive
or highly competitive
by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges
, with fifty-nine percent matriculating at the most competitive
institutions. Read more