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Key Facts 2014-15

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 represent 26 states and 40 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
• trimester schedule with an 11-day cycle; classes held every other Saturday
• 300-acre campus in historic Windsor, Connecticut
12 dormitories with 36 live-in faculty families and 42 affiliated faculty members
• 180 courses (regular, advanced and Advanced Placement) and independent study
• average class size: 12
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

• 675 enrollment
• 440 boarding students, 235 day students
• 40 countries and 26 U.S. states represented
• 26% students of color; 15% international students
• SAT: The middle 50 percent of the students in the Class of 2014 scored in the following range on the SAT: Critical Reading 590-720*, Mathematics 610-740, Writing 600-740*
*includes TOEFL-eligible students

The Faculty

• 175 total faculty
• Advanced Degrees
    106 Masters
     8 PhD
• Four to six student advisees for each faculty member
• 13 years - average tenure for teaching faculty at Loomis

Finances, Tuition & Financial Aid

• Boarding $53,750
• Day $40,780

Financial Aid
• Percentage of students receiving financial aid – 34%
• Total financial aid awarded – $8.9 million

Financial Information
• $178 million endowment; $48 million annual operating budget
• $3.64 million in Annual Fund contributions (2013-14)
• 38% alumni participation; 78% parent participation (2013-14)
• $11.8 million in total voluntary support (2013-14)

Academic and Special Programs

• 180 courses and independent study
57 AP and advanced-level courses
• Freshman Seminar on the Common Good; Sophomore Writing Workshop; Junior-year U.S. History/American Civilization Research Project/Paper; Senior Interdisciplinary term electives
• Study abroad opportunities in France, Spain, Italy, China, Jordan, South Africa, Dominican Republic, the Arctic Circle, Hungary, and India
• Special programs: The Mountain School (Vt.), CITYterm (N.Y.), The High Mountain Institute (Colo.), Chewonki Semester School (Maine), Study-Travel Program in  in Barcelona (Spain), and The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (D.C.)
• Global Studies Certificate with the completion of specialized course work in international relations and global studies, in-depth studies of foreign language, and experience abroad
New in 2014-15: Expanded opportunities for experiential learning with assistance from the Office of Experiential Learning & Enrichment Opportunities
New in 2014-15: Agricultural Program to complement the school’s popular Environmental Science and
Sustainability programs
• In addition to a traditional core curriculum, Loomis offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, economics, linear algebra, multivariable calculus, advanced biology electives in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics and anatomy/cell biology, and a wide range of philosophy/psychology/religion departmental offerings from existentialism to theory of knowledge
• 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 30 student clubs and organizations

Centers for Excellence

• 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 Center for Global Studies encourages greater global awareness through curriculum development across disciplines, coordinates international travel opportunities, promotes student exchange, and builds formal relationships with school overseas. Read more about the Center for Global Studies

• 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 here 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. 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.


Intramural and instructional athletics
• 27 Founders league titles in the past five years
55 interscholastic teams
• New in 2014-15: Varsity Equestrian
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 2013-14
• Boys Varsity Hockey – New England Large School Champions
• Boys Swimming – Founders League Champions
• Boys Wrestling – Founders League Champions/Class A Champions
• Boys Baseball – Founders League Champions/Colonial League Champions
• Boys Track & Field – Founders League Champions
• Girls Track & Field – New England Champions & Founders League Champions
• Girls Cross Country – Founders League Champions
• Girls Volleyball – Founders League Champions
• Girls Swimming – Founders League Champions
• Girls Basketball – Founders League Champions

Additional highlights
• Boys Soccer – New England Tournament qualifier every year but one since 1986
• Girls Soccer – New England Tournament qualifier for over 25 consecutive years
• Girls Lacrosse – Winning record every season since 1989
• Field Hockey – New England Tournament qualifier 10 of the last 12 seasons

Diversity Mission Statement

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.

Guest Speakers

Each year, several guest speakers visit campus for our annual speakers series to discuss important issues and themes with students. Past speakers include 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.

College Guidance

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, Colby, Colgate, Columbia, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, George Washington, Georgetown, Grinnell, Hamilton, Harvard, Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill, Middlebury, New York University, NYU/Abu Dhabi, Northeastern, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oberlin, Oxford University, Pomona, Princeton, Reed, Rice, Stanford, Swarthmore, Trinity, Tufts, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, University of Richmond, University of Rochester, University of St. Andrews (Scotland), University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Vassar, Wake Forest, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Williams, and Yale.

The middle 50 percent of the students in the Class of 2014 scored in the following range on the SAT:
Critical Reading 590-720*
Mathematics 610-740
Writing 600-740*
*includes TOEFL-eligible students

In the past five years, Loomis has graduated 25 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.

Read more about College Guidance.

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