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Key Facts 2013-14

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 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
• 5-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
• 11 dormitories with 32 live-in faculty families and 38 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
• 62% boarding, 38% day
• 40 countries and 26 U.S. states represented
• 25% students of color; 15% international students
• SAT: The middle 50% of the Class of 2013 scored in the 600–720 range (critical reading), 590–700 (math) and 590–710 (writing)

The Faculty

• 168 total faculty (119 teaching and/or dorm-affiliated faculty)
• 63% of teaching faculty hold at least one advanced degree
• Four to six student advisees for each faculty member

Finances, Tuition & Financial Aid

• $180 million endowment; $45.7 million annual operating budget
• $8.3 million in need-based financial aid awarded to 34% of student body
• $3.47 million in Annual Fund contributions (2012-13)
• $51,440 boarding tuition; $39,130 day tuition 

Academic and Special Programs

• 180 courses and independent study
• 19 Advanced Placement courses and 38 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, and Jordan
• 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.)
• 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
• Students may earn a 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.

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.


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. 

Thirds-level teams are offered in boys and girls soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, field hockey, boys basketball and boys tennis. Facilities include a double gymnasium and two other gymnasia, supporting basketball and volleyball courts; a fitness center and a weight room, totaling 6,300 square feet; a 25-meter, 6-lane swimming pool; an enclosed hockey rink; a 400-meter, 8-lane, all-weather track; eight international squash courts; 11 tennis courts; a 3.1-mile cross-country course; an artificial turf field; two baseball diamonds; two softball diamonds; 17 fields for football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey; and a golf practice driving range, putting green, and sand trap. 

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, and Frank McCourt. In the 2013-14 academic year, students will hear from Bill McKibben, Laurence C. Smith and others.

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 2013 were admitted to colleges and universities deemed most competitive or highly competitive by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, with sixty-two percent matriculating at the most competitive institutions.

Read more about College Guidance.

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