History

Cheshire Academy was founded in 1794 as a college preparatory school that would also prepare young men for the ministry. Under the direction of the Reverend John Bowden, the school opened its doors to both boys and girls – something quite unique at that time. Bowden Hall, erected in 1796, is still in use today as administrative offices. The school has gone through several phases in its history, including periods as a boys’ school and a military academy. The first international students were admitted in the 1840’s. In 1937, the school adopted a new charter and became known as Cheshire Academy. Cheshire returned to coeducation in 1969, and now focuses on a student-centered, leadership-based philosophy. Academically, the school’s goal is to provide a comprehensive college-preparatory education that encompasses global understanding and 21st century skills.

Cheshire Academy’s Middle School, for grades 6 through 8, offers day students a comprehensive curriculum, athletic options, and leadership opportunities. While maintaining a program appropriate to the ages of its students, the Middle School is an integral and vibrant part of the life of the whole school community, and students who elect to “step up” to the Upper School often become community leaders in their high school careers.

The Upper School features both day and boarding programs for students in grades 9 through a postgraduate year. A combination of academics, athletics, the arts, community service, leadership opportunities, a diverse environment, and a strong residential life program helps students contribute to the life of the school and to discover passions and talents that will shape their futures as global thinkers.

Overview

Region
Southern Connecticut
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
Day School
International School
Small Boarding School
All Grades 6-PG
Boarding Grades 9-12, PG
Grade Divisions
Post Graduate
Primary
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Semi-formal
School Setting Suburban
Campus Size (Acres) 104
Head of School Mr. Douglas G. Rogers
Endowment $8 million

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.cheshireacademy.org
Director of Admission Ms. Treda C. Collier
Admission Application Apply to Cheshire Academy
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $50 US/$100 International
Application Deadline(s) Feb. 1 - rolling
Financial Aid Deadline(s)
Financial Aid Awarded
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 30%
Admission Tests Accepted
ISEE
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $32,360.00
5-Day Boarding Student Tuition
Boarding Student Tuition $45,385.00
International Student Tuition $45,385.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 372
Boys 224
Girls 148
% Boys/Girls 60/40
Boarding Students 204
Day Students 168
International
Canada
China
France
Germany
Japan
Korea
Mexico
Spain
Taiwan
UK
Venezuela
United States
Alabama
Arizona
California
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Vermont
Virginia
Majority of students come from Northeast
% of Students of Color 10%
% of International Students 30%

Academics

Full Time Faculty 50
Part Time Faculty 20
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees
% of Faculty with Doctorate
% of Faculty with Masters
Student/Faculty ratio 7 to1
Average Class Size 12
Special Academic Support Programs
ADD/ADHD
ESL
Learning Differences
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Anatomy
Art
Art History
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Chinese
Choir
Chorus
Classics
Community Service
Computer Math
Computer Science
Drama
Economics
Electives
English
English as a Second Language
English Literature
European History
Fine Arts
French
Geometry
Government/Civics
History
Mathematics
Music
Music Theory
Physical Education
Physics
Pre-calculus
Psychology
Science
Spanish
Statistics
Studio Art
Study Skills
World History
A.P. Courses Offered
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
Computer Science A
English Language
English Literature
European History
French Language
Music Theory
Physics B
Psychology
Spanish Language
Statistics
US Government & Politics
US History

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math)
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal)
Average SAT I Scores (Writing)
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Bates College Bentley College Boston College Carnegie Mellon University New York University Purdue University Smith College University of Michigan and Wheaton College.
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100%

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
fencing
football
golf
lacrosse
skiing (downhill)
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field
volleyball
Recreational Sports  
Extra-Curricular Activities
A Capella
Choir
Community Service Program
Computer Club
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
Gay/Straight Alliance
Judiciary Board
Key Club
Literary Magazine
Model UN
National Honor Society
Student Government
Tour Guides

Notes

Cheshire Academy is a community within a community, close to large cities, yet suburban enough that students feel comfortable on- and off-campus. At Cheshire Academy, you will find a dynamic, friendly student body. On the fields, in the classrooms, and throughout the dormitories, our students build lasting relationships with friends from across the country and around the world. Students, teachers, coaches, and parents combine their diverse talents to create a learning and living environment that honors the differences in all of us. Within that close-knit community, our students come to recognize their own promise and potential. Our history includes women and men who changed the course of world events because they stood up for who they are, and we’re proud they learned to do that here. One recent graduate explained, “What really matters in high school is that students find their own spark. In an environment like Cheshire, where students can expand themselves in ways they wouldn’t expect – that’s where growing happens.” While our past makes us one of the nation’s oldest schools, our curriculum encourages intellectual and ethical maturity for today’s global society. Faculty at Cheshire Academy use diverse, innovative teaching styles to pinpoint and enhance students’ talents.