History

Kingswood Oxford School cherishes a rich history that blends the strengths and traditions of two independent schools with the personality of 21st-century Hartford.

Founded in 1909, Kingswood Oxford was one of the nation's first independent day schools. For Hartford community leaders, such a school was an important alternative. An independent day school provided talented students with special intellectual, athletic and cultural advantages, without attending boarding school and weakening ties to family, friends and home.

Founders Mary Martin and George Nicholson supported the statement made in an early 1900s issue of The American Country Day School Journal that "wise parents know they must share with teachers the shaping of the minds and character of young people." Throughout its history, KO has provided parents with numerous opportunities to participate actively in their children's education.

Martin, a visionary Yankee schoolteacher, opened Oxford School in 1909 at her home in Hartford's West End. In 1924, the School moved to 695 Prospect in West Hartford. The Prospect site became the permanent home of Oxford and served as the home of Kingswood Oxford's Middle School.

Nicholson, a young English tutor, established Kingswood School in 1916. He named the School for his alma mater in England. Kingswood School inherited some of the traditions of the English school, including the School's crest, colors and distinctive symbol, the Wyvern, a winged dragon with an eagle's claws and a serpent's tail.

Strong enrollments and leaders as well as steady growth in program and facilities marked the legacy of both schools. At the time of their merger in 1969, Kingswood Oxford adopted the Oxford School motto: Vincit Qui Se Vincit - One Conquers by Conquering Oneself.

As the School approaches its second century of service to Greater Hartford, it is writing a new chapter by consolidating campuses and further developing the seven-year experience for students. The Estes Family Building, which houses the Middle School, officially opened on the Kingswood Road campus in the fall of 2003, providing even greater opportunities for students in grades six through 12.

Overview

Program Emphasis
Day School
All Grades 6-12
Grade Divisions
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Semi-formal
School Setting Suburban
Head of School Dennis Bisgaard

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.kingswoodoxford.org
Director of Admission Jim O'Donnell
Admission Application Apply to Kingswood Oxford School
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $55
Application Deadline(s) Feb. 1 - Primary, rolling thereafter
Financial Aid Deadline(s) Feb. 1 - Primary, rolling thereafter
Financial Aid Awarded $2.7M
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 33%
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (OLSAT)
SSAT
Day Student Tuition $31,210.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 509
Boys 264
Girls 245
% Boys/Girls 52%/48%
Day Students 509
United States
Connecticut
Massachusetts
Majority of students come from Northeast
% of Students of Color 15%

Academics

Full Time Faculty 74
Student/Faculty ratio 7:1
Average Class Size 14
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Art
Art History
Astronomy
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Chinese
Choir
Chorus
Classics
Community Service
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dance
Drama
Earth Science
Economics
Electives
English
Environmental Science
European History
Fine Arts
French
Geography
Geometry
Government/Civics
Health
History
Journalism
Latin
Marine Biology
Mathematics
Music
Music Composition
Photography
Physics
Pre-calculus
Science
Social Studies
Spanish
Speech
Statistics
Studio Art
Trigonometry
World History
Writing
A.P. Courses Offered
Art History
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
Comp. Government & Politics
English Language
English Literature
French Language
French Literature
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Physics B
Spanish Language
Spanish Literature
US Government & Politics
US History

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 601
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 615
Average SAT I Scores (Writing) 622
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations More than 80 percent of KO students have been accepted to Barron's "Most Competitive" and "Highly Competitive" schools in the past five years.
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100%

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
diving
field hockey
football
golf
ice hockey
lacrosse
skiing (downhill)
soccer
softball
squash
swimming
track and field
volleyball
Recreational Sports
basketball
dance
fitness
soccer
weight lifting
Extra-Curricular Activities
A Capella
Audiovisual Club
Choir
Chorus
Community Service Program
Dance Club
Debate Club
Investment Club
Literary Magazine
Model UN
Newspaper
Orchestra
Peer Tutoring
Recycling Club
School Band
Student Publications
Tour Guides
Yearbook

Notes


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