History

Founded in 1956 by Robert A. Bodkin, a Marvelwood education is characterized by intensive personal attention to the individual student. We are passionate about providing a college preparatory environment which nurtures academic and personal growth and awakens the potential that resides in each of our students. A small, coeducational boarding and day school located just 2 hours from New York City in beautiful Kent, Connecticut, Marvelwood strives always to be a place where each child is known, valued, and treated with respect.

Honors and Advanced Placement courses, English as a foreign language, private Strategies and math tutorial programs, and a dedication to experiential education enable Marvelwood to serve a diverse student body with a wide range of learning styles. Our experienced and dedicated faculty is committed to each student’s success and delivers a superior educational program, attuned to individual strengths and weaknesses. Nonacademic programs including weekly community service, visual and performing arts electives, an impressive slate of interscholastic and noncompetitive sports offerings, and a variety of leadership opportunities increase the potential for engagement and success outside the classroom. In every way, the structure of the School is thoughtfully designed to support college-bound students in their efforts to achieve positive intellectual, social, personal, and moral growth.

Overview

Region
Southern Connecticut
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
Day School
Learning Differences
Small Boarding School
All Grades 9-12
Boarding Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Semi-formal
School Setting Rural
Campus Size (Acres) 83
Head of School Scott Pottbecker
Endowment 1 million

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.marvelwood.org
Director of Admission Katherine Almquist
Admission Application Apply to The Marvelwood School
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $50 and $100 for international students
Application Deadline(s) February 1st, 2010/ Rolling
Financial Aid Deadline(s) February 15th, 2010
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 25
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (SLEP)
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $30,500.00
Boarding Student Tuition $46,500.00
International Student Tuition $46,500.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 170
Boys 105
Girls 65
Boarding Students 159
Day Students 11
International
Canada
China
Japan
Korea
Mexico
Other (Bahamas)
Spain
Taiwan
United States
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Dist. of Columbia
Florida
Illinois
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Montana
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Majority of students come from Northeast

Academics

Full Time Faculty 41
Part Time Faculty 8
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 50
% of Faculty with Doctorate 1
% of Faculty with Masters 49
Student/Faculty ratio 4/1
Average Class Size 8-11
Special Academic Support Programs
ADD/ADHD
ESL
Learning Differences
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American Literature
Anatomy
Art
Biology
Calculus
Chorus
Community Service
Creative Writing
Dance
Drama
Driver Education
Electives
English
English as a Second Language
English Literature
Environmental Science
European History
Fine Arts
French
Geography
Geometry
Health
Journalism
Latin
Mathematics
Music
Music Composition
Music Theory
Outdoor Education
Physics
Physiology
Psychology
Religion
Sculpture
Social Studies
Spanish
Statistics
Studio Art
Study Skills
Theater Theology
World Culture
World History
Writing
A.P. Courses Offered
Calculus AB
Chemistry
English Language
European History
Microeconomics
Physics B
Statistics
US History

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 490
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 470
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Brown University Boston University Hamilton College Hobart William Smith Johnson & Wales University Manhattanville College New York University Northeastern University Purdue University Rutgers University State University of New York at Albany Syracuse University University of Chicago University of Connecticut University of Michigan Wheaton College Wittenberg University
% of Graduates Who Attend College 98%

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
golf
lacrosse
other (Ultimate Frisbee )
skiing (downhill)
soccer
softball
tennis
volleyball
wrestling
Recreational Sports
mountain biking
outdoor club/skills
rock climbing
skiing
yoga
Extra-Curricular Activities
A Capella
Chorus
Community Service Program
Drama Club
Literary Magazine
Newspaper
Ski Club
Student Government
Tour Guides
Yearbook

Notes

Need-based financial aid is available. Parents must file a Parents’ Financial Statement with the School and Student Service for Financial Aid in Princeton, New Jersey. Forms are available through the Admissions Office or online (https://sss.ets.org/). In 2007–08, more than $800,000 was awarded.

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