Choate Rosemary Hall

333 Christian St, Wallingford, CT 06492

In 1890, Mary Atwater Choate, a descendent of one of Wallingford's first settlers, invited Caroline Ruutz-Rees, a young scholar from England, to establish a school for girls, Rosemary Hall. Six years after Rosemary Hall's founding, William Choate, Mary Atwater Choate's husband, established The Choate School for boys. Choate and Rosemary Hall announced the coordination of the two schools in 1968, and Rosemary Hall relocated from Greenwich to Wallingford in 1971. The schools officially merged and assumed the current name in 1974. Located on 458 acres of open fields, rolling hills and woods, the school occupies a campus that reflects a melding of the old with the new. The older school buildings are mostly Georgian in style, and the campus also includes two modern I. M. Pei-designed buildings: an arts center and a science center. In 2012, Choate opened the Kohler Environmental Center, which was built to achieve LEED Platinum certification and net-zero energy use. All academic buildings and dormitory commons are outfitted for wireless Internet access. The sense of community at the school is strengthened by diverse residences where five to 66 students, who come from dozens of states and foreign countries, live closely with faculty and their families. Choate's rigorous curriculum includes core requirements in six academic departments: English; math and computer science; science; history, philosophy, religion and social sciences; languages; and arts. In addition to traditional course offerings, students choose from a wide array of electives, may pursue honors and Advanced Placement course work, and may undertake directed studies. Boys and girls perform 30 hours of compulsory community service prior to graduation. Signature academic programs at Choate include the Arts Concentration Program, which allows students with talents in the visual or performing arts to design their own programs, and the Science Research Program, which enables motivated, independent science pupils to move beyond the traditional classroom while engaging in leading-edge research at university laboratories. The Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) Program offers students a working knowledge of modern Arabic and features the study of the history, art, culture and architecture of the classical Arab world, as well as the history and the politics of the modern Middle East. Select juniors and seniors participate in the Environmental Immersion Program (EIP), an intensive academic and residential experience that focuses upon ecological literacy. Term abroad programs operate in Spain, France, Italy and China. Other cross-cultural pursuits include summer studies opportunities at schools in China, France, Jordan and Spain.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-PG
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address333 Christian St, Wallingford, CT 06492
Year Established1890
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorAlex D. Curtis
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment864
Boarding Students650
Day Students214
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