The Loomis Chaffee School

4 Batchelder Rd, Windsor, CT 06095

In 1874, five members of the Loomis family, bereft of heirs, dedicated their resources and drew up a charter for a school on what had been (since 1639) the Loomis homestead, "for the free and gratuitous education of all persons of the age of 12 years and upwards to 20 years in all the departments of learning which are now taught or hereafter may be taught in the various grades of schools in this country . . . so far as the funds of the institute will permit." While members of the Loomis family and residents of Windsor were given preference under the charter, the school rapidly developed a wide geographical distribution of patronage. Originally conceived as a coeducational institution, the Loomis Institute was divided in its early years into Loomis, a boys' boarding school, and Chaffee, a girls' day school. This separation came to an end in 1970 when Chaffee, returning from the far side of the Farmington River, moved into a spacious new building on the Loomis campus. In the spring of 1972, the operating name of The Loomis Institute became The Loomis Chaffee School. The curriculum, constantly reviewed, offers an extensive selection of courses. Pupils choose from traditional subjects, as well as technological and globally inclusive ones. Course work and school life incorporate current world issues and social concerns. Electives are available in all departments, as are independent study programs. Loomis Chaffee's fully equipped art center supports a strong visual arts program. Each year, several guest speakers visit the campus to discuss topical issues with students. The School Year Abroad program offers opportunities to study in France, Spain, India, Italy and Beijing, China. Athletics are both interscholastic and intramural. Other activities include cycling, aerobics, cross-country skiing, jogging and Outward Bound activities. All students and faculty participate in a work program that involves the daily maintenance of buildings, the efficient functioning of the dining facility, and assistance in many areas of school life. Student points of view are presented to the faculty by the elected student council. Among extracurricular activities are several publications, numerous clubs, dramatics, music, hobbies and two volunteer service organizations.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-PG
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address4 Batchelder Rd, Windsor, CT 06095
Telephone860-687-6000
Fax860-298-8756
Year Established1914
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorSheila Culbert
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment650
Boarding Students403
Day Students247
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