Westminster School

995 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT 06070

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Westminster School Westminster School

The educational experience at Westminster is distinguished by complementary characteristics: breadth and depth of curriculum, yet small in class sizes and individual attention. Academic emphasis is on a liberal arts college preparatory program, balanced by athletic requirements, the arts, community service and afternoon commitment to work programs and student organizations. Art studios and a performing arts center house a comprehensive creative arts program in which most students take part. College preparatory work is of a high standard, and graduates enter a variety of competitive colleges.

The school motto “grit and grace” is infused in the entire Westminster experience, from the classroom, to the playing field, to the stage and beyond campus. High academic and character standards and expectations are grounded in the school’s ever-present core values: community, character, balance and involvement.

Westminster opened a new 85,000 square foot academic center in 2009. It is a four-level facility that incorporates all disciplines other than the arts. The building is LEED Gold certified and is equipped with the latest in technology, including computer labs, language studio, planetarium and lecture hall. Its central atrium is a gathering place of twice-weekly all-school meetings. In spring 2012, a new lighted synthetic turf field was added to the school’s athletic facilities. Two new dormitories (one for boys, one for girls) were built and are scheduled to open in June 2013, to replace two existing ones.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-PG
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address995 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT 06070
Year Established1888
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding Tuition$52,000; estimated extras $2900
Day Tuition$39,000; estimated extras $1100
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded105
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$3,258,000

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarTrimester
Supplemental InstructionTutoring
Advanced Placement CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government & Politics, Computer Science, English, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, US History
Accredited ByNEASC
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball, Football
Interscholastic Girls' SportsField Hockey, Softball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School109
Most Common Graduate DestinationsTrinity Col-CT 5, Middlebury 4, Hamilton 4, Duke 3, Holy Cross 3, Wake Forest 3
Average Math SAT620
Average Critical Reading SAT610
Average Writing SAT616
Average ACT26


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$75
New Students138
Percentage of Applicants Accepted29
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)46
Tests Used for AdmissionCEEB, SSAT, TOEFL


AdministratorWilliam V. N. Philip
Administrator's TitleHeadmaster
In Office Since2010
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Yale Univ, MALS, Wesleyan Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsJon C. Deveaux, Director of Admission

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment390
Boarding Students269
Day Students121
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)390
Student Body EthnicityWhite 85%, Latino 3%, African-American 6%, Asian 2%, Other 4%
Percentage of International Students13
Average Class Size12
Student-Faculty Ratio5:1
Dress CodeFormal
Teaching Faculty56
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)71
Male Teaching Faculty34
Female Teaching Faculty22
Faculty EthnicityWhite 89%, Latino 5%, African-American 5%, Other 1%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage200
Buildings on Campus38
Facilities Value$180,000,000
Endowment Value$75,000,000
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