Greens Farms Academy

35 Beachside Avenue,
Greens Farms, CT, 06838
     Tel: (203)256-7511
Grades: PK - 12 | 657 students
Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12, independent day school dedicated to guiding students through a rigorous course of study encompassing academics, arts and athletics.
In a supportive community built on trust, we give our students the opportunity to become critical, independent and creative thinkers and encourage them to explore particular passions that will sustain them throughout their lives.
We believe that a diverse school environment enriches learning, creates respect for differences and prepares students to become socially responsible leaders.
By practicing good citizenship, demonstrating moral character and actively engaging in community service, our students embody the school motto, Quisque Pro Omnibus, Each for all.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1925

Student Body

Total Students 657 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 15%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Greens Farms Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 80 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 56%
Number of AP Courses 16 courses
Advanced Courses AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language, AP French Literature, AP Latin, AP Modern European History, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History, Calculus 2, Field Natural History, Number Theory, Organic Chemistry 1, Organic Chemistry 2, Organic Chemistry 3, 
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Lower School $33,840 Middle School $35,520 Upper School $37,480
% on Financial Aid 14%
Average Financial Aid Grant $22,700
Admissions Director Stephanie B. Whitney
Admissions Associate Peggy Harwood

Sports

Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
GolfIce Hockey,
LacrosseSailing,
SoccerSoftball,
SquashTennis,
VolleyballWrestling,

School Notes:

Greens Farms Academy is an independent, coeducational, PreK-12 day school that guides 650 hard-working, inquisitive students through a rigorous academic experience. What sets GFA apart is the wide variety of elective opportunities in the fine arts, performing arts, competitive athletics, and community service, which deeply enhance the school’s strong traditional course of study. A diverse student population comes to GFA from more than 30 communities in lower Fairfield County via car/carpool, GFA van, or Metro-North train. The school is housed in a former Vanderbilt family estate overlooking Long Island Sound in the Greens Farms section of Westport. This idyllic campus borders three ecosystems--a salt marsh, Audubon woodlands, and the Long Island Sound--giving students abundant opportunities for learning in the environmental sciences. Though GFA is steeped in tradition, with its high stone walls, brick courtyard and English garden, our students experience a variety of teaching styles and innovative studies. In the Lower School, small groups of eager students learn in a hands-on environment, while the new Environmental Science lab and Performing Arts wing serve students in all three divisions. Last year, our Middle School students entered an expanded world of learning in their new Middle School wing, assuming leadership roles in state-of the-art classrooms, utilizing distance learning technology and participating in community-service learning projects. Similarly, students in the Upper School also helped inaugurate new seminar-style classrooms, where they develop confidence, leadership, and critical thinking skills through academic debate. They may choose elective courses in their areas of interest but can also follow a traditional AP route. Every year, students in the Middle and Upper School take part in extended, overnight field trips, such as the sophomore schooner trip, where they may actually find themselves standing the solitary night watch. The visionary renovation and expansion of our academic facilities has provided state-of-the art teaching spaces for all three divisions. Upcoming improvements include reconfigured and expanded athletic fields and tennis courts, a new squash and fitness center and a fixed-seat auditorium. GFA students distinguish themselves in the arts, winning state and national recognition for their work in photography, video, and the fine arts. Their teachers in these areas are all working artists in their own right. GFA athletes are solid contenders in the Fairchester League of Independent Schools who regularly receive recognition as Athletes of the Week. Our highly skilled scholar-athletes are sought after by the best colleges and universities. Our graduates consistently attribute their success to the close student-teacher relationships, academic confidence, and good habits of mind they developed at Greens Farms Academy. They take with them into the world a sense of the school's motto: Quisque Pro Omnibus, Each for All. Families are invited to tour GFA, and meet with faculty, coaches and students at our fall Open House on Sunday, October 26th 2008, beginning at 1:00 pm. No reservations are required and families are welcome. For more information, or to request Application materials, please visit our website www.gfacademy.org. Need-based financial aid is available to qualified applicants.

Profile last updated: 04/11/2014

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