Watkinson School

180 Bloomfield Avenue,
Hartford, CT, 06105-0610
Tel: (860)236-5618
Grades: 6 - 12 | 221 students
Watkinson School founded in 1881 is Hartford's only independent school.
Serving approximately 250 students from over forty Connecticut towns in grades six through twelve, including The Academy at Watkinson a unique post graduate program.
Watkinson is also a founding member of the Hartford independent schools initiative.
Watkinson's mission is to develop in our students the power to shape their own lives and the world around them.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 6 - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences or Language-based / Dyslexia
Year Founded 1881

Student Body

Total Students 221 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 22%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade Watkinson School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 46 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 70%
Average Class Size 14 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1689
Average ACT score 24
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(casual but neat and respectful)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $34,125
Tuition Notes Includes lunch and certain fees. Books are not included.
% on Financial Aid 36%
Average Financial Aid Grant $17,000
Acceptance Rate 65%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director John Crosson
Admissions Associate Stacy Routhier

Sports

Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
GolfLacrosse,
SoccerSoftball,
TennisUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Amime Club, Chorus, Circus Arts, Community Service, Culinary Arts, Dance, Environmental Club, Fencing, Martial Arts, Model United Nations, Orchestra, P.E., Theater, Video Production, Writing Club, Yoga Amime Club, Chorus, Circus Arts, Culinary Arts, Dance, Fencing, Martial Arts, Orchestra, P.E., Theater, Writing Club, Yoga, Community Service,
Environmental Club,
Model United Nations,
Video Production,

School Notes:

  • Watkinson is a lead school for the Coalition of Essential Schools (www.essentialschools.org), one of only 5 schools to be so honored. The Coalition's ten common Principles form the daily basis of an outstanding education. At Watkinson, these principles are more than just good ideas, and the proof is in the statements we hear from our students.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Hebrew High School Of New England (0.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Gengras Center/University of Saint Joseph (1.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Hartford Area Sd A School (1.1 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • West Hartford Hebrew High School Of New England
    (Jewish)
    300 Bloomfield Avenue
    West Hartford , CT , 06117
    (860)231-0317
    (Jewish)
    0.6  mi  |  58  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • West Hartford
    Gengras Center/University of Saint Joseph
    Special Education School
    1678 Asylum Ave
    West Hartford , CT , 06117
    (860)231-5429
    Special Education School
    1.1  mi  |  128  students  |  Gr.  K-12
  • Hartford Hartford Area Sd A School
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    474 Woodland Street
    Hartford , CT , 06112
    (860)724-5777
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    1.1  mi  |  133  students  |  Gr.  PK-8
  • Hartford
    Oak Hill School
    Special Education School
    120 Holcomb St
    Hartford , CT , 06112
    (860)769-3851
    Special Education School
    1.2  mi  |  79  students  |  Gr.  PK
  • West Hartford Intensive Education Academy In
    Special Education School (Roman Catholic)
    840 N Main St
    West Hartford , CT , 06117
    (860)236-2049
    Special Education School (Roman Catholic)
    1.6  mi  |  49  students  |  Gr.  3-12

School Reviews

  • Recommended January 31, 2013 - The transition for my 11th grader to Watkinson has been fantastic. He continues to excel in the courses he is strong in, but now enjoys and is learning in those he previously struggled in. The atmosphere at Watkinson is only truly understood when you spend time on the campus - it is unlike any other private school and the only one that seems to intuitively understand the soft skills that will truly be critical for our children to navigate their future. My only wish is we had started soon. Its best summed up by my son who transitioned at a challenging time he said to his sister "sure i miss my friends - but I am doing so much better in school and am learning without being stressed." - Posted by Parent

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