The Williams School

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Located in New London, CT, on the beautiful campus of Connecticut College, The Williams School is a small school that makes a big impact.
Williams is a co-educational day school serving 230 students in grades 6-12 from 40 communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The Williams School seeks curious and motivated students eager for a close-knit environment where participation is valued, expectations are high and, simply put, it is cool to be smart.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
Year Founded 1891

Student Body

Total Students 235 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
18%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade The Williams School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 31 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
65%
Average Class Size 11 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Acting: Periods and Styles (Advanced, Grade 12), Biochemistry (Advanced), Biology (Advanced), Calculus I (Advanced), Calculus II (Advanced), Caribbean Islands (Advanced), Criminals In Literature (Advanced) Grade 12, Dance III (Advanced), Digital Imaging IIA (Advanced), Digital Imaging IIB (Advanced), Harlem Renaissance (Advanced), Latin V (Advanced), Latin V B: Augustan Age Literature (Advanced), Modern Middle East History (Advanced), Music Composition (Advanced), Music Theory (Advanced), Other Gods and Other Monsters (Advanced) Grade 12, Physics II (Advanced), Portfolio Development (Advanced), Psychology and Literature (Advanced) Grade 12, Pursuit of Freedom (Advanced), Strange Plays (Advanced) Grade 12, The Cold War (Advanced), The Medieval World (Advanced), Topics in French Language & Culture (Advanced), Topics in Spanish Language & Culture (Advanced), US History (Advanced) (Grade 11), Writing as Readers (Advanced) Grade 12,
Average SAT score 1824
Average ACT score 27
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $29,130
Tuition Notes Grade 6: $28,200 Grades 7-8: $29,130 Grades 9-12: $29,130
% on Financial Aid
41%
Average Financial Aid Grant $12,000
Acceptance Rate
95%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Sharon Gaudreau
Admissions Associate Lynn Bocian

Sports

Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, TennisBasketballCross Country,
DanceLacrosse,
SailingSoccer,
SwimmingTennis,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Acabellas (girls a cappella), Acafellas (boys a cappella), Ambassadors (Tour Guides), Band, Harvard Model Congress, Jazz Band, Literary Journal, Multicultural Club, Service Committee, Student Council, Thespians, Yale Model UN, Yearbook Band, Jazz Band, Thespians, Yale Model UN, Yearbook, Acabellas (girls a cappella),
Acafellas (boys a cappella),
Ambassadors (Tour Guides),
Harvard Model Congress,
Literary Journal,
Multicultural Club,
Service Committee,
Student Council,

School Notes

  • Located in New London, CT, on the beautiful campus of Connecticut College, The Williams School is a small school that makes a big impact. Williams is a co-educational day school serving 230 students in grades 6-12 from 40 communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Big things are happening at Williams! The Williams School added a 6th grade for the 2014-2015 academic year and introduced a complete revision of its advanced courses curriculum in the Upper School. The Williams School seeks curious and motivated students eager for a close-knit environment where participation is valued, expectations are high and, simply put, it is cool to be smart. At Williams, our focus is educating students to be lifelong learners and active citizens in a global community.  Personal attention from faculty, academic challenge, outstanding opportunities in arts and athletics, and inclusivity are the cornerstones of the Williams experience. Students at The Williams School engage in a classical curriculum that values both the liberal arts as well as the scientific method. The Williams curriculum is writing and reading intensive with a strong emphasis on presentation skills. 
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5.0  9/24/2016
Williams is a great school. I agree with the other poster that the odd stat on the acceptance rate is probably due to the big shift in size a couple of years ago. I know under-performing students who have been asked to leave so there are high academic standards. My child has been at Williams for 3 years and is thriving and heading for a great future. The best part, in my view, is the small size and attentiveness of the teachers. For an expensive private school, this place is not loaded with stuck up families, as were many of the other schools we considered. This fact was important to our family. We also like how much the community celebrates the successes of the students as individuals, including successes outside of school.
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5.0  3/17/2016
My child has only good things to say about this nurturing environment. Changes in the past couple of years have brought changes to the administrative structure and balance of power, yielding illogical student policies. With a lot of attrition, there are many new teachers and it will take time to weed out the bad apples, but they will do it. There is a lot of homework, which is a double-edged sword. College will seam easy, I have been told by other parents. The Head of School and Assistant Head of school are both wonderful, normal people.
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5.0  1/19/2016
This school has been great for my daughter. She arrived in 7th from a very good public school system. We were hoping for smaller classes and more attention to study skills and writing. We got what we wanted and she has become a serious student with impressive college aspirations. The very high acceptance rate for this school is due, I believe, to the loss of a major business in the area. The school grew in size with that business and the application numbers have dropped with its departure. The school does have a high academic standard, do not misunderstand. Great school. Great community.
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5.0  7/24/2015
I will never stop thanking my parents for sending me to Williams. It is an incredibly accepting environment, and the teachers honestly want to see their students succeed. The Williams School is not easy academically, but it has prepared me for college in every way possible.
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5.0  7/24/2015
This school is an academic model for all local schools. The students are challenged, assisted and cherished by the staff and administration. My child enjoys every aspect of this school. If you can make the sacrifice to send your child to Williams, do not hesitate. It is well worth it.
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The average private school tuition in New London County, CT is $21,826 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New London County, CT is 89% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).