Watkinson School

180 Bloomfield Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105-0610
Tel: (860)236-5618
Grades: 6-12 | 230 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)
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences or Language-based / Dyslexia

Student Body

Total Students 230 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Watkinson School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 46 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
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 $37,925
Tuition Notes Includes lunch and certain fees. Books are not included.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $17,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director John Crosson
Admissions Associate Deb Heidenis


Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCrew,
Cross CountryFencing,
TennisUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. 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 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.
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School Reviews

5.0 Stars   01/31/13
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."
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