Westminster School

995 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070-0607
Tel: (860)408-3060
Grades: 9-12 | 394 students
Westminster School enjoys a reputation as one of the finest college-preparatory schools, and certainly one of the very top small boarding schools, in the country.
The challenging academic program prepares students for academic success and the rigors of college while cultivating in them a love of learning that becomes a lifelong habit.
We are a diverse, close-knit community of 88 faculty and 390 students from across the country and around the world. 30% of our students receive financial aid from the $4.3 million awarded annually.
Through a highly selective admission process, Westminster seeks to enroll young men and women who are motivated, hard-working students who have accomplished much already and who hold the promise of achieving so much more in a challenging, caring academic community.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Year Founded 1888

Student Body

Total Students 394 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Westminster School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 76 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 12 students
Number of AP Courses 23 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Art, Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Comparative Government, Computer Science, Economics, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Latin, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, United States History
Average SAT score 1910
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Blazers, ties; Dresses or layers)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost $54,000
Tuition Notes Day tuition = $40,500
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $34,480
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Jon C. Deveaux
Admissions Associate Nick Wilbur


Total Sports Offered 16 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and FieldBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
DivingField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 21 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. A Capella (Co-ed), Art Club, Asian Awareness Club, Black & Gold (Tour Guides), Debate Club, Eco Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, John Hay Society, Math Club, Model United Nations, Multicultural Student Organization, Seniors as Sisters, Serving Our Neighbors, Ski and Snowboard Club, Student Activities Committee, Student Government, Student Music Organization, The Martlet (Creative Writing Magazine), The Spectator (Yearbook), Westminster Belles (Girls a capella), Westminster News Art Club, Debate Club, Eco Team, Math Club, A Capella (Co-ed),
Asian Awareness Club,
Black & Gold (Tour Guides),
Gay-Straight Alliance,
John Hay Society,
Model United Nations,
Multicultural Student Organization,
Seniors as Sisters,
Serving Our Neighbors,
Ski and Snowboard Club,
Student Activities Committee,
Student Government,
Student Music Organization,
The Martlet (Creative Writing Magazine),
The Spectator (Yearbook),
Westminster Belles (Girls a capella),
Westminster News,

School Notes

  • Westminster's motto is Grit &Grace.  These words define and distinguish Westminster School. They represent a tradition, a culture, an attitude, an aspiration, a way of life for our students and faculty, an advantage for our graduates.Grit characterizes the effort students make to meet our high expectations for academic work, athletics, and community involvement. Grace speaks to the way they negotiate these responsibilities with generosity of spirit, good manners and respect for all. The unique and powerful combination of grit and grace is what makes Westminster people successful, not only here, but also later in life.  Derived from our motto virtute et numine, "grit and grace" encapsulates in one phrase our culture, our promise, a commitment to ourselves and others. In delivering this potent and proven educational experience, Westminster offers and expects a lot.Guided by four core values - community, character, balance and involvement - Westminster inspires young men and women of promise to explore and develop diverse academic, artistic and athletic talents, to live with intelligence and integrity, and to commit to a life of service beyond self.We help young people reach their full promise as students and bring out the best in them as individuals. We teach them in ways that prepare them to do well in college and beyond, in ways that inspire them to be dedicated students, good citizens and effective leaders.

Profile last updated: 06/01/2015

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