Bancroft School

Bancroft School empowers students from pre-K to high school to love what they learn.
As Worcester`s premier college preparatory co-ed day school, Bancroft serves curious learners from Central Massachusetts and MetroWest Boston.
We create learning environments that inspire students to ask questions, share ideas, challenge convention, and solve problems through inquiry and curiosity. Bancroft alumni go on to thrive as self-aware, well-versed, confident leaders in a complex world.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Bancroft School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
70 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
13 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Advanced Global Seminar, Advanced Statistical Inquiry, Advanced Studies in Spanish: The US Latinx Experience, Advanced U.S. History & Historiography, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP French, AP Latin, AP Spanish, Contemporary French Culture, Honors Precalculus, Multivariable Calculus, Research and Historical Inquiry, Science & Engineering Inquiry: Design & Experimentation I, Science & Engineering Inquiry: Design & Experimentation II, Science & Engineering Inquiry: Research & Proposal
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes
PreKindergarten $18,700 through Grade 12 $36,500
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Susie Whelan Horan
Admissions Associate
Heather Roy



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Robotics, Speech and Debate

School Notes

PreK12 independent, co-ed day school
Located in Worcester, MA
Students from Central MA, MetroWest Boston, Northern CT
423 students in three divisions
209 students in Upper School (grades 9 to 12)
14 international students in Upper School
6:1 average student/teacher ratio
12 students average class size
65% of faculty hold advanced degrees
38% students of color
$4.5 million in financial aid annually
51% of students receive financial aid
100% college acceptance rate
Founded in 1900
  • Accreditation: NEASC-accredited and a member of AISNE and NAIS
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What sports does Bancroft School offer?
Bancroft School offers 13 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Bancroft School's ranking?
Bancroft School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Bancroft School?
The application deadline for Bancroft School is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
I`m the parent of two recent graduates and I am happy with how well Bancroft served both of my children. Their college experiences were very successful but more importantly, they learned who they wanted to be. The faculty are caring and very student-focused. The academics are first-rate. The students are a nice group of young adults. My children took part in the award-winning theater and competitive speech programs, but the Robotics Team is also powerful. Very importantly, after a few years of admittedly questionable leadership at the top, there is a new Head of School who is positively impacting the school and where it is going. You can feel the difference between this new leadership in both the students and faculty. If you want a school where your child is academically prepared for whatever comes next, is known and cared for by the faculty, and has opportunities to stretch themselves and grow into who they can be, Bancroft might be the place for you.
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I am a parent of an Upper School student and a recent graduate. Both of my children have thrived at Bancroft. Bancroft is a tight-knit community in which students are truly known. Kids find their passion here, whether it is robotics, athletics, theater, or rock band. The teachers are talented, creative, and accessible...and truly love kids.
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We`ve had two children go K-12 at Bancroft and can`t say enough good things about it. It`s academically superb - and students go on to great colleges - but somehow manages to avoid the rigid, pressure cooker environment of many strong schools. The "learning lab" approach to teaching makes their learning more engaging and real, and the kids love it. Great sports and extra curriculars too! Love it!
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Best school ever! They support kids with learning issues by having them in their own class and a school day is very productive, you never sit their and do a worksheet, you are playing games related to the subject you are doing and having fun while you do it.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Worcester County, MA is $18,237 for elementary schools and $35,317 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Worcester County, MA is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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