Cheshire Academy

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Cheshire Academy Photo #1 - Bowden Hall, completed in 1796, is the oldest schoolhouse in continuous use in the state of Connecticut
Cheshire Academy Photo #2 - Our 104 acre (0.42 sq km) campus is in the center of the quiet, beautiful Town of Cheshire, CT. Though just a two hour drive to both Boston and New York, Cheshire is a quiet small town where students are in walking distance of a few area shops and cafes.
Cheshire Academy Photo #3 - Our academic process begins with what students know and want to know, and develops active learners who reflect on their growth and the implications of their learning. Cheshire Academy students grow increasingly capable of independently observing, questioning, explaining, interpreting, and analyzing the world.
Cheshire Academy Photo #4 - Many students come to Cheshire Academy knowing they love the arts; others discover their passion while attending. Students planning to pursue Art & Design at the university level can take advantage of our year-long Art Major Program.
Cheshire Academy Photo #5 - We offer a variety of athletic programs each season. The Academy teaches student-athletes the skills and knowledge necessary to learn the sport while also producing championship-winning teams.
Cheshire Academy Photo #6 - CA believes all students can benefit from music education, from beginners to students planning a career in music. Students of music at CA develop tenacity, patience, focus, and confidence, and also have many opportunities to display leadership in several student-led ensembles. Advanced students can take private lessons, audition for all-state festivals, and study AP Music Theory and IB Music.
Cheshire Academy Photo #7 - The Cheshire Academy experience is full and active; living and learning takes place not only in the classroom, but also in the art studios, dormitories, dining commons, on the athletic fields, and even on the footpaths that wind around campus. The Academy is a tight-knit and dynamic environment that offers a community rich in diversity.
Cheshire Academy Photo #8 - With 42 faculty with advanced degrees and a 6:1 student:teacher ratio, CA believes in small classrooms with expert teachers who empower students to take control of their learning.
Cheshire Academy Photo #9 - Cheshire Academy is home to students from over 30 different countries who chose the Academy because of our reputation as one of the best private schools in the United States. The tradition of enrolling international students at Cheshire Academy dates back to 1850, making this school among the first to enroll students from other countries.
Cheshire Academy Photo #10 - Character development has long been a priority at Cheshire Academy. The Eight Pillars of Bowden are the ways in which we demonstrate our core values and basic beliefs: Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Civility, Citizenship, Morality, Fairness and Trustworthiness.
  • Founded in 1794, Cheshire Academy is a boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 plus PostGraduate (PG).
  • The historic 104-acre (0.42 sq km) campus is nestled in the bucolic but central town of Cheshire, CT, just two hours drive from both Boston and New York.
  • With approximately 362 students from 15 states and 30 countries, the Academy takes a exible and tailored approach, allowing students to combine a variety of academic and extracurricular oerings optimal to their individual needs, strengths, and interests.

Top Placements

Cheshire Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Institute for Independent Education
National Independent Private Schools Association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1794

Student Body

Total Students362 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
29%
State avg.: 22%
Students by GradeCheshire Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
69%
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses6 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Calculus AB, AP Literature & Composition, AP Music Theory, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, Arts Major Program, IB Biology SL & HL1/HL2, IB Chemistry SL1/SL2 & HL1/HL2, IB Computer Science SL1/SL2, IB Economics SL1/SL2, IB English Language & Literature HL1/2 & SL1/2, IB English Literature HL1/2 & SL1/2, IB Environmental Systems and Society SL, IB French ab Initio 1/ab Initio 2, IB French SL1/SL2 & HL1/HL2, IB History of the Americas SL1/SL2 & HL1/HL2, IB Lit & Performance SL1/SL2, IB Mandarin ab Initio 1/ab Initio 2, IB Mandarin SL1/SL2, IB Math SL1/SL2 & HL1/HL2, IB Math Studies 1, IB Math Studies 2, IB Music SL1/SL2 & HL1/HL2, IB Physics SL1/SL2, IB Spanish SL1/SL2 & HL1/HL2, IB Sports/Exercise/Health Science SL, IB Theory of Knowledge Y1/Y2, IB Visual Arts SL1/SL2 & HL1/HL2,
Average SAT score1200
Average ACT score25
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Mon, Tue, Thur: Academic Dress; Wed CA Spirit Day; Friday: Formal Dress)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Tuition NotesBoarding: $58,880 Day students: $41,100
% on Financial Aid
49%
Average Financial Aid Grant$23,500
Admissions DirectorSara Lynn Leavenworth
Admissions AssociateDevin Worthington

Sports

Total Sports Offered16 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
FencingField Hockey,
FootballGolf,
LacrosseSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.31 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Admission Ambassadors (Tour Guides), Art Club, Candy Club, Chess Club, Community Service, Digital Photography Club, Eco-Leaders, Garden Club, Ich Dien Society, International Student Society, Literary Magazine, Marketing & Communication Interns, Mathematical Modeling Team, Model UN, National Honor Society, New England Math League, Peer Counselors, School Newspaper, Science Olympiad, The Gay/Straight Alliance, Yearbook, Young Entrepreneurs Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Major Program, Dance, Drama, Jazz Ensemble/Rock Band, Piano Master Class, String Ensemble

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness, Snowsports Club, Yoga

School Notes

  • Cheshire Academy is a boarding school in Connecticut that challenges students in grades 9-12 and post graduate to discover and hone their unique talents. This college preparatory school offers personalized learning opportunities like the Roxbury Academic Support Program and the IB Program. Artists can benefit from the Art Major program, while high school athletes can benefit from competitive athletics. Overall, students at the private school are encouraged to become culturally sensitive and internationally minded, and develop the critical thinking skills, confidence, and character that enable them to succeed in college and as citizens of a global society. 

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