Foote School

  • Foote School is a child-centered school that nurtures students' natural sense of curiosity into a lifelong love of learning.
  • Our project-based curriculum and inquiry-based approach make learning an active, fun experience for students as they make exciting discoveries about the world and themselves.
  • Our 18-acre campus in the heart of New Haven offers children a natural setting to explore and learn, and easy access to world-class museums, parks and other cultural resources.
  • Foote values academic excellence, diversity, inclusion, good character, the arts, science, foreign languages and service learning.
  • Graduates go on to well regarded schools that help them to lead lives of joy and purpose.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-9
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1916

Student Body

Total Students484 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Foote School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers75 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size17 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes$24,670 for K-5 $30,100 for grades 6-9 For 2013-2014 21 % of student body received more than $1.6 million in need-based financial aid
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorRachelle Bryon
Admissions AssociateKelly Small
Endowment Size$10 million


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, TennisBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Community Service

Club or Organization:
Amnesty International, Applied Sciences, Chorus, Drama, Environmental Action Group, F-STAND (Diversity Club), Jazz Rock Ensemble, Literary Magazine, MathCounts, Model Congress, Orchestra, Student Council, Student Newspaper, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Our School: Students come to Foote from many different backgrounds and schools, creating a diverse Kindergarten Grade 9 community that enriches us all. Dedicated, highly qualified faculty and staff establish a happy, productive atmosphere where students flourish with small classes and individual attention. Above all, we nurture a lifelong love of learning and teaching.
  • Our Campus: Paths criss-crossing our 17.8-acre campus give the feel of a country setting within New Haven. The campus includes 11 classroom buildings, a 47,000 volume library, science laboratories, mobile computer labs, a black-box theater, music rooms, arts studios, a gymnasium, playing fields, teaching gardens, a wooded area for outdoor education, and a new state-of-the-art science and technology building.The
  • Our Curriculum: Teachers provide a strong foundation in verbal and mathematical skills while fostering creativity and collaboration. Students explore a wide-ranging, imaginative curriculum in literature, history, mathematics, science, technology and writing.  Students in every grade participate in world languages, drama, music and art. Children engage in daily physical activity through recess, gym and after-school sports. We value critical thinking and hands-on learning, and foster respectful relationships among teachers, students and parents. Central to Foote`s strong academic program is its commitment to a multicultural curriculum designed to help students embrace and celebrate our diversity and actively seek opportunities to serve and lead.  
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • New Haven
    Grades: PK-6 | 140 students
    1.8 miles
    263 Chapel Street
    New Haven, CT 06513
    (203) 787-1584
    1.8 PK-6
  • Waterbury
    Grades: PK-12 | 185 students
    17.1 miles
    565 Chase Parkway
    Waterbury, CT 06708
    (203) 236-9560
    17.1 PK-12
  • Hamden
    Grades: NS-12 | 574 students
    1.1 miles
    1108 Whitney Ave
    Hamden, CT 06517
    (203) 752-2610
    1.1 NS-12
  • New Haven
    Grades: 7-12 | 714 students
    2.7 miles
    986 Forest Road
    New Haven, CT 06515
    (203) 397-1001
    2.7 7-12
  • Cheshire
    Grades: 9-12 | 344 students
    11.9 miles
    10 Main St
    Cheshire, CT 06410
    (203) 439-7250
    11.9 9-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
We owe a lot to what Foote has given our children. It is a remarkable, magical, phenomenal places that allows children to dream and grow in was unbounded. It is a model school. A one of a kind.
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For the sports, includes cross country and squash. One of the best schools you will find, so come.
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Best school you could ever wish for. Many sports and extracurricular activities available. Your child will love the whole experience as soon as they step foot on the campus.
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The average private school tuition in Connecticut is $17,579 for elementary schools and $34,479 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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