Hoosac School

Hoosac School, founded in 1889, is a coeducational, college preparatory school.
Our aim is to develop the character, spirit, mind, and body of its students, to foster independence and self discipline, and to motivate them to develop to their full potential for success in college and for full, productive, and intelligent lives.
At Hoosac, students are encouraged to do their best and are given the necessary support to help them in their studies.
Teachers are dedicated to insuring that students gain a complete understanding of the subject matter.
Classes are very small and communication between teachers and students is excellent.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Enrollment: 220 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $60,000
  • Acceptance rate: 30%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Hoosac School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 8-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
220 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
Hoosac School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
9 students
Number of AP Courses
17 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, European History, US History
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Business Professional and Business Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Additional fees: $1,700 for books, laundry, damage deposit, safe fee.
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Includes room and board, 3 meals each day, and all classes.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Ryan J. Grant
Endowment Size
$1.5 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, E-Sports, Outdoor Club, Robotics Club, Ski & Snowboard Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Music Club, Theatre/Drama Club

School Notes

  • Hoosac students receive individual attention with a 9:1 student/teacher ratio. The structured setting and proactive advisor program provide support to an internationally diverse student body. The college-preparatory curriculum includes preparation for AP tests, the SAT/ACT and an ESL program for non-English speakers. Facilities include a technology lab, athletic center with indoor pool, observatory, and arts center. The rural campus setting is ideal for camping, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding. Hoosac fields strong teams in many sports and is represented especially well in ice hockey, basketball having won New England Championships in 2007 (Ice Hockey) and 2012 & 2013 in Boys Basketball. Boys Ice Hockey has won back-to-back Holt Conference Championships while Boys Lacrosse recently won the Division 3 NEPSAC Champsionship.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Burgess Meredith '26 - Starred as the trainer in the "Rocky" movies as well as the Penguin in "Batman".
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Hoosac School cost?
Hoosac School's tuition is approximately $60,000 for private students and $10,000 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Hoosac School?
The acceptance rate of Hoosac School is 30%, which is lower than the national average of 79%. Hoosac School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in New York with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from Hoosac School?
Hoosac School famous alumni include: Burgess Meredith '26.
What sports does Hoosac School offer?
Hoosac School offers 21 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Winter Track. Hoosac School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in New York for most sports offered.
What is Hoosac School's ranking?
Hoosac School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Hoosac School?
The application deadline for Hoosac School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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School Reviews

Hoosac is a school unlike any other you`ve ever seen, and if you are considering attending, here are some highlights to help you decide if it's the right place for you. Athletics takes center stage in student life. At Hoosac, coaches are also teachers, so they have greater access to their students. If you`re concerned about academics, don`t worry: The coaches will make sure you have the correct answers to tests, even if you haven`t been to class. Some parents might be concerned that coaches might not be qualified as educators, but let me put those fears to rest. Hoosac coaches rely heavily on reading out of their textbooks, which makes up the backbone and core of their curriculum. Who needs expertise in a subject, when students can take the initiative to learn via reading? Hoosac is a place where young men are free to grow and develop into their adult selves, without any sort of constraints placed on their behavior. They are implicitly encouraged to test boundaries, safe in the knowledge that their actions won`t have lasting consequences for them. And young women are also allowed to attend. If your student is more academically inclined, don`t worry, they will be forced to participate in a sport. With hours set aside each day for practice, they`ll be grateful for all the classroom time they get to miss. Discipline and rules are important, and Hoosac is sure to make sure any violations committed by non-athletic students are dealt with immediately. Athletes need not worry about punishments interfering with their ability to play sports. At Hoosac, MVP is far more important than GPA and will, though the former can certainly boost the latter. Students are allowed a diverse range of athletic experiences outside their primary sport and will be pressured to partake in them. If you are worried that participating in a sport outside your primary focus will risk injury, don`t be, as Hoosac will make sure you receive proper medical care eventually. Having a single nurse on call to manage the 200+ students and athletes shows Hoosac`s commitment to student wellbeing. Campus life can be exciting, even tucked away in remote upstate New York. Hoosac puts its money towards enriching the student experience outside the classroom with wonderful activities like exercising, supporting your teams, trips to Walmart, and going to the same mall every. Graduating from Hoosac ensures you`ll have the skills to find ways to keep entertained when there is nothing to do. Hoosac believes in fostering an environment of trust between the staff and the students. Everyone needs to know that the school believes in your ability to make good choices. To help show this commitment, none of the buildings are locked, not even the dormitories. They are protected by the honor system. Hoosac prides itself on a high acceptance rate for graduating students, and its reputation certainly has a big impact on which school alumni can get into. To help, Hoosac will strongly encourage students to apply to 20, 30, or sometimes 40 schools. They also funnel students towards safety schools, so that it's all but guaranteed to have at least one acceptance. With over a hundred years of tradition, there is a very distinct culture on campus. And nowhere is that more evident than the annual Boar`s Head and Yule Festival. This beloved pageant is a time-honored tradition, requiring students to dedicate almost an entire month to prepare for the ceremony. Academics are put on hold, and even athletics take a back seat for this most cherished time of revelry. After all, it`s mandatory for all students. Thankfully, the memory will last a lifetime, and the free advertisement for the school lasts even longer. As a private school, Hoosac isn`t bound by the standards and guidelines of a public school curriculum. It gives them the freedom to explore new ways of teaching, free from such limiting restrictions as certified educators, consistent classroom schedules, or enforcement of dress code. Other schools might be hesitant to place the responsibility of managing a classroom on someone with no experience, content knowledge, or support from the school. But Hoosac isn`t like other schools, and they are proud of their system. Yes, the tuition is more than most people will pay to attend college. But looking at all they have to offer, how could you put a price tag on the Hoosac experience?
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Enrollment: 220 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $60,000
  • Acceptance rate: 30%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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