Marvelwood School

A Marvelwood education is characterized by intensive personal attention to the individual student.
We are passionate about providing an educational environment which nurtures academic and personal growth and awakens the potential that resides in each of our students.
A small, coeducational boarding and day school located just 2 hours from New York City in beautiful Kent, Connecticut, Marvelwood strives always to be a place where each child is known, valued, and treated with respect.
Honors and Advanced Placement courses, English as a foreign language, private Strategies and math tutorial programs, and a dedication to experiential education enable Marvelwood to serve a diverse student body with a wide range of learning styles.
Our experienced and dedicated faculty is committed to each student's success and delivers a superior educational program, attuned to individual strengths and weaknesses.
Nonacademic programs including weekly community service, visual and performing arts electives, an impressive slate of interscholastic and noncompetitive sports offerings, and a variety of leadership opportunities increase the potential for engagement and success outside the classroom.
In every way, the structure of the School is thoughtfully designed to support college-bound students in their efforts to achieve positive intellectual, social, personal, and moral growth.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 123 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $64,700
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
1956

Student Body

Total Students
123 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
24%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Marvelwood School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
42%
Average Class Size
8 students
Number of AP Courses
10 courses
Advanced Courses
AP Calculus BC, AP CalculusAB, AP Chemistry, AP European History, AP Microeconomics, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History
Average SAT score
1320
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
29
(Out of 36)
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Neat

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Boarding includes tuition and boarding
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$27,000
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Maureen Smith
Admissions Associate
Steve Malinowski
Endowment Size
$3.3 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Admissions tour guide, Chorus and A cappella, Cultural and Social Awareness Club, Dance, Literary Magazine, Marvelwood Players, Music, Peer Mediation, Yearbook

Club or Organization:
Music on the Mountain, Pop Culture Club, Table-Top Gaming, Yoga

School Notes

  • A Marvelwood education is characterized by intensive personal attention to the individual student. We are passionate about providing an educational environment which nurtures academic and personal growth and awakens the potential that resides in each of our students. A small, coeducational boarding and day school located just 2 hours from New York City in beautiful Kent, Connecticut, Marvelwood strives always to be a place where each child is known, valued, and treated with respect. Honors and Advanced Placement courses, English as a foreign language, private Strategies and math tutorial programs, and a dedication to experiential education enable Marvelwood to serve a diverse student body with a wide range of learning styles. Our experienced and dedicated faculty is committed to each student's success and delivers a superior educational program, attuned to individual strengths and weaknesses. Nonacademic programs including weekly community service, visual and performing arts electives, an impressive slate of interscholastic and noncompetitive sports offerings, and a variety of leadership opportunities increase the potential for engagement and success outside the classroom. In every way, the structure of the School is thoughtfully designed to support college-bound students in their efforts to achieve positive intellectual, social, personal, and moral growth.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jake Burton Carpenter '71 - Jake Burton Carpenter, also known as Jake Burton, is an American snowboarder and founder of Burton Snowboards and one of the inventors of the modern day snowboard.
    • Blair Patterson '98 - Blair's work for Estée Lauder has been featured on The View, The Today Show and TLC's iVillage, as well as in Nylon and O Magazines and on the covers of Time Out New York and Harper's Bazaar.
    • Nicholas Benson '83 - Nick was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, and in 2010, he was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Marvelwood School cost?
Marvelwood School's tuition is approximately $64,700 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Marvelwood School?
The acceptance rate of Marvelwood School is 80%, which is higher than the national average of 69%.
Who are famous alumni from Marvelwood School?
Marvelwood School famous alumni include: Jake Burton Carpenter '71, Blair Patterson '98 and Nicholas Benson '83.
What sports does Marvelwood School offer?
Marvelwood School offers 16 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling.
When is the application deadline for Marvelwood School?
The application deadline for Marvelwood School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
Our son joined Marvelwood in the Fall as a junior. He attended other schools before but never felt they were the right fit. At Marvelwood, he found a "home away from home". The size of the community makes it easy to know everyone. The faculty and the learning center are incredibly supportive: they taught our son how to advocate for himself, and develop learning strategies. All the departments of the school outperformed our expectations. And the campus is beautiful!Our son went through a few unfortunate events (death in the family, concussion, leg injury), but we always had a lot of support at all levels from everyone in the community. And he made lifelong friends.Marvelwood also handled the covid 19 crisis extremely well: they had a protocol that everyone followed and it enabled the students to enjoy a "normal school year"!Marvelwood is a place where people care! We are looking forward to his senior year!
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5  
My husband went there in one if its first classes. He went to Lehigh and was wait-listed at MIT. He liked school and found faculty kind. He was a very independent learner. He did well in college and is now a retired electrical engineer. He was the only student to go on to a selective engineering school in his class. He was inducted into SIgma Psi at his workplace for research and general technical excellence.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 123 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $64,700
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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