Rectory School Photo #1 - Rectory's High Value Learning makes the classroom experience more compelling, and even takes the learning outside of the classroom. Our program allows students to thrive in a compelling hands-on environment where teamwork and creative problem solving are emphasized.
Rectory School Photo #1 - Rectory's High Value Learning makes the classroom experience more compelling, and even takes the learning outside of the classroom. Our program allows students to thrive in a compelling hands-on environment where teamwork and creative problem solving are emphasized.
Rectory School Photo #2 - Express yourself in the Arts at Rectory from the Collins Art Barn to the P.Y. & Kinmay Tang Performing Arts Center. Explore printmaking, pottery, photography in the darkroom, or put on a show in the Spring Musical, Jazz Band or RECappella.
Rectory School Photo #3 - Rectory has 11 dormitories with 150 beds on campus across 138 acres of bucolic landscape in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. Try Karaoke, movie, and mall trips or dorm activities with your roommates and dorm parents. You will build relationships that last a lifetime.
Rectory School Photo #4 - Rectory's 138-acre campus, located in beautiful Pomfret, CT is located within 45-minutes of three major cities (Hartford, CT, Worcester, MA, Providence, RI), 1 1/2 hours from Boston, and 3 hours from New York City. Our campus has 25 buildings, including 11 dormitories, the Bigelow Academic Center and the Hale elementary space and Smith Learning Center, opening in 2017.
Rectory School Photo #5 - Rectory's Middle School electives meet twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for an hour. Electives have an academic component and are in an area where the teacher(s) have some knowledge and interest. The goal of the Elective program is to provide opportunities for students to further develop their interests outside of the traditional classroom.
Rectory School Photo #6 - Individualized attention to a young person`s academic, physical, social, and moral development has been a keystone of Rectory School since its founding 100 years ago. In our Learning Services program, students work 1 on 1 with our Learning Specialists to help them with his/her individual needs.
Rectory School Photo #7 - Choose from a range of diverse electives from mountain biking, newspaper, community service, and yoga!
Rectory School Photo #8 - Head of School, Fred Williams, has been at Rectory since 2009. He created the Martin Luther King Jr. day of service tradition, and is always the one to beat in the annual regatta across the Rectory Pond. His open door policy and love for working the middle school age group enable students to get the most out of their experience here at Rectory, often with the helping hand of Mr. Williams himself.
Rectory School's mission is to provide students, both early childhood and middle school adolescents, with an enriched and supportive academic, social and ethical community that addresses individual learning styles, aptitudes and needs, while promoting personal self-worth and accountability.
The school community lives the Rectory School Creed: responsibility, respect, honesty, and compassion.
Recognizing how impressionable the middle school years are in a child's life, teachers, coaches, and dorm parents try to model the Rectory School Creed every day for the students through consistent and morally responsible behavior.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-9
  • Enrollment: 240 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $69,600
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School News

  • Faculty Feature: Dave Farrell Lets Nature Be the Teacher - 02/02/2023
    Dave Ferrell knows that nature can be one of our best teachers. As the director of Auxiliary Programs here at Rectory School, he encourages students to get out there and ...moregrow. Recently, we sat down with Mr. Farrell to learn more about his background, his role here at the school, and his plans for developing our Auxiliary Programs. hide
  • A Creative Oasis at the Heart of Rectory's Campus - 01/25/2023
    Art teachers Mrs. Gould and Mrs. Oakes create an environment that promotes discovery and self-expression as they encourage their students to value process over product and practice over perfection.
  • Faculty Feature: Kara Burke Savors the Study of Spanish - 01/04/2023
    Kara Burke, who serves as World Languages team leader, Spanish teacher, learning specialist, JV tennis coach, and dorm affiliate, has been a member of the Rectory faculty for nearly a ...moredecade. Recently, we sat down with Mrs. Burke to discuss her work at the school, her approach to teaching, her background, and her lifelong love of food. hide
  • Rectory's Continued Commitment to Gender Equity: A Work in Progress - 12/15/2022
    With the construction of a new female dormitory and the renovation of the girls` locker room this year, Rectory School continues its ongoing commitment to gender equity, an initiative that ...morewas greatly advanced in 2007 with the inclusion of female boarders. In this series of articles, members of the Rectory community discuss the transition to co-educational boarding, focusing, in this installment, on the first years, the challenges overcome, the changes made, and the work still to do. hide
  • Rectory's Continued Commitment to Gender Equity - 10/19/2022
    With the construction of a new female dormitory and the renovation of the girls` locker room this year, Rectory School continues its commitment to gender equity, an initiative that was ...moregreatly advanced in 2007 with the inclusion of female boarders. In this series of articles, members of the Rectory community will discuss the transition to co-educational boarding, reflecting on the factors that inspired it and the impact it has had on our school. Looking toward the future, they will also consider what more can be done to ensure equal footing for our female students. hide
  • An Intentional Student Experience - 10/11/2022
    Rectory's intentional design to create exceptional experiences for our students goes far beyond what happens in the classrooms. At Rectory, the student experience isn't just pedagogy- it's personal.
  • The Magic of Connection in a Third-Grade Writing Class - 10/03/2022
    When I was invited to speak to the third graders, I didn`t know it at the time, but I was being offered a chance to connect some of the most ...moremeaningful parts of my life, thanks to Mrs. Carpenter's knack for making connections. hide
  • At Rectory, School Counselor Donna Grant's Door Is Always Open - 09/12/2022
    School Counselor Donna Grant maintains an open-door policy, so that students know she is always available. Joining Rectory midyear in January 2022, Ms. Grant has already formed a strong bond ...morewith students while helping to grow the school's Counseling Department. hide
  • Students Find Their Voices In Honors English - 06/15/2022
    Helping students find their voice is Alysia LaBonte-Campbell's primary goal in her Honors English class. Once they find it, she wants them to share it, to share their thoughts and ...morefeelings about the world, themselves, and their experiences. Because if they know they have a voice, they can look at problems in the world and put their voice toward them. hide
  • RSS Feeds Subscribe to Alerts Student Feature Article: The Biggest Weekend in 100 years--Centennial Weekend - 06/08/2022
    DiRectory Student Writer and eighth grader, Ethan L., writes about Rectory's Celebration of a Century and all of the events surrounding Centennial Weekend.
  • Faculty Feature: Jamie Haines - 06/01/2022
    Few people know their true calling from a young age. Jamie Haines, Rectory History Department team leader and Grade 6 history and English teacher, knew she was born to teach.
  • Student Feature Article: Girls Locker Room and Centennial Hall - 05/25/2022
    DiRectory Student Writer and ninth grader, Guillermo G., shares his discussion with Head of School Fred Williams about recent and upcoming construction on campus.
  • Faculty Feature: Felicia Rodman - 05/04/2022
    For ancient history teacher Felicia Rodman, one of the most important lessons for her students to understand is that learning is messy... and that`s okay.
  • RSS Feeds Subscribe to Alerts Use of Holistic Early Childhood Screen Sets Young Learners on Path to Positive Growth - 04/27/2022
    The Gesell Developmental Observation Revised is a vital tool in an educator`s toolbox to observe a child`s academic and development growth and identify areas that require additional consideration.
  • SHIELD: A Safe Place to Listen, Learn, and Find Your Voice - 04/20/2022
    At SHIELD (Student Happiness, Inclusion, Equity, Leadership, and Differences), Rectory School students listen to others' stories, learn from experiences, and find their voices to advocate for change.
  • Daily Read Aloud Prepares Elementary School Students to be Stronger Readers - 04/13/2022
    Daily elementary school read-alouds enable students to stretch their listening comprehension make connections within the text and hone their skills for independent reading time.
  • Faculty Feature: Deanna Hart Rodman - 04/06/2022
    Learning Specialist Deanna Hart Rodman is a stalwart educator dedicated to teaching to students` strengths to increase their confidence and reach their academic goals.
  • Advisory Program Educates, Supports, and Encourages Growth - 03/30/2022
    The relationship established between advisor and advisee is another way Rectory promotes growth in self-advocacy and confidence. With the Rectory Creed, Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Compassion as its foundation, the ...moremiddle school advisory program is designed to educate, support, and encourage our students` healthy growth. hide
  • Rectory School Boys’ Basketball Champs of Future Stars Tournament - 03/29/2022
    Rectory Schools Boys Varsity A Basketball team recently traveled to Suffield Academy for the prestigious Future Stars Tournament and came away as champions. Rectory played four games and bested all ...moretheir opponents including a finals victory over tournament rival The Fessenden School. hide
  • Elementary School Students Focused on Learning About Indigenous People and Culture - 03/23/2022
    Teaching authentic lessons on indigenous cultures and nations in an age-appropriate way at the elementary school level enables them to make more connections throughout their learning even after leaving the ...moreclassroom. hide
  • Rectory Students Benefit from Middlebury Online World Language Program - 03/16/2022
    Rectory School in-person and online world language opportunities encourage students to continue on the path to becoming bilingual or multilingual.
  • Preparing Students For A Better High School Experience - 03/09/2022
    Unlike typical middle schools that end in the eighth grade, junior boarding schools offer enrollment through ninth grade. Students attending a junior boarding school have more leadership opportunities in the ...more9th grade and are exposed to the challenging academics they will find at the secondary school level. This additional year can significantly affect their choices and overall experience as they prepare to enroll in high school. hide
  • Faculty Feature: Max Richards - 03/02/2022
    From the kitchen to the court to the office, Director of Secondary School Placement Max Richards supports Rectory`s ninth graders by helping them prepare for the next stage in their ...moreacademic careers. hide
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Top Rankings

Rectory School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-9
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia/Language-based/Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1995

Student Body

Total Students
240 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Rectory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
65 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Collared Shirts and Khaki Pants

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Rectory has a Comprehensive Tuition Plan that ensures transparency regarding annual expenses for your child to attend Rectory School.Elementary School Tuition: $18,300 Middle School Day Tuition (5-6): $30,300 Middle School Day Tuition (7-9): $33,300 Middle School 5-Day Boarding Tuition (5-6): $58,900 Middle School 5-Day Boarding Tuition (7-9): $59,800 Middle School 7-Day Boarding Tuition (5-6): $66,900 Middle School 7-Day Boarding Tuition (7-9): $67,700 International Boarding Tuition (5-6): $72,800 International Boarding Tuition (7-9): $73,700
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Lesley Gibbs
Admissions Associate
Jacob Guertin
Endowment Size
$14.2 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
27 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Bookworms, Chess, Debate, Jewelry Making, Knitting Club, Mountain Biking, Newspaper, REC Story (Poems, Short Stories, Art Work, etc.), Robotics, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Young Investors Club

Arts and Music Programs:
9th Grade Ensemble, A Cappella, Chorus, Development of Instrumental Music Techniques, Fine Arts, General Music: A History of Jazz Music in America, General Music: A History of Rock Music in America, Guitar, Introduction to Art, Introduction to Instrumental Music, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Photography, Spring Musical, World Drumming

School Notes

  • Students enjoy increasing their skills and revealing new talents in state-of-the-art facilities. The Tang Center for Performing Arts is an exceptional venue for concerts, assemblies, lessons, and special programs. The Collins Art Barn allows students to create in bright studios and develop photography in the darkroom.
  • Every Rectory student is involved in sports and participates on a team. The program emphasizes healthy competition on levels that provide a challenge for the skilled athlete and encouragement for the beginner.
  • The Rectory School community lives its creed: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Compassion.
  • The Rectory School`s four-week summer session, Summer@Rectory, is an innovative, individually designed program that balances academics, sports, art, music, drama, and recreation. Offering a variety of options for enrichment or remediation, Summer@Rectory has enrollment for coeducational day and boarding students who are entering grades five through nine.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Rectory School cost?

Rectory School's tuition is approximately $69,600 for private students.

Does Rectory School offer a summer program?

Yes, Rectory School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does Rectory School offer?

Rectory School offers 21 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Fit, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Flag Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball and Wrestling. Rectory School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for most sports offered.

When is the application deadline for Rectory School?

The application deadline for Rectory School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-9
  • Enrollment: 240 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $69,600
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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