The Academy At Charlemont

  • The Academy at Charlemont is a small independent day school serving students in 6th-12th grades, and post-graduate.
  • We highly esteem civility, helpfulness, and a concern for others.
  • The Academy at Charlemont makes a classical, academic education available to children from the towns of Western Massachusetts and to a small number of boarding students from other countries and areas of the United States.
  • Our traditional curriculum also includes the study of cultures and ideas outside mainstream Western history and society.
  • We believe that the members of a free society should share a body of basic knowledge that both enables individuals to grow and flourish and equips them to contribute to the well-being of the larger group.
  • To that end, we emphasize clear, original thinking that is expressed with precision, clarity, and grace.
  • We believe that much is lost when this body of basic knowledge is divided into discrete disciplines; we strive to show the connections among peoples, places, and areas of inquiry through inter-disciplinary teaching and learning.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Year Founded1981

Student Body

Total Students82 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
9%
State avg.: 24%
Students by GradeThe Academy At Charlemont Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size8 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1390
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$24,500
Tuition NotesOver half of our students receive need-based financial aid grants each year.
Admissions DirectorMartha Tirk
Admissions AssociateStephanie Powers

Sports

Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Freestyle Skiing, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate FrisbeeAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
Freestyle SkiingKayaking,
LacrosseSnowboarding,
SoccerTennis,
Ultimate Frisbee

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, GSA, Knitting Club

Arts and Music Programs:
A Capella, American Roots Band, Architectural Rendering and Design, Audio Collage, Blues Band, Celtic Band, Ceramics, Computer Programming, Creative Writing, Digital Photography, Drama Productions, Drawing and Painting, Fiber Arts, Film Studies, Garage Rock Band, Jazz Band, Jewelry Making, Klezmer Band, Mosaics, R & B Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Hiking, Yoga and Fitness

School Notes

  • Welcome to the Academy at Charlemont. The Academy is a public-spirited private school that combines the best of the classical academic tradition with a visible commitment to building and sustaining community. Most Academy students go on to college, and most of them live within fifty miles of Charlemont, a small town in rural Western Massachusetts. Explore our web site to learn more about this excellent small school.  The Academy believes that the academic, liberal arts tradition is a challenging, intellectually stimulating ground on which young people can both learn to use their minds well, and furnish those minds with the kind of broad, basic knowledge needed to succeed in college and as citizens of the world. We believe in emphasizing connections among the academic disciplines because "real world" challenges require citizens to think beyond the discrete boundaries of academic disciplines, to look at things from many different angles. We believe that a school community based on values- self-reliance, industry, integrity, and compassion - encourages development of intellectual and social standards that reflect those values. We believe that affirming the uniqueness of each individual and at the same time insisting that individuals subscribe to a set of commonly held standards - civility, respect, concern for others - produces a healthy tension that helps students learn, grow, and become productive citizens.We`ll not be able to capture the unique spirit, vitality, and humor of Academy life on this website.  When you come to visit you`ll immediately be struck by the physical beauty of our rural setting, the friendliness and civility of our community, the amount of laughter one hears, and the respect for learning one observes.  In and of its place, The Academy`s school meeting is modeled on the New England town meeting, a democratic institution where each citizen is encouraged to: Find your voice.  Speak your mind.
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