The Williams School
5.00 (5 reviews)
- Located on the beautiful campus of Connecticut College in the historic seaport town of New London, CT, The Williams School is a co-educational day school serving 230 students in grades 6-12 from over 40 communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island and China.
- With Core Values of Scholarship, Character, and Community, Williams seeks curious and motivated students eager for a close-knit environment where participation is valued, expectations are high and, simply put, it is cool to be smart.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
|Grades Offered||Grades 6-12|
|Total Students||235 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||31 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||8:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||11 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Advanced Courses||Acting: Periods and Styles (Advanced, Grade 12), Biochemistry (Advanced), Biology (Advanced), Calculus I (Advanced), Calculus II (Advanced), Caribbean Islands (Advanced), Criminals In Literature (Advanced) Grade 12, Dance III (Advanced), Digital Imaging IIA (Advanced), Digital Imaging IIB (Advanced), Harlem Renaissance (Advanced), Latin V (Advanced), Latin V B: Augustan Age Literature (Advanced), Modern Middle East History (Advanced), Music Composition (Advanced), Music Theory (Advanced), Other Gods and Other Monsters (Advanced) Grade 12, Physics II (Advanced), Portfolio Development (Advanced), Psychology and Literature (Advanced) Grade 12, Pursuit of Freedom (Advanced), Strange Plays (Advanced) Grade 12, The Cold War (Advanced), The Medieval World (Advanced), Topics in French Language & Culture (Advanced), Topics in Spanish Language & Culture (Advanced), US History (Advanced) (Grade 11), Writing as Readers (Advanced) Grade 12|
|Average SAT score||1193|
|Average ACT score||27|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Feb. 1 / rolling|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$12,000|
|Admissions Director||Sharon Gaudreau|
|Admissions Associate||Kate Canning|
|Endowment Size||$10 million|
|Total Sports Offered||7 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, TennisBasketball, Cross Country,|
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||13 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Ambassadors (Tour Guides), Harvard Model Congress, Literary Journal, Multicultural Club, Service Committee, Student Council, Yale Model UN, Yearbook
Arts and Music Programs:
Acabellas (girls a cappella), Acafellas (boys a cappella), Band, Jazz Band, Thespians
- With Williams' Core Values at the center, the School launched a new Strategic Plan in 2019 with a focus on educating students to be lifelong learners and active citizens in an everchaning word. Personal attention from faculty, academic challenge, outstanding opportunities in arts and athletics, and inclusivity are the cornerstones of the Williams experience. Students at The Williams School engage in a classical curriculum that values both the Humanities and STEAM. The Williams curriculum is writing and reading intensive with a strong emphasis on communication and critical thinking skills.
Profile last updated:
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Quaker Hill Grades: 3-12 | 42 students
78 Hunts Brook Rd
Quaker Hill, CT 06375
(860)442-9454 3.8 3-12
- New London Grades: K-8 | 159 students
25 Squire St
New London, CT 06320
(860)442-1720 2.2 K-8
- Stonington Grades: PK-9 | 198 students
89 Barnes Rd
Stonington, CT 06378
(860)535-0606 10.9 PK-9
- Uncasville Grades: 6-12 | 352 students
1593 Norwich New London Tpke
Uncasville, CT 06382
(860)848-1271 6.4 6-12
- Cheshire Grades: 9-12 | 344 students
10 Main St
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203)439-7250 42.2 9-12
The school promotes the best attributes your child. It gives them real opportunity to experience a variety of interests. They provide support when they struggle. The culture and expectations help them mature and gain confidence. The education portion is challenging and prepares them well for college. More importantly they create an environment encouraging good citizenship and concern for others. It has been a haven for my child. Lastly, it`s worth it. I am fortunate to have family assist with tuition. Even without it, I would make sacrifices to send my child to the Williams School. They are unique. No words can truly describe how they have impacted my son and his future.
- Posted by Parent - Winwin
Williams is a great school. I agree with the other poster that the odd stat on the acceptance rate is probably due to the big shift in size a couple of years ago. I know under-performing students who have been asked to leave so there are high academic standards. My child has been at Williams for 3 years and is thriving and heading for a great future. The best part, in my view, is the small size and attentiveness of the teachers. For an expensive private school, this place is not loaded with stuck up families, as were many of the other schools we considered. This fact was important to our family. We also like how much the community celebrates the successes of the students as individuals, including successes outside of school.
- Posted by Parent - sarah
My child has only good things to say about this nurturing environment. Changes in the past couple of years have brought changes to the administrative structure and balance of power, yielding illogical student policies. With a lot of attrition, there are many new teachers and it will take time to weed out the bad apples, but they will do it. There is a lot of homework, which is a double-edged sword. College will seam easy, I have been told by other parents. The Head of School and Assistant Head of school are both wonderful, normal people.
- Posted by Parent - mark.
This school is an academic model for all local schools. The students are challenged, assisted and cherished by the staff and administration. My child enjoys every aspect of this school. If you can make the sacrifice to send your child to Williams, do not hesitate. It is well worth it.
- Posted by Parent - Joann
I will never stop thanking my parents for sending me to Williams. It is an incredibly accepting environment, and the teachers honestly want to see their students succeed. The Williams School is not easy academically, but it has prepared me for college in every way possible.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - pease
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