The Williams School

  • 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.

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The Williams School places among the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Year Founded1891

Student Body

Total Students235 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade The Williams School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers31 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size11 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesActing: 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 score1193
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$12,000
Admissions DirectorSharon Gaudreau
Admissions AssociateKate Canning
Endowment Size$10 million


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, TennisBasketballCross 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

School Notes

  • 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. 

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Quaker Hill
    Waterford Country School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 3-12 | 42 students
    3.8 miles
    78 Hunts Brook Rd
    Quaker Hill, CT 06375
    (860) 442-9454
    3.8 3-12
  • New London
    St Joseph School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: K-8 | 128 students
    2.2 miles
    25 Squire St
    New London, CT 06320
    (860) 442-1720
    2.2 K-8
  • Stonington
    Grades: PK-9 | 181 students
    10.9 miles
    89 Barnes Rd
    Stonington, CT 06378
    (860) 535-0606
    10.9 PK-9
  • Uncasville
    St. Bernard School
    St. Bernard School Photo - Saint Bernard School XBSS leaders.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 6-12 | 352 students
    6.4 miles
    1593 Norwich New London Tpke
    Uncasville, CT 06382
    (860) 848-1271
    6.4 6-12
  • Cheshire
    Grades: 9-12 | 344 students
    42.2 miles
    10 Main St
    Cheshire, CT 06410
    (203) 439-7250
    42.2 9-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Connecticut is $17,579 for elementary schools and $34,479 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Connecticut is 68% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).