Watkinson School

Founded in 1881, Watkinson School is Hartford's oldest independent school.
We serve approximately 225 students from over forty Connecticut towns in grades six through twelve, including The Academy at Watkinson a unique post graduate program.
Watkinson's mission is to develop in our students the power to shape their own lives and the world around them.
Watkinson's programs are as unique as the students we serve. Our Creative Arts, Exhibitions, Global Studies and Learning Skills Programs offer students an exceptional range of experiences - from guest speakers, to international travel, to memorable reflection to one-on-one coaching. You will not find programs like these anywhere else.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CT School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 232 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $42,000
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

Top Rankings

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

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences or Language-based / Dyslexia
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
232 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade
Watkinson School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(casual but neat and respectful)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Includes lunch and certain fees. Books are not included.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
John Crosson
Admissions Associate
Carol Martino



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
15 extracurriculars
Circus Arts, Fencing, Martial Arts, P.E.

Club or Organization:
Community Service, Culinary Arts, Dance, Environmental Club, Model United Nations, Video Production, Writing Club, Yoga

Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus, Orchestra, Theater

School Notes

  • A Hartford fixture since 1881, Watkinson`s mission is to develop in our students the power to shape their lives and the world around them.  Watkinson`s 40-acre campus is adjacent to the University of Hartford. Watkinson`s faculty includes 47 teachers, 27 of whom hold graduate degrees or above.  Our student to teacher ratio is 6:1 and the average class size is 14.  Our architecturally-rich campus features buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places plus an energy efficient Science and Global Citizenship Center, the first of its kind in New England. 
  • Watkinson is a lead school for the Coalition of Essential Schools (www.essentialschools.org), one of only 5 schools to be so honored. The Coalition's ten common Principles form the daily basis of an outstanding education. 
  • Watkinson is a mission-driven school. That means we plan our lessons, organize our curriculum, and build our buildings with one question in mind: how does this help our students develop the power to shape their lives and the world around them  By questioning assumptions, making connections, and applying new patterns in new ways, students find themselves becoming more than they ever imagined. Always, we help them ask: What kind of world can I create with this knowledge, these skills, this understanding of myself

School Reviews

The transition for my 11th grader to Watkinson has been fantastic. He continues to excel in the courses he is strong in, but now enjoys and is learning in those he previously struggled in. The atmosphere at Watkinson is only truly understood when you spend time on the campus - it is unlike any other private school and the only one that seems to intuitively understand the soft skills that will truly be critical for our children to navigate their future. My only wish is we had started soon. Its best summed up by my son who transitioned at a challenging time he said to his sister "sure i miss my friends - but I am doing so much better in school and am learning without being stressed."
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CT School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 232 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $42,000
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Hartford County, CT is $19,260 for elementary schools and $34,006 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Hartford County, CT is 63% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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