The Marvelwood School

Kent, Connecticut, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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A Marvelwood education is characterized by intensive personal attention to the individual student. We are passionate in our efforts to nurture academic and personal growth in an environment in which each child is known, valued, and treated with respect. Our experienced and dedicated faculty delivers a superior educational program attuned to individual strengths and weaknesses. In every way, the structure of the School is thoughtfully designed to support college-bound students in their efforts to achieve positive intellectual, social, personal, and moral growth.

476 Skiff Mountain Road, P. O. Box 3001, Kent, Connecticut, USA 06757

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Director of Admission: Katherine Almquist
Admissions Phone:860-927-0047 ext.1005Toll-Free Admissions:800-440-9107Fax:860-927-0021
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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  • Founded: 1956
  • Campus Size: 83 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: CAIS/CT, NEASC
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     55 6 61
Boys     91 8 99
Total     146 14 160

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $50,250
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $32,750
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 25.00%
  • Average Awarded: $25,000
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 1.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $50,000
  • Current Endowment: $1,900,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Summary: At Marvelwood, we have long delivered an academic program that we feel every school should strive to emulate: one that is customized to each student's interests and needs, one that is intentionally challenging and appropriately nurturing, one that is sensitive to and accommodating of learning differences. The academic program is geared to providing a strong preparation for college and laying the foundation for a lifetime of curiosity, inquiry and learning. We continually adjust our curricula with an eye to providing the most engaging and stimulating academic program possible.

Department Director: Glenn Sanchez

Average Class Size: 10

Full Time Teachers: 47

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 40.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 4:1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Number of AP Courses Offered: 8

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Center
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • SAT Prep
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • English Language Learning
  • Asian History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Geography
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Animal Behavior
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Health
  • Marine Biology
  • Oceanography
  • Ornithology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • First Aid
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • PreAlgebra, Applications of Algebra
Computer Studies:
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • History of Jazz
  • History of Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Songwriting
  • Voice
  • Building a Band, The Broadway Musical
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fiber Arts
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Public Speaking
  • Publications
  • Theater Design
  • Mechanical Design
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Microeconomics
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • Statistics
  • US History

Summary: Marvelwood is small enough for everybody to know everybody else. That also means that every person plays an important role in the life of the school. Students can find roles they are comfortable in as well as responsibilities that challenge them. They learn who they really are, and how easily that identity can be expanded, through a wide variety of opportunities and a deep sense of belonging. Marvelwood is an intimate commuity that celebrates each student's individuality while constantly reinforcing the warmth and security of a family-like atmosphere.

Department Director: Misty Dawn Jordan

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 5

Average Students Per Dorm: 35

No. of Girls Dorms: 2

No. of Boys Dorms: 3

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Formal

Student Life

Summary: Marvelwood is exceptionally proud of its diversity; our student body is made up of young people from all over the world, with different cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. Students live and work with people from all over the world. In getting to know others and their many differences, they also discover how much they have in common. We encourage our students to learn from each others' experiences and beliefs in order to build a common and evolving school character.


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Dance studio

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Community Service
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Theater
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Book Club, Scrabble Club, Peer Mediation Program,

Arts Department Director: Eunyoung DiGiacomo

Athletics Department Director: Dana Mason

  • A Cappella Group
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Theater
  • Pit Orchestra
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Weight Lifting
  • Yoga

Summary: College counselors at Marvelwood help a student identify schools that will meet his or her needs academically and provide an appropriate environment for continuing personal and intellectual growth. We do not, however, pick schools “out of the air.” We are in the business of enabling students to see a match, and then aiding them in making that match with colleges throughout the application process. We visit college campuses, attend professional conferences and workshops, and host between 30-40 college representatives on campus each fall. We offer informed advice to students and their parents at every stage in the transition from Skiff Mountain to the future, and we value the relationships we establish with families in the course of our counseling efforts.

Department Director: William Bingham

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 97.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Brown 1 graduates
New York University 2 graduates
Curry 4 graduates
Cornell 1 graduates
Syracuse 4 graduates
Michigan state 5 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

The impact of Marvelwood's phenomenal teachers extends well beyond classroom lessons, and the relationships forged between students and faculty continue long after the graduation bell is rung.”

-Lori Pelech, Class of 1999, earned degrees from Skidmore College and King's College at the University of London



Summary: The Academic and Leadership Program recognizes that each student walks a unique path towards success, one that is not always easily recognized in traditional teaching environments. Small classes, an experienced faculty, and a dedication to each student’s individual success distinguish the Academic and Leadership Program and provide a solid foundation for academic and personal success.

Department Director: Sanchez Glenn

Academic and Leadership Program

July 01, 2014 to August 01, 2014

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2014
Tuition: $5,000
Financial Aid Available:  No
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Registration Deadline: N/A
Financial Aid Available:  No
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