Cheshire Academy

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

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Cheshire Academy, founded in 1794, offers a stimulating college-preparatory program that strives at each level to help every student realize his or her potential. Offering advanced courses and supportive environments, our student-centered philosophy places the learner at the center of the educational process and promotes close connections between the students and adults who comprise our school community. Academic, artistic, and athletic programs share equal importance with character education.

10 Main Street, Cheshire, Connecticut, USA 06410

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Director of Admission: Scott Pottbecker
Admissions Phone:203-439-7250Fax:203-439-7601
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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CA Volleyball and Soccer Teams Advance in Tourneys

Posted on November 14, 2013
Boys varsity soccer had a huge 3-1 win over three-year undefeated South Kent yesterday in the CA Boys' Invitational Soccer Tournament semi-final game. Girls #1 volleyball (16-1) moves up from the class C quarterfinal game versus Chase Collegiate (8-11) with a 3-0 win yesterday (25-20, 25-16, 25-11).

Varsity Soccer Advances in CA Tourney; Sends Three to NEPSSA All-Star

Posted on November 13, 2013
Cheshire Academy advances in the Cheshire Academy invitational, defeating Marvelwood 4-1. Boys’ Varsity soccer had three players selected to play in the New England Prep School Soccer Association All-Star games.

  • Founded: 1794
  • Campus Size: 104 acres
  • Grades Offered: 8th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, CAIS/CT
Student Body
Grades 8th-post-grad
Grades 8th-post-grad
Girls     78 58 136
Boys     142 74 216
Total     220 132 352

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $49,800
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $34,900
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 30.00%
  • Average Awarded: $24,050
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 3.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $2,500
  • Current Endowment: $11,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Summary: Cheshire Academy is committed to meeting each student where they are on their educational journey and challenging them to maximize their potential for academic achievement, to become internationally minded and to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing world. Young men and women from around the world, with a variety of talents and abilities, enjoy an inclusive and individualized educational experience dedicated to their intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. This unique culture promotes understanding, engenders confidence and instills the values that enable Cheshire graduates to succeed in college and as contributing members of a global community.

Department Director: Julie Anderson

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 54

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 75.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 7/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 17

Notable Achievements: International Baccalaureate World School

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • International Baccalaureate
  • 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
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center
  • Math Lab
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • European History
  • Honors
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Physics
  • Zoology
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Web Design
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Theory
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Publications
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • European History
  • French Language
  • US Government & Politics
  • Music Theory
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • US History

Summary: The Office of Community Life encompasses programs and activities outside the classroom and off the playing field. It is the home of the Deans of Students, the International Student Coordinators, and the Director of Student Activities. Cheshire Academy is a vibrant community where learning occurs not only during the academic day but also in dorms, on the stage, in rehearsals and performances, during on and off campus events, in the evenings, and on the weekends. There are many Community Service opportunities, such as volunteer work at day care and senior centers, the Soup Kitchen in New Haven, and the Food Pantry in Cheshire. Dorm activities include food fests, dorm competitions, and restaurant and movie trips. The International Student Coordinators provide ongoing support and cultural experiences for our diverse group of students from around the globe. There is never a dull moment on the weekends. Activities are planned to entertain a wide variety of interests. Typical offerings include outdoor movies, cooking in the Student Center, intramural competitions, talent shows and recitals, paintball trips, cultural outings in New Haven and Hartford, bowling and ice skating, and even a Mystery Shuttle. Cheshire Academy is located just 20 minutes north of New Haven and 20 minutes south of Hartford, so a wide range of weekend activities — trips to local attractions, restaurants, and cultural events — are offered year-round. Popular past activities include: an indoor soccer tournament; trip to a local orchard and corn maze; a Moon Festival dinner; a multi-prep school dance and open gym events; shuttles to nearby malls; “under the lights” football games; NYC trips; open gym, fitness center, swimming pool, and weight room; off-campus “mystery trips”; outdoor movies and food on the quad; paint ball; Ropes Course Challenge; pep rallies; and on-campus performances.

Department Director: Marguerite Jenkins

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 5

No. of Girls Dorms: 3

No. of Boys Dorms: 2

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 
Laundry Facilities 

Dress Code: Other

Student Life

Summary: The student body at Cheshire Academy comprises both day and boarding students. Boarders account for approximately two thirds of our school, with domestic and international students residing in Horton Hall, Hurley Hall, Markin Hall, Motter Hall, and Von der Porten Hall. Each dormitory is a single-sex facility housing faculty apartments and daily supervision by trained Residential Life faculty and dorm affiliates. Student proctors and residential advisors serve as important liaisons between our students and Residential Life faculty throughout the year. At Cheshire, community life and education go hand in hand. Our Residential Life faculty and dorm affiliates can also be found instructing in classrooms, coaching on the fields, and hanging out in the dorms ready to offer a hand after school. In loco parentis, our Residential Life faculty offer both the wisdom of the classroom and all forms of TLC after the traditional school day ends — whether it’s hosting a movie night in a faculty apartment, baking brownies for an evening snack, or providing additional assistance with homework during evening study hall hours. Regularly scheduled dorm community programs take place on a weekly basis. Boarders have a chance to learn and chat about health and wellness issues, diversity and culture, and other important social topics — or sometimes just to share in a late night pizza, games, and good conversation.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor pool
  • Lighted Turf Multi-purpose field

Clubs and Organizations

  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Fencing
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Science Bowl
  • Sexualities Club
  • Snowboarding
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Summary: Our competitive athletics program offers more than 40 teams during three seasons of competitive team sports. Athletic facilities include a lighted turf field and track, challenging cross country course, outdoor Ropes Course, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, fencing room and multiple fields throughout the campus. The arts department offers a wide variety of fine & performing arts, ranging from drama, music and dance to ceramics, digital art and more.

Arts Department Director: Francois Poisson

Athletics Department Director: Brett Torrey

Notable Achievements: In Fall 2013, three Varsity teams are engaged in, post-season play. , Fall 2013 Production: "The Madwoman of Chaillot"

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Gospel Choir
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Digital Photography
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts
  • Snowboarding
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: A three-person, full-time college counseling team helps students in the selection of appropriate colleges and universities. More than 150 college representatives visit the campus each year to interview interested students.

Department Director: Joanne Letendre

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 99.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

New York University 8 graduates
Carnegie Mellon University 5 graduates
Dartmouth 2 graduates
University of California/Berkeley 2 graduates
University of Michigan 2 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 440 580
Mathematics 490 690
Writing 450 610

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: Starting this July, students from around the world will gather at Cheshire Academy to participate one of our four comprehensive summer experiences. Set in historic Cheshire, Connecticut, this 104-acre campus provides the ideal setting for academic enrichment and exciting extracurricular activities. Open to students entering grades 7-12 in fall 2014.

Department Director: Rich Ferraro '71

Academic & Project-Based Learning Camp

July 05, 2014 to August 02, 2014

Challenge yourself in one of our Accelerated Academic classes in the morning, like SAT Prep, math, science, or ELL. Then, test your creativity and problem-solving skills in the afternoon Project-Based Learning courses, like Crime Scene Investigation, Art, Ropes Course and more.

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2014
Tuition: $5,550
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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Scholar Athlete Basketball Camp

July 05, 2014 to August 02, 2014

In this two-part camp, student athletes will engage in challenging academics in the morning, choosing from courses like SAT Prep, ELL/TOEFL Prep, math, science and more. In the afternoon, they move to our Field House for an elite, highly competitive basketball program.

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2014
Tuition: $5,550
Financial Aid Available:  
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Entrepreneurial Bootcamp

July 05, 2014 to August 02, 2014

Budding business minds will spend their mornings immersed in this hands-on bootcamp, creating their own start-up businesses in just 4 weeks. Test your innovative thinking skills and take action. Then, spend the afternoon engaged in Project-Based Learning courses, like CSI, Art and more.

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2014
Tuition: $5,550
Financial Aid Available:  
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