Middlesex School

Concord, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, Non-Denominational

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In 1901, Frederick Winsor founded Middlesex School in Concord, MA, as a non-denominational alternative to the church-affiliated boarding schools and academies in the Boston area. His founding mission statement lives on to this day: to find the promise in each student.

Today's Middlesex has 375 students, boarding and day, who come from over 30 states and 15 countries. Students pursue academic excellence in small classes that challenge their intellects and imaginations. Extraordinary facilities support superb, inclusive programs in arts and athletics. Need-based financial aid is awarded to over 30 percent of students.

In recent years, the school has had a Presidential Scholar, Intel Finalist, and numerous winners of national and regional academic, athletic, and artistic distinctions. Graduates are prepared for outstanding opportunities in college and beyond.

1400 Lowell Road, Concord, Massachusetts, USA 01742

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Director of Admission: Mr. Douglas C. Price
Admissions Phone:978-371-6524Fax:978-402-1400
Email: admissions@mxschool.edu Website: www.mxschool.edu

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $55
  • International Application Fee: $110
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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  • Founded: 1901
  • Campus Size: 350 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-12th
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     125 63 188
Boys     128 62 190
Total     253 125 378

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $52,300
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $41,800
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 28.00%
  • Average Awarded: $41,000

Summary: In its wide range of curricular offerings, from mathematics to the natural, physical, and social sciences to the humanities and the arts, Middlesex emphasizes the value of critical thinking as the cornerstone of effective learning. The School also recognizes the value of the ‘‘verbal classroom,’’ in which students are encouraged to join and take a leadership role in the lively classroom discussions.

Department Director: Karlyn McNall

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 62

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 74.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Number of AP Courses Offered: 22

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
Support Programs
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Writing Program
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Asian History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Ethics
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Physics
  • Biomedical Ethics, Forensics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Vector, Differential and Multi-Variable Calculus.
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Applied Math in computer science.
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • History of Jazz
  • History of Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Songwriting
  • Voice
  • Pop Music
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • History of Theater
  • Lighting Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Screenwriting
  • Sculpture
  • Silkscreen
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Television Production
  • Textiles
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
  • Woodworking
  • Mixed media, writers' bench
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science AB
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • US Government & Politics
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History

Summary: Residential life at Middlesex takes place in the nine dormitories on campus. Proctors, senior leaders selected by the faculty and students, live on each floor in order to be available for all students. Middlesex students enjoy vertical housing, in which all classes live together, allowing for role modeling by upperclassmen and greater integration among the classes. Seventy-five percent of rooms on campus are singles. Two to three faculty families live in every Middlesex house. The formal and informal interactions in the houses between students, faculty and families create an environment that promotes close personal relationships and balanced lives. Beyond the dormitories, the academic facilities, and the athletic center, the simple, dignified chapel provides the campus its stately center and a community meeting place. The dining hall includes a student center complete with snack bar, game rooms, and lounge area.

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 9

Average Students Per Dorm: 25

No. of Girls Dorms: 5

No. of Boys Dorms: 4

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Turf fields, boathouse,indoor and outdoor tennis

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Food Council
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Pep Club
  • Photography
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Science Bowl
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Theater
  • Yearbook
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans

Athletics Department Director: Joe Lang

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Chamber Choir
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Dance
  • Weight Lifting
  • Yoga

Summary: Beginning in the early fall of the junior year, two full-time Directors of College Counseling work closely with each student to help him or her make sound judgments about college interests at each step of the application process. The Directors meet frequently with parents as well as with students. More than 80 college representatives visit Middlesex to meet with students each fall. The mean scores on the SAT for Middlesex’s class of 2012 were 690 verbal, 690 math, and 700 writing. The top five choices for the class of 2012 (in alpha order): Boston College (7) Columbia University (3), Harvard College (3), Princeton University (3), and the University of Virginia (5).

Department Director: Mathew DeGreeff

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

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

Notable Alumni

Steve Carrell (Class of 1980) television and movie actor

William Hurt (Class of 1968) Academy Award-winning actor

Joseph Kahn (Class of 1983) Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Henry Cabot Lodge Jr (Class of ) former US Senator from Massachusetts

Bill Richardson (Class of 1966) Governor of New Mexico and former Presidential candidate

Cass Sunstein (Class of 1972) Head of Obama's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

William Weld (Class of 1962) former Governor of Massachusetts

Kevin Systrom (Class of 2002) founder of Instagram

Quotes from Alumni

"I learned that it is important to branch out rather than narrow down- because with more experience and perspective, the more sucessful you can be in whatever you do."

-Emma, Class of ,


"My teacher never allowed me to settle for mediocrity and continued to push me until the essay turned out to be the best i had ever written."

-John Henry, Class of ,


"I can be myself and do whatever I want because here, everyine has a geeky, musical, sporty, artsy side."

-Cici, Class of ,