The Forman School

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

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A Forman education is based on the knowledge that students learn differently. An average class size of 6 and student-faculty ratio of 3:1 makes it possible to prepare each student for college and beyond. Forman's teachers and learning specialists are guided by the study of attention, memory, language development, and higher order cognition. Forman seeks to provide an optimal learning environment for each individual student and in doing so, utilizes a variety of instructional methods.

All students work daily with a learning specialist to receive direct, strategic instruction– as opposed to content tutoring– in reading, writing, and study skills. Strategic instruction encompasses sentence, paragraph, and essay structure; vocabulary building, decoding, and reading comprehension; memorization, test taking, and note taking; and time management, materials organization, and assignment completion. In addition, content tutoring is available during the evening study hall hours.

Our extensive visual/performing arts programs, as well as competitive athletic offerings, give our students an opportunity to explore new and existing areas of interest. Hands-on, experiential learning remains the most significant and memorable aspect of a student’s Forman experience.

Forman offers a summer program for students entering grades 7-11. Visit: for details.

12 Norfolk Road, P.O. Box 80, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA 06759

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Director of Admission: Sara Lynn Leavenworth
Admissions Phone:860-567-1802Fax:860-567-3501
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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Forman School Offers Summer Program

Posted on January 27, 2014
Forman is offering a summer program for bright students with learning differences entering grades 7-11. Morning classes develop learning strategies. For more information, visit

Psychologist joins Forman Institute for Cognition and Learning

Posted on January 27, 2014
The School now offers psycho-educational testing for students as they prepare to apply to college. LD students seeking accommodations in college need to have been tested within three years of their application.

  • Founded: 1930
  • Campus Size: 125 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, CAIS/CT
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     53 13 66
Boys     111 19 130
Total     164 32 196

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $66,100
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $54,000
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 19.00%
  • Average Awarded: $30,000
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 1.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $15,000
  • Current Endowment: $6,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $30,797

Summary: The academic program at Forman School offers a college preparatory curriculum supported by a full-service learning center. Our goal is to provide an optimal learning experience for our students. To do this, we focus on “learning how to learn.” This begins with a faculty that fully understands the different ways our students learn. This common understanding of our learners is reflected in all aspects of our academic program. In the classroom, teachers emphasize the requisite skills needed to grasp the lesson. Learning strategies and tools developed and perfected by students working with their learning strategist are then applied in the classroom. Courses are organized so that information is presented in discrete, manageable units. Teachers select appropriate content routines for each class and connect new information to previously learned information. The use of tools specifically created for and tested with students who learn differently improves success in the classroom. Forman offers a wide array of courses in the traditional academic disciplines including English, mathematics, science, history, language and the arts. There are also numerous opportunities to pursue particular or special areas of interest.

Department Director: Jamie Dwan

Average Class Size: 8

Full Time Teachers: 56

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 60.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 3:1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 2

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • Post Graduate Year
  • Winterim Program
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Center
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Classics
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Thinking & Writing
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Spanish
  • American Sign Language
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Physics
  • Forensic Science
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
Computer Studies:
  • Band
  • Composition
  • History of Jazz
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Theory
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • History of Theater
  • Lighting Design
  • Metal
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Public Speaking
  • Screenwriting
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
  • Weaving
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Winterim Program
    The Rain Forest Project
    Strategies Instruction
    The College Transitions Program
AP Courses Available:

Summary: The classroom is only one part of the Forman experience. Community Life involves the non-academic parts of the Forman program including dorm life, cultural events, social activities and a community curriculum that teaches various life skills. The Forman program places great emphasis on the opportunities for growth outside the classroom and off the athletic fields. These are also the times when meaningful personal relationships can develop. The goal of the Community Life Program is to provide experiences that contribute to the five core values of the school: character, commitment, community, involvement and excellence.

Department Director: Francey Fenton

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 10

Average Students Per Dorm: 13

No. of Girls Dorms: 3

No. of Boys Dorms: 7

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Formal

Student Life

Summary: Forman students can take advantage of a variety of opportunities to pursue personal interests. These can involve clubs, the performing arts, including theater and music, community service and special projects. Students can even propose their own ideas and work with other students and faculty to make it happen. For instance, a group of students wanted to start a cooking club and under the direction of a knowledgeable faculty member, Forman now has a Chef's Club. Thus, students can pursue and develop new interests while building self-confidence and expanding their experiences.


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Ropes Course, Indoor Skateboard Course, River

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Food Council
  • Gardening
  • Model UN
  • Photography
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Weightlifting
  • Woodworking Club
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • 25 Student-Run clubs

Summary: THE ARTS play a vital role in student life at Forman. At the Johnson Art Center, one can find a design class in progress, a band rehearsing, the Forman Ensemble Players preparing for a new show, students editing video projects, or an artist hanging a new exhibit in the gallery. The Art Center houses three floors of creative resources, with three visual art studios, a darkroom with eight enlarging stations, a video editing room, two music studios, a 250 seat auditorium with a full stage and the Risley Gallery, which hosts student and professional art exhibits. Students and faculty produce three theatrical productions each year, along with a number of coffeehouse events and talent shows. ATHLETICS works to instill involvement in interscholastic sports and in non-competitive sports as well. Success for our kids comes through learning commitment and believing in themselves. They learn how to handle the highs and lows of winning and losing. Required involvement in a competitive team or recreational sport works in conjunction with academic achievement and social well being to create a well-rounded individual. This balance of academic, social, and athletic pursuits is what makes the Forman student complete.

Arts Department Director: Robert Kwalick

Athletics Department Director: Scott McCarty

  • A Cappella Group
  • Dance
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Weight Lifting
  • Yoga

Summary: The Forman School College Counseling Center provides a comprehensive program of services to help our students navigate the transition to college. Professionally trained college counselors work in a partnership with students and their parents. In the College Counseling program, the unique needs of our students are addressed through coursework and individualized counseling. We provide a great deal of time with each student to help them discover their future path. Beginning in the Junior year, students enroll in a Perspectives on Learning I course, where they begin their work on self determination, high stakes test preparation and advanced skills development. This course continues into the Senior year, Perspectives on Learning II, where students work to generalize what they have learned to the college setting. This work includes listening to college lectures, the effective use of college texts, accessing accommodations and the use of advanced technologies. Students also have the opportunity to visit a college class to gain real life experience.

Department Director: Meredith Morse

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates: 56 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

Summary: Forman offers a summer program (7/7-8/2/14) for students entering grades 7-11. Boarding and day options are available.

Department Director: Betsy Bartlett