Rumsey Hall School

Washington Depot, Connecticut, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Rumsey Hall is well-known for challenging its students in a supportive, nurturing environment. The campus features excellent facilities in a beautiful, natural setting. A new math center, science center, and computer lab enhance the academic program. The school's philosophy embraces a whole-child approach to teaching. The teachers work closely with students during their dynamic middle school years to create a positive sense of community. Rumsey Hall's program stresses effort as the key to success. The school is distinguished by its strong family atmosphere and lively spirit.

201 Romford Road, Washington Depot, Connecticut, USA 06794

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Director of Admission: Matthew Hoeniger
Admissions Phone:860-868-0535Fax:860-868-7907
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $100
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: No

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  • Founded: 1900
  • Campus Size: 147 acres
  • Grades Offered: kindergarten-9th
  • Accredited by: CAIS/CT
Student Body
Grades 6th-9th
Grades kindergarten-9th
Girls     53 83 136
Boys     83 106 189
Total     136 189 325

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $49,485
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $23,370
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 15.00%
  • Average Awarded: $16,000
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $9,500,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Department Director: Brooke Giese

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 58

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 50.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 5/1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 2

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
Support Programs
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Technology Center
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories
  • Asian History
  • European History
  • United States History
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Physical Science
  • Algebra
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Algebra
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Science
  • Choral Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music History
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Pottery
  • Public Speaking
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • English Literature
  • Algebra

Summary: Rumsey’s Dorm Life Program helps the School fulfill its mission of educating the whole child. The program is constantly evolving, formulated by the combined efforts of the Director of Residential Life, the Faculty Dorm Heads, the Coordinator of Girls’ and Women’s Issues and the Student Dorm Council. These groups meet throughout the year to plan dorm activities and to discuss dorm issues. The goals of the Dorm Life Program include teaching community living skills, developing conflict resolution skills, promoting health and wellness, teaching an awareness of the conservation of energy, and developing a sense of dorm spirit. One of the highlights for the students is “Dorm Nights” which are scheduled every other week throughout the year. Dorm Night activities include intramural competition in volleyball, basketball, broomball, and climbing wall. There is also a talent show, an air band contest, spelling and math competitions, and a chess tournament. The results of these activities are recorded throughout the year. The program culminates when the coveted “Dorm Cups” are awarded to the winners of the upper and lower divisions at the end of the year. Holiday celebrations and birthday/pizza parties enhance the family atmosphere in the dormitories.

Department Director: Rick Spooner

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 8

Average Students Per Dorm: 12

No. of Girls Dorms: 3

No. of Boys Dorms: 5

Dorm Amenities:
Wireless Internet 

Dress Code: Formal

Student Life


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Hockey Rink Indoor/Outdoor Tennis Rowing Tanks

Clubs and Organizations

  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Computer Club
  • Model UN
  • Student Government
  • Yearbook

Summary: Rumsey Hall’s Athletic Program is based on a philosophy of honor through effort with hard work and steady effort resulting in a long tradition of success. Every student is required to participate in each of the three sports’ seasons. The program offers competitive and non-competitive sports that begin in III Form (5th Grade) through VII Form (9thGrade) with several levels of teams to accommodate varying levels of skill. The close relationships that develop between coaches and players are a special part of Rumsey Athletics, contributing to the Rumsey Spirit of the Blue Dog Teams.

Athletics Department Director: Jay Pryzgocki

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Drama Club
  • Improvisation Group
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Snowboarding
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee

College Information

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

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

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Summary: Special emphasis is placed on English, mathematics, study skills, and computer skills. Normal class size ranges from 6 to 10 students with individual attention and help available. Students who need support in Language Skills or developmental reading work daily with trained specialists. English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered to international students. Rumsey Hall students have access to state-of-the-art personal computers and software. Each classroom is equipped with at least one station, and there are three computer labs available. All terminals are linked to a school-wide information system, and students have appropriate access to the Internet. Each student has an e-mail address for easy communication with home and friends. The close relationship between teachers and students is a special part of the Rumsey Hall summer experience. Opportunities for support and encouragement are abundant, and renewed or enhanced self-confidence is often the most outstanding product of a summer at Rumsey. Most students have roommates, and life in a dormitory teaches valuable lessons about getting along with others and being a contributing member of a community. All meals are family-style, with faculty members and their families in attendance. Report cards are mailed at midterm and at the end of the Summer Session. Written reports, which include grades for each subject and descriptive teacher comments, are provided at the end of the session. Each student is discussed individually at weekly faculty meetings to be sure appropriate progress is taking place. Parental input is encouraged. Great emphasis is placed on providing a variety of recreational and enrichment activities to ensure a balanced, happy and productive Summer Session. Each afternoon students select from a host of activities such as swimming, hiking, tennis, fishing, horseback riding, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and basketball. Off-campus trips to museums, cultural and athletic events are included.

Department Director: Doug Kolpak