The Rectory School

Pomfret, Connecticut, USA view map
Co-Ed, Non-Denominational

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Rectory, located on 138 picturesque acres in NE CT, is devoted to the total development of each student in a nurturing environment that celebrates the individual and helps each student discover his and her passion for learning. Our flexible curriculum, caring faculty, small classes, and extensive offerings in the arts and athletics serve students across a broad range of abilities. The linchpin is our Individualized Instruction Program (IIP), which can provide tutoring each academic day, whether for support or enrichment. Our performing and visual arts facilities, state-of-the art weight room, and remodeled houses for female boarders make the campus a vital, energetic place to be. Our signature program, March Experiential Learning Program (MELP) devotes a week in March to pursue education outside the classroom through creative, dynamic courses that include travel throughout the country. Our Monday Clubs and weekend activities add to the positive Rectory experience that keeps our students eager to learn and to build character. Since 1920 we have been making a difference in the lives of young people. We say it quite simply: Our students love it here!

528 Pomfret Street, P.O. Box 68, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA 06258

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Director of Admission: Mr. John Seaward
Admissions Phone:860-928-1328Fax:860-928-4961
Email: Website:

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

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We "R" Rectory!

Posted on September 14, 2010
Our traditional fall, all-school photo-and-video shoot proved to be another rousing success, thanks to the vision and direction of Mrs. Seaward. Dressed in black and orange t-shirts, everyone at Rectory was on hand to stand together with pride!

  • Founded: 1920
  • Campus Size: 138 acres
  • Grades Offered: kindergarten-9th
  • Accredited by: CAIS/CT
Student Body
Grades 5th-9th
Grades kindergarten-9th
Girls     43 46 89
Boys     98 67 165
Total     141 113 254

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $48,300
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $23,650
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 37.00%
  • Average Awarded: $18,520
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $8,344,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $32,850

Summary: Rectory recognizes that each student is unique and brings to our community individual interests, strengths, and goals. Since 1920 Rectory has merged the time-tested with the innovative, while thinking broadly and open-mindedly about what contributes to the optimal learning experience. Our programmatic offerings provide essential opportunities to develop critical academic and life skills, and our instructional approach leverages the power of technology as a teaching and learning tool. A focus on the individual assures that each student is challenged, encouraged, and supported. Our purpose is to develop in our students the confidence, competence, and character necessary for them to be successful, contributing, principled members of the many communities they will inhabit.

Department Director: Lisa Levesque

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 38

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 29.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Notable Achievements: Reaccreditation 2010, 1:1 Laptop Program, Tech Integration

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • Individualized Instruction
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Learning Differences Support
  • English Language Skills
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • Geography
Foreign Languages:
  • Spanish
  • Latin
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Introduction to Science, Life Science
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
Computer Studies:
  • Media Communications
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • History of Jazz
  • History of Music
  • Music Appreciation
  • Orchestra
  • Instrumental Music, History of Rock Music, Guitar
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Fine Arts, Band, Chorus, Orchestra
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Outdoor Education
  • Music, MELP, Leadership and Life Skills
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • 1:1 Laptop Program
    Tech Integration
    Individualized Instruction
AP Courses Available:

Summary: Living at Rectory is like being part of a campus-wide, extended family. Dorm parents and their "children" become like family working together to create a safe, productive, and nurturing environment. Each person must take ownership of his or her life, while receiving necessary support to accomplish goals. The bonds that are made on campus last a lifetime.

Department Director: Kerri Nagle

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 11

Average Students Per Dorm: 13

No. of Girls Dorms: 5

No. of Boys Dorms: 6

Dorm Amenities:
Wireless Internet 

Dress Code: Formal

Student Life

Summary: Life on Rectory's campus provides varied activities to keep students involved and happy. We offer a weekly activity time with a variety of fun clubs. Off campus trips include skiing, movies, bowling, roller skating, and sporting events. Our Director of Student Activities works with our students to provide activities that are fun for everyone!


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Pool

Clubs and Organizations

  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Fencing
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Photography
  • Snowboarding
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Summary: Rectory students are involved in the arts and athletics. Our performing and visual arts inspire creativity, while our sports program challenges all abilities from the novice to the seasoned athlete.

Arts Department Director: Donna Bessette

Athletics Department Director: Michael Healy

Notable Achievements: This winter we are offering Squash!

  • A Cappella Group
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Canoeing
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Snowboarding
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting

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

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: Summer@Rectory is ideal for prospective students to learn about Rectory, for new students to prepare for their fall enrollment, for returning students to reinforce their skills, and for any student to experience a rewarding and fun-filled summer. Our four-week program balances academics, athletics, fine and performing arts, and recreational activities. In the morning session, students refresh their academic knowledge and skills,learn study strategies, increase their English language proficiency, and explore new ideas through a variety of courses,including Individualized Instruction on a topic of their choice. The afternoon schedule features FOCUS sessions for learning outside the classroom, a workshop in musical theater, and our recreational program, Afternoons of Fun. Weekend plans involve exciting field trips and off-campus adventures. Summer@Rectory offers all the qualities that characterize the Rectory experience: a caring faculty, a welcoming community, a lovely campus, and an individualized approach to personal and academic growth.

Department Director: Colleen O'Neil


June 23, 2014 to July 18, 2014

Summer@Rectory’s 4-week program offers boys and girls from around the country and the world a recreational, educational, and exciting summer. Learn more about your adventure by exploring our website Allow this summer to be like no other by attending Summer@Rectory!

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2014
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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