Groton School

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Groton School

Groton School

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location type grades students int’l. s-f ratio class SSAT SAT-avg TOEFL
Groton, MA co-ed 8-12 380 9% 4:1 11 90% 1420 100

Groton is a diverse and intimate community that might best be described by the School’s concept of “A Circle, Open.” The school campus has long been referred to as “The Circle” because the Chapel, the Schoolhouse, the dining hall, and the dorms all face one another across a circular field, reinforcing the sense of community here. Yet the Circle is open, both literally and figuratively—it opens to vistas of the Wachusett and Monadnock mountains, and it opens to people from anywhere and everywhere.

Groton School is a diverse and intimate community devoted to inspiring lives of character, learning, leadership, and service. On the Groton School campus, many key buildings border the Circle, including St. John’s Chapel, the Schoolhouse, Brooks and Hundred House Dormitories, the McCormick Library (60,000 volumes), the Campbell Performing Arts Center, the Dining Hall, the Dillon Art Center, and the De Menil Gallery. Other facilities include the Alumni House, the Athletic and Recreation Center, the Pratt and O’Brien Rinks and Tennis Center, the Bingham Boathouse, and many faculty homes.


Groton students are talented, and the size of the community permits development in a variety of activities. The football player, like the musician or hockey player or service activist, is not only permitted to participate in other fields, he is encouraged to do so. Groton insists on the development of the whole student, not specialization. The Groton curriculum is designed to prepare students for “lives of character, learning, leadership, and service” by encouraging breadth of intellectual exposure and depth of study.

 Special Highlights

Arts. The visual and performing arts programs at Groton provide students with opportunities to discover their talents, to acquire skills necessary for artistic expression, and to develop an understanding and appreciation of the arts. Drawing a landscape, directing a play, and building a mahogany table are as intrinsic to the arts program as critiquing a photograph, practicing a cello sonata, acting in a play, or singing a major choral work.

Circle Voice. The Circle Voice is Groton School’s student newspaper. Published bi-weekly, the newspaper is divided into five sections: Opinions, News and Features, Arts, Sports, and Humor. It is available in print to everyone on campus and posted on the school website. The Circle Voice welcomes and solicits articles and letters to the editor from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends of the school.

 Top colleges attended by students

Harvard University, Georgetown, Stanford University, St. Andrew’s, Northwestern, University of Virginia, Tufts, Trinity, Yale University, Williams

 What the school looks for in students…

“Groton seeks highly motivated students of great promise. We are especially interested in people who are inclined to be of service to others.”