Boarding Schools Hoosac School
Hoosac School, founded in 1889, is a coeducational, college preparatory school enrolling boarders and a few day students in Forms II-VI (Grades 8-12) and a postgraduate program. We strive to educate the whole student, academically, athletically, socially as well as spiritually. Our campus remains such a size that every student can receive full care and attention. Hoosick, a hamlet of 350 residents, is in the Hudson Valley near the borders of New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Albany and Troy are 45 minutes away, and Bennington and Williams colleges are within a 20-minute drive. Hoosac students have library privileges at the colleges and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and enjoy many cultural programs offered on these campuses.
Different students learn in different ways and at different rates. In our adherence to the principles of Mastery Teaching, our educational philosophy at Hoosac embraces a diversity of learning styles in our academic community. Because Mastery Teaching begins by identifying a student’s academic needs and then creates an academic experience that meets those needs, it is a method especially successful with students who have been academically labeled, students who have been overlooked in larger academic settings, and students who have yet to discover the academic success they can and should have.
Community Service. Placing importance in the values of community life, we seek to cultivate an attitude of thoughtfulness and courtesy. You learn to act for the well-being of others as well as for yourself. Your faculty adviser plays an important role in this growth. Advisers help determine your goals, guide your efforts to meet those goals and evaluate your progress.
Social Activities. Students take the initiative in publishing a yearbook, a newspaper, and a creative writing magazine. They stage plays and choral events and plan outings, dances, and other activities.
Top colleges attended by students
Boston College, Bowdoin College, Trinity College, University of Michigan, Purdue University, Syracuse University, Tulane University. Skidmore College, Pratt Institute, Reed College, New York University, Northeastern University, College of the Holy Cross, Concordia University, Cornell University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College
What the school looks for in students…
“When we have students apply, we definitely want to learn whether they are independent, driven, and self-motivated. On top of this, do they engage in extracurriculars? For instance, sports, clubs, music, dance, etc.”