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Hoosac School

Hoosac School

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location type grades students int’l s-f ratio class SAT avg SSAT TOEFL
Hoosick, NY co-ed 8-12 PG 200 50% 6:1 9 1600 50% 70-80

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. Hoosick, a hamlet of 350 residents, is in the Hudson Valley near the borders of New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

Hoosac was founded as an Episcopal church school in 1889 by Dr. Edward Dudley Tibbits, on land owned by his family. There were 19 students enrolled at Hoosac that year, with VI Formers graduating in the Class of 1890. Dr. Tibbits possessed two core beliefs: that his school should strive to educate the whole student, academically, athletically, socially as well as spiritually, and that his school should remain of such a size that every student would receive full care and attention.


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.

 Special Highlights

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.”