Indian Mountain School

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Indian Mountain School

Indian Mountain School

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location type grades students board int’l. s-f ratio class SSAT TOEFL
Lakeville, CT Co-ed 5-9 300 35% 25% 4:1 12 Not req Yes

Indian Mountain School provides a traditional education for boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through grade nine in a boarding and day environment. We promote moral growth and personal academic excellence in a setting that fosters a respect for learning, the environment, and each other.

Ever since the first headmaster Francis Riggs welcomed eight young boys to Indian Mountain School in 1922, the ideals of honesty, compassion, respect, and service have served as a foundation for the school. Today, Indian Mountain continues to provide structure and support in a child-centered environment that exposes students to a wealth of opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.

What sets our school apart is that words like respect and character are not just terms we define, they are qualities by which we all live and work. We understand the value of a traditional education and, at the same time, embrace innovation and new technologies that will prepare our students for the ever-changing world.


We guide and challenge students through balanced elementary and middle school scholastic, athletic, and arts curricula, combining instruction and coaching with a system of personal support. We involve students in our Adventure Education and community service programs, which tie into the spirit of IMS. We help our students gain confidence in their own innate abilities and develop the necessary academic and personal skills to be successful in secondary education.

 Special Highlights

School Riding Program. Adventure Education is an exhilarating and dynamic part of the Indian Mountain School experience that takes advantage of the natural resources and beauty of our 600-acre campus. Children in pre-kindergarten through grade four begin on the climbing wall at the lower campus and graduate to more challenging wilderness experiences on the Upper Campus. Low and high ropes course elements, camping and hiking in the wilderness, and rock climbing for students in grades five through nine provide group and individual challenges that often place students in situations that they have never encountered before.

Celebrating Diversity. Each year, the committee organizes a school-wide Diversity Day that encompasses workshops, speakers, musical performances, films, and fairs. The mission of the group is to heighten awareness of different groups of people, to stop stereotypical comments, to move toward acceptance of others, to make IMS a safe and comfortable environment, to create opportunities for safe dialogue, and, finally, to open minds to new experiences.

 Top high schools attended by students

Avon Old Farms School, American Hebrew Academy, Berkshire School, Blair Academy, Brooks School, Canterbury School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, Emma Willard, Ethel Walker School, Forman School, Hebron Academy, Holderness School, The Hotchkiss School, Kent School, Lawrenceville School, The Loomis Chaffee School, Master’s School, Middlesex School, Millbrook School, Miss Hall’s School, Miss Porter’s School, Northfield Mount Hermon, Phillips Exeter Academy, Putney School, Salisbury School, St. George’s School, St. James School, St. Mark’s School, St. Paul’s School, Suffield Academy, Taft School, Vermont Academy, Westminster School, Williston Northampton School

 What the school looks for in students…

“What we most look for in new students is an open curiosity to try new things. Between our strong academic program, our world class music program, and our athletics program, our students have countless opportunities.”