The Frederick Gunn School

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The Gunnery School

The Frederick Gunn School

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location type grades students int’l. s-f ratio class SSAT SAT-avg TOEFL
Washington, CT co-ed 9-12 320 20% 6:1 12 Yes 1320 90

The Gunnery is a co-educational boarding and day prep school for nearly 300 students in grades nine through twelve. The 220-acre campus borders the village green of Washington, Connecticut, a small, historic town in the Litchfield Hills. The Gunnery has no religious or military affiliations.

The Gunnery was founded in 1850 by Frederick W. Gunn, a teacher, abolitionist, and father of recreational camping in America. The basic mission of The Gunnery is to promote the four cornerstones on which character is built: scholarship, integrity, respect and responsibility.

There are nine dormitories on campus that house from 12 to 48 students each. In most cases, students are grouped by class. Each dormitory consists primarily of single and double student rooms, but also houses faculty members and their families. 85 percent of the faculty lives on campus.


The Gunnery’s academic curriculum emphasizes the liberal arts; Advanced Placement courses and many electives are offered in all disciplines. Classes average 14 students in size and provide a seminar atmosphere, allowing for maximum student-teacher interaction.

 Special Highlights

Senior Seminar Program. The Senior Seminar program has been developed with several objectives in mind. By introducing a student to the lecture/seminar format, and by increasing the amount of independent and group work the students do in as well as out of class, the seminar program seeks to place significant responsibility for the course work on the students.

Visual Arts. The visual arts program at The Gunnery offers a wide range of high quality experiences to the interested student. For highly motivated junior and senior art students we offer Intensive Art Studio, which presents students with a unique opportunity to develop a portfolio for art school and to acquire knowledge of the professional art world and careers in the visual arts.

 Top colleges attended by students

Boston University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Northeastern University, United States Naval Academy, University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont

 What the school looks for in students…

“Our school is looking for motivated, interesting, and interested students who are willing to take risks. With Chinese applicants, we want well-rounded students who are not just strong in Math and Science; athletes, artists, musicians are all welcome.”