By Laura Busk

Connecticut is fortunate to have an abundance of boarding schools to choose from. In fact the state boasts two of the top 10 boarding schools in the country.

Here are the top 5 five boarding schools in Connecticut according to

Choate Rosemary Hall

Choate Rosemary Hall is an elite, private, boarding school located in Wallingford, CT. It has 859 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 5 to 1. Rosemary Hall, a school for girls, was founded in 1890 by Mary Atwater Choate. In 1896 Mary’s husband, Judge William G. Choate, established The Choate School for boys on the same family property in Wallingford. In 1900, Rosemary Hall moved its campus to Greenwich and another 70 years would pass before Rosemary Hall “came home” to Wallingford. After the merger in 1974, the combined school built on the strengths of its common roots and shared purpose, inspiring excellence for future generations of students. 

The Hotchkiss School

The Hotchkiss School is an independent boarding school located in Lakeville, Connecticut. Founded in 1891, the school provides an education of academic distinction to 613 students in grades 9 through 12, and to a small number of postgraduates. Students at Hotchkiss come from across the United States and around the world. Graduates attend many of the most selective universities and colleges.

Kent School

Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Kent Connecticut, Kent School offers over 100 years of tradition and innovation. The unique community and culture are guided by the steadfast belief in impassioned, enthusiastic participation - the idea of eagerly embracing every opportunity and cultivating the courage not only to try new things but to create new ways to grow and learn. With 27 AP courses to challenge, 56 clubs and organizations to explore, and 14 sports in which to compete, every student finds their own path to the best version of themselves.

The Taft School

The Taft School is located in Watertown, CT. It has 598 students. When Mr. Taft established The Taft School in 1890, he envisioned it as a place that would educate the "whole person." That vision remains the guiding principle of the school today. It steers everything that the school does. Education at Taft is personal, moral, and ethical, as well as academic.

Taft's culture is inseparable from its mission, and the community is fundamentally shaped by a belief in helping young people become lifelong learners, thoughtful world citizens and caring people. Taft believes in academic rigor and delivers it with heart.

The Loomis Chaffee School

The Loomis Chaffee School is located on a 300-acre campus in Windsor, Connecticut. Chartered in 1874 by five siblings whose children all died tragically and who then selflessly determined to found a school as a gift to the children of others, Loomis provides our students with the best education — an education in which excellence in teaching and learning is shaped by the why, as much as the what, and every member of the community shares a commitment to their best self and the common good. It has 690 students in grade 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

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