By Laura Busk

While young men and boys can and do excel in many types of educational institutions, schools for boys focus intentionally on learning that addresses not only how to excel in academics but also how to grow into a young man of integrity and empathy.

In single-sex environments, students explore their values and establish a foundation for making responsible decisions as they step out of their comfort zone to explore their full potential.

Here are the top five all boys private schools in Connecticut according to

Brunswick School

Brunswick, located in Greenwich, is a college-preparatory day school for boys of genuine potential and differing backgrounds in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Despite dramatic change during the course of its 112-year history, Brunswick has dedicated itself to staying true to its founding goals and intent: “Ably and generously preparing boys for life.” Brunswick’s academic programs seek to challenge each boy to fulfill his unique potential and to develop the creative and independent qualities of mind necessary for intellectual maturity and self-confidence. Brunswick believes complete education must include lessons that take place outside the classroom. Through athletics, arts, and service to the community, every student is encouraged to develop his talents to the fullest and to understand his obligation to share them generously.

Avon Old Farms

Founded in 1927, Avon Old Farms Connecticut boarding school for boys is the creation of Theodate Pope Riddle, one of Connecticut’s first licensed female architects.

Avon Old Farms' motto Aspirando et Perseverando, to aspire and to persevere, embodies Theodate Pope Riddle's life of grit and determination. Desire for excellence in life, and her strength to pursue her dreams regardless of what society told her, continue to thrive at Avon Old Farms. The lessons learned in the Village of Old Farms are forged through shared experiences with faculty and brothers. They are lessons that endure and are built within the foundations of the core values of brotherhood, scholarship, integrity and sportsmanship

Salisbury School

The Salisbury School is an all-boys private college preparatory boarding school founded in 1901 and located in Salisbury.

Salisbury was founded to instill a vibrant enthusiasm for learning and the self-confidence needed for intellectual, physical, moral and spiritual development. Though Salisbury is a non-denominational school open to boys of all belief systems, spiritual exploration is one of the core traditions.

Built on essential core values, the School's unique culture promotes brotherhood, creativity, empathy, humility, integrity, leadership and respect.  Salisbury graduates are men of character and promise who are prepared to meet the challenges of college and adulthood and to make a difference in an entrepreneurial, technological and cosmopolitan world.

Fairfield College Preparatory School

Fairfield College Preparatory School is a Jesuit Catholic School of excellence forming young men of intellectual competence, who possess the conscience to make wise decisions, a compassion for others, and a commitment to justice in our global society.

Fairfield College Preparatory School strives to be a reflective community of faith, in which students revere their relationship with God and with one another. Prep is committed to graduating transformational leaders who will respond to global and ecological challenges in an interconnected world marked by profound change.

South Kent School

South Kent School, established in 1923, is a college preparatory school for boys in grades 9 through 12 nestled in the hills of picturesque northwestern Connecticut.

South Kent develops young men who can evolve and adapt, be globally competitive and prepared to meet the challenges posed by a changing natural environment. The time at South Kent prepares students for success at each point in their lives.

Employers want leaders with broad skills who can think for themselves and solve problems in whatever form they take. Thus, a school entrusted with preparing tomorrow’s global leaders must offer more than a rigorous academic program. Leadership in the evolving global economy requires the ability to recognize and adapt to change, the flexibility to adopt new technologies, insight into relationships with other people and cultures, creative problem solving within environmental constraints, and a sound mind and body.  Three principles define the School: simplicity of life, self-reliance, and directness of purpose.

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