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Loomis Chaffee School

School rating 4.1 / 5 by

4 Batchelder Road Windsor CT 06095 United States
Boarding
9th to PG
Day
9th to PG
Gender
Coed

Academic

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Loomis Chaffee has an incredible program that helped me emotionally and academically prepare for college. My average class size at eleven students, I attended class with as many as sixteen students and even one class with only eight other students. This small class size allowed me to grow as a person as well as meet my peers in depth. It was a unique opportunity to be able to express my opinion fully in class and be able to hear what everyone else thinks as well; in such small classes, there is no where to hide thereby ensuring that every person develops, expresses, and defends their opinion. My math and science experience has played a large role in my current college interests. The curriculum values understanding and applying the material which strives to give students an applicable knowledge, instead of valuing tedious memorization. The things I had to memorize were for the purpose of being able to apply them to further concepts. The humanities programs focused on not only learning and understanding material but also forming and expressing opinions on the subject material. One of Loomis's distinct strengths is the English program. I learned how to write so strongly my professors in my first English class of college constantly used my work as examples and even suggested to me considering changing my major. Through learning how to write many ways -interpretive, analytical, narrative, etc- I learned a lot about myself and feel very prepared for any writing or reading challenges in my future. I happened to chose to learn Latin as my language (despite never learning any in middle school) and I am very happy I did. The teachers and program are a highlight of my Loomis academic career. The teachers were incredibly caring and had such passion for the study and appreciation of the ancient language. While I am not pursuing any further study, I remember fondly my time in the Latin program.

College Counseling

When it was time to apply for college, I received another advisor from the program....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

Loomis Chaffee searches for passionate young individuals with a love for learning coupled with an....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

I believe Loomis had the best possible approach to discipline given the circumstances. They believe in second chances, because it understands that everyone makes mistakes. However, if a certain amount of misdemeanors and academic crimes have been committed, they then switch to a jury of peers as well as input from various teachers and faculty to decide how the student should be punished, varying from academic probation to expulsion. Loomis has diversity in both ethic and socio-economic backgrounds of students and faculty. I feel like I was exposed to a remarkable spectrum of people with different cultures, religions, economic backgrounds, resources,....

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