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Loomis Chaffee School

School rating 4 / 5 by

4 Batchelder Road Windsor CT 06095 United States
9th to PG
9th to PG


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Loomis Chaffee offers a wide variety of courses in each field of study. They have specialized literature classes that one would expect to find at a university. Loomis has a very strong English department and it puts emphasis on developing student's writing skills and techniques. The writing tools they provide their students with are very helpful in college. Almost all of the classes have around 12 students and are focused on discussion with peers as a mode of learning and the teachers are very accessible and willing to give extra help. Also, there are different levels of most classes (regular, honors, AP, etc.)to suit students' strengths and weaknesses.

College Counseling

The college guidance office at Loomis Chaffee gets each student thinking about colleges toward the....

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 prides itself on its diversity, and therefore there is no one type of student....

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

Loomis is 60% boarding students and 40% day students. For the boarders, there are Dorm Heads and other faculty members on duty in the dorm at all times. There is a peer-advising system as well as faculty advising for each student. In addition, teachers are great mentors and look out for their students' best interests. There is, however, a noticeable divide between the boarders and the day students in some respects. I do not think this can be avoided anywhere day- and boarding-students are mixed because they are two very different lifestyles. I think the school's approach to discipline was....

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