About Us


In 1850 Frederick Gunn established a school based on the belief that strength of character was the goal of education. Today, The Gunnery rests on the four cornerstones of character: scholarship, integrity, respect and responsibility. Character is forged in a cohesive, diverse community informed by a challenging college preparatory curriculum, a broad range of athletic, artistic and social activities and a faculty of scholars and committed educators dedicated to the intellectual and ethical development of every student. A Gunnery graduate is a broadly educated, socially responsible citizen with tested beliefs, strength of character and the courage to act on convictions.

Core Academic Values

The Commons encompasses the values we as faculty hold in common across the curriculum and the skills and scholarly habits necessary for student success at The Gunnery and beyond.


Head of School:  Peter W.E. Becker, BA Religious Studies, University of Virginia; MA History, Yale University, appointed 2012.
Accreditation:  New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)


Enrollment:  306 students from 20 states and 16 countries in grades 9 - 12/PG
Boarding: 220 (72%)
Day: 86 (28%)
Legacies:  40 (13%); Of the 40, 21 (7%)  are siblings of Gunnery students or graduates


Average class size: 12
Academic Courses offered:  124
AP Courses offered:  19
Graduation Requirements:  18 credits
Unique Programs: LEADSGunn Scholar, IDEAS
 55 (30 men/25 women)
Advanced Degrees:  43 (60%)
Student/Teacher ratio:  6:1


Location:  Washington, Connecticut (Litchfield County); in proximity to New York City (90 miles), Hartford (41 miles), and Boston (142 miles)
Campus:  220 acres
Buildings:  31
Dorms: 10 (6 for boys / 4 for girls)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition:  $64,273 boarding / $45,747 day (2019-2020)
Financial Aid:   More than $5 million in financial aid awarded this year
Endowment:  $21 million

Clubs & Organizations

Interscholastic sports:  15
Interscholastic Teams:  35
Clubs and Organizations:  17
Prefects: 6
Residential Assistants:  32

School History

Founded:  1850 by Frederick W. Gunn
Colors:  Cardinal and Gray
Mascot:  The Highlander
Motto:  Vir bonus semper discipulus est - A good man (person) is always a student.

The Gunnery

gps address: 22 Kirby Road, Washington, CT 06793
mail address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793
tel: 860-868-7334
Contact Us
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.