The Gunnery values individuals and their ideas. As a student here you will join generations of alumni before you who have learned to be curious, to question, to debate, reflect, and share what they know.
Small classes are the norm here, which means that your contributions will be expected and welcomed. A comprehensive curriculum, with many courses to choose from, helps you master different subjects and become confident articulating your ideas in spoken and written form. We take academics seriously at The Gunnery. We also know how satisfying it is to make new discoveries. The two go hand-in-hand.
Teachers at The Gunnery are passionate about their subjects and love what they do. You will get to know them as your instructors, advisors, mentors, coaches, and dorm parents. Their guidance and encouragement will help you reach beyond your expectations. Each Gunnery student has a personalized team of faculty members dedicated to guiding your academic progress and providing the support you need.
In the Gunnery LEADS Program students develop the life learning and leadership skills needed to be active and responsible citizens, both locally and globally.
Intensive Focus of Scholar Strands
These academic strands encourage students to follow their intellectual passion through an intensive focus on a field of choice (STEAM, Entrepreneurship, Humanities, Language & Cultures)
Independent Study and Capstone Project
Students may submit proposals and earn credit for independent study, both on and off campus. The Senior Spring Capstone is one example.
One or two seniors are selected to pursue year-long original research in The Gunnery archives through the Gunn Scholar Program.
Courses beyond AP
Operations Research, a post AP Calculus class that allows for greater creativity and collaboration in Math; Independent work beyond AP Physics C and the opportunity to do high level independent work in any department.
Our trips take students to the nearby cities of Hartford and New Haven as well as New York and Boston to see plays and shows, visit museums, tour the Stock Exchange and more. Classes also take advantage of local resources, such as the Steep Rock preserve, Lake Waramaug and the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy to enrich the curriculum.
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.