Admissions

Meet our Head Tour Guides

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • 1. Zach

    Zach is from Laurel Hollow, New York and is a boarding student in Gunn dorm. His fall co-curricular was soccer and he will be doing X-term this winter. Three words he would use to describe The Gunnery are unique, engaging and welcoming. 

    "I chose The Gunnery because of its small, tight-knit community and engaging faculty. When I first stepped foot on campus, it was a no-brainer that I wanted to spend my high school career here. My favorite Gunnery experience was cheering on the boys hockey team during their run for the New England Championship in 2016. Basically, the whole school took fan vans to the playoff games and watched the team make history. It was great! What I like most about The Gunnery is the friendships I have made over these past four years. Living in a dorm with a bunch of characters has taught me to be more patient and just have fun with what I am doing."
  • 2. Eleni

    Eleni is from Washington Depot, Connecticut and she is a day student in Van Sinderen dorm. Her fall co-curricular was varsity field hockey and she will be doing an independent study this winter. 

    "I chose The Gunnery because when I was on campus for my tour and Revisit Day, the community was so welcoming. I liked how everybody said “hi” to me. My favorite Gunnery experience was when the boys hockey team was in the playoffs and no matter how far away the games were, most of the school went and supported them. They won and it proved how good our school spirit is. I love hanging out in the quad when it's warm out and playing spike ball or Frisbee with my friends."
  • 3. Julian

    Julian is from Kent, Connecticut and is a day student in Brinsmade. This fall his co-curricular was football and he will play varsity basketball this winter. 

    "I chose The Gunnery because when I would ask the people whom I already knew at The Gunnery or whom I had met on my tours what they enjoyed most about the school, they gave very different answers. I liked this because I knew that if I went to The Gunnery, I would have the choice to try out a lot of different activities and classes. My favorite Gunnery experience has been Clash of the Colors for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. What I like most about The Gunnery is the amount of support every group receives with anything. From a game to a concert and recitations, students and faculty are always showing up to support others on campus."
     
  • 4. Bella

    Bella is from Ithaca, New York and she is a boarding student in Bourne dorm. Her fall co-curricular was the play, "Arsenic and Old Lace" and she will play girls varsity hockey this winter. Bella thinks that The Gunnery is surprising, quirky, and supportive.

    "I chose the Gunnery because of the outstanding sense of community. I have been in boarding schools since eighth grade and I have to say I have never felt more at home than when I am in this school. My favorite Gunnery experience is just seeing people from all over the world, with all different personalities, views and traditions, all come together and become a family. It is just really amazing to see. What I like most about The Gunnery has to be that (and this is a little of my hippy self coming out) that as soon as you step on campus, you can literally feel the love. For me at least, I can feel the thousands of millions of memories and relationships made throughout the past hundred years and it just brings you this wave of relief almost like, 'Wow, I am going to be okay here.'"
     

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • 5. Niko

    Niko is from Laguna Niguel, California and is a boarding student in Gunn dorm. His fall co-curricular was Outdoor Club and he will play boys varsity hockey this winter. Niko would describe The Gunnery as challenging, fun and rewarding.

    "I chose the The Gunnery because a close family friend strongly recommended it and when I stepped on campus, I understood why. My favorite Gunnery experience is playing quad baseball every day in the spring. What I like most about The Gunnery is that the students are all kind and inclusive."
     
  • 6. Rain

    Rain is from Beijing, China and she is a boarding student in Bourne dorm. Her fall co-curricular was field hockey and she will be in Model UN this winter. 

    "I chose The Gunnery for its lovely campus and caring community. My favorite school tradition is the all-school walk. I like the school spirit during games and events. The Gunnery is full of opportunities."
     
  • 7. Jack

    Jack is from Dallas, Texas and is a boarding student in Gunn dorm. His fall co-curricular was Community Service and he will be playing boys varsity hockey this winter. Jack thinks that The Gunnery is beautiful, experiential and feels like home.

    "I chose The Gunnery because it gave me the ability to excel in the classroom and on the ice. This, coupled with the close-knit and welcoming community, where everybody knows your name, made The Gunnery an easy choice for me. My favorite school tradition would have to be the All School Walk. It is a long walk, but it allows us to put down our phone and enjoy the world around us. It is also a great time to catch up with friends and appreciate nature. What I like most about The Gunnery is the close community we have. Everyone knows each other by name and always says "hi." It made the transition into high school really easy and enjoyable."
     
  • 8. Maddie

    Maddie is from Montclair, New Jersey and is a boarding student in Bourne dorm. Her fall co-curricular was girls varsity crew and she will be in Artistry and Technique this winter. Maddie thinks that The Gunnery is engaging, enriching and tight-knit.

    "I chose The Gunnery because when I came for my tour and Revisit Day, I met people who were friendly and outgoing, instantly making me feel right at home. I was struck by how genuinely happy everyone looked, and I loved the vibe on campus. I knew The Gunnery was the place for me, and I easily made my decision to attend. I was primarily attracted to the community and school spirit, rigorous academic and athletic programs and the strong sense of tradition and history. My favorite Gunnery experience so far has been playing girls varsity lacrosse. As a new sophomore, I was nervous to be playing for a new team. However, I absolutely loved it and it ended up being the most fun I’ve ever had on a team. Our whole team bonded as friends and teammates and I’ll never forget all of our good times. My favorite Gunnery tradition is probably the Christmas formal dinner and concert. The whole school comes together to enjoy dinner with their advisees, a school-wide Secret Santa gift exchange, and a fun concert in the Meetinghouse. This happens on the last night before the holiday break, and it is a great send-off before everyone goes their separate ways. My favorite thing about The Gunnery is the community! I have met my best friends here, and I love being able to spend every day and night together. The diversity in our community is great because you get to meet people from all kinds of places, and it’s awesome to know you have friends in every corner of the world. The personal relationships you form with teachers are really special as well. Our close-knit, loving and supportive community makes school seem more like a second home, and makes classmates and teachers more like family."
     

The Gunnery

gps address: 22 Kirby Road, Washington, CT 06793
mail address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793
tel: 860-868-7334
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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.