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Frederick Gunn believed in the value of pursuing education outside of the classroom and felt strongly that character was developed and honed in what we today call co-curricular activities. The Gunnery of today honors Gunn’s beliefs and requires students to be involved in a co-curricular activity in each term of the academic year.

Co-Curricular Activities at The Gunnery

The Gunnery uses the term “co-curricular” to refer to adult-led student activities that typically occur after or outside of the class day. These activities can include performing and visual arts, athletics, Community Service, and other programs such as Outdoor Club, Media Club, and certain Independent Projects. The term replaces the “extra-curricular” or the “after school” program to reflect The Gunnery’s belief that nearly every part of life at a boarding school is an opportunity for teaching and learning and therefore part of the curriculum.

Frederick Gunn believed in the value of pursuing education outside of the classroom and felt strongly that character was developed and honed in what we today call co-curricular activities. The Gunnery of today honors Gunn’s beliefs and requires students to be involved in a co-curricular activity in each term of the academic year. It is through these activities that students learn the character traits of engagement, collaboration, fitness, and competition.

There are numerous co-curricular activities offered at The Gunnery that provide a variety of valuable experiences. Not all students will participate in an activity every term that hits each facet of the school’s requirements. However, by the time each student graduates, they will have been exposed to the core values of the co-curricular program and will take with them the lessons learned from a variety of activities.

Students are required to participate in a co-curricular activity every term. Beyond that, students are required to participate in a minimum of two (2) terms of an interscholastic athletic team in their first year and a minimum of one (1) term in each successive year. Students who have a demonstrated and established interest outside of interscholastic athletics have the opportunity to create an alternate route to the above policy. Specifically, students may propose to replace one term of interscholastic athletics in their first year with a non-athletic-program or project.

2016-2017 Co-Curricular Offerings

Fall
Winter
Spring
Girls Crew
Girls Basketball (V & JV)
Girls Crew
Field Hockey (V & JV)
Girls Ice Hockey
Girls Lacrosse
Girls Soccer
Ski Team (Co-ed)
Softball
Girls Cross Country
 
Girls Tennis (V & JV)
 
 
Golf (Co-ed)
 
 
Ultimate Frisbee (Co-ed)
Boys Crew
Boys Ice Hockey (V, JV, 3rds)
Boys Crew
Boys Football 
Boys Basketball (V, JV, 3rds, +)
Baseball (V & JV)
Boys Soccer (V, JV, 3rds)
Ski Team (Co-ed)
Boys Lacrosse (V & JV)
Boys Cross Country
 
Boys Tennis (V & JV)
 
 
Golf (Co-ed)
 
 
Ultimate Frisbee (Co-ed)
Artistry & Technique*
Artistry & Technique*
Artistry & Technique*
Musicianship**
Musicianship**
Musicianship**
Community Service
Community Service
Outdoor Club
Fall Play
Winter Musical
Dance
Outdoor Club
Recreational skiing/snowboarding
 
X-term***
X-term**
 
 
Model United Nations
 
 
Yoga
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

* Artistry & Technique is a guided visual arts program where artists can pursue a demonstrated interest in the arts under the tutelage of one of The Gunnery instructors.  Artists should be prepared to show a portfolio of work and then to determine specific goals for their time in the program before moving forward.  Space is limited, and where necessary, preference will be given to upperclassmen.   
 
** Musicianship is an applied music course that is structured based upon the goals set by the student in conjunction with his or her private music instructor.  This option should only be considered by students with a serious interest in music, and the pursuit of music as a potential college major.  Students will complete a final assessment at the end of the term, in the form of an adjudication.  Students will be required to perform the material as outlined by their goal-setting document at the end of each term.
 
*** X-Term is a strength and conditioning program designed for dedicated and established varsity athletes.  Preference in the program is given to juniors and seniors who have participated in two varsity sports the prior year, and participation requires the approval of the Director of Athletics.  For new students to be eligible for fall X-Term, the new student must have contributed to two varsity sports at their previous school and must obtain signatures from The Gunnery varsity winter and spring coaches confirming the new student will earn a varsity letter during the upcoming winter and spring seasons.
 
**** Media Club involves a very small number of students (2-4) who learn the principles and practice of journalism, the processes surrounding content design, creation, and production.  The students work closely with The Gunnery’s Marketing and Communications Office and must apply to the program to participate.   

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mail address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793
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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.