Bancroft School

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Bancroft School
McDonough Center, Bancroft School, Worcester MA.jpg
McDonough Center
Worcester, MA USA
Coordinates 42°18′15″N 71°48′55″W / 42.30417°N 71.81528°W / 42.30417; -71.81528Coordinates: 42°18′15″N 71°48′55″W / 42.30417°N 71.81528°W / 42.30417; -71.81528
Type Private secondary
Established 1900
Head of school James P. "Trey" Cassidy
Enrollment 521 students
Color(s) Blue, Gray
Athletics conference Eastern Independent League (EIL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC)
Mascot Bulldogs

Located on a 30-acre (120,000 m2) campus in Worcester, Massachusetts, Bancroft School is an independent, co-educational, Pre-K-12, college-preparatory day school serving the communities of Central Massachusetts and MetroWest Boston.

Bancroft has three divisions: Lower School (Pre-K–Grade 5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Upper School (Grades 9-12).


111 Elm Street (1902-1922)

The School was named for George Bancroft, 1800–1891, educator, diplomat, philanthropist, and writer who helped found the U.S. Naval Academy and wrote the first comprehensive history of the United States.[1]

  • 1900: Bancroft School established at 93 Elm Street by a group of Worcester parents.
  • 1902: Moved to 111 Elm Street.
  • 1922: Moved to new facilities on Sever Street.
  • 1958: Moved to current location at 110 Shore Drive after Norton Abrasives (now a brand of Saint-Gobain) donated 27 acres (110,000 m2) of land.
  • 1969: Converted to fully co-ed. Prior to 1969, the Lower and Middle Schools served both boys and girls, but the Upper School enrolled girls only.
  • 1970s: Added language lab, a larger woodworking shop, a new gym, an art building, and expanded playing fields.
  • 1980s and 1990s: Dedicated the Art Center, Fletcher Athletic Center, Fuller Science Center, Harrington Performing Arts Theatre, Stoddard Center, and Garfield and Prouty Libraries.
  • 2002: Renovated the Fuller Science Center and opened the McDonough Center, which houses the Lower and Middle School programs.
  • 2009: Signed agreement with Tongji University, Shanghai, China, to establish a teacher and student exchange program between Bancroft and Tongji’s Number 1 High School.
  • 2010: Installed 462 high-efficiency solar panels on the McDonough Center roof.
  • 2011: Installed an additional 434 solar panels on the roof of the Fletcher Athletic Center.
  • 2011: Initiated the region’s first iPad initiative for classroom teaching and learning.[2]


Lower School (Grades Pre-K-5) — In pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, a lead classroom teacher and an assistant present a full-day experiential program that includes Physical Education, Library, and Music classes. Students learn by playing and imagining, questioning and investigating, creating and discovering. There is a strong focus on social skills development.

In Grades 1 through 5, a classroom teacher instructs students in Reading, Language Arts, Math (based on the Everyday Math series), History, and Social Studies. Specialist teachers lead classes in Art, Computer Skills, Drama, French, Spanish, Library, Music, Physical Education, and Science.

Middle School (Grades 6-8) — Grade-level teaching teams coordinate the curriculum across disciplines. English, Mathematics, Physical Education, and Arts (Studio Art, Music, and Drama) are taught in all three Middle School grades. In addition: Grade 6 students take Worcester-based U.S. History, Life Science, Phenomenon of Language (POL), and Health; Grade 7 students take World Geography, Earth Science, Foreign Language (Spanish, French, Latin, Manderin), and Multimedia (Computers); and Grade 8 students learn about Foundations of Government, Physical Science, Foreign Language, along with electives in Visual and Performing Arts, and Technology.

Upper School (Grades 9-12) — Upper School teaching teams provide a liberal arts education. Students are required to complete courses in English, History, Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Physical Education, Health/Ethics, and a Foreign Language (Spanish, French, Latin, Mandarin). Qualified students may take Advanced Placement (AP) college-level courses. Research projects are required at every grade level.

Graduation Requirements — To earn a diploma, a student must accumulate a minimum of 20 credits, and complete 30 hours of community service. In addition, Grade 12 students are required to participate in the Senior Cooperative (or Co-op) Program. Co-op students gain substantive work experience under the guidance of a mentor in an organization that aligns with their service, career, or academic interests. Approximately 40 Worcester-area organizations are Co-op partners. They represent the arts, social services, education, environment, medicine, government, and business sectors, and include the American Red Cross, City of Worcester Executive Offices, Habitat for Humanity, Legal Assistance Corp., UMass Medical Center, and Worcester Art Museum.

Technology — Bancroft School has a longstanding commitment to technology and digital media in the classroom. The wireless campus has four computer labs and more than 400 state-of-the-art Mac computers, scanners, cameras, and other digital devices. A full computer skills and multimedia curriculum is offered in the Lower and Middle Schools. Numerous Computer Science courses are offered in Upper School including AP Computer Science. In 2011, Bancroft became the first school in Central Massachusetts to adopt the iPad portable tablet computer as a 1:1 technology tool for teaching and learning. The school is providing ongoing iPad training for students, faculty, and parents. By the fall of the 2012, all Bancroft teachers and students in Grades 6-12 will be required to have an iPad for classroom and home use. The device will enable students and teachers to create and present multimedia content (incorporating sound, video, and graphics), and to customize lessons to fit the child’s learning style (auditory, visual, and/or kinesthetic).

The Arts[edit]

Throughout the Lower, Middle, and Upper schools, students have access to a variety of required and elective courses in Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

The program offers support and encouragement for students with unusual artistic gifts, but its overall intent is to ensure that every student builds skills that apply in all areas of life, from aesthetic appreciation, creativity, and perception, to confidence, critical thinking, collaboration, and public speaking.

LS = Lower School; MS = Middle School ; US = Upper School

Visual Arts

  • LS: Art Classes
  • MS: Art Classes (Gr. 6-7), Props/Publicity for 8th Grade Play, (Gr. 8 Electives) Computer Graphics, Pastel Drawing, Silk Screening, Clay, Mixed Media, Printmaking
  • US: (Electives) Studio 1, 2, and 3, AP Studio Art, AP History of Art, Photo 1 and 2, Computer Graphics, Digital Photography, Ceramics 1 and 2

Performing Arts - Music

  • LS: Music Classes, Beginning Band, Band II, Suzuki Violin (Gr. K-3) Beg. Strings (Gr. 4-5), Chorus (Gr. 4-5), String Ensemble (Gr. 4-5)
  • MS: Music Classes, Band, Chorus, String Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble
  • US: Music Classes, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, String Orchestra, Chamber Music

Performing Arts - Theater

  • LS: Drama Classes, 5th Grade Musical
  • MS: Drama Classes, 8th Grade Musical
  • US: Theater Classes, Stage Show-Drama, Stage Show-Musical

Performing Arts - Speech Team

The Bancroft School Speech Team has competed in the Massachusetts Forensic League (MFL), the Catholic Forensic League (CFL), and the National Forensic League (NFL). Recognized both on a state and national level, the team has accumulated numerous successes that have ranged from individual awards in public speaking, competitive acting, and debate, to third place in the state of Massachusetts in both 2009 and 2010. Since its founding, four students have placed in the top four in the nation for their achievements in Duo Interpretation, Oral Interpretation, and Original Oratory. The Bancroft Speech Team strives to help each member gain confidence as a speaker and actor while competing in a myriad of different events that cover all fields of performance.


As one of the 12 member schools in the Eastern Independent League (EIL), Bancroft competes in a number of sports with other teams in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). The overriding goal of the program is to develop student-athletes who display character in all areas of life.

Middle School (MS) Teams

Bancroft’s Middle School sports have a no-cut policy, with A-level and B-level teams to encourage participation and skill development. MS teams include:

  • Boys: Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling
  • Girls: Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
  • Coed: Cross Country, Tennis

Upper School (US) Teams

Junior Varsity teams continue to focus on participation and skill development. All team members play, but playing time may not be equal. The Varsity Program has a much more competitive, play-to-win focus. The best athletes play and the coach determines playing time. US teams include:

  • Boys: Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis
  • Girls: Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Volleyball
  • Coed: Alpine Skiing, Crew, Cross Country, Track & Field, Golf, Swim

Athletic Distinctions[edit]

Bancroft teams have participated in many championship games and won many titles over the years. Recent wins include:

NEPSAC Championships
  • Volleyball (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Girls Cross Country (2006)
  • Boys Basketball (2011)
EIL Titles
  • Volleyball (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Softball (2009)
  • Tennis (2006)
  • Baseball (2006)

Headmasters & Headmistresses[edit]

  1. 1900–1915: Frank Robson
  2. 1915–1926: Miriam Titcomb
  3. 1926–1938: Hope Fisher
  4. 1938–1943: Bradford Kingman
  5. 1943–1959: Henry Tiffany
  6. 1944–1946: Edith Jones (interim)
  7. 1959–1960: Elizabeth Vandemoer (interim)
  8. 1960–1981: Wyatt Garfield
  9. 1981–1992: Marigolden (G-G) Tritschler
  10. 1992–1998: Theodore G. Sharp
  11. 1998–1999: Wyatt Garfield & Edgar Gauthier (interim-heads)
  12. 1999–2014: Scott R. Reisinger
  13. 2014–present: James P. "Trey" Cassidy, III

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Bancroft School include:

Accreditation and Affiliations[edit]

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Member
  • Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE), Member
  • Eastern Independent League (EIL), Member
  • Number 1 High School of Tongji University, Shanghai, China, Partner in Teacher and Student Exchange Program


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