Middlesex School

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Middlesex School
Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°30′2″N 71°22′10″W / 42.50056°N 71.36944°W / 42.50056; -71.36944Coordinates: 42°30′2″N 71°22′10″W / 42.50056°N 71.36944°W / 42.50056; -71.36944
School type Private, independent, boarding, day, coeducational
Motto Fides, Veritas, Labor
Established 1901
Head of school Kathleen C. Giles
Faculty ~90
Enrollment 375
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 4:1
Campus size 350 acres (1.4 km2)
Campus type Small town
Color(s) Cardinal and Black          
Mascot Zebra
Rival St. George's School
Average SAT scores 2080 (Class of 2014) [1]
Newspaper The Anvil <http://www.mxanvil.com>
Endowment $194 million
Tuition $54,160 (boarder), $43,300 (day student)
Clay Centennial Center, Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts

Middlesex School is a co-educational, non-sectarian, day and boarding independent secondary school for grades 9-12 located in Concord, Massachusetts. It was founded as an all-boys school in 1901 by a Roxbury Latin School alumnus, Frederick Winsor, who headed the school until 1937. Middlesex began admitting girls in 1974. The school is a member of the prestigious Independent School League and is one of five schools collectively known as St. Grottlesex.

The school was named for the county Middlesex in which it stands and the patriotic poem "Paul Revere's Ride": "So, Revere’s 'cry of alarm/ To every Middlesex village and farm/ A cry of defiance and not of fear."

The campus was designed by the Olmsted Brothers architectural firm, and the firm Peabody and Stearns designed most of the main buildings. A recent addition is the Clay Centennial Center, completed in 2003, which hosts science and math classes as well as an observatory with an 18-inch research grade telescope.

The school is 70% boarding students and 30% day students. In 2014-15, boarding students came from 26 states and 21 countries with 70% of all boarders residing outside of Massachusetts. The school accepted 18% of students who applied to enter in for 2014-2015. In that year, 28 percent of students received financial aid from a $4.6 million financial aid budget.

Campus and facilities[edit]

The Middlesex School campus is located in Concord, Massachusetts, about 20 miles outside of Boston.[2] Most of the campus buildings are located around The Circle, a grassy field at the center of the school. There are four dorms for boys (Bryant-Paine, Clay, Robert-Winsor, and Atkins) and five dorms for girls (Higginson, Hallowell, LeBaron-Briggs, Kravis, and Peabody). There are two academic buildings: the Clay Centennial Center, constructed in 2003, and Elliot Hall, which also houses several administrative offices. The Theater puts on productions several times per year, houses the visual arts department, and hosts the twice-weekly all-school assemblies. The Warburg Library, besides housing Middlesex's collection of books and magazines, also contains classrooms and the Middlesex Archives. The music center is located in the basement of the library. The dining hall is located in Ware Hall, as well as more administrative offices and the student center. Many members of the faculty live on campus, either in dorms or in several faculty houses.

At Middlesex, there are two turf fields for field hockey and lacrosse, four grass fields (for soccer and lacrosse), a wrestling room, a dance studio, a baseball diamond, eight outdoor tennis courts, eight squash courts, two basketball courts, an ice rink, a boathouse and large pond (Batemen's Pond) for crew, and a fitness center (the James Oates '65 Center).


Middlesex has 375 students from 21 countries and 26 states.[3] 11% of students are international students and 28% are students of color. 70% of the school are boarders and 30% are day students.[4] All students are in grades 9-12 and there are no post-graduate students (PGs), with the exception of the Thai Scholar, a senior international student sponsored by the Thai government. Seniors are Class One, juniors are Class Two, sophomores are Class Three, and freshman are Class Four. The school's dress code is semi-formal for the academic day.

Tuition is $54,160 for boarders and $43,300 for day students. Need-based financial aid supports 28% of the student body,[5] and Middlesex School emphasizes diversity as a component of the admissions process.[6] The Middlesex annual financial aid budget is $4.6 million and the average aid grant is $42,000.

The median SSAT percentile score for accepted students in the 2014-15 admissions season was the 87th percentile.[3]


Middlesex School has about 80 members of the faculty. 70% of teachers hold advanced degrees.[3] Faculty and staff either live in surrounding areas, in a series of faculty homes located in campus, or in the dorms with boarders. Most dorms have three faculty/staff apartments for residency.


The average class size at Middlesex is 12.[7] Middlesex offers 23 AP (Advanced Placement) classes with at least one in every department: English, Math, Sciences, Computer Sciences, Social Science (including History), Modern Languages, Classics, and Arts.

For the class of 2014, the median Middlesex SAT score was 2080.[4] 73% of the AP tests taken by Middlesex students in 2014 had scores of 4 or 5 and 94% of AP tests taken had scores of 3, 4, or 5.[3]


Middlesex offers several arts courses and extracurriculars.[8] Freshmen and sophomores are required to take a four-part art class sequence consisting of music, drawing, art history, and drama. A four-class advanced sequence in drama is also available, as is AP Art History, AP Studio Art, and AP Music Theory. Neither the Chamber Ensemble nor the Jazz Orchestra requires an audition and both frequently perform at campus events, including the annual Holiday Concert and Spring Concert. Private vocal and instrumental lessons are available, and students on financial aid receive the same proportion of financial aid for such lessons. There are several practice rooms in the library and pianos and two drum sets are available for students and faculty/staff to use.

Traditionally, all seniors, as a condition of graduation, carve a plaque during their senior year.[9] All plaques will be publicly hung on a wall somewhere in the school.

During the summer, several summer arts programs are hosted at the school, including a five-week program for grades 4-11, a junior arts program for grades 2 and 3, and an apprentice program for grade 11. The programs are varied in subject area and scope.[10]


Middlesex fields teams in 17 different sports and competes in the Independent School League.[11] The fall sports are football, cross country, volleyball, soccer, and field hockey; the winter sports are wrestling, dance, squash, ice hockey, alpine skiing, and basketball; the spring sports are crew, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, track, and golf.[12] There is a three-sport requirement for freshmen and sophomores, a two-sport requirement for juniors, and a one-sport requirement for seniors, though students may manage a team in place of doing a sport.

Middlesex's primary athletic rival is the St. George's School.[13]

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Besides the arts and athletics programs, there are several dozen student-run clubs that receive funding from the school administration, including the student Senate, Young Democrats Club, Young Republicans Club, two book clubs, Short Story Society, Robotics Club, Math Club, Politically Incorrect Debate Club, Society of Latinos, GSA, French Club, Science Club, JSA (the Junior Statesmen of America), Common Sense (an environmental club), Middlesex Couture, Finance Club, Zebrettes (a club that sponsors activities that connect students with young faculty children), and more.[14]

The Middlesex student newspaper is The Anvil, which releases several physical issues as well as online content through its website. An Anvil tradition is the annual Anvil Poll, which polls the student body on itself. The Middlesex literary publication is The Iris, which contains short stories, poetry, drawings, and photos sent in by students.

Community Service[edit]

Middlesex offers several community service programs.[15] Students may help clean up a food pantry at Open Table (weekly), serve food and clean at a food pantry at Cor Unum (on long weekends), talk to people at a home for the elderly at Walden House (weekly), visit the elderly at Sunday Visits (special schedule), and help small children learn to skate at Gazebo (special schedule). Every fall, all students participate in a Community Service Day instead of going to classes. Several student Community Service Officers, all seniors, help manage the program.

Juniors may participate in the Youth in Philanthropy Program, which focuses on teaching students the techniques behind philanthropy and provides $10,000 for the students to distribute to worthy causes annually.

Every summer, the school sponsors a community service trip to the Linawo Children's Home in South Africa, where students tour the surrounding area, learn about South African culture and history, and assist in the operation of the shelter.

Chapel Program[edit]

Every Wednesday morning, from 9:30 to 9:55, the Middlesex community (the entire student body and faculty and staff) meets in the school chapel for a speech given by a senior on the topic of the senior's choosing. Most speeches are given by one senior, though 'dual chapels' (chapel speeches given by two seniors) are permitted. Spots in the chapel program are allocated in the beginning of the school year.

Throughout the year, there are also several class chapels (gatherings involving one grade) and a few evening chapels, which are given by faculty members and outside speakers.


Since 1905, every senior has carved a wooden plaque to leave behind as his or her permanent, personal legacy to the school. Most plaques are located in Ware Hall, Elliot Hall, Warburg Library, and the Clay Science Center. Seniors take a weekly plaque class on carving.

Notable alumni[edit]


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