Loomis Chaffee School
|The Loomis Chaffee School|
4 Batchelder Road
|Type||Private, independent, boarding, day|
|Motto||Ne Cede Malis|
(Yield Not to Misfortunes)
|Head of school||Sheila Culbert|
|Average class size||12 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||5:1 (4:1 boarding student-to-residential faculty)|
|Campus size||300 acres (1.2 km2)|
|Color(s)||Maroon and gray |
|Athletics||55 interscholastic teams in 18 sports; 19 intramural offerings|
|Athletics conference||NEPSAC |
|Newspaper||The Loomis Chaffee Log|
|Budget||$55.7 million (2019)|
|Affiliations||Ten Schools Admissions Organization|
The Loomis Chaffee School (/ /; LC or Loomis) is a selective independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9–12, including postgraduate students, located in Windsor, Connecticut, seven miles north of Hartford. Seventy percent of Loomis Chaffee's 726 students reside on the school's 300-acre campus and represent forty-four foreign countries and thirty-one U.S. states. 71% of Loomis Chaffee's student body are boarding students while 29% of Loomis Chaffee's student body are day students.
Founded in 1914, Loomis Chaffee is a member of the Ten Schools Admissions Organization along with Choate, Andover, Exeter, Deerfield, St. Paul's, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Taft, and The Hill School. Loomis had an acceptance rate of 18% for the 2021–2022 school year.
The school was chartered in 1874 as The Loomis Institute by five Loomis siblings, who had outlived all their children. Stating that it was their hope that "some good may come to posterity, from the harvest, poor though it be, of our lives," the school was intended as a memorial to their deceased children and a gift to future children. The original 1640 Loomis Homestead was chosen as the site for The Loomis Institute, which opened in 1914. The forty-year gap between chartering and the opening of the school was due to the estate of the Loomis siblings being reserved for the siblings' retirement.
In 1910, John Mason Loomis's wife left over $1.1 million as an endowment to The Loomis Institute for charitable purposes. This donation allowed the school to remain tuition-free for its first four decades. In addition to being tuition-free, The Loomis Institute was distinguished from other New England preparatory schools by its lack of religious affiliation, offering of vocational education alongside college preparatory courses, and admission of both boys and girls.
The Loomis Institute ended coeducation in 1926 when The Chaffee School was incorporated to educate girls on an adjacent campus. In 1970, the boys and girls schools merged to form The Loomis Chaffee School. Since then, the school has expanded as its endowment, financial aid budget, faculty, and campus increased in size.
Loomis Chaffee offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, psychology, writing workshop, videography, English, Latin, Spanish, French, art, dance, history and social science, mathematics, music, philosophy, religion, science and theater arts. Noncredit diploma requirements include library skills, and physical fitness and health. Advanced Placement courses are offered in 20 subjects. The Norton Family Center for the Common Good and the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies work to engage the student body with the wider community and world by means of visiting speakers and international study opportunities.
Five full-time college counselors guide students through the college search and application process. Eighty-six percent of the members of the Class of 2010 were admitted to colleges and universities deemed most competitive or highly competitive by Barron's Profiles of American Colleges, with sixty-six percent matriculating at the most competitive institutions.
Loomis Chaffee competes in sports against schools from all over New England and adjacent states. The school is a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and competes in the Class A large school division. Additionally, Loomis is a member of The Founders League which comprises private schools located mainly in Connecticut.
The Loomis Chaffee Log
The Loomis Chaffee Log is a student-run, school-sponsored newspaper. Established in 1915, the Log is published monthly by a team of student editors. In 2015, the Log editorial staff launched an online edition.
Heads of school
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- (1914-1949): Nathaniel Horton Batchelder
- (1949-1952): William Speer
- (1952-1967): Francis Olmsted Grubbs
- (1967-1976): Frederick G. Torrey
- (1976-1996): John Ratté
- (1996-2008): Russell H. Weigel
- (2008–2023): Sheila Culbert
- John Mason Loomis — American lumber tycoon and Union colonel during the American Civil War, and one of the Loomis family financiers and co-founders of the Loomis Institute
- James Chaffee Loomis - American lawyer, politician, and co-founder of the Loomis Institute
- Osbert Burr Loomis - American portrait painter and co-founder of the Loomis Institute
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