The Hotchkiss School
The Hotchkiss School is defined by our commitment to fostering excellent, wholly developed learners. As a top independent prep school located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, we provide an experience-based education. We focus on empowering students to become fully prepared for the future beyond. Through small class sizes, a breadth of more than 200 courses, and a teaching dynamic that cultivates academic curiosity, every student graduates ready to become a global citizen and a community leader.
The Hotchkiss School seeks to inspire a diverse range of students who are committed to the betterment of self and society, and to cultivate in them at the highest standards of excellence
imagination and intellect,
openness and personal integrity,
empathy and responsible citizenship
that they may discover and fulfill their potential as individuals fully engaged in our world.
The aim of The Hotchkiss School, since its foundation, has been to provide a dynamic environment for teaching and learning, as well as exceptional preparation for future study and fulfilling adult lives. Our residential community—the network of relationships created by the School’s people, place, and opportunities—is our most effective means of providing a transformative educational experience, where students may grow and gain greater understanding of themselves and their responsibilities to others. We believe that a healthy and inclusive learning community nourishes students physically, emotionally, and intellectually; fosters joy in learning and living with others; and ensures that all feel safe, seen, and supported.
All members of the Hotchkiss community have a role in sustaining this environment. Therefore, we expect all to
- commit to high standards of scholarship and personal conduct;
- open their minds and hearts to the views and experiences of others, creating space for all to belong and to thrive;
- practice the values that nurture healthy relationships: respect, honesty, and compassion in particular;
- risk and reflect in the pursuit of continual growth; and
- exercise responsible citizenship through local and global engagement, service, and environmental stewardship.
At a Glance
||36% U.S Students of Color||
||36 Countries Represented|
2 Hours North of NYC
38% of Students
Erby L. Mitchell Jr., Dean of Admission and Financial Aid