THE RECTORY SCHOOL
Celebrating the Individual & Living in Community
Welcome!
Since The Rectory School’s founding in 1920, with a total
student population of two, we have maintained a steadfa...
Mission
The Rectory School’s mission is to provide students, from early childhood through
middle school, with an enriched ...
and Building a Meaningful Community.
At Rectory we understand
the specific needs and
interests of our students
and meet th...
learn
Rectory’s academic program grew out
of our founders’ desire to educate their son
and another boy through a curriculu...
6
Gauging Progress
We believe that regular feedback keeps students on track and
motivates them to improve. Indicator grade...
7
Leadership at Rectory
At Rectory we seek to develop confident, informed students who can
make responsible decisions in th...
8
Students enrolled in IIP meet with an instructor five days a
week. The sessions are scheduled within the regular rotatio...
9
Completing the Educational Journey
The ninth-grade year at Rectory skillfully transitions
middle schoolers to competent ...
10
A Typical School Day at Rectory
Rectory students make the most of every school
day. Supported by the structure of the d...
11
4:45–6:00 pm
Free Time
As day students head home to their families,
boarders and dorm parents head to their
dormitories...
create
Rectory students in grades 5–8 have
one term of music and art every year.
Ninth graders enjoy electives, such
as gu...
14
The Arts Have a Place at Rectory
Rectory students benefit from our modern,
beautiful, and functional arts facilities:
Th...
15
Let’s Play!
In addition to the required ensemble playing, students may choose to participate in
our performing groups: ...
participate
Athletics
Giving Your All
Every Rectory student is involved in sports.
Soccer, lacrosse, basketball, ice hocke...
18
Coaches Who Teach
Rectory’s coaches have the credentials and the skills to
coach at higher levels. They’re here because...
19
Fall Sports
Football
Soccer
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Winter Sports
Ice Hockey
Basketball
Wrestling
Fencing
Spring Spo...
Our students flourish on a campus
that is a center for learning for
all ages.They also benefit from
personal growth opportun...
Rectory Students Have Spirit
Rectory students show their school spirit by
participating in student clubs and activities,
d...
Boarding: At Home at Rectory
Residential life at Rectory provides the comfort
and safety that both parents and students se...
Out-of-Class Learning
Learning and personal growth are not
limited to what happens in the academic
classrooms at Rectory. ...
25
Our Signature Adventure Program:
MELP
Adventure, discovery, and wonder are the hallmarks of
Rectory’s March Experientia...
Summer@Rectory is ideal for prospective students to learn
about Rectory, for new students to prepare for their enrollment
...
Music for All
The Rectory School values its engagement
with the greater community and is well
known for being a community ...
28
An Ideal Setting
Our 138-acre rural campus offers scenic beauty and
security, as well as access to academic and cultura...
How to Apply
You have begun an exciting adventure in searching for the school
that is the perfect fit. Call or email us to...
THE RECTORY SCHOOL
528 POMFRET STREET | POMFRET, CT 06258 | TEL. (860) 928-1328 | FAX (860) 928-4961
www.rectoryschool.org
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  1. 1. THE RECTORY SCHOOL Celebrating the Individual & Living in Community
  2. 2. Welcome! Since The Rectory School’s founding in 1920, with a total student population of two, we have maintained a steadfast commitment to developing the individual. In fact, adolescence and the middle school years are a period defined by individuality as children move—or leap, as is the case for many —towards adulthood. Each child demonstrates varied readiness, aptitude, and enthusiasm for this transformation. Consequently, our unique, tailored approach to education is so effective. We recognize that growth best occurs when a child feels valued, understood, and challenged. As a result, our school program, designed around these beliefs, transforms students’ lives. Whether one’s interests lie in academics, music, art, drama, sports, or a combination of these disciplines, we have the enthusiastic, qualified faculty to help hone skills and learn new ones. Adolescence should be a period of discovery, so we inspire all students to broaden their interests and to gain a better sense of the world and of themselves. Through exposure to course content, the development of academic skills, and the fostering of personal reflection, we prepare our students for the extensive opportunities and responsibilities that await in the years ahead. As you read about Rectory and its programs, I hope you find the prospect of joining this community as compelling as I did. Set on a beautiful campus, surrounded by a caring, engaging community, The Rectory School is a special place for learning and growing. Obviously, we cannot show you all that we are in a book, so we urge you to come visit us and see for yourself why being part of Rectory is an advantage that you will enjoy for your whole life. I look forward to welcoming you in person. Best wishes, Fred Williams, Headmaster Our students love it here! The Rectory School, located in beautiful northeastern Connecticut, is an independent, coed, junior boarding and day school that embraces students as individual learners and unique people. We see you for who you are and for who you can become.
  3. 3. Mission The Rectory School’s mission is to provide students, from early childhood through middle school, with an enriched and supportive academic, social and ethical community that addresses individual learning styles, aptitudes, and needs while promoting personal self-worth and accountability. The school community lives the Rectory School Creed: Responsibility, Respect, Honesty, and Compassion. Our Tradition: Celebrating the Individual… Our story began across the street in the rectory of Christ (Episcopal) Church, where the Reverend and Mrs. Frank Bigelow established a school to teach their son, John, and George Chandler Holt, from New York City. The individualized education prepared both boys for secondary school. Word spread of the successful teaching, and by 1922, there were six boys living at the rectory. With each decade, The Rectory School has flourished and become an outstanding, international, coed boarding and day school. Still, its purpose to teach to the individual has remained steadfast. With every Rectory student, we continue our rich heritage of inspiring talents, teaching the joy of learning, and appreciating our connectedness to one another.
  4. 4. and Building a Meaningful Community. At Rectory we understand the specific needs and interests of our students and meet them “where they are” in their academic journey. In doing so, we encourage them to discover new areas, to expand their abilities, and to become successful in the classroom, in the Tang Center, in the athletic arenas, and beyond our campus.
  5. 5. learn Rectory’s academic program grew out of our founders’ desire to educate their son and another boy through a curriculum that suited their needs exactly. Today Rectory is still focused on meeting the unique educational needs of students as individuals in a warm, family-like environment. Academic Program Grades 5–9: Discovering Your Potential Through small class sizes, individualized instruction, and a supportive faculty, Rectory brings out the capable, successful learner in each student.
  6. 6. 6 Gauging Progress We believe that regular feedback keeps students on track and motivates them to improve. Indicator grades are issued three times per term, giving students goals to shoot for every two weeks and establishing a direct relationship between performance in class and assessment. Parents also appreciate these progress gauges. Fostering Success We encourage self-advocacy and inquiry. Students who have questions or need more help can arrange to meet with their classroom teachers or IIP instructor during I-Period, the last period of our school day. Developing good study habits and learning how to stay on top of academic expectations are integral to becoming a highly successful, responsible student. In support of that effort, Rectory holds make-up study hall, or MUSH, as we enjoy calling it, during I-Period. MUSH is an opportunity for students to complete assignments they did not finish or to make progress on long-term projects. Students assigned to MUSH by their classroom teachers or by their IIP instructor receive individual assistance from one of two teachers in the “MUSH-Room” each day. Rectory Inspires a Passion for Learning Our curriculum gives students foundational knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics while challenging them to experience other languages, think critically about history and society, explore science, and engage in performing and visual arts. Dedicated teachers respond to diverse learning styles and abilities with a variety of instructional methods and materials to nurture the development of the whole child. At Rectory, where support and ongoing guidance go hand-in-hand with high expectations, learning becomes an inherently rewarding enterprise.
  7. 7. 7 Leadership at Rectory At Rectory we seek to develop confident, informed students who can make responsible decisions in this community and in other communities they will be a part of later in their lives. Our curriculum includes a series of developmentally appropriate leadership activities that give our students the opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills. To carry out the leadership qualities taught in classes and morning assemblies, students can become proctors, student government members and officers, dining hall stewards, team captains, Chapel ushers, acolytes, and readers, newspaper editors, class officers, and Ambassadors. Citizenship Awards At the end of each marking period, faculty members submit names of students who show acts of kindness and compassion. Students appreciate being recognized not only for their accomplishments, but also for their efforts, dedication, and commitment. We help them understand early in life how much their actions affect others, by formally acknowledging positive behaviors. In doing so, we help students build character and reinforce the importance of being good citizens. The Hettinger Library: A Resource for Learning With space well suited to large meetings, small-group work, and one-to-one sessions, the Hettinger Library is used continually throughout the day. A center for learning, the Library contains 8,100 volumes, 36 periodical titles, and a number of desktop and laptop computers. Our librarian is the bridge connecting students with these material resources. As an educator, the librarian gives group workshops on how to use reference materials, assists students individually with research projects, and runs the school-wide extracurricular reading program, READ (Reading for Enjoyment And Discovery). Through this program, all students read a minimum of one book of their choosing per term—in addition to books assigned in classes—and write a book review on it. With encouragement from the librarian, most students read many more than the minimum, greatly increasing their proficiency as readers and enhancing their enjoyment of reading. At Rectory, we seek to cultivate readers for life.
  8. 8. 8 Students enrolled in IIP meet with an instructor five days a week. The sessions are scheduled within the regular rotation of classes during the academic day; therefore, students are not pulled from other activities to participate in IIP. Assessment is essential to the process as students are taught to use their strengths to cultivate their learning and improve areas of need. A daily diagnostic approach to lesson planning ensures that instructional goals meet individual needs, such as reinforcing essential skills, developing learning strategies, increasing proficiency in English, and exploring areas of interest through independent study. Within the nurturing environment of IIP, students develop self- advocacy, confidence, and discipline—a firm foundation upon which to build further success. IIP addresses students’ learning in areas, such as written and oral language, reading comprehension, numeracy, specific subject support, English as a second language, and study habits, including organization and management of paper and time. Specifically, IIP helps students develop the skills and strategies needed to achieve independent learning and self-advocacy. IIP offers opportunities for our diverse learners. Students may pursue advanced or enriched curricula through customized courses, like pre-calculus or French language. The program also provides support to students performing below-grade level in mathematics or reading. IIP is a vital component of Rectory’s overall mission: to nurture the whole child within a caring, individualized learning environment. Students can and must feel success with learning. The keystone of Rectory is our Individualized Instruction Program (IIP), designed to address each student’s unique learning goals. Through our understanding of the student’s learning profile— including strengths, interests, affinities, and learning difficulties—we determine goals and customize each student’s program.
  9. 9. 9 Completing the Educational Journey The ninth-grade year at Rectory skillfully transitions middle schoolers to competent secondary school students through special academic opportunities, increased responsibilities, and greater privileges. It’s also a year for students to gain maturity and solidify their strengths within Rectory’s close, supportive setting as they prepare to enroll in other, often larger, schools. Rectory students successfully branch out The Office of Secondary Placement seeks to help each ninth grader find the secondary school that is the best match. Rectory uses a comprehensive and systematic approach to guide both students and parents through the complicated process of exploring and selecting schools, preparing applications, and making decisions about course placement for the coming year. Ninety-five percent of our students are admitted to schools of their choice.
  10. 10. 10 A Typical School Day at Rectory Rectory students make the most of every school day. Supported by the structure of the day and the supervision of the faculty, Rectory students derive satisfaction from knowing what is expected of them and staying engaged and productive. 6:45 am Rising Bell Time to get dressed! Our traditional dress code is one way students show respect for and a sense of commitment toward our school. 7:05 am Breakfast 7:45 am –2:30 pm Major Academic Activities In a rotating 9-period schedule, students attend Morning Assembly, classes, Individualized Instruction Program, and student/advisor meetings. Lunch In the middle of the day, lunch is served. Every four weeks students are assigned to the table of a different faculty member, to meet new people, practice manners and etiquette, and contribute to the order and cleanliness of the tables. I-Period As part of the academic day, there is a period designated for participation in art, music, computer lab, and extra help.
  11. 11. 11 4:45–6:00 pm Free Time As day students head home to their families, boarders and dorm parents head to their dormitories for relaxation before the evening meal and study hours. 3:00–4:45 pm Sports At Rectory, sports are for everybody. After a long day of academic work, students go out to the fields or down to the gym and get moving! 6:45–8:30 pm Study Hall Students in grades 5 through 8 are assigned to a supervised study hall within the academic building. Ninth graders enjoy the privilege of quiet study in their dorm rooms. 1:45–3:00 pm MUSH Those who are assigned to make-up study hall go here before sports. 6:00 pm Dinner The food service at Rectory is exceptional, with lots of healthy choices that cater to students’ tastes. 8:30–9:30 pm Free Time 9:30 pm Bedtime for Grades 5–8 10:00 pm Bedtime for Ninth Graders
  12. 12. create Rectory students in grades 5–8 have one term of music and art every year. Ninth graders enjoy electives, such as guitar, instrumental ensemble, art, multimedia, and photography. The Arts Revealing the Creativity Within Celebrating the individual through the arts curriculum fosters creativity, self-expression, and artistic and personal growth. Our courses in the performing and visual arts are foundational and fun, historical and hands-on, instructive and rewarding.
  13. 13. 14 The Arts Have a Place at Rectory Rectory students benefit from our modern, beautiful, and functional arts facilities: TheTang Performing Arts Center and the Collins Art Barn.TheTang Center, an outstanding venue for concerts, assemblies, and special programs, is an amphitheater with luxury seating for 236, with a fully equipped sound and lighting booth for multimedia and live performances.The Art Barn features two light-filled studios that accommodate a variety of media, and a state-of-the-art darkroom. Central to campus life, both facilities make possible a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities in the arts. Professional Performances at the Tang Center The endowed Ames Music Education Series brings professional performing groups to campus two or three times per year. Eclectic groups such as Rhythm Kitchen African Drumming, The Kokosingers from Kenyon College, The Turntablists (using turntables as instruments), Cool Cat Jazz, the world-renowned Boston Brass, and Dragon King Production’s Chinese Opera, enrich and entertain everyone. Music and Drama Students explore classical and contemporary music, learn to play a band instrument in an ensemble, study keyboard playing, and create compositions of their own using keyboards and computers. Every spring the Music Department produces a full-scale musical. The students who participate in this noteworthy performance are introduced to fundamentals of the stage: acting, set design, lighting, and sound.
  14. 14. 15 Let’s Play! In addition to the required ensemble playing, students may choose to participate in our performing groups: orchestra, band, jazz ensemble, chorus, school musical, guitar ensemble, African drumming, and pit orchestra. Seventy percent of the students at Rectory perform in these groups. Many also participate in our extensive program of private instrumental music lessons. Our strongest musicians audition for and perform at many state and regional music festivals each year. Major performances include the much-anticipated spring musical. In the past, Rectory students have staged original musicals, as well as such classics as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Music Man and Williy Wonka, Jr. Our famous Prism Concert in the fall features continuous sound. Groups in different parts of the concert hall perform one after the other, creating a full spectrum of sound that delights and amazes audiences. Multimedia Rectory students combine state-of-the-art technology with their own creativity in the hands-on course with projects in multimedia. Coursework in this ninth-grade elective focuses on learning skills in iMovie, completing assignments that implement those skills, then developing independent projects that follow students’ own interests, such as short films that cast students in the roles of writers, actors, directors, and videographers. Some students serve the school and hone their skills by videotaping school events or operating the soundboard and lighting equipment for concerts and plays at the Tang Center. Visual Arts Throughout the sequence of art courses, students create projects in a variety of media. As they conceive and work on producing their own art, students also learn about art history, art criticism, and aesthetics. The best example of the rich art curriculum may be our unique tradition of mask making. Students learn about mask making around the world as an expression of culture as well as individuality. Then, with the idea of creating something uniquely personal, fifth-grade classes make seed masks, sixth graders make paper masks, seventh graders make foil masks, and—in one of the most highly anticipated activities of the Rectory experience—eighth graders make clay masks. What does a mask reveal about its maker? It’s one of the very best questions to explore in Rectory’s art program.
  15. 15. participate Athletics Giving Your All Every Rectory student is involved in sports. Soccer, lacrosse, basketball, ice hockey, softball, fencing, football, golf…Rectory offers both traditional, competitive team sports and individually oriented and recreational activities. Having sports as a mandatory part of every school day promotes healthy minds and bodies. Our students develop positive attitudes toward physical fitness as they negotiate new challenges, improve their individual skills, and learn about teamwork and cooperation.
  16. 16. 18 Coaches Who Teach Rectory’s coaches have the credentials and the skills to coach at higher levels. They’re here because they truly enjoy nurturing the development of young players. Our coaches are also teachers whose goal, in and out of the classroom, is to provide the instruction and encouragement that helps each individual student achieve his or her potential. Rectory Is Competitive Our interscholastic sports program emphasizes healthy competition on all levels, providing challenges for the skilled athlete to the novice. We place students on teams based on ability, ensuring that participants get the most out of every sport. On junior varsity teams, students typically enjoy equal playing time and the opportunity to build skills and prove themselves as they approach the varsity level.
  17. 17. 19 Fall Sports Football Soccer Cross Country Field Hockey Winter Sports Ice Hockey Basketball Wrestling Fencing Spring Sports Lacrosse Tennis Track Baseball Softball Golf Facilities Gymnasium with Wrestling Room State-of-the-art Weight Room Football Field 6 Tennis Courts 3 Soccer/Lacrosse Fields Cross-Country Course Use of Local Golf Courses Use of Local Ice Hockey Rink Certified Low Ropes Challenge Course 138-Acre Campus with Hiking Trails
  18. 18. Our students flourish on a campus that is a center for learning for all ages.They also benefit from personal growth opportunities available in the greater community. belong Our Community Student Life, Experiential Learning, and Outreach Our students love it here—and not just because their academic experiences are so fulfilling. Rectory is a welcoming community and a great place to make friends, have fun, try something new, and discover how each person’s talents and energies can contribute to community life.
  19. 19. Rectory Students Have Spirit Rectory students show their school spirit by participating in student clubs and activities, doing service projects for the community, and being all-around good citizens. We even have a whole day that is all about enjoying the community we’re in: Black and Orange Day! It includes such crazy competitions as kickball in the snow, a dance-off in the gym, “Alaskan” baseball, tug of war, chess matches, and dodgeball. Being at Rectory is fun! 22 A Time for Reflection The Rectory School believes in educating the whole child. Therefore, we nurture and challenge the spiritual part of each student. The School offers nondenominational services that respect all faiths. Here, the students and faculty are free to pray, to become centered, or to sit quietly and reflect. On the weekends, there are services for all students in their respective places of worship. Extracurricular Activities Rectory students share a variety of interests and enjoy many opportunities for socializing and self-discovery. Student Council: Democracy, leadership, communication and cooperation are the hallmarks of the Student Council and its work. Each class section selects a Student Council representative, and the student body elects officers each year. The Student Council raises funds for charity, plans school dances and other student social functions, sponsors the school talent show, and interacts with administration on student issues. Student Newspaper: In publishing the DiRectory each term, students in grades 6 through 9 learn about interviewing, news writing, photography, layout, editorial cartooning, and desktop publishing. They take pride seeing their names in print and watching peers and faculty eagerly reading each issue. Annual Yearbook: Ninth-grade students undertake this major project with assistance from faculty advisers and the publishing company’s representative. Computer Club: Computer enthusiasts enjoy the use of computer labs for recreation and the improvement of technical skills. Volunteer Club: Rectory students are ready to help where there is a need, whether raking leaves on campus or helping out a local elderly person with yard cleaning or putting up storm windows. Environmental Club: Those students who want to help keep the area green promote awareness for conservation and campus beautification.
  20. 20. Boarding: At Home at Rectory Residential life at Rectory provides the comfort and safety that both parents and students seek in a boarding school. Dormitory faculty are always present when students are in the residence halls, and they maintain a warm, family-like atmosphere, with predictable routines, clear rules, and a sense of order and familiarity. Dormitory faculty consider their students to be extended members of their own families. Students feel at home hanging out, chatting, playing board games, and having snacks with their dorm parents. There is always something to do at Rectory on the weekends, with sports contests and Saturday morning clubs and activities, such as photography, cooking, computers, and model building. Boarders enjoy on-campus activities, as well as school sponsored excursions for skiing and snowboarding, visits to museums and amusement parks, and trips to plays, concerts, and sporting events. 23
  21. 21. Out-of-Class Learning Learning and personal growth are not limited to what happens in the academic classrooms at Rectory. Our students’ educational experiences are enriched by a variety of regularly scheduled, meaningful clubs and community service activities. In addition, our original March Experiential Learning Program (MELP) is a highly anticipated week in the year. 24 Compassion Towards Others Can one person make the world a better place? Rectory students think they can. They make a positive impact through several annual fund-raising and service projects each year. Hoops for Hunger is both a community outreach program that touches the lives of children and a way to collect food for needy families. On Saturday mornings in November and December, we invite local children to a free basketball clinic with Rectory’s ninth-grade basketball players. Families bring food items to be donated to a local food pantry. In this win-win-win situation, cans are collected for needy families; local kids improve their basketball skills and have a chance to interact with Rectory students from all over the world; and Rectory students combine leadership and service as instructors, friends, and role models to younger kids. Our Annual Holiday Drive and Heart-y Party are all-school efforts in community service. Everyone at Rectory is involved in donating, collecting, and making gifts. Our Holiday Helpers, under the leadership of “Elwin the Elf,” stuff many bags full of goodies to be distributed at hospitals, homeless shelters, and agencies dedicated to helping families in our area. Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is an all-school, all day event in May at a fairground where we walk or jog to raise money for the local chapter, remember the victims of cancer, and celebrate the survivors.
  22. 22. 25 Our Signature Adventure Program: MELP Adventure, discovery, and wonder are the hallmarks of Rectory’s March Experiential Learning Program, known as MELP. Students choose from nearly two dozen, five-day MELP courses, which involve such activities as touring the nation’s capital, horseback riding, African drumming, whale watching, dog training, and woodworking. One course brings Rectory students to Jamestown to learn about America’s first permanent English colony. In another course, Maritime Meanderings, students visit places along the Connecticut and Rhode Island shores to study their history. Guided by local artisans, Glass with Class members learn the art of glass cutting as they complete a finely crafted mosaic to hang in the school’s collection. A unique and integral part of the Rectory experience, MELP provides new occasions to explore, learn, and interact outside of the classroom. Clubs Program Every day is special at Rectory, but Monday afternoons in fall and spring bring additional excitement. Monday Clubs is a program where students choose an activity in which to participate each term. The choices span every taste. Students can elect to play traditional sports, such as soccer, basketball, golf, and tennis, or alternate sports, such as horseback riding, Frisbee disc golf, hiking, yoga, fitness training, wiffleball, and “The Game,” a vigorous combination of several sports. Monday Clubs also offers creative exploration and community service. Through these choices, Rectory students may discover new interests in musical theater, orchestra, photography, multimedia, fantasy sports, traditional board games, robotics, knitting, or the Stock Market Game, a nationally sponsored competition of investment skills. Those who wish to participate in the Community Service club work with the local Audubon Society and spruce up nearby hiking trails. Heartstrings and Woodwinds is an outreach club that brings joy through music to residents of area nursing homes and retirement facilities. Whether students pick an activity to exercise their minds or their bodies, to be contemplative or competitive, Rectory’s Monday Clubs enables our students to explore and develop interests they can enjoy throughout their lives.
  23. 23. Summer@Rectory is ideal for prospective students to learn about Rectory, for new students to prepare for their enrollment for the fall term, for returning students to reinforce their skills, and for any student to experience a rewarding and fun-filled summer. Summer@Rectory balances academics, athletics, fine and performing arts, and recreational activities. In the morning program, students refresh their academic knowledge and skills, learn study strategies, increase their English language proficiency, and explore new ideas through a variety of courses, including Individualized Instruction on a topic of their choice. The afternoon schedule features sports clinics, a workshop in musical theatre, and our recreational program, Afternoons of Fun. Weekend plans involve exciting field trips and off-campus adventures. Summer@Rectory offers all the qualities that characterize the Rectory experience: a caring faculty, a welcoming community, a lovely campus, and an individualized approach to personal and academic growth. 26 Summer @ Rectory Learning is a year-round activity at Rectory. We host a summer coeducational day and boarding program for students entering grades 5 – 9.
  24. 24. Music for All The Rectory School values its engagement with the greater community and is well known for being a community resource, especially with regard to music. Rectory is a center for musical training for students of all ages. 27 MARS Complementing the music lessons available to Rectory students, Music at Rectory School (MARS) fulfills the vision of Rectory’s Performing Arts Department to reach other musicians in the community. Through this popular afternoon program, highly qualified professional musicians and performers teach lessons in band and orchestral instruments, as well as voice, to people from surrounding towns in northeastern Connecticut. MARS makes its home in our wonderful music facility, the Tang Performing Arts Center, where the program also holds benefit concerts to raise money for MARS scholarships.
  25. 25. 28 An Ideal Setting Our 138-acre rural campus offers scenic beauty and security, as well as access to academic and cultural learning opportunities in nearby Boston, Providence, and Hartford. The Individual Focus Rectory has the capacity to meet the educational needs and aspirations of a wide range of students—from strong traditional learners to those who have inquisitive minds but need more academic support. A Small School Average class size: 10, Teacher:Student ratio: 1:4 Number of middle school students: Approximately 200 A Diverse Community Students of Color: 15%, International Students: 20% Boarders: 65%, Unique Human Beings: 100%! Come and experience the Rectory advantage! Rectory at a Glance “To work well, to play well; to think clearly, to speak truth; to win without pride, to lose without rancor; to have courage, and to be kind; this is a goal for the greatest; it is a goal that the least may reach. To teach this is the whole purpose of schools. To know this is the whole meaning of life.” John Brittain Bigelow (1910-2000) was the first student and second headmaster (1937-1974) of The Rectory School.
  26. 26. How to Apply You have begun an exciting adventure in searching for the school that is the perfect fit. Call or email us to make an appointment and plan to spend a couple of hours on campus to get the full picture of what we offer students. You will be interviewed by someone from the Admissions Team and go on a tour with two students who are eager to show you around, answer questions, and introduce you to classmates and faculty. The best time for a visit is during the school day so that you can see classes in session and eat in the dining hall. You may call for your application or find it online. Other necessary papers for you to send us are test results, a personal recommendation, and recommendations from your head of school, your English teacher and your mathematics teacher. Rectory has rolling admissions, so you may apply at any time. Our Location The Rectory School is situated on a beautiful campus on scenic Route 169 in the historic “Quiet Corner” of northeastern Connecticut. We are 42 miles east of Hartford, 35 miles west of Providence, 80 miles south of Boston, and 120 miles east of New York City. Therefore, we have easy access to the four major cities and airports in New England. Let Us Help You The Rectory School’s Admissions Office looks forward to sharing more information with you about applying. Please call us at 860-928-1328, or email us at admissions@rectoryschool.org. Find out more about Rectory on our website: www.rectoryschool.org Design:©PeapodDesign,NewCanaan,CT,Copywriting:LeslieVirostek,Editor:ClaudiaRicci,Proofreader:RuthHealy PrimaryPhotography:VickersandBeechler,AdditionalPhotography:JasonAllan,ClaudiaRicci,LisetteRimer,MaryLouSeaward, PaiKang,LisaGould,KerriNagle,LindsayShawPhotography
  27. 27. THE RECTORY SCHOOL 528 POMFRET STREET | POMFRET, CT 06258 | TEL. (860) 928-1328 | FAX (860) 928-4961 www.rectoryschool.org

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