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|The Loomis Chaffee School|
|Type||Private, boarding, day|
|Motto||Ne Cede Malis|
|Head of school||Sheila Culbert|
|Average class size||11 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|
The Loomis Chaffee School (LC or Loomis) is an independent school, or college preparatory school, for boarding and day students grades 9–12, including postgraduates, located in Windsor, Connecticut. Loomis Chaffee is a member of the Ten Schools Admissions Organization.
The school was chartered in 1874 by five siblings who had lost all their children and were determined to found a school as a gift to the children of others.
The roots of Loomis Chaffee run as far back as 1639, when Joseph Loomis and his family first settled at the confluence of the Farmington and Connecticut River. Several generations later, the inspiration for the school was born out of family tragedy, when, in the early 1870s, four Loomis brothers and their sister had outlived all their children.
As a memorial to their own offspring, and as a gift to future children, they pooled their considerable estates to found a secondary school called The Loomis Institute to educate young persons, "hoping and trusting that some good may come to posterity, from the harvest, poor though it be, of our lives." The original 1640 Loomis Homestead was chosen as the site where their dream would become reality.
James Chaffee Loomis, Hezekiah Bradley Loomis, Osbert Burr Loomis, John Mason Loomis, and Abigail Sarah Loomis Hayden planned a school that would offer both vocational and college preparatory courses. (Vocational offerings were discontinued during the later development of the school.) The institution would have no religious or political admission criteria. Boys and girls would be given as free an education as the endowment would allow. The Loomis Institute opened its doors in 1914 to 39 boys and five girls. In 1926, their girls’ division broke off to focus more closely on girls’ educational issues and became The Chaffee School.
Both schools continued to expand. The Loomis Institute built several new facilities in 1967, and the two schools reunited in 1970, forming The Loomis Chaffee School. Six years later it began admitting girls as boarders. The reunification led to a major revision of the curriculum, which combined a demanding basic program with a broad range of electives in art, music, philosophy, religion and other subjects.
The Loomis Chaffee School has enjoyed a period of unprecedented growth since the 1970s. It strengthened its endowment to bolster financial aid and broadened the diversity of the student body. Recent additions to the school are Norton Family Center for the Common Good, The Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies, and The Henry R. Kravis '63 Center for Excellence in Teaching.
Finances, tuition and financial aid
The students (2016-17)
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.
All students participate in interscholastic, intramural or daytime athletic programs each trimester. Interscholastic varsity and junior varsity competition for boys and girls is offered on 55 teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming/diving, tennis, track, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. There are an additional 19 intramural sports, including both team sports and "lifetime and leisure" sports like yoga and weight lifting. Freshman-level teams are offered in soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, boys basketball and boys tennis.
Facilities include a double gymnasium and two other gymnasia, supporting basketball and volleyball courts; a fitness center and a weight room, totaling 6,300 square feet (590 m2); a 25-meter, six-lane swimming pool; an enclosed hockey rink; a 400-meter, eight-lane, all-weather track; eight international squash courts; 17 tennis courts; a 3.1-mile (5.0 km) cross-country course; two baseball diamonds; two softball diamonds; 17 fields for football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey; and a golf practice driving range, putting green and sand trap.
More than 40 percent of students participate in some sort of music program. Students have a wide range of classes to choose from including orchestra, chamber music, concert band, concert choir, concert singers, jazz band, and much more. There are also many student-run clubs and organizations such as Musical Revue, Open Mic nights, and Acapelicans. Practice rooms and studios are also open on weekdays and Sundays for practice, lessons, and rehearsals.
Students have many opportunities to listen to performances in recital samplers, seasonal major ensemble concerts, guest musician visits and performances, the student-run Musical Revue, Connecticut regional and state competitions and festivals, and student-inspired recitals, projects, and productions. Guest musicians often join students for masterclasses in orchestra, chamber music, band, and other classes.
Musicians also take part in festivals each year. The 2018 Connecticut All-State High School Festival in Hartford featured selected vocal and instrumental musicians Cameron Purdy '18, Noah Yoon '18, Sarah Gyruina '18, Makayla McPherson '20, Emma Kane '21, Clara Chen '21 and Ethan Levinbrook '20.
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.
The Loomis Chaffee Log is a student-run, school-sponsored newspaper. Its readership includes students, faculty, parents, and alumni. Published monthly by a team of student editors, the Log is now in its 101st year. It recently launched an online edition, thelclog.org, to stay current with growing trends in today's media. A second paper, The Maroon & Grey, created by Caleb Rudnicki '15 and William Meng '16, has been published to provide students with satirical content about issues ranging from school topics to worldwide news. Unfortunately, recently, Maroon and Grey has been terminated.
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