A Message from our Head of School
Imagine your sixth-grade class walking to the Hog River weekly to measure and chart the number of macroinvertebrates in the water. Or when you are in 8th grade, imagine learning the meaning behind a select, unique passage from Shakespeare, then memorizing and performing it in front of an amphitheater full of schoolmates and parents...and being slightly nervous, but mostly confident about it. Or maybe you love the arts; at Watkinson School, students who are serious about the arts annually enjoy more than a dozen field trips focused on the arts. Perhaps you are interested in what’s happening in the world. Our global studies program gives students context and helps students seriously weigh the important issues facing our world today.  Maybe what you really are interested in is a college counseling process where your interests and hopes for your future are truly at the center of the process.  

Watkinson School distinguishes itself with small classes, on average about a dozen students, where students are known well by their teachers.  Students lead in myriad ways -- in our classrooms, athletic fields, studios, stages, and their communities. To find our more, please come to our next open house.
I hope you will come for a visit soon.

Thank you very much for your interest in Watkinson School.

Best regards,

Teri Schrader
Head of School
Watkinson School at a Glance
• Founded in 1881
• Coed day school
• Grades 6-PG (Post graduate year)
• 260 students from 43 towns, reflecting a wide range of academic, personal and socioeconomic backgrounds
• Faculty includes 43 teachers, 26 of whom hold master’s degrees or above
• Student-teacher ratio 6:1
• Average class size 13
• Trimester calendar
• Advisor system focuses around the school’s core values; each advisor guides 6-8 students; advisors and students meet daily
• Students of color: 29%
• 8 Middle School, 17 Upper School interscholastic athletic teams fielded annually; Hudson Valley Athletic League and New England Prep School Athletic Council
A current parent describes attending a Watkinson graduation: "Graduation is an event that is extraordinary and to experience it is to refresh your faith in education, community and our future. I was alternately overwhelmed with emotion, prouder than I ever thought I could be and unimaginably humbled by what I saw and heard. I sat next to another current parent and—thank God for that—she handed me tissues at every possible opportunity and I needed them all."
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Awards and Accreditations

• Founding Member of the National Center for Independent School Renewal

• Named a Lead School by the Coalition of Essential Schools

• Member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools

• Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
• Received the 2010 CT Association of Independent Schools Award for Leadership