The Gunnery


Boarding School Slogan

“Vir Bonus Semper Disciplus Est”

Boarding School Description

The founder of The Gunnery, Frederick W. Gunn, held the notion that strength of character should be the true goal of education. Fittingly, the school works on the basis of his believed four cornerstones of character: scholarship, mutual respect, physical fitness, and personal integrity. This mantra extends itself to the rigorous academic curriculum and the faculty that instructs a student body for collegiate life and beyond. The values taught here motivate students to become mature adults, dedicated to service and a lifetime of achievement.

Boarding School Information


Address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington

State: Connecticut

Phone: 860-868-7334

Boarding School Duration: 1850

Boarding School Category: co-ed, non-denominational


220 acres


The Gunnery offers 16 interscholastic sports: Alpine skiing, baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, snowboarding, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate frisbee, and wrestling. There are also 26 extracurricular organizations for students to participate in: Amnesty International, Chorale, College Club, Community Council, Community Service, Dance Club, Debate Club, Drama, Green Club (environmental group), Gunn Society, International Club, Jazz Ensemble, Math Club, Model UN Club, Outdoor Club, Private Music Lessons, Prom Committee, Radio Club, School Literary Magazine Stray Shot, Ski Club, Student Activities Council, Student Newspaper (The Gunnery News), Troubadours (singing), Ultimate Frisbee Club, Vocab Builders for SAT Club, Yearbook – The Red and Gray

What to expect

The Gunnery offers a multifaceted program that combines extensive academic programs with athletics, arts programs and community service opportunities. Nearly a quarter of the students are international and over 60% of the faculty have an advanced degree. A small teacher to student ratio of 1:5 ensures that all students receive the attention necessary to excel at the university level upon graduation.

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