Who We Are


The Hotchkiss School is an independent boarding school located in Lakeville, Connecticut. Founded in 1891, the school provides an education of unsurpassed quality to 600 students in grades 9 through 12, and to a small number of postgraduates. Students at Hotchkiss come from across the United States and 34 countries. Graduates attend many of the most selective universities and colleges.

Statement of Goals and Purposes

The Hotchkiss School strives to develop in students a lifelong love of learning, responsible citizenship, and personal integrity. We are a community based on trust, mutual respect, and compassion, and we hold all members of the community accountable for upholding these values.

The School is committed to mastery of learning skills, development of intellectual curiosity, excellence, and creativity in all disciplines, and enthusiastic participation in athletics and other school activities. We encourage our students to develop clarity of thought, confidence and facility in expressing ideas, and artistic and aesthetic sensitivity. We expect all members of the community, in and out of the classroom, to subject their views and actions to critical examination and to accept responsibility for them. We hope that our graduates will leave Hotchkiss with a commitment to service to others and to environmental stewardship, and with a greater understanding of themselves and of their responsibilities in a global society.


The Hotchkiss School is an accredited member of the following organizations and affiliations:

Global Education Benchmark Group

Confucius Institute Headquarters International Division (Hanban)
Connecticut Association of Independent Schools
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
Cum Laude Society
Educational Records Bureau
Global Education Benchmark Group
Independent School Experiential Education Network (ISEEN)
National Association of Independent Schools
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
The Round Square Conference of Schools
Secondary School Admission Test Board

By The Numbers
71%Faculty with graduate degrees
224Courses in six departments
1:4Teaching Faculty-student ratio
Average class size12
51% and 49%Girls and Boys
32%American students of color
17%International students
35 and 34Home states and countries and other territories
33%Students receiving financial aid
827Campus acres
12, 2, 1Dorms, Lakes, Forest
93%Boarding students
7%Day students
4, 12, 2Telescopes, Steinway pianos, Hockey rinks
Levels of language instruction in Chinese, French, German, Latin, Greek, Spanish, and Russian
7Premier off-campus semester programs with study in New York City, Maine, the Rocky Mountains, France, Italy, the People's Republic of China, and Spain
50%Student musicians
19Interscholastic sports
65And counting...clubs, community service organizations, music ensembles, and student publications
100%College matriculation