The Academic Experience at Hotchkiss

The Hotchkiss School is committed to cultivating curiosity, excellence, and creativity.

Our students learn how to take risks, fail, persist, and succeed. The average class size is 12, and the learning environment is interactive and inclusive. In every class, students share their opinions. They speak up. They disagree. They learn from their teachers — and from one another.

With more than 200 courses in seven departments and small class sizes, our independent high school academic program offers a breadth and depth of study most students will not experience until college. Guided by thoughtful, engaged instructors, Hotchkiss students push themselves intellectually and form deep bonds with their classmates — whether they’re discussing environmental issues, examining global trends, or analyzing literature.

As a top college preparatory and boarding high school in Connecticut, our seven areas of study offer a comprehensive educational experience. These core disciplines include:

Within each of these areas is a developed curriculum offering each Hotchkiss student the chance to gain subject mastery. Every learner will gain a holistic education that speaks to the whole being, from the classic academics to individual expression and creativity.

Hotchkiss students develop clarity of thought, confidence and facility in expressing ideas, and artistic and aesthetic sensitivity. Our graduates leave Hotchkiss with a commitment to public service and environmental stewardship, informed by a greater understanding of themselves and their role in a global society.

Sample Course Work by Class Year

Learning Outside the Classroom

The greatest opportunities for growth often come from outside the classroom walls. At Hotchkiss, we've thoughtfully crafted signature programs for holistic, experience-based learning in the real world.