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Choate + Wallingford

Since the School’s earliest founding on Rosemary Farm in 1890, the Town of Wallingford and Choate Rosemary Hall have enjoyed a shared history of growth and prosperity. Our “School Upon the Hillside” continues to celebrate and support this vibrant community.

Community Service

Each year, 865 Choate students fulfill a community service requirement by participating in special events and projects with the following local organizations:

  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center
  • Connecticut Food Bank
  • High Roads Academy
  • HUBCAP Wallingford
  • International Red Cross
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Masonic Home and Hospital, Gaylord & Ashlar Village Rehabilitation Center, Regency House Convalescent Center and MidState Medical Center
  • Master’s Manna
  • Meriden Humane Society
  • New Haven Reads
  • Rotary Club of Wallingford
  • Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW)
  • United Way of Wallingford
  • Wallingford Boy Scouts
  • Wallingford Center Inc.
  • Wallingford Center YMCA
  • Wallingford Chamber of Commerce
  • Wallingford Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Wallingford Emergency Shelter
  • Wallingford Hawks Youth Hockey Association
  • Wallingford Girl Scouts
  • Wallingford Learning Community and Wallingford Community Day Care Center
  • Wallingford Public Library
  • Wallingford Public Schools
  • Wallingford Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Association
  • Wallingford Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign
  • Wallingford Senior Center
  • Wallingford Symphony Orchestra
  • Wallingford Ulbrich Boys and Girls Club

Campus Use

Choate underwrites the cost of the following uses of its facilities:

  • Wallingford Parks & Recreation sponsored activities including Adaptive Skate, Adaptive Swim, and the annual Childrens’ Triathalon
  • TWIST, The Wallingford Invitational Soccer Tournament
  • Wallingford Hawks Youth Ice Hockey League
  • Sheehan High School Ice Hockey Team
  • Wallingford Symphony Orchestra — Choate hosts five community concerts annually
  • The Learning Community, the Wallingford Family YMCA-operated day care and nursery school
  • Annual Walk for Autism
  • Wallingford Little League Tryouts
  • United Way of Meriden and Wallingford Annual NFL Players Youth Clinic

Community Events -

In recent years, Choate Rosemary Hall hosted and underwritten the following special events and fundraisers to benefit local organizations:

  • Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary Gala (2015)
  • Wallingford YMCA 70th Anniversary Celebration (2015)
  • Celebrate Wallingford (2015)
  • Wallingford Symphony Orchestra 40th Anniversary Season (2015)
  • SCOW Concert Fundraiser (2012 and 2014)

Economic Impact

School Payroll

Choate is among the largest employers in Wallingford, with 373 faculty and staff all living in Wallingford or nearby towns. An additional 79 people are employed by SAGE Dining Services and 57 by ABM Custodial Services. Total salaries and wages, exclusive of retirement benefits, for all people employed at Choate totals $35.1 million representing 44% of the School’s annual operating budget.

In 2015, Choate Rosemary Hall made a commitment to increase the minimum wage to $11 for contract employees. This year’s increase is estimated to impact 100 local families. The move is part of a three-year plan to bring employees closer to an appropriate living wage.

School Purchases

Annual expenditures are estimated at $6.0 million in equipment, maintenance and repair projects including local purchase of vehicles, supplies, equipment and contract labor. An additional $2.3 million per year is spent on utilities (electric, gas and oil) purchased from local vendors.

In 2015, the School constructed Lanphier Center for Computer Science and Mathematics with Hartford based Newfield Construction. In addition, Choate gifted a boathouse property assessed at $230,000 to the Town of Wallingford in exchange for a 90-foot portion of Beaumont Avenue (part of a dead end road near campus).

Visitor Spending

More than 2,000 parents, alumni and other visitors patronize Wallingford-area restaurants and overnight accommodations, as do the nearly 1,500 families with prospective students who visit each year.

Designated Financial Aid

Wallingford students (approximately 18) receive $230,000 annually; average award $25,660 for day students. Four students are Andrew B. Noel Wallingford Scholars. The Andrew Bernard Noel III Wallingford Scholars Program supports outstanding students enrolling at Choate who reside in Wallingford and who demonstrate potential for academic excellence, exhibit strong character, and possess leadership qualities and diverse talents. Named in honor of Andy Noel, former Director of Financial Aid and Wallingford resident, this program recognizes Noel's commitment to financial aid and his dedication to community both at Choate and in the Town of Wallingford. Noel–Wallingford Scholars will receive significant assistance to attend Choate during the traditional school year and will also receive a stipend to attend Summer Programs prior to entering their first year at Choate.

School Contributions

In recent years, Choate has made financial contributions to the following organizations:

  • Wallingford Public Schools (Planetarium Project and Computer Donation)
  • New Haven READS
  • Holy Trinity School Basketball Tournament
  • Moses Y. Beach Elementary School - Winter Wonderland
  • Holiday for Giving
  • HUBCAP
  • YMCA Community Day Walk Sponsor
  • Christian Community Action (New Haven)

Financial Statements

The files below are the Choate Rosemary Hall Foundation, Inc. Financial Statements. They have been externally audited by our accounting firm BlumShapiro.

The Financial Statement provides an overall understanding of the financial health of the School.


Year 2014 and 2015
Financial Statement