Campus & Community
Choate cultivates a vibrant community of principled individuals from diverse backgrounds and unites them through common purpose, active engagement, and mutual respect.
We value shared experiences and traditions that shape character, build cohesion, generate school spirit, and foster lifelong connections.
Characteristics central to the character of the Choate community are integrity, respect, and compassion.
Integrity means, at root, to be whole. We must each work toward self-knowledge, self-awareness; the beliefs and values that spring from this should be reflected in our behavior. Integrity requires honesty in our academic work and our personal lives; such honesty is crucial for nurturing individual relationships and a community of trust. As we build integrity, we must develop the ability to stand up for what is right.
Respect involves treating oneself and others with dignity. This includes the acceptance, perhaps even the celebration, of our differences. Respect also includes taking responsibility for our commitments to ourselves and to others, as well as treating all people in a fair, nonprejudicial manner. Respect should extend beyond the Choate community and characterize our interactions with all individuals.
Compassion means having a true understanding of, and sympathy for, the condition and needs of others. This requires developing an awareness of what is happening in the lives of other people. Such awareness forms the foundation for, and encouragement of, acts of generosity and support for those in need.
Students, faculty, staff, and families live by the Choate Rosemary Hall Statement of Expectations.
Choate’s Office of Equity and Inclusion continues to build upon the impressive groundwork of the School’s Diversity Education Committee and the Choate Diversity Student Association, to develop a school-wide approach to diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence. Since 1989, when the first Office of Multicultural Affairs was created, our commitment to diversity remains a core value of the School. Through day-to-day activities, curriculum, and school-wide celebrations, we seek to raise awareness and encourage understanding of differences of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, geographical origin, and sexual orientation.
Choate recognizes, supports, and affirms the multi-faith nature of society, the student body, and the school community. Spiritual Life programming seeks to encourage ethical practice and moral development, to support students from diverse religious and spiritual traditions, to guide students in their spiritual formation and search for meaning and to foster multi-faith dialogue. The Director of Spiritual Life, visiting chaplains, and faculty advisers in Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions guide students in a variety of religious expressions.
Service-learning opportunities seek to link Choate students with the community of Wallingford and the surrounding towns by blending education and compassion with civic responsibility and citizenship. Through experiential learning and reflection, the Community Service program helps individuals at our school build character, develop moral foundations, and nurture a lifelong commitment to service. As an able community, we strive to acknowledge and implement our global responsibilities towards understanding and helping others.
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
The safety and care of the Choate community is a top priority. Choate Community Safety officers monitor the campus 24 hours a day on foot, by car, and by bike. Access to academic buildings and residential houses is limited by key card access to students and residents. Safety call buttons (“blue lights”) are installed at various intervals around campus. Regular safety drills prepare students, faculty, and staff for potential crisis scenarios.
“We Gather Together”
Nearly every week throughout the year, Choate students, faculty, and staff come together for School Meeting. It is a time for us celebrate, reflect, and share the accomplishments, hardships, and efforts of our community members and as a whole. A highlight for many are our Choate Talks – personal reflections shared with the community.
We also gather regularly for Community Lunch. A welcome reprieve from a busy day, Community Lunch is an opportunity to share a meal and some time together.
Choate has a number of Speakers Programs that bring renowned thought leaders to campus to energize, educate, and expand student and faculty perspectives and to broaden conversations about important topics in the world and within our community.