At Choate, your ability to define your true and unique self is fundamental.
Although no one accomplishment or interest will ever fully define who you are as a person, this experience will stick with you for the rest of your life—one of big changes, and impressive transformations.
Choate provides students with transformative and meaningful experiences that instill lifelong habits of learning, leadership, and service, shaped by innovative and passionate educators.
Our School is large enough to support a wide range of academic opportunities and extracurricular offerings, but small enough to support the connections and relationships that help our students thrive.
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.
An unmatched array of opportunities to pursue a specific interest in-depth.
From the i.d.Lab© to the St. John Hall student center, our academic and extracurricular spaces are designed and purpose built to support the student experience.
Learning doesn’t stop at 3 p.m.
As a student at Choate, you’ll explore your interests and pursue your passions well beyond the boundaries of a typical school day. When you live and learn here, the entire campus becomes your classroom, and there are opportunities for exploration everywhere you look.
This environment is designed to bring out the best in who you are. Every interest you pursue, every talent you develop, and every experience you embrace can lead you to new and unexpected places. This exploration will bring you well beyond the boundaries of what you thought possible.
Different perspectives, cultures & experiences each & every day
- Students from over 35 states & 35 countries
- An international alumni network of over 18,000
Rich, cultural experiences inside & outside the classroom
- Located in the heart of New England
- 2 hours from Boston & New York City
Lifelong friendships are forged.
- 458 acre campus in historic Wallingford, CT.
- Walking distance to shops, restaurants, parks & Wallingford train station.
None of us do this alone. Our supportive community encourages integrity, respect, and compassion through a network of students and faculty, and by a curriculum that recognizes the importance of being not only an excellent student, but a moral and ethical person.
I think there are a lot more support structures at Choate than I had in the past. Aside from faculty support in deans, advisers, and teachers, I’ve come to really appreciate student-to-student support. Choate was my first time experiencing peer-run support groups like the Writing Center, and many students also take advantage of the numerous student-run affinity groups. My friends and students in general are very open about discussing their challenges, and it’s helped me feel uplifted when I otherwise might have felt isolated.
My advisers and deans have always been open to having conversations when I’m feeling stressed or overloaded, and they have been instrumental in helping me work through issues. On the flip side, they’ve also been influential in advising my scheduling decisions when adding more classes or when inquiring about classes.
I love getting to have time with new students during orientation days. It's during this time together with all new students, as well as the Pathways Mentoring Program mentors and mentees, that my Associate Dean and I can clearly state to all new students: "You belong here as your whole self." Belonging is about accepting everyone fully, including differences and competencies.
Here at Choate, we have a long-standing network of support for our students coming from abroad, helping students adjust to boarding school, and supporting students with marginalized racial identities. Our Director of Global Programs also serves as Adviser to International Students. Both new International students and new students of color can opt in to mentoring programs where they are matched with returning upper-form international students and students of color, respectively. These programs are designed to foster mentoring relationships, inclusion, and belonging throughout the whole year. In addition, all residential faculty advisers and the amazing Student Activities Team, are committed to imparting support, wisdom and FUN to students who are new to boarding school.
Before attending Choate, I did not know about the many opportunities presented to me here that I never even thought I could do. Everyone here is positive and generous, and their excitement gives me the courage to try new things.
I think the brilliance of going to Choate is that I do not have to decide on one main interest. Instead, I can pursue several main interests at the same time. The multitude of interests that everyone has here is what makes the campus vibrant and unique. I really enjoy caring for my community and being a part of the Student Council. I also enjoy playing soccer, basketball; and I had the opportunity to do Crew this year, and I absolutely fell in love with the sport. Overall I get to engage in all of my interests here at Choate, and that’s what makes the experience so rewarding.
Before returning to teaching, I spent six years as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy, serving on USS ENTERPRISE, in Baghdad, and at the Pentagon. Both in the Navy and at Choate, the opportunity to be surrounded by such talented and committed people, each working diligently in pursuit of a common set of goals, is invigorating.
Particularly in history and government classes, the chance to help students see how we got to where we are now is just exhilarating. With the curriculum development grants that I’ve received over the last few summers, I’ve been able to tailor the courses and assignments to areas that I know will resonate with students and colleagues, as well as designing a new course, on the history of the Quinnipiac, Wallingford, Rosemary Hall, and Choate, from scratch. That sort of structure personal engagement is central to the Choate experience and, when it works, which it usually does, it’s awesome. When it doesn’t, which is rare, there are ample avenues to improve on the experience and ensure that the students are getting the most out of their time around the table.
Choate helps me find my passion by providing a diverse variety of opportunities for all Choate students. For example, the signature programs, 100+ clubs or even the broad span of courses that allow students to dig deeper into subjects that interest them. Through this, Choate has helped me find my best self by challenging me to balance homework, club meetings, and socializing, which has helped my time management skills. And as the year went on, I became more comfortable with speaking in class, and opening up to my friends, teachers, and faculty.
Choate has inspired me to express my creativity and opinions through writing in my English 100 class, to inspiring me to run for both student council and especially Judicial Committee, to being able to voice my thoughts on current social matters to my pears due to the strong, bold, and amazing upperclassman leaders.
Nothing can compare to the amazing discussions that happen on this campus—on the paths after practice, in the dorms, in the dining hall, and—of course—in classrooms. When you have ten young people around a seminar table and you’re discussing—for example—the advantages and disadvantages of a separation between church and state, there is so much engagement, connection, and passion for learning that is a natural result of the diverse life experiences of our students.
To take a course on international relations with students from nine different countries—as has happened here—is unforgettable! I remember hearing a small group of girls sitting in the locker room after basketball practice one winter discussing where the “seat of the soul” was in the body according to the spiritual traditions they grew up with. Some were pointing to their heads, some to their hearts, and one to her stomach! It was so cool! These conversations don’t happen in many other contexts.
The connection between teachers and students was unlike anything I have ever experienced, and it was life-changing. Teachers weren’t just instructors, they were friends, colleagues, coaches, and neighbors.
It sounds cliche, but I encourage all new students to jump at every opportunity to be uncomfortable. I looked at Choate as a blank canvas, and was something of a “yes-man” my first year. I tried new clubs, introduced myself to new people, explored new sports, and put my fears aside and offered myself to learning and growth.