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.
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
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
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
- Wallingford YMCA 70th Anniversary Celebration
- Celebrate Wallingford
- Wallingford Symphony Orchestra 40th Anniversary Season
- SCOW Concert Fundraiser
Choate Rosemary Hall remains one of the largest employers in Wallingford, with 326 full time faculty and staff living in Wallingford or nearby towns. An additional 69 people are employed by SAGE Dining Services and 51 by ABM Custodial Services to support Choate operations. Total salaries and wages, exclusive of benefits and taxes, for those employed at Choate totals $29.2 million representing 47% of the School’s annual operating budget.
Choate recently made a commitment to increase the minimum wage to $13 for contract employees by the fiscal year 2019. This year’s increase is estimated to impact 100 local families. The move is part of a multi-year plan to bring employees closer to an appropriate living wage.
Annual expenditures are estimated at $6.4 million in equipment, maintenance and repair projects including local purchase of vehicles, supplies, equipment and contract labor. An additional $2.1 million per year is spent on utilities (electric, gas and oil) purchased from local suppliers.
In recent years, the School has undertaken $85 million of large construction projects. In most instances, the School has used local architects and construction companies including Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects of New Haven, Shawmut Design and Construction of North Haven and Newfield Construction from Hartford. The School encourages the construction companies to use local or regional sub-contractors where ever possible.
More than 2,500 parents, grandparents, alumni, and other campus visitors patronize Wallingford-area restaurants and use overnight accommodations annually. Over 2,200 additional prospective students and families who visited campus and Wallingford as part of the application process this year.
Designated Financial Aid
44 current Choate students reside in the Town of Wallingford. These students receive a total of $1.13 million in financial aid in various amounts depending on need. Four students are currently designated as 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 receive significant assistance to attend Choate during the school year and also receive a stipend to attend Summer Programs prior to entering their first year at Choate.
In recent years, Choate has made significant financial contributions to the following organizations:
- Wallingford Center Inc.
- Wallingford 350th Jubilee Committee
- Wallingford Public Schools
Wallingford and Choate Rosemary Hall have shared a history of growth and prosperity.