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Avon Old Farms School Avon, CT

Brewster Academy Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Nestled in a resort community, Brewster Academy offers a student-centered, highly interactive, and collaborative college preparatory environment. The Brewster curriculum integrates best practices – guided practice, differentiation, peer tutoring, collaboration, project-based learning, and emotional literacy – to put the student at the center of the learning process. The faculty is dedicated and expert at teaching both knowledge and application skills and adept at understanding and teaching to individual learning styles. With a 1:1 laptop program in place for the past 20 years, use of innovative technologies to optimize teaching and

Since 1927, Avon Old Farms has been a leader in preparing young men for higher education, and the world. Avon is a dynamic community of learning with a rigorous curriculum anchored in the liberal arts. By understanding boys – and with appreciation for their sense of humor, their energy, and how they learn – we have created the kind of environment where our students are able to become their best selves. Avon is conveniently located in the heart of the Farmington River Valley. Our founder, Theodate Pope Riddle, an accomplished American architect, created a campus with the feel of an English village on over 860 acres of Connecticut countryside. The Cotswold-inspired architecture reflects the traditional approach to education that is so successful here. Avon’s teachers are experts in their fields who bring lessons to life and create compelling context for discussion. Creativity, innovation, and collaboration are taught by example through humor, inquiry, and debate. Small classes mean that every voice is heard and every question answered. At Avon we understand the importance of personal connection, especially during adolescence; this is why we have held strong to the model of a faculty member who advises, teaches, mentors, and coaches our boys. Athletics is an honored tradition at Avon and, we believe, a valuable part of a complete education. Our athletic program is one of the best in the country and we attribute our success to experienced coaches, excellent facilities, strong competition, and an emphasis on things that matter most: teamwork, determination, and sportsmanship. Another way Avon boys come together is through the arts. Our rich and varied programs in music and the visual and performing arts provide many opportunities for boys to express themselves creatively and form meaningful connections with peers. Our students have been honored locally, regionally,


learning is at the foundation of its program. Knowing that EQ is as important as IQ (if not more so) to success, Brewster has partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to implement a skills-based approach designed to help students use and reason with emotion to develop competency, skills, and knowledge related to character development, social awareness, and life skills. Competitive athletics, a rich arts curriculum, and an intensive community life program offer a community of learning and leadership opportunities. Students live in 20 dormitories with faculty and their families; most dorms boast views of the lake and mountains. Brewster’s athletics program serves both the competitive athlete who plans to play in college and the recreational athlete who prefers a less intense sports experience. Indoor athletic facilities include an athletics and wellness center with a convertible turf floor, an indoor track, a rowing tank, and a fitness center; and a climbing barn. Outside, six playing fields, including a new synthetic turf, nine tennis courts, and a boathouse for the sailing and crew teams sit along the school’s ½-mile of shoreline on Lake Winnipesaukee. Anderson Hall, an enhanced and expanded 450-seat performing arts center, opened in September after extensive renovations. A dance studio, blackbox theatre, and music practice rooms round out the performing arts spaces while a studio for more traditional arts and pottery and classrooms for digital arts and the latest hardware, software, and tools for producing digital media complete the visual and performing arts facilities. The Academy’s leaders believe it is the relentless centrality of the school’s focus – to prepare students for college; to prepare them to understand and manage their emotions, to learn to be adaptable, and to be lifelong learners that makes Brewster a relevant choice in a time of great change. Contact: Denise Morrill at 800-842-9961 admissions@brewsteracademy.org www.brewsteracademy.org; www.brewsteracademy.org/tour www.facebook.com/BrewsterAdmissions


and nationally for their creative accomplishments. Most impressive, however, Avon is a place where you can draw, paint, play an instrument, sing or act whether you have had years of experience or none. As a college preparatory school, one of our goals is to identify and facilitate the right matches between Avon students and institutions of higher learning. Our boys typically begin the college counseling process during sophomore year, setting expectations and goals early so that by the time they are seniors, they are prepared to take the lead on this leg of their journey to adulthood. Our core values of brotherhood, integrity, scholarship, and sportsmanship, are fundamental to life at Avon, and stay with our graduates for a lifetime. Avon Old Farms School: 500 Old Farms Road, Avon, CT 06001. 800-464-2866; www.AvonOldFarms.com


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