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Westover School Middlebury, CT

Avon Old Farms School Avon, CT

Westover School, a leading college-preparatory school for girls since its founding in 1909, is a selective boarding and day school in Middlebury, Connecticut, with 206 students in grades 9-12 from 18 states and 19 countries. The School offers its studentsmore than 20Advanced Placement courses as well as signature programs in science, engineering, art history, and music. Westover engages young women in a powerful college-prep foundation. From that firm foundation, students build up and out, using our broad and diverse curriculum as building blocks. Students choose from compelling interdisciplinary electives and dive into Signature Programs in music, science, engineering, finance, global exchanges, and more. Westover’s Signature Programs offer our students a wide range of educational experiences. The first two programs established were the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program, begun in 1992, which encourages students to pursue careers in fields of technology, and the Manhattan School of Music Program, which since 1990 has allowed Westover students with a serious interest in music to study at the prestigious music school’s pre-college division in New York City. Our Global Exchange Programs offers diverse opportunities to study abroad – cultural exchange programs with schools in Jordan, South Africa, England, Australia, and China, and language immersion exchanges with schools in France and Spain. Westover also offers a travel program for students to visit the Maranyundo School for Girls in Rwanda, a middle school established in 2007 with the support of Westover alumnae, administrators, and faculty. Other Signature Programs include the Online School for Girls (OSG). Westover is a founding member of this consortium of all-girl schools offering online courses taught by consortium faculty. Invest in Girls (IIG)

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, 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;


offers students financial education workshops and one-on-one mentoring with women financial professionals. The Westover Poets Program provides writing skill workshops and the opportunity for our award-winning young writers to study with visiting poets. The Sonja Osborn Museum Studies Internship (SOMSI) is offered in conjunction with Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington; it offers students opportunities to conduct independent research in art, architecture, and history while assisting the museum staff in event management and curatorial services. All of these programs support Westover’s Mission: “To provide an environment which inspires the intellectual, artist, athlete, and philosopher in each student. Westover challenges young women to embrace diversity, and to grow intellectually and spiritually. Westover encourages integrity, responsibility, and commitment to community in every student.”


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