About Westminster

A Challenging College-Preparatory Experience

Westminster School, in Simsbury, Connecticut, enjoys a reputation as one of the finest college-preparatory schools, and certainly one of the very top small boarding schools, in the country. The challenging academic program, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, prepares boys and girls in grades 9-12 and postgraduate for academic success and the rigors of college while cultivating in them a love of learning that becomes a lifelong habit.

Westminster School is a diverse, close-knit community of 95 faculty and 425 students (75% boarding, 25% day students) from across the country and around the world. Over one-third of the students receive financial aid from the $6.2 million awarded each year.

Westminster School, on its 200-acre north-central Connecticut campus, is a place where scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship and leadership thrive. Set in a small New England town north of Hartford, Westminster is walking distance from Simsbury's vibrant town center, is convenient to both New York City and Boston, and is just twenty minutes from Bradley International Airport.

Since its founding in 1888, Westminster School has been committed to a challenging, college-preparatory experience. Our core values — community, character, balance, involvement — and our commitment to excellence are the lifeblood of the School. Our motto — virtute et numine – by grit and grace — defines and distinguishes the experience, our community and our alumni.

As an independent, coeducational, secondary school, we demand high academic standards, participation in the arts and athletics, and a strong commitment to service for others. The unique combination of grit and grace is what makes Westminster people successful, on the Hill and beyond.

At a Glance

  • High school grades 9-12 and Postgraduate
  • 425 Students (co-ed)
  • Boarding and Day
  • Students from 25 states and 20 countries
  • 95 Faculty
  • Located in Simsbury, Connecticut
  • A New England town of 25,000 residents
  • New York City and Boston, Mass. are within 2 hours driving time
  • Bradley International Airport is 20 minutes away
  • Founded in 1888

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Independent School Accreditation and Memberships

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
  • Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP)
  • Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE)
  • The National Employment Minority Network (NEMNET)
  • School Year Abroad (SYA)
  • Founders League
  • SPHERE Consortium

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  • Founders League Schools

    Avon Old Farms School
    Choate Rosemary Hall
    Ethel Walker School
    The Hotchkiss School
    Kent School
    Kingswood Oxford School
    Loomis Chaffee School
    Miss Porter’s School
    Northfield Mount Hermon School
    The Taft School
    Trinity-Pawling School
    Westminster School
  • SPHERE Schools

    Avon Old Farms School
    Cobb School
    Ethel Walker School
    Kingswood Oxford School
    Loomis Chaffee School
    Miss Porter’s School
    Pomfret School
    Renbrook School
    Suffield Academy
    Watkinson School
    Westminster School

Contact Us

995 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, Connecticut 06070

P. (860) 408-3000
F. (860) 408 3001
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
In keeping with our support for a diverse community, Westminster abides by all applicable federal and state laws and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristic, including race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national and ethnic origin, ancestry and/or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Westminster admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. 
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