Featured School: Choate Rosemary Hall

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Located in Wallingford, Connecticut, Choate Rosemary Hall is co-educational independent secondary school (grades 9 through postgraduate) integrating 21st century innovation with traditional strengths.

For over 125 years, Choate has been a forward-thinking, innovative boarding and day community that boasts deep traditional roots with an emphasis on character development and a love of both teaching and learning. At Choate Rosemary Hall we believe creativity and collaboration are natural by-products of the opportunity we have to live and learn together.

As a school, we are dedicated to transformative student experiences, as well as to cultivating a vibrant cohesive community that also celebrates diversity and instills life-long habits of learning, leadership, and service.

Whether students choose to immerse themselves in our core academic program – with honors and/or Advanced Placement courses in all disciplines; academic teams in mathematics, debate, economics, robotics, and Model U.N. – or to become involved in a signature program in the Arts, Science Research, Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, Environmental Immersion, or Study Abroad – Choate provides the opportunity for students to explore existing interests and passions as well as to discover new ones.

Choate’s curriculum is evolving every day through innovative programming in our state-of-the art facilities:

  • Kohler Environmental Center (KEC) is a first of its kind teaching, research, and residential environmental The LEED Platinum-Certified facility, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, is home to the honors and interdisciplinary Environmental Immersion Program (EIP), a year-long residential academic experience, and Choate’s Sustainable Food Project. The center is situated on 266 acres of mixed forest, wetlands, meadows, and agricultural fields. These diverse habitats are used for scientific research and provide inspiration for the interdisciplinary study of environmental science, literature, the social sciences, and the arts. The food produced in our gardens and orchards is used in the KEC kitchen. In addition to growing food, students in the EIP examine the complex issues surrounding environmental sustainability.
  • Cameron and Edward Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science, a LEED Gold- Certified building designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, opened in March 2015. Designed to support hands-on learning, the facility fosters collaboration and creativity with spaces for students to work in Lanphier Center is home to Choate’s first purpose–built i.d.Lab© which serves as a catalyst for our curriculum.
  • John Hall Student Center (Opening in 2017) The 37,000-square foot center, designed by Bowie Gridley Architects of Washington, D.C., will be an innovative gathering space and hub of student life, accommodating the School Store, snack bar, club and game rooms, as well as the Student Activities and Deans’ Offices.
  • The William Little ’49 and Frances A. Little Theater A recent $10 million gift for the arts will transform the main stage theater in the Paul Mellon Arts Center. The iconic Paul Mellon Arts, was designed by award-wining architect I. M. Pei in 1972. Because of its unique structure, it has been cost prohibitive to renovate the 43-year-old building, which is home to the School’s academic arts program, including its Arts Concentration program in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts. A substantial portion of the $10 million gift will be used to refurbish the building’s major components, including the lobby; the 770-seat main theater; the experimental theater; scenery shop, and Green Room. In addition Choate is planning construction of a 1070-seat auditorium for music and school-wide meetings.

Beyond the classroom, Choate provides opportunities for students to compete on more than 81 athletic teams, a wide range of theater, music, art and dance programs, various clubs and activities.

We are committed to enrolling exceptional students and to preparing them to achieve success in all aspects of their lives.

To learn more about Choate Rosemary Hall, our residential, academic, and summer enrichment programs, visit www.choate.edu