The Gunnery school is located in Washington, CT and is a co-educational college preparatory school for grades 9-12. Founded in 1850 by Frederick William Gunn and his wife Abigail Brinsmade, they opened their home to educate a few young people. Mr. Gunn wanted to provide intellectual strength, moral courage, physical rigor and build character in his students. The Gunnery was at first a home school rather than an Anglican traditional school. Mr. Gunn’s educational system provided a modified classical education, environmental awareness, moral values and athletic opportunities. He designed his school as a community based on mutual respect. The Gunnery welcomed girls, students of color and international students in the years 1850-1882. Mr. Gunn was known as a disciplinarian and to reinforce his points he would make students sit in each other’s lap for 30 minutes if they were fighting, if someone used foul language they were asked to lecture to a herd of cows without using the same word twice, if someone was restless they were to run around the church blowing a horn at each corner until they were so tired they could sit still, and a liar was asked to walk 10 miles and bring back a wood chip to prove he did it. Mr. Gunn loved to camp and each year he would take students 40 miles to Milford, Connecticut beach to learn camping skills.
Academics at The Gunnery is taken seriously, and is very structured. Course selection is based on a student’s abilities and ambition. Students learn the importance of academic challenge, self-discipline and organization. Instead of the athletic commitment a student can choose to elect an art option or community service option one term per year. The Gunnery offers Honors and Advanced Placement courses as well as opportunities for independent study.
The sport’s program at The Gunnery cultivates competition and cooperation. Some of the sports available are: cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, skiing, wrestling, baseball, crew, golf, lacrosse, softball, and tennis. Those not interested in sports may choose an art option, community service, independent study project, yoga, and ultimate Frisbee. The Gunnery hosts the Founders Day Regatta each year and it is held on Lake Waramaug in Connecticut. There are many involved in making it a success with over 100 volunteers, coaches and rowers.
Student capacity: 283
Class size: 12
Student/Staff ratio: 1:7
Extra Info: Some of the student activities are: shopping mall trip, campus drive-in movie, winter carnival, spring fling, day trip to Six Flags of New England, pin-pong tournaments, bowling, and much more.