Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, is a private boarding school which is coeducational and college-preparatory. It was established in its present form in 1971, when two single-sex educational institutions merged. Rosemary Hall was founded in 1890 and the Choate School was established in 1896. When the two merged, the Choate School campus was enlarged to accommodate the Rosemary Hall students. Joey Horn has contributed to the Parents Fund of Choate Rosemary Hall, as well as providing philanthropic support for the new auditorium capital project. The demographic of the student body encompasses the American political elite and upper-class establishment in New England. Statistics about Choate Rosemary Hall can be viewed in the accompanying infographic.
Choate Rosemary Hall has a curriculum which offers more than 300 courses, with honours courses for all disciplines and Advanced Placement courses in 27 areas. There are both interdisciplinary courses and elective courses covering a vast rage of subjects, including development economics, astronomy and post-modernism. The curriculum includes requirements in contemporary global studies and community service. The school has a strong reputation for academic excellence, focusing on helping every student in achieving their personal goals academically. Students are encouraged to think independently and to bring a clear perspective to complex problems. The traditional core courses are supplemented by many different electives, enabling each student to embark on a path that embraces their personal passions and builds a foundation for achieving their goals.
There are 121 buildings at present on the Choate Rosemary Hall campus, showcasing a variety of architectural styles. The Paul Mellon Arts Center is in place to support all the visual and performance arts, both through the Arts Concentration Program and through a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs which range from a cappella singing groups, slam poetry, musical theatre and step dance, to a comprehensive choice of instrumental ensembles. There are also film-making and photography clubs, and the Center supports various culture, art and fashion publications. The Environmental Immersion Progam is housed in the Kohler Environmental Center, which is the first of its kind in secondary education in the United States. The Lanphier Center was opened in 2015 as a hub for mathematics and computer science, featuring classrooms and laboratories, common spaces and a lecture hall.
Choate Rosemary Hall’s mission revolves around the interweaving of two main priorities: the provision of a challenging academic curriculum alongside character formation. Students and teachers are in a residential setting which facilitates and encourages learning from each other. Community involvement is fostered at the school, with students given opportunities to participate in various community projects. Students are exposed to a wide variety of religious traditions and other spiritual or moral issues. Diversity is respected and celebrated, and each student is nurtured and valued for their own unique talents and enthusiasms.
As part of the mission to educate students to become active, responsible and informed members of the global community, sustainability is a key issue at Choate Rosemary Hall. By incorporating sustainability into the curriculum, school operations and student life, the school fosters a deeper understanding of the environmental impact of human actions. Within the curriculum, there are several courses with focus on sustainability, including environmental ethics and environmental sciences. Sustainability is also incorporated into other subjects, such as exploring how nature is portrayed in art and literature. Outside of the classroom, there are various events, initiatives and organisations which promote environmental awareness, while the school itself practices sustainability measures such as reducing energy usage and waste.