Educating boys - it's what we do. Our unique Hilltop community develops boys into gentlemen both in the classroom and out. As a student at Salisbury, you are part of a close-knit community. From the moment you first arrive to the day you graduate, you play an important role in the life of the School.
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High school is a time of intense personal growth, one that initiates and solidifies the process where boys become men. Top private boys’ schools in Connecticut and beyond recognize this and aim to give students the skills they need to become well-rounded individuals.
Salisbury School is a Connecticut private boys’ school in Litchfield County that has been molding men since 1901. We offer a modern, diverse curriculum and vibrant artistic, athletic and extracurricular programs that build character and forge lifelong friendships. Our students learn skills they will take with them to leading colleges, lucrative careers and other fulfilling life experiences.
As a student at Salisbury, you are part of a close-knit community. From the moment you first arrive to the day you graduate, you play an important role in the life of the School.
As one of the top private schools in CT, Salisbury offers a traditional secondary school curriculum that is designed to prepare you for the rigors of college. Rich departmental course offerings are carefully designed to teach you to write and to read well, and to think independently as you hone the learning skills essential to achieving your full potential. Being a small, single-sex school allows us to better foster your confidence. Salisbury students feel comfortable challenging themselves and each other in the classroom. You will become willing to take risks in a wide range of academic subjects—from science to the arts.
At Salisbury, you will participate in sports at a competitive or recreational level. In addition, we have vast offerings in the arts and music allowing you to follow a passion or try something for the first time.
We are committed to character-based education and operate on an honor code. Various programs and numerous leadership opportunities are offered throughout the year and focus on developing you into a good, responsible citizen with a commitment to others beyond our Hilltop.
Your day-to-day commitments are mixed with special field trips, theme meals, dress-down days and the much anticipated Headmaster Holidays. We want you to achieve and have fun while doing it!
Most classes run 45 minutes in length and meet five times per week. Since class periods rotate, boys do not have the same class at the exact same time every day. This helps because boys tend to learn differently and have different abilities to focus and energy levels at different times of the day. Plus, it prepares students for college as the scheduling is similar and teaches them to manage their time accordingly.
Five times a week we also have an extended class period to allow for greater class discussion, testing or presentations. Being an all-boys’ school also allows us to have greater focus on our academics because we have less distractions, namely girls!
Whether you are a varsity level athlete or simply enjoy participating in a recreational sport, this is a great break from the academic day. Salisbury offers more than 33 interscholastic teams on which boys may participate. In addition, there are seasonal recreational activities each trimester ranging from soccer and frisbee to snowboarding and paddle tennis. It is great way for all of us to get in some physical activity. Plus, the teamwork provides us with important lessons and genuine school spirit is generated.
Dinner is held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. After dinner, there may be time for a quick toss of frisbee or play a quick basketball game down at the Tollhouse Courts before heading back to the dorm for Study Hall from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Sunday – Friday. This provides scheduled time to work independently on homework assignments either in our dorm rooms or in supervised study hall. (All third formers work in our supervised study hall classroom for their first trimester. )
Ah, a study break! Friends frequently head to Belin Lodge for a bite to eat from the snack bar and a game of pool or table tennis. Other times boys simply hang out in the common room in each dorm to watch a bit of television, play a video game or chat with faculty members on duty for the night.
Check-In and Lights Out:
At 10:15 p.m. each night, boys are expected to be on dorm. Third and fourth formers have lights out at 10:30 p.m.; fifth and sixth formers are permitted an extra 60 minutes of study, college application work or relaxation and need to be in bed by 11:30 p.m.; time for lights out; goodnight!