Why Salisbury?

 

 

 

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.

 

 

The Salisbury Advantage

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!

A Day in the Life on our Hilltop

A Day in the Life of a Salisbury Gentleman

Early Morning 

The campus is beautiful at this hour—you can sit and eat breakfast while watching the fog roll over the mountains off the front hill.  What an amazing view we have here on the Hilltop.  In fact, the setting of the School is one of the reasons boys decide to attend Salisbury.  Most students show up between 7:30 – 7:45 a.m. to fill up on bagels, eggs, cereal, fresh fruit and pastries before the first class of the day.

Chapel Service

Chapel services are held every Tuesday and Friday morning before classes and include a speaker, community prayers, a hymn and a responsive reading.  Music in the Chapel often includes performances by the Salisbury Gospel Choir, the Jazz Ensemble and other talented student and faculty singers and musicians.  Salisbury is also sensitive to the worship needs of non-Christians and regularly provides chapel speakers and services to honor those interests including the Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist traditions.  In addition to faculty, administration and student speakers, guest lecturers are invited to speak on a wide range of contemporary issues.

Morning Classes

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. 

School Meeting

Twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, we gather as a community for School Meeting.  It is traditionally run by our school president and it offers a place to hear timely important messages (“Sign up for the SATs today”), recognize student birthdays, share good news (“John Smith was just accepted at Middlebury College!”) and make extracurricular activity announcements.  Both faculty and students are encouraged to participate!

Morning Break

Students and faculty members gather in the Dining Hall for a quick cup of hot chocolate, coffee or juice and a light snack.  It is also a good time to check for mail--one can always hope for a care package from home!--or connect with a teacher to answer a question still remaining from class. 

X-Block 

This period is set aside to meet with extracurricular groups, take music lessons or meet with your advisor.  There are numerous clubs and organizations at the School offering boys leadership opportunities.  Students can take music lessons focusing on a wide range of instruments including guitar, piano, drums and saxophone. And advisee meetings, usually held in the instructor’s classroom or office, are a chance to meet face-to-face with the faculty member on campus who knows the most about your life at Salisbury.

Afternoon Classes

More classes.  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!

Free Periods

During free periods, boys visit the library to work on assignments and check e-mail or head to the art center to finish up work needing to be completed.  In addition, many students also arrange to meet with teachers for extra help during this time.

Athletics

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. 

Evenings

Each day, 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 to study.

Study Hall

From 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Sunday – Friday students have mandatory study hall.  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 supervised study hall for their first trimester.  It is held in classrooms where faculty members keep an eye out for those who need help developing good study habits.)

Evening Break

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!

 

 

 

 

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