Northern Massachusetts Private Schools

APPLEWILD SCHOOL, Fitchburg, Mass.

This coeducational day school, which has 323 students in kindergarten through 9th grade, offers a broad and balanced program centered around a strong academic curriculum with high standards and expectations. The average class size is 14 students.

The school was established in 1957 to provide children in north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire with an excellent education in a personal, family-oriented atmosphere.

Tuition is $15,690 for the kindergarten, $18,170 for grades 1-3, $20,450 for grades 4-5 and $22,115 for grades 6-9. Financial aid and transportation are available. The headmaster is Mr. Christopher B. Williamson. For information, 978-342-6053.


BEMENT SCHOOL, Deerfield, Mass.

Established in 1925, this coeducational day and boarding school of 240 students is located on a 12-acre campus in historic Deerfield. Students in kindergarten through grade 9 come from 4 countries and 14 states. The school has a 42-member faculty, a 5-to-1 student-teacher ratio and an average class size of 12. Shelley Borror Jackson is head of the school.

Lower-school students work in self-contained classrooms. In the upper school, math and foreign language teachers group students by ability. English and history courses are coordinated thematically, and the summer reading program highlights these themes. Students study Latin, Spanish or French. A science fair complements the science curriculum.

Students participate in athletics, fine arts programs, diverse electives and community service. Miniterm, a special three-week program offering a particular theme of study, occurs in December. Summer day programs are available for ages 5 through 14.

Tuition ranges from $13,275 to $19,395 for day students and $42,700 for 7-day boarding students. For information, 413-774-7061 or or

CUSHING ACADEMY, Ashburnham, Mass.

The 100-acre campus is 35 minutes south of Keene. This coeducational school, founded in 1865, is the oldest coed boarding school in New England and has 362 boarding students and 50 day students in grades 9-12 and a postgraduate year. Students come from 27 states and 24 countries. The school has a 55-member faculty, an 8-to-1 student-teacher ratio and an average class size of 12. Dr. James Tracy is headmaster.

The college preparatory curriculum features 140 courses, including advanced placement and honors courses in every discipline. Academic support is available for students with learning difficulties.

The school has strong sports, performing and visual arts programs, including silversmithing and photography.

The campus features an ice arena, an award-winning underground library, a modern student center and a center for the visual arts. CushNet and the Internet can be accessed via a computer network that is used for conducting research, creating multimedia presentations and writing portfolios.

Tuition is $32,200 for day students and $44,600 for boarding students. For information, 978-827-7300,, or


The 598 students of Deerfield Academy are challenged by a rigorous curriculum, including 20 advanced placement courses. The faculty prepares students for competitive universities, challenging students in an academic program that includes two math courses beyond calculus, an extensive spring term elective program and domestic and foreign off-campus study.

In addition to taking honors and advanced placement courses, students may enroll in advanced tutorials or independent study. Students may also choose among 60 athletic and extracurricular offerings. The 280-acre campus includes an arts center, a science center that houses New England's second largest planetarium as well as a 12,000-square foot laboratory and a computer technology center.

Deerfield offers grades 9-12 and a postgraduate year, with 85 percent of the students boarding. Tuition for 2002-2003 is $43,800 for boarders and $31,400 for day students. More than 37 percent of the students are supported by $4.2 million in financial aid. Margarita O'Byrne Curtis is Head of School. For information, 413-774-1400 or


Established in 1793, the coeducational boarding and day school for grades 9-12 has 383 students and a faculty of 72. The school's rural setting provides a safe and quiet environment for study and play.

There's a progressive student-centered curriculum. Traditional teaching is enhanced with seminars, group projects and independent study. More than 75 computers integrate technology into classes on a daily basis. Classroom facilities include newly upgraded science labs and a modern language lab.

Active learning at Lawrence Academy begins in the 9th-grade program's carefully integrated curriculum that prepares students to drive their own seminar discussions while improving their skills in reading, writing, reasoning, listening, speaking and organizing.

Two special programs complement classroom study: Winterim, a two-week mini-term of special projects and trips, and LA2, which allows qualified students to design their own course of study.

A new arts center offers spacious studios for drawing, painting, ceramics, dance, music and computerized music. A recording studio allows students to mix and record their own compact discs, and new facilities for the school radio station have just been completed. The drama department produces three main-stage productions per year.

Athletic training is provided for all skill levels at the school's new sports complex, ice rink and 14 acres of playing fields. This year 10 of the school's tennis courts were resurfaced.

Tuition is $48,200 for boarding students and $37,100 for day students. Thirty percent of the students receive financial aid.

D. Scott Wiggins is head of the school; Tony Hawgood is director of admissions. For information, 978-448-6535.


The school offers a traditional college-preparatory curriculum. Thomas K. Sturtevant is the head of the school, which offers numerous interscholastic sports, programs in music, theater and dance, a student-run campus radio station, a symphony orchestra, a working farm and a summer school.

The school also offers 250 courses, including advanced placement in 25 disciplines. All students participate in a work program, which is part of the school's philosophy that students contribute to their environment. Students may participate in the school's study-abroad program, visiting Argentina, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, France, Ireland and New Zealand during the school year; and, China, France and Spain during the summer.

The school's 1,150 students, including 200 day students, attend grades 9-12 and a postgraduate year. There are 130 full-time teachers. An average class has 13 students.

The student body represents 40 states and 60 countries. Forty-five percent of the students receive financial aid. Tuition is $45,100 for residents and $31,700 for day students. For information, (413) 498-3227 or


This small independent school for young women, which has 183 boarding and day students in grades 9-12 and a postgraduate year, is on a 100-acre campus with rolling lawns and wooded hills near the Berkshires. The school's college preparatory program provides structure, support and challenge, enabling young women to achieve their best academic and personal development. Sally L. Mixsell is the Head of School.

Course levels range from introductory to advanced placement. A talented and caring staff supports students in the classroom, riding ring, dance and art studios, laboratories and athletic fields. Boarding student tuition is $46,180 and day students $28,890. For information, (413) 774-2711 or

WINCHENDON SCHOOL, Winchendon, Mass.

This coeducational school provides a traditional, conservative education for its student body of 190 boarders and 15 day students.

The school, located in the old Toy Town Tavern since 1961, offers a strong college preparatory program, a 6-to-1 student-teacher ratio and interscholastic athletics. John A. Kerney is headmaster.

Tuition is $42,500 for boarding students and $24,000 for day students. There are 30 full-time faculty members. For information, 800-622-1119.