Cheshire Academy is a community in which talented, dedicated faculty and staff motivate our students to stretch beyond their comfort zone. We encourage our learners to embrace academic rigor, challenge themselves in their course load, and to try new activities to broaden their perspective. Developing citizens of strong character is at the heart of what we do and is based upon the Eight Pillars of Bowden: respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship, civility, morality, fairness and trustworthiness. This year we are particularly excited to share our history with you as we celebrate our 225th birthday. As I remind our community, when we first opened our doors in 1794, George Washington served as President of the United States. We are proud to be the 10th oldest boarding school in the country and have remained true to our mission throughout our amazing history.
Cheshire Academy has a longstanding tradition of embracing the tenets of a global education. We enroll students from a highly qualified applicant pool, creating a microcosm of a global society with students who come from more than twenty different states and over thirty-four countries. As an internationally-minded college preparatory school, we live our mission through offering the International Baccalaureate program in conjunction with the Roxbury Academic Support Program and a thriving curricular experience which includes the Art Major program with robust visual and performing arts courses. We strive to instill confidence in our students and provide for them opportunities to collaborate and think critically.
Our students’ success in academics is complemented by strong performances in athletics, music, theater and visual arts. We are committed to supporting both the interests and talents of our students which is evident in the multitude of options offered in our afternoon program. From high-level varsity athletic play to theater and musical performances as well as Science Olympiad, Model UN, and community service, there is something for everyone at the Academy! The truth is, our students’ interests are as diverse and unique as they are, and it is our mission at Cheshire Academy to meet our students where they are and take them beyond what they imagined possible. We accomplish this with the fine work of our outstanding faculty, supportive and rigorous academics, immersive afternoon programs, and vibrant residential life experience.
When you visit campus you will be struck by our warm, welcoming community of students from all over the world. Schedule your visit today and meet faculty, dorm parents, and coaches who are committed to supporting the academic and personal growth of each student on campus. I welcome the opportunity to extend my personal welcome to you. If you’re already a member of the community, make time to come back to campus for a personal visit or attend one of our many events. Keep us updated on your milestones in life through Class Notes and stay in touch with us; we welcome your stories and memories about life at Cheshire Academy.
I eagerly await the opportunity to get to know you and to share what I love about Cheshire Academy with you.
Head of School