Postgraduate (PG) Program



The postgraduate (PG) year is a great opportunity for students to build their skills, improve their academic portfolio, and prepare for college. Cheshire Academy offers a robust academic experience designed to transition students from traditional high school to a college curriculum. The college counseling team offers an intense program designed to take all postgraduates through the college admission process.

The living and learning experience that postgraduate boarding students experience enhances their transition from high school to college. Postgraduates live together in a community where a residential life curriculum adds to their overall experience.

Outside of the academic core curriculum, PGs at Cheshire Academy have the option to participate in our New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) sanctioned athletic teams. If students are interested in a postgraduate year for college recruitment, we encourage them to explore our athletic team pages and fill out our prospective student-athlete form. Cheshire Academy coaches work to gain exposure for our talented athletes, resulting in a high placement record for many alumni athletes.


The full course of study for the Postgraduate Certificate includes five classes per semester for a total of ten credits. Required courses include English, math and the Postgraduate Seminar.

Postgraduate students are required to participate in two seasons of afternoon activities and must complete a Declamation Speech.

Postgraduate students must pass all courses, both semester and year long, and all courses during the final quarter to qualify for a certificate.

Required Courses
College English
Discrete Math or Logic & Probability
Global Issues
PG Seminar
Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship
Open fine and performing arts elective (including visual arts, music, acting and public speaking) that fits within the PG program schedule


Cheshire Academy believes the coursework for PGs should be meaningful advanced work that enhances and furthers a student’s academic profile, which is why The Director of College Counseling and the Academic Dean work closely together with the student and his or her family to create a schedule that meets his or her needs.

PG students interested in athletics work can expect an academic schedule that will allow for further intellectual growth and the completion of NCAA approved coursework which will count toward meeting the requirements for Division 1 sports programs and college academic entrance.

The PG Seminar course is a specialized program of study that is required of all postgraduates. The Seminar includes SAT/ACT test preparation sessions, college application completion, the writing of college essays, and discussions regarding college financial aid and scholarships among other admission related topics. The college counselors will facilitate approximately half of the PG Seminar sessions for the first two months of the school year.

In addition to the college admission sessions, the PG Seminar will also include class time devoted to public speaking and financial and economic related topics. The course meets four times per week for the entire school year. Students receive a letter grade in academics and effort as well as a full credit for passing the course, which appears on the student’s transcript.


Specific advisors are assigned to groups of postgraduates and will be involved not only in their academic and community experience but also as part of group identity-building activities which are organized by group leaders and are considered part of the required postgraduate curriculum.

Since post graduates are high school graduates and often chose to attend Cheshire Academy rather than accept a college offer of admission, we believe they should have a different set of rules than other students, including different quiet hours, study hours, and extended late lights or bedtime hours. To accommodate these rule differences, all postgraduates live in the same residence.

In addition, postgraduate advisors and the Community Life work together to schedule off-campus activities such as volunteering, bowling nights, communal meals off campus, group projects, lending to the bonding and sense of pride shared by the PGs. PG advisors participate in these group activities, as well.

Noah Yokoi '17

“Initially it wasn’t in my plan to do a postgraduate year. My plans changed after I received shoulder surgery this past August. I decided against going to junior college right away because I didn’t want to play at a highly competitive JC school when I wasn’t one hundred percent and couldn’t perform to the best of my abilities.”

Zachary Swetland '17

“On campus, my favorite sport is cross country. I do cross country purely because I enjoy running period. Running also is how I have always stayed in shape for boxing. Running to me is the greatest feeling. When I run in the morning it is the best way to start my day. I always just try to run as often as possible.”

Molly Fusarelli '17

“The PG curriculum has already set me on a path designed to help boost my academic confidence. As a an aspiring collegiate sand volleyball player Athletics also played a major role in my decision to do a post graduate year at Cheshire Academy. This year for me is essential because it will provide more time for me to communicate with colleges in pursuit of becoming a sand recruit for the spring of 2017.”

Tyler Pyne '17

“Next year I will be nineteen going on twenty as a freshmen. I felt that being another year older and having that extra experience would help me a lot when I go up against other juniors and seniors in college. I also decided to do a PG year so I had more time to raise my SAT and ACT scores as well.”

Prep School & Proud of It

When Brandon Feamster ’15 came to Cheshire Academy for his postgraduate year, he had a goal to play Division I football in college. During his senior year, he gained offers from Temple and UMass, but that’s it. He wanted more, so instead of settling for the existing offers, Feamster put college off for a year, and instead enrolled at Cheshire Academy where he focused on both his studies and his sport. His hard work paid off, and at the end of his PG year, Feamster had several offers from top colleges, including one from Duke, where he is now. Read more about Feamster’s incredible journey in his feature article, “Prep School & Proud of It,” which appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of “Coach & Player Magazine.”

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