Just prior to Thanksgiving, Bruce Becker visited Watkinson to speak with our Global Studies students. President of Becker and Becker Associates, Inc. (Becker + Becker), he is known for using a fully integrated approach to sustainable design, planning, financing, and development of buildings to meet the social, economic, and environmental needs of communities. Becker’s good
We invest in students — in their ideas, their ambitions, their wholeness, their possibilities.
In addition to being accepted at an exceptional list of colleges and universities, the 52 members of Watkinson School’s Class of 2022 received 121 merit scholarship offers totaling $2.5 million for their freshman years.
Matteo C. ’19, now at Yale University
Suzanne Pinkes, Alumni Parent, West Hartford
“I have two Watkinson graduates in one of my college courses right now. The way they speak up, the way they question, the way they can analyze and synthesize complex information… this is what we want for our seniors. And the Watkinson students are coming in as freshmen already demonstrating this.”
Stefanie Chambers, Professor of Political Science at Trinity College
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Ryheem M. ’19, now at NYU
“When you are in engineering classes, your creativity has to flow more than your test-taking abilities… you need to be able to think with other people, be productive when missing a group member, deliver quality work under a close deadline. Watkinson prepares you well for that. Most other students are used to, ‘I have a test’ and that’s it. At Watkinson you learn how to think in all aspects of academia.”
Aneesh K. ’18, Aerospace Engineering major at Purdue University
How Watkinson School sets itself apart
At Watkinson, we take pride on our strategic plan and the goals that we accomplish with each individual student and our institution. View below the benefits of Watkinson and how we put our Hartford, CT private school students first.
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We know independent school is a huge investment for any family — a worthy and important investment, but still a very serious commitment. That’s why we are equally serious about working as hard as we can to enroll and assist the most outstanding and qualified students each year. Our need-based financial aid hopes to provide the opportunity for those families who are unable to afford the full cost of tuition to attend. While we are not able to guarantee financial aid for all students, more than 60% of our students receive some level of financial aid each year.
Watkinson financial aid packages are direct grants, with no repayment required.
Tuition for the 2022–2023 School Year
The School and Student Service for Financial Aid
Watkinson subscribes to the guidelines of The School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) in computing financial need. You’ll go to their website in order to fill out the PFS.
Parents’ Financial Statement
At the SSS website, you will fill out a Parents’ Financial Statement, which must be submitted by February 1. Our school code is 8050.
Report of Financial Need
Once SSS processes your PFS, they return a Report of Financial Need to Watkinson. We recommend that you request a copy of the RFN for yourself while you are filling out your PFS.
Financial aid awards for returning students are reviewed each February; the continuation of aid and an increase or decrease in amount are decided on the basis of financial need and the overall available financial aid budget.
A no-interest monthly payment plan is available through SMART Tuition.
Learn how to enroll in Watkinson School step by step.
1. Visit Campus
Your first visit to Watkinson’s campus can take any one of several forms. See the Watkinson community in action at an info session. Prospective students are welcome to come for a tour, or to spend the day with a current student. Lunch (the best school lunch around!) is on us, of course.
Getting to know you is the most important thing we do. Student and parent interviews can be conducted simultaneously, either in-person or virtually depending on your preference.
4. Financial Aid
We are strongly committed to financial aid, and it is much in demand by our families. To make sure you receive first consideration, returning students please submit your financial aid applications by January 13th. New applicants must submit the financial aid application by February 1.
“The first time we stepped foot on campus, we knew we had a very different thing going on here.”
Leesa Wallace, Alumni Parent
Next Info Session
Virtual Info Sessions
An Info Session is an excellent way to get a sense of what Watkinson has to offer. Info sessions will include
- Welcome with Head of School Teri Schrader and Director of Admission John Crosson
- Hear from faculty and administrators
- Q & A panel with current students
- Campus tour (in-person only)
During the summer, we have in-person, outdoor info sessions in the evening. These events include a barbecue, campus tour, and time with our private school leaders, faculty, and students.
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Like many unique experiences, Watkinson’s differences are hard to describe but easy to feel.
That’s why we let our private school students and families speak for themselves. Download our viewbook to read 14 of the best ways Watkinson is different from the education you might be used to.
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Giving Us Critical Feedback
Rob Dietelbaum, history teacher and Watkinson’s Academic Dean for Grades 11-12, talks about a key moment of getting feedback from students — a common event at Watkinson, and one that helps the school pursue its mission to give students the power to shape their lives and the world around them.
Watkinson juniors Maizy S. and Millie F. will be traveling to Zagreb, Croatia to compete at the World Tap Dance Championships on November 21 – 26th as members of the USA Tap Team! The highly selective team consists of only 69 dancers from the tri-state area who will represent the United States at this prestigious
For the 11th time since 2010, Watkinson School will send a team of students, teachers, alumni and parents from Watkinson School, and medical professionals from UConn Health to the La Romana region of the Dominican Republic. Through mobile medical clinics, building hurricane-proof houses, and improving schools, Watkinson School’s DRST aims to improve the quality of
Directions & Parking
When you arrive on campus, please check in at the welcome center. You will be directed to park in our main parking lot and a member of the admissions team will come greet you.
You can find more specific directions here.