With 371 students, the size of Groton School is an integral part of what makes it unique. Its size and its long-standing traditions help make the school a tight-knit community. According to my tour guide Charlie, the students, faculty and even the headmaster know each other and support each other in the different endeavors in which the students participate. All students attend a daily, morning chapel where students and faculty share personal experiences and insights. Chapel is a time for reflection and, while the school was founded in the Episcopal tradition, many speakers offer prayers and readings from their own religions. This is another tradition that helps to build the sense of community.
Groton is located in a rural setting, about a one hour drive from Boston. The design of the campus is unique in that the buildings surround “The Circle,” a field that serves as a central gathering place, especially on warmer days. In touring the campus, the layout seemed to contribute to the sense of inclusion and community.
From an academic standpoint, the curriculum at Groton is rigorous. The school attracts students that are willing to work hard and is among the most competitive schools from an admissions standpoint. For students that are strong academically and are looking for a school with traditions that help build leadership skills, Groton is a great school to consider.