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Groton School

School Name: Groton School
Location: 282 Farmers Row, P. O. Box 991, Groton, Massachusetts, USA
Founded Year: 1844
Religion: Episcopal
Motto: Cui servire est regnare ("for whom to serve is to rule" or "to serve God is to experience perfect freedom")
Type: Co-ed
Boarding Age: 12-18
Year Group: Grade 7 - Grade 12
No. of Students: 372
No. of Boarders: 327
Average Class: 11 students
School Facilities:
Average SAT: 702 reading, 688 math., 702 writing (2011)
Entry Requirement:
Extracurricular Activities:

Contact Details
Director of Admissions:
Ian Gracey
282 Farmers Row, P. O. Box 991, Groton, Massachusetts, USA
+1 (978) 448 3363

The School

  • In late 2007, the Wall Street Journal listed Groton School as one of the world's top 50 schools for its success in preparing students to enter top American universities.
  • Groton is an intimate community as 90% of students are boarders and most teachers live on campus in dorms or faculty housing. Classes are small, ranging from 12 to 14 students. There are regularly scheduled sit-down dinners during fall term and during spring term; at sit-down dinner, faculty and students dress up formally and sit down for a proper 45 minute dinner and are served by students assigned as waiters.
  • Between 2003 and 2007, Groton graduates attended the following nine colleges most frequently (in order): Harvard University, Georgetown University, Brown University, Trinity College, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, Yale University, Vanderbilt University, and Tufts University.


  • Please contact the Admission Office directly by email, by post or visit the School website for latest information.

Boarding Houses

  • Dorms are comfortable and cozy. More than 70 dormitory heads and affiliates are there not only to supervise, but to guide and support.
  • Since the earliest days of the School, Groton has ended its day with handshaking. The Rector and Mrs. Peabody began the tradition as they said good night to each student.
  • Now, over 100 years later, the day at Groton ends in much the same way, with each student shaking the hand of his or her dorm head. The tradition builds a sense of community, just as it did more than a century ago. There are now 17 dormitories; handshaking happens in every one, every night.
  • Second and third form students live with members of their own form; all dorms are separated by gender. Lower School dormitories feature a special layout, which provides each student with an individual bedroom, separated from his or her cube-mate's bedroom by a study. Cubes have only partial walls and open onto a common area, providing students with privacy while fostering close relationships with other members of the form.

AP Course

  • Total AP Exams in 5 years: 2,116
  • Total AP Exams with scores of 3, 4, or 5: 1,944 (92 percent)
  • Total AP exams with scores of 4 or 5: 1,454 (69 percent)

2012/13 US High School Boarding Fees# (USD$) Per Year

7th Grade (12/13 Years Old)8th Grade (13/14 Years Old)9th Grade Freshman Year (14/15 Years Old)10th Grade Sophomore Year (15-16 Years Old)11th Grade Junior Year (16-17 Years Old)12th Grade Senior Year (17-18 Years Old)

Remark: #Inclusive of tuition fees but exclusive of miscellaneous fees, such as uniform, extracurricular activities

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