The Winchendon School

The Winchendon School

The Winchendon School was founded in 1926 on the belief that the best secondary education is based on "a scholastic program fitted to the needs and aims of each student.” This philosophy continues to guide us over 90 years later.

Caring, highly trained teachers provide each student with a dynamic and forward-thinking environment in which to develop strong character, study skills, learning strategies and confidence. The heart of The Winchendon School experience is rooted in our approach to meeting the needs of each individual student. Our graduates leave as well-rounded, confident, and self-reliant young adults - currently attending many of the country’s finest colleges and universities.

The Winchendon School is a coeducational college preparatory school serving students in grades 9-12 and post-graduate. The School serves boarding and day students from its main campus located outside Boston, MA.

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At The Winchendon School, we are guided by real-world learning through innovation, relevance, and inquiry. We must be able to answer the questions: is the way we are teaching innovative, is what we are teaching relevant to the student, does our inquiry lead us to connect to real-world issues?

  • Innovation 
    Our classrooms aren't confined to four walls. From the majesty of Mount Monadnock to Broadway, you decide what your classroom will be.
  • Relevance
    At The Winchendon School what you learn matters. At TWS, students connect studying to life beyond school. Real-world learning prepares students to be leaders, innovators, and transforms learning.
  • Inquiry
    At TWS, your day is designed around discovery of information, connecting to real-world issues, with discussions digging into your experiences with the world.

The Winchendon School is a place for curious, engaged students eager to explore, learn, connect, and grow.

We believe real-world learning best prepares students for today’s super competitive life after high school, and that in turn gives students the advantage in the college admissions process.

We believe in giving students a voice in their education.

We believe connecting classroom-based work to real-life issues helps students find meaning in their work.

We believe a high school education should start with the student.
At The Winchendon School, it does.

Winchendon School Facts

Founded: 1926 by Lloyd Harvey Hatch
Core Values: The “Great 8” - C2AR3E2
Collaborative, Courageous, Adaptable, Resilient, Resourceful, Responsible, Empathetic, Ethical - C2AR3E2
Motto: Nulla Vestigia Retrorsum - (“No Steps Back”)
Mascot: Wapiti
Enrollment - 235 exceptional students

  • 75% boarding students, 25% day students
  • 25 countries represented
  • 13 states represented

The Winchendon School | MA - Head of School - Laurie Lambert

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  • Student-teacher ratio: 5:1
  • Average class size: 8 students or less
  • Graduation Requirements: 30 credits
  • Signature programs:
  • ColLABs
    • Collaborative Laboratories, allows students to focus their energy on solving real-world problems while earning credits. Students have learned about robotics at MIT, studied marine biology at the New England Aquarium, and have explored sustainable farming in Nicaragua.
  • Global Dynamics
    • Global Dynamics brings disciplines together - literature, history art, science, and economics - students connect what they are learning in class to what’s happening in the world.
  • Service Learning
    • Service learning is student-led, student directed school-wide initiative Students partner with the greater community to take on and resolve real-life issues. Students have taken on researching and solving food insecurity, systemic poverty, illiteracy, health, and environmental sustainability.
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At The Winchendon School, students learn to make a real difference. Our classes are designed to help students achieve more, not just in school, but in the highly competitive college application process as well.

Personalized College Counseling

College counseling is a 4-year process, 9th and 10th graders attend college counseling seminars led by the Director of College Counseling, and students begin working with an assigned counselor in the junior (11th grade) year.

Recent acceptances include: Babson College, Boston College, Boston University, Bryant University, George Washington University, Gettysburg College, Hampshire College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Middlebury College, Northeastern University, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Purdue University, Providence College, Rutgers University, Southern Methodist University (SMU), Stanford University, Union College, University of California San Diego and Davis, University of Colorado, University of Connecticut, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Temple University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Just like everything we do, the college counseling experience is individualized. We begin our conversations with students upon enrollment to help them set personalized goals and benefit from two or more years of:

  • Early one-on-one planning
  • Individualized coaching throughout the application process
  • SAT, ACT, and TOEFL preparation
  • Exposure to 250+ colleges/universities through on-campus mini college fairs
  • 3 Experienced and accessible staff members
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The Campus

  • Location: Winchendon, Massachusetts - approximately 55 miles/89km from Boston, MA and 169 miles/272km from New York, NY
  • Campus: 326 acres
  • Buildings: 30
  • Dorms: 7
  • $3.3 million in need-based grants
  • Unrestricted Investment Funds: $30 million

Athletics: Member of NEPSAC

  • 30 athletic options, including 18 varsity sports
  • Donald Ross designed private golf course
  • State-of-the-art hockey rink
  • Gymnasium with two full-sized basketball/volleyball courts and fitness area
  • 6 tennis courts
  • Three playing fields
  • Baseball and softball fields
  • 1 indoor turf field*
  • 1 swimming pool*
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is ~20-25 minutes from campus
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*The School has a long-term relationship with the Clark YMCA locally that provides students shared access to these facilities.


Mission: The Winchendon School, a coeducational multicultural community, provides college-bound students of good character and promise with the essential study skills and learning strategies that propel each student to achieve academic success.

  • Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • Member: NAIS, TABS, CASE, NEPSAC, Small Boarding Schools, NBOA, Hybrid Learning Consortium, Folio Collaborative


The Winchendon School’s 21 Varsity and intramural teams are designed to keep students active, engaged, and improving skills in a favorite sport while testing out new interests.

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Clubs and Activities

Students enjoy the studio arts, performing in the School’s fall musical, trying their hand at Shakespeare, directing their own play during ColLABs, playing in the Jazz Band, trying out acapella, Model UN, Robotics, or the Ukulele Club.

The Winchendon School
172 Ash St.
Winchendon, MA 01475
Phone: 978 297-1223
Fax: 978 297-0352
E-mail: [email protected]

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