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Choate Rosemary Hall: A welcoming community for students of all backgrounds

Adjusting to a new environment can be tough for students far away from the comforts of home. Choate Rosemary Hall not only understands this well but makes the most of it.

The school community accepts, embraces and encourages the sharing of different cultures and perspectives. Campus is a meeting point for intellectually gifted and motivated students from all backgrounds. When everyone can be their true selves without having to change who they are to fit in, they can focus on overcoming the initial challenges of settling into the school on the hillside – and emerging stronger from it.

Tucked in the scenic New England town of Wallingford, Connecticut, Choate is a traditional American boarding school with a campus community that represents the world. Comprising students from over 40 countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Turkey, Japan, the UK, the UAE, and Mexico, diversity isn’t just embraced with open arms at Choate, it’s celebrated.

No matter who you are, teachers, staff, mentors, coaches, dorm advisers, seniors and peers are always ready to support. Each of our journeys may be unique, but no student is left to walk their paths alone here. “What I love most about Choate is the awe, pride and joy Choate students express about and for their peers when they excel,” says Jennifer Karlen Elliott, Head of Student and Academic Life. “The passionate commitment of faculty and staff members supports students as we grow and learn together.”

Clubs like Africanah, Asian Student Association, Black Student Alliance, Choate for Women and Neurodivergent Activism and Awareness Club, to name just a few, expand the network of support even more. Diversity is big at Choate – as can be seen from the camaraderie and many activities run by these clubs. Students and staff fundraise, volunteer, promote disability rights health, collect essential hair products for underprivileged communities, highlight topics related to the intersection of feminism with other political, social, economic, and cultural issues, and so much more.

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Intellectually talented students from various backgrounds find friends for life at Choate Rosemary Hall. Source: Choate Rosemary Hall

Last October, the school’s inaugural International Education Week included various cultural events that involved the entire campus. There were dance, music, and feasts, fostering genuine connections between Choate’s many communities. Throughout the year, campus groups celebrate culturally significant events across the globe as well, such as traditional festivities like the Lunar New Year and Diwali.

“It may seem overwhelming to think of moving away from home, but the great network of people at Choate and the amazing experiences you have here make it worth it,” says student McCormick. “I could never have imagined meeting so many diverse people from around the world if I had not come to Choate. People have unique interests at Choate and they allow each student to nurture what they are passionate about.”

Academic flexibility allows room to grow

Learning at this fully residential, co-educational campus goes beyond textbooks, grades, and essays. In fact, Choate’s academic programme proves to be robust and flexible, emphasising a curriculum that not only challenges but also inspires, allowing students to excel in their studies and become individuals of morally upstanding character. For students who want a more dedicated course of study, they can explore eight of Choate’s Signature Programs: the Advanced Robotics Concentration, the Environmental Immersion Program, the Science Research Program, and more.

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Within and beyond the classroom, Choate students gain diverse perspectives that equip them to contribute to an ever-changing world. Source: Choate Rosemary Hall

With more than 300 courses to choose from and a choice selection of Global Engagement Program-approved courses – including contemporary global studies, languages, the arts, and even philosophy — young minds can explore not just themselves but the world. While the campus grounds are vast, the average class size at Choate consists of 11 students per class – allowing expert educators to equip students with a greater understanding of the interconnectedness of our world.

“Teaching social sciences gives me the ability to invite the whole person into our discussions and activities,” says Tiffany Rivera, a Humanities teacher. “One measure of a successful class period is if I walk away having learned something about someone else. Often times students view me as the only educator in the classroom, but I encourage them to share their knowledge and experiences to improve the qualities of our discussions.”

Through the Global Engagement Signature Programs, students can further broaden their worldviews. By taking six courses from at least two academic departments, they can dig deeper into the history, cultures, regions, and issues that interest them. Students can choose to focus on a specific theme or topic, a region of the world that aligns with their language study, or they may take a breadth of courses to explore a variety of subjects. Courses offered span “Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries” and “Arabic Literature in Translation” to “American Diplomacy” and “Climate Change: From Knowledge to Action.

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