What is the cost?
The tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $57,500.
What expenses does the tuition cover?
Tuition covers room and board, school supplies, most activities, and most school trips. Personal expenses and supplies are not included. Ski trips cost extra. Students receive a $5 weekly allowance and $10 to $15 spending money on certain trips. These are billed to parents. Students are not permitted to have additional spending money.
Does the school offer financial aid?
We are not able to offer any financial aid.
How long do students stay?
Three or four years is typical, but there is no standard length of time or standard goal. Students should stay long enough that they enjoy and benefit from being where they are successful and liked and are receiving a good education. They should transfer to another school when they have taken full advantage of Hampshire Country School and another school now has more to offer. Students may remain through high school graduation but most do not.
Is there a program for international students?
International students may be accepted, but there are no special programs for international students and the school does not teach English as a second language.
Are day students accepted?
No. All students are full-time (7-day) boarding students.
Is there a dress code?
Students must wear collared shirts for school and jackets and ties for Sunday dinner.
Is this an appropriate school for students with behavioral diagnoses?
Quite possibly. Hampshire Country School is designed to focus on its students’ high ability while accommodating behaviors which may have been extremely difficult elsewhere and may have been given a variety of diagnoses. It is not unusual for very bright children to have such disabilities as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, nonverbal learning disabilities, or executive function disorder; and certain aspects of a child’s high ability may mimic such disorders.
What is the application process?
Most applications begin with an e-mail or phone inquiry, followed by an extended phone discussion between parents and the admissions director to determine the likelihood of a good match between the student and Hampshire Country School. Application materials (e.g. school records, educational or psychological test results, and other relevant background materials) are then submitted. A visit to the school is required and is scheduled to include parent and student interviews with the admissions director plus a meal and recreation time with students and a view of classes. Inquiries and applications are considered at any time, and it is not unusual for students to enter during the school year.