The Gunnery, Mr. Gunn's School, was established in 1850 by Frederick W. Gunn based on the belief that strength of character was the goal of education. That belief still guides us today as a coeducational, independent day and boarding, college preparatory school for 300 students in grades nine through twelve. The 220-acre campus borders the village green of Washington, Connecticut, U.S., a small, beautiful, and historic town in the Litchfield Hills.
Accessibility is a function of the size of the school, but, more importantly, it is a function of the culture of the school, which we trace back to Frederick Gunn. It is what we live by here as educators at The Gunnery. As members of a boarding school community, Gunnery faculty members are actively involved in all aspects of campus life, as teachers, coaches, dorm parents, mentors and extra-curricular advisors. What this means for students is important – the faculty is accessible, we take learning seriously and support your exploration of many paths. It takes a community of individuals dedicated to becoming their best selves to chart the way. In 1870 Frederick Gunn wrote, “There is an unconscious influence, a mysterious, silent emanation going out from the personality of every teacher which is one of the strong forces of nature. Silent as the force of gravity, more powerful than the will of man, this influence works like the unnoticed electricity of the atmosphere, and makes it certain that every teacher will actually teach that which he is.” Joining our faculty means joining a rich history and an embedded philosophy that we all serve as positive influences on the lives of our students. It is in this way that our community thrives as a cohesive unit—all members participating in all aspects of life here.