Postgraduate (PG) Program

From academics to athletics, Cheshire Academy’s PG Program takes you to where you want to be.

The postgraduate (PG) year is a great opportunity for students to build their academic skills, improve their academic portfolio, and prepare for college. Cheshire Academy offers a robust academic experience designed to help graduates of a traditional high school transition to a college curriculum, well prepared for the requirements and expectations of life after high school. The college counseling team offers an intense program designed to take all postgraduates through the college admission process.

The living and learning experience that postgraduate boarding students experience enhances their transition from high school to college. Postgraduates live together in a community where a residential life curriculum adds to their overall experience.

Outside of the academic core curriculum, PGs at Cheshire Academy have the option to participate in our New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) sanctioned athletic teams. If students are interested in a postgraduate year for college recruitment, we encourage them to explore our athletic team pages and fill out our prospective student-athlete form. Cheshire Academy coaches work to gain exposure for our talented athletes, resulting in a high placement record for many alumni athletes.

Postgraduate Course of Study Certificate Requirements

The full course of study for the Postgraduate Certificate includes five classes per semester for a total of 10 credits. Required courses include English, math, and the Postgraduate Seminar.

During the spring semester, postgraduate students conduct independent research on and off site to complete their postgraduate project, and are required to record a declamation speech based on the theme “This I Believe.” Both serve as culminating academic and intellectual milestones, and demonstrate how prepared the student is for college and the pursuit of a career.

Postgraduate students must pass all courses, both semester and year-long, and all courses during the final quarter to qualify for a certificate.

Required Courses
College English
Math (determined by placement) – PG students take upper-level math classes
Global Issues
PG Seminar
Open fine and performing arts elective (including visual arts, music, acting and public speaking) that fits within the PG program schedule

The Academic Experience

Cheshire Academy believes the coursework for PGs should be meaningful advanced work that enhances and furthers a student’s academic profile, which is why The Director of College Counseling and the Academic Dean work closely together with the student and his or her family to create a schedule that meets his or her needs.

PG students interested in athletics work can expect an academic schedule that will allow for further intellectual growth and the completion of NCAA approved coursework which will count toward meeting the requirements for Division 1 sports programs and college academic entrance.

The PG Seminar course is a specialized program of study that is required of all postgraduates and meets twice per week. The Seminar includes SAT/ACT test preparation sessions, college application completion, the writing of college essays, and discussions regarding college financial aid and scholarships among other admission related topics. The college counselors will facilitate approximately half of the PG Seminar sessions for the first two months of the school year.

In addition to the college admission sessions, the PG Seminar will also include class time devoted to public speaking and financial and economic related topics. The course meets four times per week for the entire school year. Students receive a letter grade in academics and effort as well as a full credit for passing the course, which appears on the student’s transcript.

The Community Life Experience

For all PG students—especially for those who have not lived away from home yet—living at Cheshire Academy provides a college-like experience, but with much more support and guidance. While they live independently with roommates and dorm mates, they also receive attention, care, and even a level of camaraderie from their teachers, dorm parents, advisors, and coaches.


On campus, PG students serve as role models for their younger peers. They are expected to set a good example, step out of their comfort zones, and explore different courses and activities, from student leadership and community service to the arts, and even a sport they may not have yet tried.


For international students, the PG program is an ideal way to further develop and mature in the U.S., and prepare for success at an American university. Our international PG students bring their own unique experiences to the community and share their perspectives with other students. Together, they learn about the diversity and connectedness of our world.


All students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to learn more and develop respect, care, and understanding of different cultures and value systems. Upon completion, postgraduates strengthen their areas of success and are provided support for fields of study in which they intend to grow academically.

Prep School & Proud of It

When Brandon Feamster ’15 came to Cheshire Academy for his postgraduate year, he had a goal to play Division I football in college. During his senior year, he gained offers from Temple and UMass, but that’s it. He wanted more, so instead of settling for the existing offers, Feamster put college off for a year, and instead enrolled at Cheshire Academy where he focused on both his studies and his sport. His hard work paid off, and at the end of his PG year, Feamster had several offers from top colleges, including one from Duke, where he is now. Read more about Feamster’s incredible journey in his feature article, “Prep School & Proud of It,” which appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of “Coach & Player Magazine.”


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