The Cheshire Academy experience is full and active; living and learning takes place not only in the classroom, but also in the art studios, dormitories, dining commons, on the athletic fields, and even on the footpaths that wind around campus. The Academy is a tight-knit and dynamic environment that offers a community rich in diversity. Fellow students become friends, teammates, and confidants that often develop into lifelong friendships. Teachers remain close by and ready to lend a helping hand, both in and out of the classroom. Faculty members accompany students on weekend events and activities. They drive the vans into town, host ‘Fire-Pit Fridays’ complete with s’mores during athletic contests on the turf field, and open their homes to students for special dinner events.
Cheshire Academy hosts Community Dinners that take place once a month and bring together the entire school to share in a meal, activity, and learning experience. Community Dinners happen Sunday nights, typically once a month. During these gatherings, students and faculty sit at assigned tables that help them get to know peers and faculty whom they might not see often. Each dinner is a new group and a new chance to get to know all members of the community.
Each Community Weekend has a theme, allowing the community to address important issues, take part in educational experiences and fun activities. Themes include: International Celebration, Diversity and Inclusion, Service to Your Community, and Fall Festival.
While the Community Weekends are closed weekends, meaning everyone must remain on campus, we do have an open policy for most of the other weekends. That means students may go home or visit friends if they choose, but most students choose to remain on campus.
Every weekend, faculty members host trips to local attractions, including shopping centers, cinemas, museums, restaurants, and other great attractions. Students may also sign up for a variety of activities, such as escape rooms, paintball, excursions to local beaches, community service opportunities, and college campus tours. We even head to Six Flags New England amusement park when the weather is nice!
Feel like staying here? We have plenty to do! Join us by the fire pit at the Student Center, gather a group of your friends for a movie night in the Community Forum (popcorn and candy included), head to the gym for a floor hockey game, or enjoy any of the regularly open spots on campus, such as the gym, weight room, and campus center. Activities offered vary by weekend, and suggestions for both on and off campus excursions are encouraged! Our Student Activities Coordinator also arranges programs requested by students, including trips to local movie theaters and area specialty restaurants.