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Rumsey Hall School was voted the best private school (K-9) in Litchfield County!

Read Best of Litchfield County Reader's Choice Awards Featuring Rumsey Hall School

Readers from these Connecticut towns decided that Rumsey Hall School, the private day and boarding elementary and middle school for students in Kindergarten through grade 9, is the best school in this pocket of New England!

  • Bantam (Litchfield)
  • Barkhamsted
  • Bethlehem
  • Bridgewater
  • Canaan
  • Colebrook
  • Cornwall
  • Falls Village (Canaan)
  • Goshen
  • Harwinton
  • Kent
  • Lakeville (Salisbury)
  • Litchfield
  • Morris
  • New Hartford
  • New Milford
  • New Preston (Washington)
  • Norfolk
  • Plymouth
  • Roxbury
  • Salisbury
  • Sharon
  • Thomaston
  • Torrington
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Watertown
  • Winchester
  • Woodbury

About Rumsey Hall

Rumsey Hall is for the curious and the bold—the forward-movers—who seek honesty, kindness, and respect in all they do. Children in our co-educational junior boarding and day school for grades K-9 are valued and celebrated for their unique gifts, learning styles, and innate character. Founded in 1900, we honor tradition; subsequently, we challenge ourselves and our students to grow without limit from the foundation of our deeply-rooted history. Our students serve each other and their community, find the courage to be themselves, and enjoy the intangible benefits of long lasting friendship and connection.

With effort as our main criterion for success, teachers and leaders see children as a ‘whole person’: a mind to fuel with proven and innovative academic instruction; a body to train with outdoor recreation and seasoned, competitive athletic program; a creative spirit to nurture through music, the arts, and innovation challenges and, a unique personality entitled to feelings, likes and dislikes who can both understand others and be understood. Our students—from the wonder-filled “Kindie” exploring Shepaug’s teeming on-campus riverbed to the “VIIth Former” (9th grader) confidently addressing the student body on the topic of DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice)—are given the space to expand, fail, rebound, and THRIVE. The Rumsey community provides students with a broad base of support, giving students the assurance that they need to embrace new challenges. Bolstered by a dedicated network of teachers and family supporting them, Rumsey graduates go on to the secondary school realm equipped for success. From there, they go on to better the world!

Located in Washington, in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, our vibrant campus bustles with the energy of 309 students learning and living in 32 gleaming-white buildings on 231 acres along the scenic Bantam River. The artists-within find a place to beam creativity out in our fine arts and performing arts centers. Children from all over the globe find a sense of home—of family—in our nine dormitories. Athletes of all levels discover the benefits of perseverance and ambition in our seven athletic fields, two gymnasiums, hockey rink, indoor crew tanks/facility, and three indoor and three outdoor tennis courts.


We can’t wait to meet you in person on our gem-of-a-campus in the hills; but for now, we are only conducting virtual open houses and interviews. We’re excited to talk to you further about the many ways your child can be their best self—moving forward—at Rumsey Hall!

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