Success has more to do with who you are than what you know.

Many boarding schools have Saturday classes. At Pomfret, we have QUEST. Born from a handful of simple questions, and framed by the Four Pillars of Student Life, QUEST is the cornerstone of our student life curriculum. An important compliment to classroom learning, this signature program equips our students with the skills, values, perspectives, and habits of mind they will need to survive and thrive in a world that is always changing.

As a freshman, your quest will begin with a search for identity. What are your unique strengths, qualities, traits, and passions? As a sophomore, your perspective will widen. What is your role as an individual in the context of this community? As a junior, you will be asked to examine the complex relationship between service and leadership. What does leadership really look like? By senior year, it will be time to start thinking about your legacy. What will you leave behind?

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Beyond the Hilltop

The first pillar in the student life curriculum, Beyond The Hilltop, will introduce you to the breadth and depth of opportunities available during your Pomfret experience and to the infinite possibilities open to you following graduation. Increased self-awareness is at the core of the pillar’s mission, whether it be creating a dynamic elevator speech, searching for the best possible college match, exploring wide-ranging career fields, or shaping your legacy. Our faculty team brings energy and a wide range of experience to the important work of maximizing life after Pomfret.

Character and Leadership

The second pillar, Character and Leadership, will encourage you to cultivate core values that will sustain you as an adult by identifying attributes and skills that reveal your core values and potential to engage, problem-solve, and relate. Through intentional, age-appropriate programming, this pillar cultivates these traits and provides opportunities for practice and feedback, project planning and implementation, all while thinking about the Pomfret School community and service beyond self.

Health and Wellness

The third pillar, Health and Wellness, will aid you in the pursuit of a balanced life with a focus on the interdependence of mind, body, and spirit. Working in this pillar, you'll create individualized, holistic strategies to help combat the epidemic levels of stress, anxiety, and depression so prevalent among teens and young adults.

Social Justice and Diversity

The fourth pillar, Social Justice and Diversity, will challenge you to act with a greater sense of awareness and empathy toward others.

At Pomfret, QUEST is the beginning of a journey that never ends.

The Wall

During QUEST we had to climb a wall. It was a fairly large wall, with no grips, and we were told to climb it with no support, but for our classmates pushing and pulling us to the top.

I was terrified. I didn’t know all of my classmates. I didn’t know if I was going to make it. But I chose to put all my trust in my classmates to push me up the wall… and they did.

Even though there are bigger and higher walls to climb, I know that I can trust my classmates, family, and friends to help me along the way. I know that we can help each other climb, even when there isn’t anything to hold us.

— Angel Kermah ’19

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