When classes end, the day is just beginning.
Time is important — time to think, time to play, time to breathe. From early morning classes to late night conversations, the power of the Pomfret Experience comes from the moments between the moments: over meals, in the dorms, at the movies. This is only possible at a school where everyone lives and works and learns together. A place like Pomfret.
The Pomfret campus is your home away from home. Close to 100 percent of our faculty live on campus, with over 70 percent of dorm parents and affiliates, who are here to supervise, guide, mentor, and support students. A highly valued role at Pomfret, the in loco parentis focuses on:
- Providing individual attention to each student
- Helping students learn from the differences of other students’ backgrounds and beliefs
- Developing a sense of unity within each dorm
The majority of our third formers (freshmen) live in "house dorms" in what is known as Freshmen Circle, providing a community within a community for our younger first-year students. Upperclassmen live in one of four larger dorms, known collectively as The Bricks. These dorms overlook Pomfret’s central quad – an outdoor meeting place for student activities like barbecues, dances, and casual socializing. Each dorm unit has a Common Room that’s comfortably furnished and includes a flat screen television and microwave. These areas serve as convenient space for dorm meetings, socials, and a place to relax.
Third and fourth formers (freshmen and sophomores) learn quickly the value of evening study hall, lights-out, and room cleaning regimes. As they become fifth and sixth formers (juniors and seniors), they carry these routines forward as habits. Students and faculty organize their dorm lives by planning everything from fun and meaningful activities to participating in dorm maintenance – all terrific lessons for life in college.
Pomfret utilizes student leaders (Prefects) to help faculty lead each dorm unit. Student prefects are elected and placed by faculty and the role is one of highest regard. All prefects undergo extensive training before each school year begins. They arrive on campus early each year to help prepare for Opening Days and to welcome new and returning students with the spirit and pride that is Pomfret.
The Pomfret campus serves as a home away from home for all our students. Day students have two faculty advisors and several prefects to provide leadership and guidance. They also have their own Day Student lounge/study rooms – one boys and girls. Both are conveniently located in the middle of the campus action in the Olmsted Student Union/Corzine Athletic Center. Each Day Student is assigned two large lockers – one for their academic materials and one for their clothing and accessories. Day students are provided with all the same benefits of boarding students, other than a dorm room, and many stay overnight with boarding friends on weekends.