The Pomfret Purpose

The world is changing, and we are changing with it.

Since its founding in 1894, Pomfret has focused on innovation and progressive thinking about what a great education should be. "If the next generation is to flourish in a changing world," says Head of School Tim Richards, "we must prepare them wisely, differently, and well." At Pomfret, we acknowledge and embrace the idea that education must evolve to meet the needs of a new age, and we are dedicated to preparing Generation Z with the knowledge, skills, and character they will need to thrive in the 21st century.

Yet, while change beckons, we remain grounded in tradition. A growing body of research confirms that our small student population, our commitment to knowing every student well, and our careful cultivation of an inclusive and intellectually curious community are the hallmarks of a transformational boarding school experience. Together, these twin forces of tradition and innovation are the cornerstones of The Pomfret Purpose.


Pomfret School cultivates a healthy interdependence of mind, body, and spirit as we prepare our students for college, and to lead and learn in a diverse and increasingly interconnected society.


Our values embody the patterns of thought and behavior we care about most. They are the unseen influences behind our decisions, the internal motivation behind our actions. Representing our essence and our aspirations, they reflect who and what we strive to be each and every day.


We care for ourselves, the people around us, and the community in which we live.
We come together to better address challenges and learn from each other.
We champion diversity and inclusion, seeking to understand and be understood.


We thrive on creativity, innovation, and change.
We inspire others with our engagement, determination, and optimism.
We take calculated risks and rebound from failure with renewed energy.


We treat people with respect and compassion.
We speak and act with sincerity, honesty, and civility.
We dare to hold ourselves and others accountable to the values of Pomfret School.


To be a recognized leader in learning, teaching, and innovative program design for independent boarding schools. 

The Pomfret Graduate

disciplined and multifaceted learner

who asks relevant questions, pursues interests and obligations with determination, reflects on success, and develops resilience from failure.

collaborative and empathic leader

who works effectively with others in a variety of contexts and a diversity of cultures.

critical thinker

who pursues, interprets, and synthesizes information with a critical eye.

creative problem-solver

who produces innovative and original ideas and solutions, for the marketplace and the human race.

effective communicator

who conveys the essence of a situation with purpose, clarity, and poise.

respectful and ethical citizen

who conducts himself / herself with integrity, compassion, and responsibility.

Learning Principles

At Pomfret, learning is student-centered, relevant, and meaningful. It values diversity in thought, perspective, and expression. It engages not just the mind, but the heart and the spirit. It happens within a variety of contexts through multiple instructional approaches. And it requires appropriate levels of rigor and challenge, to foster growth and develop mastery.

Diversity Statement

At Pomfret, we believe diversity is who we are. Diversity refers to those differences in identity that impact our social experiences, including status and access to resources. Most obviously it is determined by race, gender, and culture. On a more subtle level it includes class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and appearance. We are guided by research which indicates academic excellence and a diverse learning environment are synergistically linked and that students in diverse classroom settings show growth in intellectual development, motivation, academic skills, standardized test scoring and grade point averages.


Together we will help our students anticipate, embrace, and prepare for their future. This is our purpose.

The Pomfret Purpose