Everything you need to get ready for September.
Whether you're brand new or a seasoned Griffin, these resources will help you prepare for the upcoming academic year. This is a comprehensive, but by no means exhaustive, depository of useful information. If you have a question or concern about coming back to school, please let us know.
- School Calendar
- Registration Dates
- Vacations and Long Weekends
- Student Handbook
- Class Schedules and Books
- Summer Reading
- Dorms and Advisors
- Suggested Packing List
- Computers and Technology
- Tuition and PomfretCard
- Preseason Athletics
You should plan to arrive on (and not before) your appointed registration date. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Front Office at (860) 963-6100 prior to your arrival. Registration activities will be held in Parsons Lodge for students and their families. Please note that the registration for international students will be held in Robinson House (Admissions).
Sunday, September 3 from 9:00 — 11:00 AM
Preseason Athletes (invite-only)
Tuesday, September 5 from 9:00 — 11:00 AM
Student Leaders (invite-only)
Tuesday, September 5 at 12:00 NOON
New International Students
Wednesday, September 6 from 9:00 — 11:00 AM
Remaining New and Returning Students
New Student Orientation All new students will participate in a series of informative orientation sessions run by the Dean of Student’s Office that will meet at various times throughout the first week of school. These sessions aim to provide new students with a better understanding of school life, policies and programs, as well as to help them form connections with other students and faculty. The information provided in the orientation sessions help to ensure a smooth transition to Pomfret.
School vacations and long weekends are also located on the school calendar. Below, you can find more information about student departure and arrival times:
FALL LONG WEEKEND (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 — TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31)
Students are allowed to remain on campus throughout this short break. Students may not depart campus on Saturday afternoon until completing their last school commitment and must return to their dorms by 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 31.
THANKSGIVING VACATION (SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 — MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27)
Classes and afternoon activities will be held on Friday, November 17. Students have the option to depart campus on Friday afternoon to start their vacation early as long as they have completed their last school commitments. All other students should remain on campus until Saturday morning when dormitories close. School-sponsored transportation (New York bus) departs from school on Saturday morning. All students should depart campus by 5:00 PM on Saturday and must return to their dorms by 7:30 PM on Monday, November 27.
WINTER VACATION (THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 — WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3)
Classes and afternoon activities will be held on Wednesday, December 13. Students have the option to depart campus on Wednesday afternoon to start their vacation early as long as they have completed their last school commitments. All remaining students should stay on campus until Thursday morning when dormitories close. School-sponsored transportation (New York bus) departs from school on Thursday morning. All students should depart campus by 5:00 PM on Thursday and must return to their dorms by 7:30 PM on Wednesday, January 3. Please note that some varsity teams may participate in tournaments at the beginning and/or end of the winter vacation—students and parents are encouraged to communicate with coaches before finalizing their travel plans.
LONG WINTER WEEKEND (FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 — MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5)
Students are allowed to remain on campus throughout this short break. Students have the option to depart campus on Friday afternoon to start their vacation as long as they have completed their last school commitments. Remaining students should stay on campus until Saturday. All students must return to their dorms by 7:30 PM on Monday, February 5.
SPRING VACATION (THURSDAY, MARCH 8— MONDAY, MARCH 26)
Classes and afternoon activities will be held on Wednesday, March 7. Students have the option to depart campus on Wednesday evening to start their vacation as long as they have completed their last school commitments. All remaining students may remain on campus until Thursday morning when dormitories close. School-sponsored transportation (New York bus) departs from school on Thursday morning. All students should depart campus by 5:00 PM on Thursday and must return to their dorms by 7:30 PM on Monday, March 26. Please note that some varsity teams may participate in team travel during the vacation—students and parents are encouraged to communicate with spring coaches before finalizing their travel plans.
LONG SPRING WEEKEND (SATURDAY, MARCH 31 — MONDAY, APRIL 2)
Students are allowed to remain on campus throughout this short break. Students have the option to depart campus on Friday, March 30 in the afternoon to start their vacation as long as they have completed their last school commitments. All students must return to their dorms by 7:30 PM on Monday, April 2.
*Because we are not prepared in our dormitories or dining hall to accept students before the appointed times, students should return at their scheduled time and not before.
*No vacations may begin earlier or extended beyond the appointed times.
An updated version of our student handbook, the Griffin Guide, will be published on our website later this month. In the meantime, here are a few policies to keep in mind:
Dress Code: The dress code has not changed from last year: Formal class dress is to be worn on Mondays and Fridays, and informal class dress is to be worn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (when QUEST classes are held).
Gaming: Personal gaming systems will not be allowed in the individual dorm rooms of freshmen or sophomores. However, those students are allowed to use them in dormitory common rooms, which will help foster a sense of community and bonding. Juniors and seniors are allowed the privilege of in-room systems.
Televisions: While televisions are still prohibited, a student is permitted to have one monitor in his or her room as long as it does not exceed 32" — a considerable increase in size from previous years. A standard 32" monitor measures 31.5" diagonally.
Refrigerators: All students will be allowed to have small refrigerators (less than 3 cubic feet) in their dorm rooms with the following stipulation: Freshmen may have one refrigerator per room; sophomores, juniors, and seniors may have one refrigerator per person.
Leave: In order to better streamline and simplify the weekend and weekday leave permission process, Pomfret School will continue to use an on-line attendance program called Boardingware. Following the same process as last year, students wishing to spend a night off campus will have to submit permission request forms through Boardingware using their secure website. Once request forms are submitted, students’ parents as well as other school personnel, such as advisors, coaches, and/or teachers, will receive email from Boardingware asking them to approve or decline the students’ requests. Requests will be reviewed and must receive final approval from members of the Dean of Student’s office before students depart campus. More information about Boardingware will be provided prior to the opening of school.
Attendance: Students are required to attend all school obligations — including academic classes, athletic or afternoon activities, QUEST programs and any other scheduled school event — throughout the year. Any student wishing to miss an obligation must receive special permission from the Dean of Student’s office and in most cases from other school personnel, which might include teachers, a coach, a college counselor, and/or an advisor. When organizing a weekend or weekday leave from campus, parents and students are encouraged to wait until they have received final approval from the Dean before committing to participating in any off-campus event and/or finalizing travel plans.
Academic schedules are now available in your MyPomfret account. Our purpose in releasing schedules now is to give you ample time to review scheduled courses, and to order books in advance of your arrival this fall. Should you have questions about scheduling or course placement, please contact Don Gibbs in the Academic Office. No schedule is set in stone. Plenty of time remains to make adjustments, as necessary; we invite your participation.
Make reading a habit this summer. Read every day, if you can—in a favorite chair, waiting for a plane (or in it), or idling under a tree or on a beach. Although we expect you to read at least three books this summer, we trust you will seek and read more that appeal to you.
This suggested packing list is provided to assist boarding students and their parents as they prepare for the approaching school year. The items listed are suggested and by no means mandatory or exclusive.
Pomfret School supports students that use Macs or PCs for the 2017-18 school year.
Macs typically offer better battery life, user-friendliness, reliability and durability than PCs and we do strongly recommend that students bring a Mac. Pomfret faculty and computer labs are equipped with Macs and we have found the Macintosh operating system to be less susceptible to viruses and malware than PCs. By focusing on one platform we can improve the depth of our technical support and repair service whereas providing similar support to all types of Windows laptops and versions of Windows operating systems is more difficult due to variations in hardware and software.
A 2013 or newer Apple MacBook (Pro, Air or "MacBook" are all suitable) that runs OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later is recommended. Student laptops should have an internal disk drive that is at least 256 GB in size with at least 4 GB of RAM. For students who expect to do a lot of photo or film editing and store a lot of music, we recommend increasing the RAM to 8 GB and with a larger internal disk drive.
MyPomfret Login: This password-protected portal gives you access to class schedules, attendance, and grades — among other useful resources. If you are a parent visiting the MyPomfret login page for the first time, or run into difficulties logging in, click “Retrieve your Credentials” and follow the prompts.
Printing: Students are not required to bring their own personal printer. Pomfret provides multiple print locations for students.
Internet: Expect to use wireless internet at Pomfret. All academic, residential, and common spaces on Pomfret’s campus are Wi-Fi enabled. Dorms do not support wired internet connection.
Boardingware: This year we will be using switching from REACH to Boardingware to coordinate and schedule student travel requests. You'll receive account information in mid August and will have the ability to use this software to view leave requests, schedule medical departures, and coordinate student travel arrangements.
Tuition Pomfret offers several tuition payment options suitable for a range of family financial situations. For parents who are not enrolled in one of the Extended Tuition Payment Schedules, payment for Tuition 1 must be received in the Business Office by July 31. The due date for Tuition 2 is November 30.
PomfretCard An initial minimum deposit of $750 for boarders or $350 for day students must be received by July 31 to activate your child’s PomfretCard account. Please note: you will not be billed for this initial PomfretCard deposit.
Students invited to attend preseason should arrive on Sunday, September 3 for registration from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. If you have any questions about preseason, feel free to contact the appropriate head coach or the athletic director: