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No matter where you’re from, you’ll find a sense of home — of family — in one of our nine dormitories. Dorm parents show you how to make your way around; more importantly, your dorm parent will be there to listen to you and guide you to be your best self at Rumsey Hall. 

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Dorm Life


Rumsey Hall students are nurtured and well cared for. Residing in small, comfortable dormitories, boarders are supervised by dorm parents who treat them like members of their own families. Having a place to relax, getting enough sleep, developing community living skills and enjoying dorm life and weekend activities are all part of the boarding experience.


The goals of the Dorm Life Program include educating students to become contributing members of the School community, encouraging positive peer relationships, promoting health and wellness and developing a sense of dorm spirit. “Dorm Nights” are scheduled every other week throughout the year and include activities such as intramural competition in volleyball, basketball, broomball and indoor wall climbing.

A talent show, an air band contest, spelling and math competitions and a chess tournament are annual dorm life traditions. Holiday celebrations and birthday parties enhance the family atmosphere in the dormitories. During weekends students can choose from on-campus activities such as games in the gym, art projects, skating and spending time with friends.

Weekend Activities

On and off-campus trips and a variety of activities are offered each weekend. The Rumsey campus is close to New Haven, Hartford, Boston and New York City to take advantage of entertainment and cultural offerings.


  • Open Gym for Basketball, Volleyball and Futsal
  • Open Art Studio for Painting, Jewelry, Ceramics and Metal Shop
  • Skating and Pickup Hockey at Lufkin Rink
  • Movies in the MAX
  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Sunday Yoga
  • Campfire and S’mores
  • Ping Pong
  • Mountain Biking
  • Soccer and Field Games


  • Sporting Events (Prep School/College/Professional)
  • Movie Theaters
  • Plays and Musical Performances
  • Museums
  • Community Service Activities
  • Bowling
  • Batting Cages
  • Adventure Parks
  • Amusement Parks (Six Flags/Lake Compounce)
  • On Track Karting
  • Skiing at Mohawk, CT and Butternut, MA Mountains
  • Cooking Classes
  • Hiking and Camping
  • Dinner Trips (Sushi/Chinese/BBQ/Pizza)


  • Talent Show
  • Giant Slip ’N Slide
  • Broomball Tournament
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Bromley Ski Trip
  • Airband
  • Knockerball
  • Spring Carnival
  • Senior Trip (Camp Hi-Rock, MA)
  • Track and Field Day