Greens Farms Academy

An Independent Co-Ed Day School For Grades PreK-12

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Greens Farms Academy is an independent day school for grades PreK- 12 located in the Greens Farms area of Westport, CT. Our education is innovative as well as traditional. It takes place in the classroom, in the ecosystems just outside our doors, and digitally across the globe. This is an extraordinary school where over time, students learn to take ownership of their education and to partner with teachers and fellow students in learning to think critically, collaborate, and communicate.

Our mission drives everything we do:

GFA engages students as partners in an innovative, inclusive, and globally minded community to prepare them for a life of purpose.

We are proud that "Quisque pro Omnibus — Each for All" is our school motto. From PreK through 12th grade, a sense of responsibility and empathy threads through our community. We know that in these times, young people are grappling with big questions. Our mission is to help students become the best they can be by instilling our core values of passion, integrity, empathy, curiosity and excellence

Philosophy

Partners: Our students collaborate with teachers to develop their voices to effect change, to become lifelong learners who take ownership of their educations, and to have an instinct for self-reflection that builds character and drives improvement.

Innovative: Building on a demanding curriculum, our faculty seeks innovative and effective methods to help students cultivate the skills and habits of mind necessary to excel.

Inclusive: GFA strives to create a diverse community that values the identities, perspectives, and experiences of all its members.

Globally Minded: We empower our students to discover their place in the world and help them to become globally competent citizens engaged in building a sustainable future.

Core Values

Passion
Integrity
Empathy
Curiosity
Excellence



HometownNumber of Students
Greens Farms/Westport155
Fairfield/Southport158
Darien130
Norwalk/Rowayton70
Weston/Wilton53
Greenwich54
Stamford31
Bridgeport18
New Canaan17
Shelton/Stratford/Trumbull11
Easton11
Ridgefield/Redding3
New York6
New Haven/West Haven3
Danbury1

Faculty

Our students collaborate with teachers to develop their voices to effect change, to become lifelong learners who take ownership of their educations, and to have an instinct for self-reflection that builds character and drives improvement.

105 full-time
9 part time
2 counselors
12 Lower School teaching Assistants

Getting Here

    Students commute via car/carpool, van service, or the Metro-North train. The Greens Farms train station, which is at the foot of the campus, is a 5-minute walk to school. More than 200 students use Metro-North for transportation. We are also less than ¾ of a mile off Exit 18 from I-95. Learn more

    Affordability

    Many people begin their research about independent schools by looking at the tuition figures. As a school who values community, we work very hard to make GFA affordable: 100 of the 715 students receive a financial grant, and the average grant is $32,000. Learn more about our tuition and financial aid.

    Diversity

    GFA has a diverse, multicultural student body and faculty, representing a broad range of ethnic, racial, socio-economic, religious and international backgrounds. Students and faculty of color represent 16% of our student body and 17% of our faculty. Learn more

    Signature Programs

    Our Signature Programs feature innovative classes in World Perspectives, STEAM, and Human Ecology and Sustainability. But what we love most is that they're for everyone: from our youngest students in PreK to our seniors who graduate with a Signature Program concentration. All three weave throughout the Lower, Middle, and Upper School curricula, deepening our students’ understanding of these critical areas, allowing them to unlock the unlimited potential that lies ahead. Learn more

    Philanthropy and Endowment

    Like all independent schools, GFA relies on the generosity of parents and alumni to help fund current programs as well as endowment and new facilities. Every year, all members of the GFA community are asked to support Annual Giving. Tuition does not cover the full investment we make in each student, therefore we rely on Annual Giving to provide approximately 7% of the annual operating budget each year. From time to time, GFA conducts Capital Campaigns to secure funding to achieve major strategic objectives. For these critical priorities, we rely on the GFA community's philanthropic support of a capital campaign, in addition to their support of Annual Giving.

    The endowment provides long term financial stability, serves as an indication of the stature and stability of the school, and is a measure of the school's ability to remain at the forefront of teaching innovation and excellence. The endowment as of May 2018 was $44,024,718. Learn more

    Founded in 1925, GFA is situated on a former Vanderbilt estate in the Greens Farms section of Westport, CT.

    The 44-acre campus borders three ecosystems: a salt marsh, Audubon woodland, and the Long Island Sound

    Lower School: 170
    Middle School: 228
    Upper School: 315

    8:1 Student/Teacher Ratio
    Average class size:
    14 – 16

    Accreditations & Memberships
    • New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
    • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
    • CT Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
    • Fairchester Association and League