Greens Farms Academy

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


This fall marks the beginning of GFA’s Year of Celebration as we honor Janet Hartwell’s last year at GFA. Under her leadership, our school has transformed into one of the Northeast’s finest independent day schools, and we hope you will join us in honoring her legacy.

GFA relies on the generosity of its community to provide essential funds beyond tuition. In this hallmark year, we are asking all to continue their support of Annual Giving, and to honor the Janet Hartwell era with a thoughtful and expanded gift. Your support will ensure the success of our school today and establish a legacy for tomorrow.


Annual Giving is the single most important gift you can offer GFA. This yearly effort funds the difference between the cost of tuition and the actual investment we make in every student. All gifts directly support immediate priorities that enhance our students’ educational experience.


Your gift supports the people and programs that make GFA a transformative experience, including dedicated faculty, innovative programs, individual attention, and state-of-the-art technology.

Advancement Office

Jennifer Klein
Director of Advancement and Community Relations

Associate Director of Advancement, Director of Marketing and Communications

Christy Ball
Associate Director of Advancement, Director of Giving

Sara Glidden
Administrative Assistant for Advancement


The Janet Hartwell Legacy Fund, an endowed fund, will honor long-time head Janet Hartwell’s commitment to academic excellence, curricular innovation, and providing an independent school education to a wide range of students. The Fund will support two key priorities in perpetuity:

The Student Scholar Program honors Janet’s commitment to students who demonstrate a love of learning, a commitment to the concept of community, and who will live a life of purpose. The program:

  • supports students who qualify for a GFA financial aid grant; have outstanding academic records; and demonstrate a passion for the arts, athletics, or one of GFA’s Signature Programs;
  • attracts a wide range of applicants, including middle-class families who may have thought an independent school education was out of reach;
  • provides access to a population of students who will gain admission to top colleges, and who have the academic, athletic, and artistic skills to improve every class, inspire their peers, and encourage ever-greater excellence from our already outstanding faculty; and
  • expands and broadens our socioeconomic community.

The Visiting Fellow Program is a jewel in the crown of leading schools that value not only the life of the mind but also applications of knowledge that fuel science, arts, government, business, social enterprise, environmental responsibility and so much more. The program:

  • allows us to bring distinguished speakers, innovative thinkers, and dynamic teachers to campus for extended periods of time to work with our PreK-12 students and enhance our already robust curriculum;
  • deepens our Signature Programs, providing a distinctive and distinguishing aspect of our current offerings; and
  • elevates the profile of the school and enhances the student experience.


The Janet Hartwell Legacy Fund will secure and broaden GFA’s future and put us in a position of strength as we recruit and welcome our new Head of School.

Janet's Legacy

For the last 15 years, Greens Farms Academy has grown dramatically and thrived under the leadership of Janet Hartwell.

The outstanding facilities and programs that our students enjoy today are a result of her vision, commitment, and dedication, along with her ability to unite our family of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, trustees, and even grandparents.

With a 22% increase in enrollment during Janet’s tenure, GFA has become one of the leading independent day schools in Connecticut. The success is due in large part to the expansion and enhancements that Janet has accomplished in her time here.

New Facilities

  • Cafeteria Expansion
  • Lower School Expansion
  • Middle and Upper School
  • Classrooms and Labs
  • Science and Performing Arts
  • Classroom Wing
  • Athletics Expansion (Turf Field, Tennis Courts, Softball/Field Hockey Field, Squash Facility, Wrestling Gym)
  • Global Studies Center
  • Performing Arts Center

New Concentrations and Programs

  • World Perspectives Program
  • Human Ecology and Sustainability
  • Seed to Table
  • Global Online Academy
  • The Center for the Study of Boys and
  • Girls Lives at UPenn

Completing the Vision: A Conversation with Our Division Heads

Ways to Give

By Check

Checks should be made payable to Greens Farms Academy and mailed to the attention of the Advancement Office.

Credit Card & Online

Credit card donations can be made here. If you would like to make your payment over time, you can arrange a monthly or quarterly recurring gift.

Appreciated Securities

Gifts of stocks, bonds, or other appreciated securities allow donors to avoid paying capital gains taxes and qualify for a charitable deduction. Please contact Contact Sara Glidden (, 203-256-7555) if you would like to make a gift of securities.

Matching Gifts

By taking advantage of your employer’s matching gift program, donors can significantly increase the amount and impact of their gift. Contact Sara Glidden (, 203-256-7555) for more information.

Planned Gifts

An easy and inexpensive way to make a gift to GFA is to make a commitment through your will. Please contact the Christy Ball (, 203-256-7552) for more information.