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The Gilbert School was founded in 1895 by William L. Gilbert for the purpose of providing instruction “for the improvement of mankind by affording such assistance and means of educating the young as will help them to become good citizens.”

Today, that spirit of good citizenship and educating the whole child endures. The School moved to its present site in 1959 in Winsted, Connecticut and is today a comprehensive independent middle-senior high school for grades 7 – 12.

Set in the picturesque Litchfield Hills of Northwestern Connecticut, many prestigious institutions of higher learning are easily accessible.

International students join the Diploma program and benefit from the expert counselling and specialist tuition provided to non-native English speakers.

Marker The Gilbert School
200 Williams Ave
CT 06098

Just two hours away
New York

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The School

Gilbert at a Glance

  • Type of school: Co-ed, no religious affiliation
  • Grades: 7 – 12
  • Enrollment: 525
  • Average class size: 18
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
  • Number of AP Courses: 10
  • Number of Honors Courses: 13
  • Min TOEFL/TOEFL Jr: No
  • ESL: Yes

Student Housing

Male dorm: (twin room)

  • Two-floor residency hall
  • 4 sets of residential coordinators for 24-hour guardianship
  • 4 bedrooms in a hall
  • Students share a three-stall bathroom and three shower area per hall

Female dorm: (twin, triple room)

  • A Victorian style home
  • Room sharing with one or two other female students
  • Residential coordinators on-site 24 hours a day


  • Breakfast and dinner is served in the dining hall, the cost of which is included in the tuition.
  • Students are responsible for their own lunch with typical costs being $5 – 6 per day Monday – Friday.
  • On the weekends, a catering service delivers meals twice a day, late morning and early evening.

Residential Coordinators

The Dean of Student Affairs carefully screens all of the Residential Coordinators for the male residency hall and female dorm home. They are all caring, friendly individuals interested in supporting students in their education and also in sharing their cultural background. They provide a safe and stable environment in which students study, eat, sleep and spend time with traditional American supervisors.

Courses available at Gilbert

Diploma program

Create a study experience tailor-made for your group. Combine English with an exciting programme of activities and excursions. Choose a sample programme or build your own.

  • Start dates: Year-round, 1 September – 1 June
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Maximum class size: 15
  • Minimum group number: 10
  • Minimum entry level: Beginner
  • Minimum age: 10
More about Study Tours

Typical activities

Activities include:

Movie night, quiz night, disco, and seaside walks.

Specially designed for juniors and teenagers who would like to experience beautiful English countryside, yet still be close to London.

Perfect combination of learning and exploring, with numerous on-site activities and many excursions to Central London and other nearby cities.

Half-day outings in Southend-on-Sea include walking tour, Southend Pier, treasure trail, and the beach.

Typical excursions

Excursions into London

  • Natural History Museum and Harrods
  • British Museum and Oxford Street shopping
  • Madame Tussauds and shopping on Regent Street
  • Shakespeare’s Globe exhibition/tour and Bankside
  • Greenwich with market and National Maritime Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Stratford Shopping Centre
  • The View from The Shard
  • Westminster walking tour and National Gallery
  • London River Cruise

Other excursions

  • Cambridge with walking tour
  • Canterbury and Cathedral
  • Brighton with Sea Life Centre
  • Leeds Castle
  • Windsor and Windsor Castle
  • Hastings and Smugglers Adventure
  • Colchester Zoo

At least one entrance fee per week included.

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The Kings Admissions Team