|Cui Servire Est Regnare
The School’s motto, translated as “to serve is to rule,” embodies the principle that commitment to others is critical to personal fulfillment. Groton graduates have built a legacy of service to the nation and the world.
At Groton, tests are referred to as “commitments.” One learns the value of maintaining a firm commitment to one’s obligations, personal principles, and the community. The commitment of one to another and of each to the whole is an engendered habit of mind at Groton.
A Circle, Open
The Circle is a landmark at the heart of the Groton campus and a metaphor for the Groton experience. A Circle’s wholeness represents the total development Groton students strive for; its continuity represents the deep and lasting connection between graduates and their school. The concept of openness is critical to this Circle: Groton is open-minded and welcoming. Generous financial aid resources underscore this commitment, making the Circle open to many students who might otherwise not be able to attend.
Facts at a Glance
Boarding: 88 percent
Day: 12 percent
Average Class Size: 11
Acceptance Rate: 15.3 percent
Accepted for Second Form (eighth grade): 31 students
States/Countries Represented: 32/17
States with Greatest Representation: MA, NY, NJ, NH, CT, CA, NC, TX, FL
Students of Color: 32 percent
International: 12 percent
Distinctive Traits (Academic): High-achieving students, two languages required, six classes/semester, tutorials, renowned teachers
Distinctive Traits (Student Life): Prefect year, Chapel, advising program, summer service trips, Parlor, small student body/big opportunities
2011 - 2012 Tuition/fees: $51,800 boarding, $40,150 day
Financial Aid Budget: $5.1 million
Number of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 137
Number of Full-Pay Students: 235
Percentage on Financial Aid: 37 percent
Average Grant: $34,600
Endowment Total: $305 million
Endowment per Student: $824,000
Resources available to Groton students are among the best in America.
Athletic and Recreation Center: Built in 1998; 250,000 square feet with 12 international squash courts, eight indoor tennis courts, three indoor basketball courts, two ice rinks, weight and training rooms, elevated indoor track, multi-purpose/dance studio, 25-meter pool
Outdoor Athletic Facilities: Fields for football, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse, plus two baseball fields, 10 outdoor tennis courts, and a boathouse
Theater: Marion D. Campbell Performing Arts Center (with main stage and black box stages), built in 2004
Music: Edward B. Gammons Recital Hall, renovated in 2005
All facilities are wheelchair-accessible.
Beyond the Circle
Average SAT Scores: 702 critical reading, 688 math, 702 writing
Careers of Graduates after 10 Years: Business, 40 percent; Law, 20 percent; Medicine, 10 percent; Education, 10 percent; Government, 5 percent; Other: 15 percent
Alumni Participating in Community Service: 95 percent
Sample of Prominent Alumni: Dean Acheson, Ayi Kwei Armah, Hugh Auchincloss, James Auchincloss, Louis Auchincloss, Francis Biddle, McGeorge Bundy, William Bundy, Jim Cooper, Peter Gammons, Joseph Grew, Fred Gwynne, W. Averell Harriman, Stephen Hill, Joseph Medill McCormick, Robert R. McCormick, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Alexandra Paul, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sarah Sewall, Sam Waterston