About The Frederick Gunn School

The Frederick Gunn School, founded in 1850, is a co-ed boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year. We serve over 300 boarding and day students from Connecticut, as well as 20 other states and 20 countries. The 220-acre campus borders the village green of Washington, Connecticut, a small, beautiful, and historic town in the Litchfield Hills. Mr. Gunn had a deep appreciation for the natural world, believing that in nature students understand themselves as humans and their place in the world. He took a principled stand against slavery and spurred students (and the town at large) to examine their beliefs. In addition to the habits and skills students will need in college and life beyond, we teach them to follow Mr. Gunn’s example: to cultivate wisdom, to be trailblazers, to act with conviction, and to value character as highly as intellect and achievement.

In keeping with the tenets of our founder Frederick Gunn, who was himself a prominent abolitionist and progressive educator, The Frederick Gunn School seeks to provide a pluralistic learning environment for all inclusive of (but not limited to): culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, learning differences, physical difference, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic differences.  For more information about The Frederick Gunn School’s commitment to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning ecosystem, please click here

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Faculty Philosophy

As members of a boarding school community, Gunn faculty members are actively involved in all aspects of campus life as teachers, advisors, coaches, dorm parents, and extra-curricular advisors. What this means for students is important: faculty members are accessible, take learning seriously, and support student exploration of many paths. It takes a community of individuals dedicated to becoming their best selves to chart the way.

Joining our faculty means joining a rich history and an embedded philosophy that we all serve as positive influences in the lives of our students.  It is in this way that our community thrives as a cohesive unit—all members participating in all aspects of life at Gunn.

Professional Development

Gunn encourages its faculty members to pursue professional development opportunities and training that support their specific teaching and coaching responsibilities, as well as their work with adolescents in a residential community. The school funds the entirety or a portion of such professional development and training on a case-by-case basis. All new faculty are assigned both an academic and a social mentor to help them transition effectively to a new school community.

In addition to a week-long new faculty orientation program at the beginning of the school year, all new faculty meet regularly with the Dean of Faculty and their mentors throughout the year.

Independent School Fellowship Program at Mount Holyoke College

The Independent School Fellowship program is designed specifically for educators working in independent schools. Fellows apply what they learn right away, becoming both more effective educators and earning a master's degree at the same time. Over the course of two years, fellows develop pedagogy and leadership skills, build relationships with other independent school educators, and work with mentors who challenge them and help them grow.

To learn more about this program, please see the Independent Schools Program at Mount Holyoke College.

Faculty Openings

Applicants for faculty positions should send a resume, transcript(s) and two letters of recommendation to the email address listed in the position's description.


Staff Openings

Applicants for staff positions - please refer to the contact information provided in the job posting.


If you are interested in learning more about applying for a position, teaching at The Frederick Gunn School, or receiving more information about the Independent School Fellow Program, please contact hr@frederickgunn.org. 



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Incorporated in 1779 and named for General George Washington, who stopped here for breakfast at Cogswell Tavern in 1781, Washington has a rich and storied history. The dairy farms and river mills of the 1800s have given way to a vibrant arts and culture scene and a classic New England landscape that offers glimpses of the past.
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The Frederick Gunn School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Except in cases of a bona fide occupational qualification or need, or except as otherwise permitted or required by law, Gunn does not discriminate against applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other protected class status under applicable law with respect to hiring, compensation, promotion, discharge from employment or other terms and conditions of employment.

Position announcements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to the job title and the education and skills required. Descriptions are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills that are required or may be required in the future.

BACKGROUND SCREENING: The Frederick Gunn School conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer, which includes using a third-party administrator to conduct the checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.