Student Life

When you ask current students about their favorite time of the day on The Frederick Gunn School campus, they invariably talk about time spent with friends, whether they are hanging out in the dorm or creating their own fun outside. School days are busy. Students move from academic and co-curricular commitments to dinner and evening study hall. But there are opportunities for friends to gather throughout the day. It might be grabbing a table together for lunch in the dining hall, hosting a movie night in your dorm room, or meeting up for an impromptu baseball game on the Quad, spikeball on the turf, or sledding on the hill behind Teddy House in winter.

Weekend activities include Open Skate and Open Hockey times at Linen Rink, trips to the Danbury Fair Mall and other local shopping centers, movie theaters, and area restaurants as well as the ever-popular Arethusa Farm Dairy for ice cream. Sign-ups are available for excursions to try bowling or visit a trampoline park, and some weekends are just good for sleeping in and going to brunch in the dining hall, where chocolate chip waffles and a fruit and yogurt bar are usually on offer. Students can also take advantage of dances, the fitness center, open gym times, seasonal activities (carve your own pumpkin, anyone?), movie screenings and guest performances right on campus, and cheer their fellow Highlanders at home.

Student Life News

Judith Altmann

The 2021 Speaker Series concluded April 1 with a presentation by Holocaust survivor and Connecticut resident Judith Altmann, who shared her incredibly moving story. A member of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Speakers Bureau and Vice President of the Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut, Altmann has extensive experience speaking in schools.

"Open Hearted" by Kaleigh Laurendeau ’21

Original artwork by three students will be featured in a new exhibit opening this Saturday, April 3, at the Washington Art Association. In its inaugural High School Expo, WAA presents the work of area art students, who pursued their creativity to navigate the isolation of an unprecedented and uncertain year.

banding station on Kent Land Trust's Skiff Mountain South Preserve

By early April, seniors at The Frederick Gunn School are required to complete what’s known as the Civic Changemakers Project. A diploma requirement, it’s an opportunity for students to work independently on a service project in their local communities, and put into action what they have learned across the school’s four-year citizenship curriculum under the Center for Citizenship and Just Democracy

Students in Model United Nations 2021

In recent years, students in the Model United Nations (MUN) co-curricular program have participated in conferences at Harvard and Georgetown universities. This year, MUN Advisors Ed Surjan and Karoline Theobald P’09 ’14 created a virtual MUN experience for students who participated in the Winter Term co-curricular program. “MUN Winter 2021: Major Global Issues Forum” introduced students to eight major international issues in as many weeks, using readings, videos, and group discussions led by guest speakers, including several alumni.

Ed Conard

On February 25, The Frederick Gunn School Community welcomed author and businessman Edward Conard as part of the 2021 Speaker Series. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Business School, Conard is an adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a former partner at Bain Capital. He is the author of two New York Times top-10 bestselling books, including “The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class” (2016), and a contributor to “United States Income, Wealth, Consumption, and Inequality” (2020) by Oxford University Press. 

Cait Ward, LoveYourBrain Ambassador

The Girls Varsity Hockey Team has organized its second annual fundraiser in support of the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury through programs that build community and foster resilience.”

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