The "Indestructible School for Boys"
At Avon Old Farms, we understand that boys are relational learners.
Young men are free to discover their true identity through the exploration of school life without reservation. Every aspect of our program is engineered to guide and challenge boys to find their niche and passion in life. While our academic curriculum is geared to how boys learn, we also create a foundation for boys to mature emotionally and philosophically.
"Each student shall receive aid in solving his own problems by having opened to him, for inspiration and encouragement, a vision of the possibilities...”
Theodate Pope Riddle, Founder
Inside the Classroom
All challenges comes with risks. However, in a supportive environment, our boys are encouraged to accept challenges to help them learn. Avon has created a dynamic where – even if a student falls – his brothers will help him get back up.
Boys learn through engagement, movement, and collaboration: they study deeper in groups, discuss more around a table, and learn better through sharing. Together, our students excel.
We understand that boys need movement in their day. Our faculty encourage their students to get up, explore the classroom, and our campus. Looking at something from a new perspective can inspire a new understanding.
Outside the Classroom
From our video production team to our ceramics studio, the creative energy of our students has an outlet to flourish. Our teachers are dedicated to inspiring creativity in our students. At Avon, we know greatness lies just beyond a student's comfort zone.
Avon is an empathy-building environment that fosters concern for fellow students and the greater community. The brotherhood is real at Avon: our men are taught to stand up for each other and for what is right.
In an all boys environment, our students have room to develop facets of their character that might be passed by otherwise. Our boys naturally rise to tasks that might typically be taken on by girls, exposing them to new experiences and thoughts.
"As an English teacher, I strive to develop my boys' sense of empathy and appreciation for others' experiences. Literature provides the avenue, and I provide the guidance, but it is the all-boys classroom that provides the comfort in which to do that."
Kate Barzun, English Teacher and College Counselor