Having spent the past 36 years of my life at Avon and having had two of my sons graduate from Avon Old Farms—the top college prep boys school in Connecticut, I understand clearly the powerful, enduring impact this school makes on each student who passes through our doors.
From Pete Seeger, the iconic American folk singer and humanitarian, to Brian Leetch, the very best American-born hockey player, our alumni include leaders in every profession imaginable. What makes us most proud of our students and alumni is the manner in which they approach their lives. For while we focus on helping each boy at school discover his own unique gifts and explore his passions, he engages in these opportunities within a culture that honors good citizenship and responsible living.
Our mission statement, “Avon Old Farms School strives to be the best college preparatory school for boys by cultivating young men of integrity, who honor wisdom, justice, inclusion, service, and the pursuit of truth,” effectively describes our goal in working with each of our students. It is difficult to spend time on our campus without feeling a mighty sense of place and community which guides the traditional education that occurs in our classrooms, on our playing fields, in our performance venues, and throughout our 800 acres of natural beauty.
Because we know and understand boys, we are able to inspire them and to help them along the road that leads to self-discovery, independence, and manhood. The lessons learned in the Village of Old Farms are forged through shared experiences with faculty and brothers. They are lessons that endure and are built within the foundations of our core values of brotherhood, scholarship, integrity, and sportsmanship.
Exploring our website will provide you with important information about Avon Old Farms— the best college prep school in Connecticut — and will, hopefully, encourage you to visit our unique campus where you will feel the special spirit of community which is a hallmark of our school.
Aspirando et Perseverando!
Kenneth H. LaRocque
In 1998, Ken was appointed as the sixth headmaster of Avon Old Farms, and has served in that capacity since. During his 37 years at Avon, Ken has been active on numerous educational boards and in many related organizations, including The Headmasters Association, the International Boys School Coalition, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, the Founders League, the WALKS Foundation, the SPHERE Foundation, the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
As headmaster, Ken has led Avon through several strategic plans, a major capital campaign and important campus improvements. Under his leadership, Avon has expanded its visual and performing arts curriculum, created new community service initiatives, focused on its mission of developing men of integrity through curricular and co-curricular changes, and has maintained a robust athletic program.