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Living at Avon

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YOur school... your home

The dorm room is a boarding student's sanctuary—the trusted place he can simply just be.

We strategically place students in dorm rooms so they can form meaningful bonds with their classmates, get advice from older students, and glean guidance from trusted dorm parents. 

Students are housed in the following buildings:

Dorm Life FAQs

What should I pack?

To assist you in organizing what to pack for your son, the following list may be used as a guide:

  • Toiletries
  • Three bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • One blanket
  • One bedspread/comforter
  • One pillow
  • Sleepwear
  • Rain jacket/umbrella
  • Bathing suit
  • Winter jacket, hat & gloves
  • Ten dress shirts – at least two white shirts
  • Eight sets of underwear
  • Eight pairs of socks
  • Five pairs of dark socks
  • One pair of dark dress shoes that can be shined
  • One pair of casual shoes
  • One pair of sneakers
  • One pair of gray dress pants
  • Three or four pairs of pants (khakis) - No cargo pants
  • Two or three sports jackets - One must be navy blue
  • Ties – at least four
  • Casual clothes
  • Sheets – if you did not sign up for linen/laundry service (2 sets)
  • Padlock
  • Flashlight

Please note a list of school supplies will be provided by your son’s teachers upon arrival and available for purchase in the Hawk’s Nest (school store).

What size is my bed?

All beds are regular twin beds. Students are allowed to bring mattress pads with them or purchase one on a store run.

I have a question about bed sizes, who do I contact?
Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
[email protected]
860-404-4218

When will I know who my roommate is?

Roommate assignments are given to you during registration on opening day. All rooming changes are made with our Dean of Students under exceptional circumstances only.

I have a question about roommates, who do I contact?
Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
[email protected]
860-404-4218

What can I bring into my dorm room?

The school supplies all required room furnishings. Students may bring other items such as rugs, desk lamp, personal computer, personal decorative items, etc. However, electric appliances that place an undue strain on the school’s electrical system (televisions, microwave ovens, hot plates, hot pots, etc) are not permitted and will be confiscated.

  • One small energy efficient refrigerator (1.7 cu. ft.) is allowed per room.
  • A monitor screen of any size and gaming systems are allowed.
  • Your room comes with a desk and chair, but you have the option to bring an office chair.
  • Fans are recommended, as there is no A/C in the dorms.

I have a question about what I can bring into my dorm room, who do I contact?
Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
[email protected]
860-404-4218

Are we allowed to have food in our dorm rooms? When can we order food for delivery?

Food is allowed in your rooms, however, you must be responsible for how you store it. You can order food after study hall and on the weekends. If you have questions regarding the Dining Hall, please contact Hector Vazquez at [email protected]

I have a question about food in my dorm room, who do I contact?
Brian Doyle
Dean of Students
[email protected]
860-404-4218

How does my laundry get done?

A laundry company provides weekly service to the boys, or they may send laundry home. A linen service provides weekly change of bed linen and bath towels. You will receive detailed information about these services from our Business Office at the beginning of the school year.

Boarding School FAQs

Is it true there is little to no free time each day for my student to relax and just hang out with their friends?

Each school is unique, and while most weekdays are fairly structured, there is typically an hour or two of free time each evening. Some schools have Saturday morning classes. But there are many opportunities and events in dorms and classes as well for students to just be teenagers and relax among friends.

As a parent, will I have the opportunity to be involved with my child’s education and community, even if they are far away?

Absolutely. Each school has different programs for parental involvement and interaction, but all schools recognize the critical role that parents play in their child’s development during their school years. There are typically many opportunities to visit campus and catch up with your student. While some schools do have policies against cell phone and social media usage, we find that those students quickly adapt to a new schedule full of interesting activities and rarely miss their devices.

What channels of communication exist at boarding schools if my child needs to speak with someone confidentially about an issue with a teacher or fellow student?

Avon has a full-time school psychologist on campus to meet the needs of all students on a confidential basis. Additionally, Avon offers a wide network of other resources ranging from faculty leadership, student advisers, dorm parents, peer-led honor councils and off-site counselors that are willing and able to help a student in need, anytime, regardless of topic.

Will boarding school prepare my child for real life – to face challenges and have a successful career?

Our research shows that boarding school alumni succeed at a higher rate than their public- or private-school peers. In addition, the resiliency that boarding school students build is directly tied to their ability to learn independent living skills and how to be an advocate for themselves.

Do all students who go to Avon go on to attend college?

100% of Avon graduates go on to a four-year college. Avon has a robust college counseling program aimed at helping students and their families navigate the process successfully.

My son is a great kid, but hasn’t applied himself in school. I know he could be successful if he just had the right environment that would challenge and support him. What’s the advantage of an all-boys boarding school?

Risk takers by nature, boys find a new comfort level with nontraditional subjects and activities when they are encouraged to do so by trusted mentors within the safety of a close-knit community. Young men, who may not step up in the presence of girls, take on leadership roles at all-boys schools, often heading community service programs or serving as mentors to younger students. Learn more about the ways that all-boys boarding schools teach students based on the way they learn best.

 

How to Make Your Dorm Room Into Your Home

When a boarder traipses back into his room after a day of academic enlightenment, community outreach, music, art, and sports, he needs a space to shed off all the activities of the day (sigh) and ...relax.