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Kimball Union Academy

Thank you for considering Kimball Union Academy.


There is no doubt that Kimball Union has come a long way from its beginnings in 1813. But one thing has not changed; we still offer the best in contemporary education. From a predominantly locally based student body to a school with no international constraints, from forty years as a single-sex institution to a return to coeducation in the mid-seventies, from seven students to three hundred and forty, we have grown and flourished over two hundred years of history. Grounded by our mission, Kimball Union Academy has the experience of centuries.

  • Day school tuition N/A - $42400 USD
  • Grades for day school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    Post Graduate
  • Year founded 1813
  • Boarding school tuition N/A - $66700 USD
  • Grades for boarding school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    Post Graduate
  • Curricula Host Country's National
  • Type Co-ed



Admissions Information

Admissions Process

Complete and submit the application through either the Standard Application Online (SAO) or Gateway to Prep. The applications include: • Biographical information • Student Essays • Parent Statement & Questions • School report with transcripts (current year and two previous years) • Current math teacher recommendation • Current English teacher recommendation • Current counselor or principal recommendation • Application fee Admission decisions are made at Kimball Union Academy without regard to race, gender, creed or national origin.

Entry Requirements

• Application form • Essays • Parent statement • Transcripts • Recommendations

  • First application deadline 15 January, rolling admissions after
  • Second application deadline Rolling


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • ELL support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Languages taught French, Latin, Spanish
  • Examinations available Advanced Placement - AP


Use of technology in the classroom

Today, technology provides a launching point for innovative instruction and a transformative educational experience. At KUA this begins with SMART Boards in every classroom, the KUA Laptop Requirement (see below) to ensure that every student is equipped with the appropriate device and support for their academic computing needs, and the adoption of digital textbooks across a number of our course offerings, which allows us to further embrace digital content and enhancements in and out of the classroom. Utilizing cutting-edge technology gives faculty and students the freedom to be creative and move beyond the traditional walls and constraints of "old school" education. We strive to make our classrooms more interactive and empower students to play an active role in their education. We see the impact of this every day—whether it's guiding students as they use Twitter to follow up-to-the-minute, first-person accounts of a revolution unfolding half a world away, or watching them win the Massachusetts FIRST Tech Challenge Championships as part of our STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Program. Kimball Union Academy's classrooms are all equipped with SMART Boards and outstanding audio/visual capabilities. These technologies are integrated into the curriculum in a variety of ways to emphasize 21st Century skills and learning outcomes. Whether through collaborative problem-solving, global interconnectivity, access to databases, or refining information literacy, our objective is to advance learning with these technological tools.

Learning Support

tructured Support Programs Our structured support programs are individualized to help our students where they need it most: Executive functioning skills support (including organization, self-advocacy, time management, and test-taking strategies) Direct content instruction in academic disciplines The nurturing of self-confidence and resilience Explore Learning Center courses and details Other Support Services The KUA Writing Center is available for all students who seek help with any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, organization, development, sentence structure, and revision. Peer writing tutors (typically Junior or Senior Students enrolled in Advanced Placement English) staff the Writing Center. Peer Tutors are available in most subject areas to provide additional support. Peer tutors are students enrolled in advanced level courses, who demonstrate an interest in the subject and a passion helping others navigate our curriculum. Office Hours are an ideal time for students to gain one-on-one or small group support from their classroom teachers. Available two times per week, office hours encourage self-advocacy and independence in developing learners.

School Life

  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Do students practice religion at the school No
  • Most common nationality US
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Uniform required No
  • Average class size 11

Living Accommodations

KUA utilizes a mixed-housing model. Students of all ages are represented in every dorm. This fosters the development of big-sister, big-brother types of relationships and gives every student the chance to thrive in the nurturing environment of multi-aged supporters. Whether students live in a dorm of five or a dorm of 45, they all have dedicated faculty members living with them to look to for answers, advice, and connections. Dorm families eat together, study together, tackle problems together, and find space away from each other when necessary, just like a family.

Schools Facilities

School Lunch

Most KUA meals are served in Doe Dining Commons. The commons are open for three meals a day on weekdays, Saturdays for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and on Sundays for a mid-morning brunch and dinner. Food is provided by SAGE Dining Services. Students have unlimited access to Dining Commons food during its open hours.

Sports Teams

Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rugby, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes