Academic Philosophy

Student Walking through Memorial

Our academic philosophy rests on the belief that every student is unique. While we have defined academic requirements in nine specific areas, the focus of our program is on the distance each student travels during their time at Suffield. We provide small classes with supportive, encouraging teachers.

Academic offerings at Suffield Academy derive from our faith in the liberal arts as a foundation for learning and our programming balances a strong core curriculum with unique elective courses. We provide an environment where students find support from both teachers and peers, where they learn in and out of the classroom, on and off campus. The typical course load for most students each term is five full-credit courses. After consulting with their college counselor and the academic dean, seniors may choose to enroll in just four full-credit courses, but those courses should be in the core academic disciplines. Every course (except Leadership) meets twice a week for 45 minutes and twice a week for 70 minutes. The average class size is 11.

Suffield’s academic and educational goals are to:
» Teach a broad range of academic disciplines
» Teach skills & habits focused on organization, communication, reasoning, reading, writing, and researching
» Teach students to be critical and disciplined thinkers
» Provide a structured, encouraging environment
» Offer courses with a balance of challenge and support