Headmaster’s Welcome

We are glad you are interested in learning about Suffield Academy. Our school has a clear, intentional approach to secondary school education. We are guided by shared values of respect for others, hard work, honor, and kindness. I am exceptionally proud of our talented students and faculty, our gorgeous campus, and our commitment to common goals.
Suffield’s mission guides our philosophy. It speaks to a tradition of academic excellence, respect for individual differences, and preparing for a lifetime of leadership and active citizenship. There is an emphasis here on helping students succeed and focusing on the distance they travel during their years on our campus.
Our mission also speaks to the nature of our community—what it feels like to be at Suffield Academy. Our school combines challenging academics and high standards with an encouraging, supportive faculty. This intentional purpose has helped Suffield and our students thrive.
We hope you enjoy the website and will take an online tour of our offerings. Most of all, we hope it inspires you to come visit so you can see and feel what makes Suffield Academy a truly special environment. I look forward to meeting you.

For more information on arranging a visit, please contact our admissions office at 860-386-4440.

Charles Cahn III

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    Charlie Cahn has been Suffield Academy’s headmaster since 2004. A widely admired, engaging, talented leader, Charlie has been instrumental in securing Suffield's strong position in the independent school world. During his tenure the school has seen record levels of applicants and unprecedented fundraising success. The recently completed campus master plan was funded entirely by gifts to Suffield. What most strikes people about Charlie, however, is his genuine and deep enthusiasm for Suffield and its students, faculty, and staff. Prior to being appointed headmaster Charlie served in several capacities at Suffield including English teacher, varsity lacrosse coach, dorm parent, director of admissions, dean of faculty, and associate headmaster.

    A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Charlie is a graduate of Gilman School. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and his graduate studies at Wesleyan University. He is or has previously been a member of the Board of Trustees of Eaglebrook School, Renbrook School, Rumsey Hall School, the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, Hartford Youth Scholars, and the WALKS Foundation. He also serves on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Independent Schools. Charlie’s wife, Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, is the school’s creative director and photographer, and she coaches Suffield’s Alpine ski team. They live on the Suffield Academy campus and have two children, Peyton ’18 and Harrison ’22.

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