Campus Life

Be Yourself and Feel Supported

Our community is large enough to allow for a richly diverse population, yet small enough to make every face on campus familiar—students and faculty form strong bonds here. Suffield’s 2021-2022 community text, Penguin the Magpie: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family by Cameron Bloom, will be used in support of this year's school theme of HOPE. This true story focuses on the Bloom family as they learn to adjust to a different way of life following an unexpected tragedy. After a challenging past year and a half, the theme of hope during a time of extreme challenge seemed fitting to support our community.

The Advisor Program

The Suffield Academy faculty is comprised of 90 men and women, each of whom acts as an advisor to Academy students. An advisor’s role is to encourage and guide students throughout their Suffield journey. In addition to scheduled meetings, advisors host dinners, attend advisee sporting events, and offer overall encouragement during the school year. Advisors are also an important resource for parents.

Work Program

An essential component of life at Suffield Academy is the internal community service program that we call the Work Program. The philosophy of the Work Program is to promote pride in the school, respect for others, and a sense of responsibility and leadership. Each term, students choose their role. These range from helping with dining services to the library to the admissions office or snack bar.

School Traditions

Suffield’s commitment to sustaining a strong community is apparent in many school traditions. Students and faculty gather for family-style lunch each day. There is a school meeting every Monday where guest speakers address the community. There are also several annual events that help define the strong bonds on campus, including an Earth Day celebration, Alumni Leadership Day, and the Kent-Davis Public Speaking Contest.