The Gilbert School was founded by William L. Gilbert for the purpose of providing instruction “for the improvement of mankind by affording such assistance and means of educating the young as will help them to become good citizens.”
Winsted, a small city within the Town of Winchester, is a low to middle-income, rural community twenty-five miles northwest of Hartford. Winsted and Winchester, primary and secondary population areas, respectively, have a combined population of 11,000.
The Gilbert School, a four-year secondary school, is accredited by the State Department of Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is governed by The W. L. Gilbert School Corporation. Enrollment for the 2005 - 2006 school year was 464. Thirty-three of these students were from the rural community of Hartland, Connecticut.
PROGRAM OF STUDIES
Students are enrolled in one of the following programs of study: College, Business-College, Business, General, or Industrial Technology. An Honors program is offered in cooperation with the University of Connecticut and includes college-level courses in English, Chemistry, and Math. AP courses in Physics, U. S. History, Latin, and Music Theory are also offered. A Special Education program is available for students with special needs.
One Carnegie credit is given for a year of work in a course which meets every day. Classes meeting less frequently are assigned less credit. Students are required to carry at least six subjects each year and must accumulate a minimum of twenty-two credits to meet graduation requirements.
Class periods average forty-five minutes, seven periods per day, five days per week, and thirty-six weeks per school year.
RANK IN CLASS
Class rank is determined by using a 4 point weighted grading system. Grades are weighted for class rank purposes only and are recorded on the student's transcript.
EXTRA CURRICULAR PROGRAMS
Instrumental music instruction, Band (Symphonic, Marching, and Jazz), Choir (Concert, General, and Chamber), and Music Theory.
Girls: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, and Volleyball.
Boys: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, and Wrestling.