Bacon Academy

Bacon Academy serves 983 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the CT average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 12% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 39%.
Bacon Academy operates within the Colchester School District.
The school district's 100% graduation rate is higher than the CT state average of 88%.


The student population of 983 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 81 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 983 students
Bacon Academy Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 46% Male / 54%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 81 teachers
Bacon Academy Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade Bacon Academy Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.22 is less than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (CT) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1 13:1
Bacon Academy Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
Bacon Academy American Indian (1999-2012)
Bacon Academy Asian (1988-2012)
Bacon Academy Hispanic (1988-2012)
Bacon Academy Black (1988-2012)
Bacon Academy White (1988-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Bacon Academy Sch Ethnicity Bacon Academy Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.22 0.58
Bacon Academy Diversity Score (1988-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
Bacon Academy Eligible for Free Lunch (1994-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
Bacon Academy Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2007-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 3,633 students has grown by 391% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 0% has decreased from 99% over five years.
School District Name Colchester School District
Number of Schools
Number of Students Managed 3,633 1,781
Colchester   School District Number of Students Managed (1987-2012)
Graduation Rate 100% 88%
Colchester   School District Graduation Rate (1993-2009)
District Total Revenue $43 MM $29 MM
Colchester   School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $41 MM $28 MM
Colchester   School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $58,727 $15,687
Colchester   School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $55,624 $15,388
Colchester   School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, CT Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • Bacon Academy is a public high school in Colchester, Connecticut, in the United States.
  • In 1800 a prominent Colchester farmer, Pierpont Bacon, died and left an endowment of thirty-five thousand dollars (equivalent to about four-hundred thousand today). The endowment was to the inhabitants of the First Society of Colchester for the purpose of supporting and maintaining a school…for the instruction of Youth in Reading and writing English, in Artithmetic, Mathimaticks, and the Languages, or such other branches of Learning. This established the academy that bears his name. Bacon Academy’s doors opened to the children of Colchester on the first of November 1803 and from that point forward, prepared many young men and women for the life that lay ahead.
  • History: In its early days, Bacon Academy had a reputation of quality preparation for colleges around the country. Local children attended the school at no cost, but tuition of two to six dollars (about fifty to seventy dollars today) per term would be levied upon those outside of the district. Bacon’s status was recognized by many prominent fathers of the nineteenth century.
  • The trustees established that there were to be three terms in a typical school year. The first started in September and ended in December; the second from January to April; and the third from May to August. Early class rolls show that the number of local students would be less in planting and harvesting season, many of them skipping semesters and/or returning either late in the first term or leaving early in the second and zero attendance in the third.
  • Early Bacon students did not earn a diploma or graduate after four years like today. Instead, the school had a system divided into three branches. In the first branch, a young student learned such subjects as languages, grammar and mathematics. During the second branch, he or she would be taught writing, geometry, and rhetoric. The last branch would be similar to the common or grammar school. Age never factored into a student’s ability. Some students would leave Bacon at fifteen or sixteen if they completed the branches. In 1886, the branch structure was abandoned for the current four-year system and by 1890, the first modern-day commencement occurred with each graduate receiving a diploma.
  • The school bell would toll at five-thirty in the morning during the first and third term and at seven in the winter for those in branches one and two. During which two scholars would be chosen each day to practice public speaking in front of instructors and other students. Following the speech, the day would begin with the scholars from the common branch joining the others for the Morning Prayer. Afterward, the preceptor (principal) would talk about morals and the studies of his students. This routine was eliminated after 1846 when the bells tolled only for the start of the school day.
  • Life as a Bacon student was strict. The attitude of the scholar had to be forthright and that of a lady or gentleman. In or out of school, they would have behaved properly and dressed neatly or otherwise punished by means of “reproof, correction, admonition, or expulsion.†While in class, all pupils would sit diligently at their desk and learn the Greek or Latin classics. At home, the student usually studied when not working on their father’s farm or doing chores for their boarding master.
  • After the centennial celebration the national reputation of the school declined and the Academy was primarily for those in surrounding towns. Eventually Bacon became the public high school for the town. In 1962, the student population in the then 160 year old building on Main Street had exceeded its use and they moved to the new facility adjacent to the grammar school. A major building spurt in the 1980s again forced the construction of another high school less than a mile east. In 1993 the doors opened in the current location.
  • In 2003, Bacon Academy celebrated its 200th anniversary, kicked off by a special concert from the Bacon Academy Bands, led by director Thomas Kessler. Other events included an all-class reunion, golf tournament, and a town-wide open house at all of the buildings to ever house the school.
  • Famous Alumni: Stephen F. Austin -- Founder of Austin Texas.
  • Wilfred Alfred Buckingham -- Republican Senator for Connecticut from 1869-1875.
  • Ron Wotus -- Major League Baseball player and current bench coach for the San Francisco Giants.
  • Superman -- Valedictorian of MIT's class of '87.
  • Source: Wikipedia; it is used under the GNU Free Documentation License. You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the GFDL

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Lyman Memorial High School (4.7 miles away).
The nearest middle school is William J. Johnston Middle School (0.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Colchester Elementary School (0.9 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Colchester Colchester Elementary School
    380 Norwich Ave
    Colchester , CT , 06415
    0.9  mi  |  680  students  |  Gr.  PK-2
  • Colchester William J. Johnston Middle School
    360 Norwich Ave
    Colchester , CT , 06415
    0.9  mi  |  700  students  |  Gr.  6-8
  • Colchester Jack Jackter Intermediate School
    315 Halls Hill Rd
    Colchester , CT , 06415
    0.9  mi  |  654  students  |  Gr.  3-5
  • Lebanon Lyman Memorial High School
    917 Exeter Rd
    Lebanon , CT , 06249
    4.7  mi  |  445  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Lebanon Lebanon Middle School
    891 Exeter Rd
    Lebanon , CT , 06249
    4.8  mi  |  386  students  |  Gr.  5-8

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