From classrooms equipped with SmartBoards to an 87,000-volume library, a newly renovated science building, and a world-class music and arts center, Hotchkiss provides the academic resources students need to explore their own interests, to give voice or vision to their own ideas, and to communicate in the languages of various subject areas.
Opened in 1952, the library was renovated in 1981, increasing its size to 25,000 square feet. Some of what you’ll find: 250 carrels, 30 computer workstations, 20 laptops (available for students to check out), 87,000 volumes, and a catalog with access to more than 3,000 e-book titles. The on-line public access catalog, available at workstations throughout the library, provides sophisticated, easy access to the collection. Membership in the On-line Computer Library Center (OCLC), a consortium of more than 41,000 libraries throughout the world, provides interlibrary loan access to more than 47 million items. The library also provides campus-wide access to remote databases for work in all major disciplines. Journal articles, digital images, book reviews, and abstracts are easily accessible through powerful on-line indices from any location on the campus network.
Esther Eastman Music Center
2005 saw the completion of Hotchkiss' brand new music center. Elfers Hall seats 700 and has excellent acoustics. The school has equipped the hall with a handmade Fazioli piano. There are also many practice rooms, three class teaching rooms, and a music technology studio.
The spacious, glass-walled, 640-seat music pavilion will command panoramic views of nearby Litchfield hills and lakes. The pavilion seating—configured in the round with parterre and upper-level balconies surrounding a flat-floor orchestra—takes its design cues from Boston Symphony Hall. The pavilion’s one-inch-thick glass walls open to an outdoor terrace for community concerts during the summer. The pavilion itself will have adjustable acoustics to support a wide range of musical performances as well as a variety of other school functions. When in “routine mode,” the pavilion will be furnished with lounge chairs and serve as a unique music listening room for students.
The Tremaine Gallery is a museum-quality exhibition space located in the main building of The Hotchkiss School. With education at the heart of its mission, the gallery hosts six shows a year, encompassing a wide range of artists, media, and styles. Featured artists routinely attend the opening reception, present a gallery talk, and frequently are in-residence as visiting artists for Hotchkiss students. All shows are free and open to the public.
The athletics program is one of the School’s great strengths and a major source of its spirit. All students participate in the program every season, and they pursue an activity of their choice at a level to suit their abilities.
The School prides itself on its ability to compete equally with other New England secondary schools. Hotchkiss also regularly takes part in annual coeducational New England championship meets in cross-country, field hockey, football, swimming, squash, track, volleyball, water polo, and boys’ wrestling.
The School’s athletic facilities are superb. A 212,000-square-foot athletic and fitness center opened in 2002. The Hotchkiss community now enjoys a second indoor ice rink, a field house with three basketball/volleyball courts and an elevated track, an expanded wrestling/multipurpose room, eight international-style squash courts, and a ten-lane swimming facility with a separate diving well. Other existing athletic facilities include a nine-hole golf course, a 400-meter all-weather track, a regulation baseball field, two football fields, four field hockey fields, five soccer/lacrosse fields, two paddle tennis courts, and twenty all-weather and three indoor tennis courts as well as a lakefront with a boathouse.
Field House - multi-purpose playing surfaces - elevated indoor exercise track
Natatorium - 10 lane pool with a separate diving well
Ice Hockey Rinks (two) - Schmidt Rink (NHL) - Dwyer Rink (Olympic)
Fowle Gymnasium (hardwood-floor basketball court)
Squash Courts - eight international courts
Ford Indoor Tennis Courts - three indoor courts
Chandler Fitness Center
Locker Rooms and Shower Facilities
Boat House (sailing)
Nine-hole golf course designed by Seth Raynor
Twenty outdoor tennis courts
Two paddle tennis courts
Field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and softball fields
Lake Wononscopomuc (sailing)
Three ponds and extensive hiking trails on a 550-acre wooded campus
The athletic complex, known as the "MAC", an acronym for the Forrest E. Mars Jr. '49 Athxletic Center, even though many students still prefer to call it the "AFC", for Athletic and Fitness Center, houses an olympic-size ten lane pool, eight squash courts, two ice hockey rinks, two basketball courts, a wrestling room, a fitness center/weight room, indoor track, three indoor tennis courts and two paddle tennis courts.
Boarding and general facilities
Hotchkiss has twelve dormitories on campus, six for boys (Tinker, Edelman, Coy, Dana, Watson, and Van Santvoord) and six for girls (Bissell, Buehler, Flinn, Memorial, Garland, and Wieler). Rooms vary in size, from singles to the occasional triple. . About three quarters of the students reside in single rooms on corridors organized by class, averaging 15 students per corridor. Faculty members and senior proctors reside on each corridor and provide extensive supervision and guidance.
The School has one dining hall, a student center with a snack bar, a bookstore that carries a full line of supplies, and a number of areas for informal gatherings. The fully equipped, recently renovated Wieler Infirmary on campus is open 24 hours a day and the Sharon Hospital is 7 miles down the road. 
The dining hall and snack bar provide food. Three meals a day are served buffet-style in the dining hall. A salad bar, deli bar, pasta bar, cereal bar, soup bar and dessert bar are provided in addition to the hot entrees. Meals at the dining hall are included in the tuition. Usually the snack bar is open when the dining hall is not.