NFA’s application process is much different from that of other independent high schools. The Academy's application process is based upon residency. 

  • Students who live in one of NFA’s partner districts (Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Franklin, Lisbon, Norwich, Preston, Sprague or Voluntown) do not need to apply to attend. Their district has a formal agreement with Norwich Free Academy to accept all students from their community who choose to attend.
  • Students who live in a community other than those listed above, apply to attend Norwich Free Academy as tuition students. To do so, fill out “Yes, I’m interested” and NFA’s Director of Student Affairs will assist you in the process.
  • International students apply to attend Norwich Free Academy as tuition students.  To do so, fill out “Yes, I’m interested” and NFA’s Director of Guidance will assist you in the process.


For entering ninth graders, registration begins in January of their eighth grade year. NFA School Counselors visit middle schools in Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Franklin, Lisbon, Norwich, Preston, Sprague, and Voluntown to share information and a course catalog with future Wildcats and to help them register for September.

Students relocating to a partner district, or entering NFA as 10th, 11th, or 12th graders complete the appropriate form below, and contact the Registrar for a registration appointment.

Currently Enrolled in a Partner District

NOTE: If you were enrolled in a partner district middle school and did not register in the spring to attend NFA for the 2016-17 school year, follow the instructions under "Relocating to a Partner District"

For students currently enrolled in a middle school in Norwich Free Academy’s partner communities –Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Franklin, Lisbon, Norwich, Preston, Sprague, and Voluntown, NFA School Counselors will visit in January to distribute registration information, forms and course catalogs.

Relocating to a Partner District

Those relocating to Norwich, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Franklin, Lisbon, Preston, Sprague, and Voluntown, fill out and sign the Registration Packet.

All must also present the following:

  • Residency Affidavit completed and signed by your town’s Superintendent of Schools is required for residents of Norwich, Bozrah, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Franklin, Lisbon, Preston, Sprague, and Voluntown. Please check with your town for its requirements.
  • Legal parent/guardian picture ID
  • Proof of guardianship (if not birth parent or if divorced): Adoption papers, court order, guardianship papers from probate court, or DCF Form 603
  • Student’s birth certificate (long form)
  • Student’s social security card
  • All Academic records (Transcripts, test, report cards, etc.)
  • Current Individual Education Plan (IEP) for special education students
  • 504 Plan
  • Student’s immunization record and last physical

NFA participates in the National School Lunch Program. For more information visit Chartwells Food Service.

Residing in Other Communities

Those who do not reside in one of Norwich Free Academy’s partner districts may call the Director of Student Affairs for questions or information at 860-425-5510.

International Students

Norwich Free Academy welcomes international students seeking a rigorous college-preparatory high school experience. Qualified international applicants have a strong academic record and sufficient oral and written English language proficiency to perform well in NFA’s challenging program. 

NFA can admit a student for four years.  International students seeking admission may call the Director of Guidance for an application. 

Once accepted, and once a signed tuition contract is received, Norwich Free Academy will issue the I-20 required to apply for a F-1 Student Visa.

Norwich Free Academy is a day school; it does not provide housing.  Students’ families may arrange student housing directly or through their agent. For a referral to an agent, e-mail John Iovino, Director of Student Affairs.


Please assemble all necessary documentation as outlined above prior to meeting with the Registrar. For further information or to schedule your initial conference, please contact Melody Pishka, Registrar, at (860) 425-5605.

305 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360 | Phone: (860) 887.2505

Since 1856, Norwich Free Academy has adhered to the philosophy of its founder to "return to our hamlets and our homes its priceless freight of youthful minds, enriched by learning, developed by a liberal culture, refined by study of all that is beautiful in nature and art, and prepared for the highest usefulness and the purest happiness"

Founder, John P. Gulliver,
NFA Dedication Ceremony (1856)

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