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Mission and Vision


Incorporated in 1854, Norwich Free Academy has always operated as a privately endowed secondary school governed by its appointed board of trustees.

The campus-like atmosphere, with its unique architectural spaces, accommodates the community and helps develop creativity and exploration for students. Our independent status safeguards traditions and fosters innovative responses to the needs of our students.

Our rich history, distinctive traditions and independence encourage generous financial support and active participation from trustees and alumni.

Our large, culturally diverse population supports rich, broad course offerings, outstanding athletic programs and numerous clubs and activities -- all designed to develop the intellect, engage and employ the interest and instill a passion for learning. Our students become productive and responsible adults.

Norwich Free Academy draws strength from independence and balances commitment to excellence with care for each student.

Learn Freely, Connect Globally

We are NFA, the school where bold decisions go hand in hand with responsible stewardship. Where independence is tradition and boundless opportunity paves the way to the future.
An NFA education is a journey, taken in both measured strides and courageous leaps, equally empowering and equally celebrated.
No matter who you are, where you’ve come from, where you are going, you’ve arrived here, at this pivotal stop on your journey. And here, you belong. Here, you are free.
On campus, our community, is a cultural tapestry, woven of infinite identities, that is made strong — not in spite of our differences but because of them.
We are independent spirits, forging our own distinct paths as each of us makes our way into the world, yet our Wildcat hearts beat as one.


Our Mission

Since 1856, Norwich Free Academy has adhered to the philosophy of its founder to ‘return to our hamlets and 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.’

NFA  founder Rev. John Putnam Gulliver

                John P. Gulliver