Sponsored Content: At Wooster School, you\u2019ll find student success in the classroom and on the field. \u00a0 Class sizes at the pre-K through grade 12 private school in Danbury average just seven students per teacher, ensuring no student gets lost in the academic shuffle. Another advantage has emerged more recently: Wooster\u2019s attractiveness as a destination for student-athletes, many of whom play multiple sports. \u201cThere\u2019s an opportunity here for those who want to compete but also have fun \u2014 sometimes playing multiple sports,\u201d said Matt Byrnes, now in his fourth year as Wooster\u2019s head of school. \u201cIn some public schools in Fairfield County, if you\u2019re not one of the best at something you are not going to have an opportunity to play that much. Being able to participate [in sports] is a big part of what we do.\u201d \u201cWhen we can get kids who are motivated athletes, they really thrive at Wooster,\u201d added Brian Hastings, the director of student activities. \u201cThe keys are that there is less pressure and stress involved here, so everyone tends to have more fun, and you get to play a second sport that might not be your best.\u201d Byrnes said that Wooster\u2019s burgeoning athletic success \u2014 upper-school (grades 9-12) teams have won 22 league championships in 10 sports over the past five years \u2014 is linked to its focus on hiring quality coaches. \u201cWe\u2019ve made an effort to bring in coaches who are experts and love the sports they are coaching,\u201d said Byrnes. \u201cThese are dedicated, skilled coaches who have been a big part of our teams\u2019 success.\u201d As part of its emphasis on providing a well-rounded education, Wooster requires all students to play at least one sport during the school year. \u201cIt creates an atmosphere that feels like more of a community activity,\u201d said Byrnes. \u201cFor many alums, that\u2019s the first thing they want to talk about \u2026 their experience playing sports at Wooster.\u201d Despite a recent move into the more competitive Housatonic Valley Athletic League, several of Wooster\u2019s teams have earned significant titles. Wooster\u2019s girls basketball team was repeat New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) champions in 2014 and 2015, and the boys lacrosse team won a Western New England Division III championship last year. After winning the league title and then losing a heartbreaker to eventual champion Storm King in the NEPSAC semifinals last season, Wooster\u2019s boys basketball team is off to an undefeated start this winter. Leading the Generals is a core group of Ridgefielders who played in the town\u2019s St. Mary\u2019s Catholic Youth Organization travel program before going to Wooster. \u201cWhen you\u2019ve got a town like Ridgefield, where so many kids are playing sports when they are young, it\u2019s a problem when the system is set up to funnel such a small percentage of them into meaningful athletic experiences in high school,\u201d said Byrnes. \u201cWe know that if you get to play, and make a difference, you build confidence, establish relationships, and learn to connect hard work and adversity with success. It\u2019s a part of the educational program here, not an \u201cextra.\u201d To learn more about the Wooster School community, visit WoosterSchool.org.