The Webb Schools - Review #1

The Webb Schools
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of Rochester
Home Town, State (Country) Claremont, CA
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School 1st Chair Trumpet Varsity Basketball Varsity Golf (Second-Team All League)

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Webb Schools has two schools in one, and for the first two years, it is not co-ed. This is mainly because of the fact that boys and girls study differently, and I have had no trouble making friends of both sexes. We also have a discussion-based class setting, where between 12-17 students and one teacher sit around a table instead of having rows of desks. This promotes a more healthy environment and comfortable setting for both the teacher and students.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I thank The Webb Schools for allowing me to experience dorm life before college. It has helped me to be more independent both as a student and as a person. It has also helped me to grow from a lazy and fun-seeking kid to a balanced student who makes time for both fun and study.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
As soon as you walk in to the school, I advise to not stick with the first few people you meet, but explore different friend groups and see which one fits best. Also, use any time possible to talk to teachers for advise. They are very, very nice and chill.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Overall, The Webb Schools' nature-filled atmosphere, accepting community, and inspirational environment made me fall in love with it.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Whenever there are cookies, put them through the bagel machine at fastest speed and lowest temperature for the best warm cookie of your life. Best dorm is Alamo, because it is the closest to classes, and also has more opportunity to go outside and play on the Alamo Lawn.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Webb's number one focus is the education and health of its students. The workload was hard but very manageable, and we were given enough free time to do homework each day. Most of the teachers have at least Masters in education, and many have Doctorates. There are so many routes a student can take within high school. Apart from core courses like math, literature, history and science, there is also media arts, music theory, art, orchestra, choir, and much more.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the home basketball and football games. The stadium is not full every time, but whenever I went, we had a very vibrant audience. We have dozens of sports to choose from with multiple levels of skills, and I participated in three of them. Coaching staff are amazing, and their main goals is for everyone to feel belonged to a team and to improve their competitive natures.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Visual arts/theatre programs are amazing at our school. There is not only a dance performance every season, but also a full musical/act show per season. I loved the fact that the instructors focused on the students and how they wanted to go about each show rather than how the instructors wanted to.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
We have many extra-curricular activities at Webb ranging from Red-Cross Blood Drives, helping out at the senior home across the street every weekend, ski-trips, beach trips, and volunteer trips to countries such as Macedonia, Costa Rica, Beliz, and more.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is the best part of Webb. Guys and girls are in separate dorms with limited visiting times, such as when we hold dorm-wide events and invite everyone. For one to two hours a week night, every student except seniors and most juniors have to stay in their rooms or library doing homework. This does not mean that during this time nothing is allowed. This only means that this should be the time that students are most focused and having homework as priority. There is limited time to hang around as a freshman and sophomore as there is a sleeping curfew of around 10:30/11pm each weeknight. However, I was able to connect very strongly with most members of my class and as well as my dorm mates throughout my time at Webb.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Dining hall are open for long periods of time, with a buffet style setting. Anyone can walk in, grab a plate, and a drink, and eat as much as they like. Dining hall also had sushi Fridays, burger and hotdog Saturdays.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The city of Claremont has no high-rises, but has a vibrant community. Via a 5-10 minute taxi drive, you can get to anywhere from the cinemas to The Village, where there is street food, frozen yogurt, asian cuisine, and much more.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Social life is very strong at Webb. Everyone is encouraged to make new friends, accept each other, and tolerate differences. There was very minor to no problematic bullying. I had three friend groups with friends from around the world, and different cultural backgrounds.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • The Webb Schools Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    University of Rochester
    The Webb Schools has two schools in one, and for the first two years, it is not co-ed. This is mainly because of the fact that boys and girls study differently, and I have had no. . .
  • The Webb Schools Alumni #2
    Class of 2014
    5 Stars   7/5/2016
    Williams College
    Webb differs from other boarding schools of the same size and caliber in numerous ways, but the differences are not always felt by the student body in proportion to their rarity. The paleontological resources, for. . .
  • The Webb Schools Alumni #3
    Class of 2013
    5 Stars   2/8/2014
    Georgetown University
    Webb's unique integration of unisex and coed classes within a students schedule is a quality that really differentiates itself from other private schools. Males and females do not have coed classes until their 3rd year. . .
  • The Webb Schools Alumni #4
    Class of 2013
    5 Stars   9/3/2014
    Harvard College
    Two aspects unique to Webb would definitely be the Alf Museum and the Honor Code, which definitely made my Webb experience unlike anything I would ever have at a normal high school. Through the Alf. . .
  • The Webb Schools Alumni #5
    Class of 2013
    5 Stars   9/3/2014
    University of Notre Dame
    I believe what makes Webb a very special and distinguishable place to other schools is the Honor Code in action and the relationships one can make with the faculty and service staff. The Honor Code. . .
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