The Cambridge School of Weston

5.00 5 1 (15 reviews)
45 Georgian Road
Weston, MA 02493
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The Cambridge School of Weston Photo #1 - With over 250 courses to choose from, our dynamic curriculum allows students to balance engaging foundational courses with exploration and in-depth study as they choose from offerings like: "Multivariable Calculus," "The Biology of Cancer," "Wearable Art," "Japanese Women Writers," and "U.S. Cold War and Vietnam."
The Cambridge School of Weston Photo #2 - Creative thinking and the willingness to take risks are essential objectives of our program, and crucial to your success in a rapidly changing world. At CSW, the arts are deeply embedded into our curriculum and carry the same weight as traditional academic classes. Our arts courses offer tremendous depth and variety from 3D printing and to African Dance.
The Cambridge School of Weston Photo #3 - Our program, known as the Mod System, offers breadth, depth, and intensity you won't find at any other high school. Within its 6x6 framework (six terms of six weeks each), you'll choose from over 250 different classes, crafting a schedule that prepares you for the rigor of college study, allows you to dig deep into current areas of interest.
The Cambridge School of Weston Photo #4 - Every other Wednesday, in lieu of their core academic classes, CSW students participate in PACE (Promoting Awareness and Community Engagement), a four-year co-curriculum of experiential classes, events, and activities designed to ensure that all CSW students develop the self-awareness, social consciousness, healthy living habits, and leadership skills required to meet the demands of an increasingly complex and diverse world.
The Cambridge School of Weston Photo #5 - When you live on CSW's campus, you get to know this community through a uniquely focused lens. You'll have additional access to teachers, facilities, friends, and all of the resources and cultural opportunities Greater Boston has to offer. And with all that happens on weekends and after hours, there's no shortage of excitement.
The Cambridge School of Weston Photo #6 - The athletic program at CSW strives to cultivate each student's appreciation of the lifelong benefits of physical activity. Students choose from a wide range of athletic pursuits from interscholastic teams like soccer, basketball, and tennis to recreational activities like cycling, rock climbing, and yoga.
The Cambridge School of Weston Photo #7 - At CSW, we understand that students who learn in an environment designed to be equitable and inclusive extend their understanding beyond their biases and assumptions.We are the only high school in the country with aSocial Justice Graduation Requirement.
  • A leader among America's progressive independent schools, The Cambridge School of Weston has been at the forefront of educational innovation since 1886.
  • At CSW, creative, motivated students embrace challenging work and address complex questions - with curiosity and courage.
  • Inspired by the diverse perspectives and high expectations of our justice-minded community, students here find and develop what is extraordinary in themselves and in the world around them.
  • Students choose from more than 250+ courses through our unique Mod System; no two student schedules are alike.
  • A CSW education is not simply the acquisition of content and proficiency. It's also a way for students to develop and refine the skills required to become informed, engaged, and effective participants in a democratic society.
  • Our curriculum uses primary resources and multiple perspectives, and emphasizes our commitment to human rights and social justice.

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  • Sarah Lawrence College
    The thing that stands out most obviously about the Cambridge School is probably its unique schedule. The "mod system" allows for block scheduling in a truly innovative way. Because of the way classes. . .
  • University of Vermont
    The Cambridge School of Weston is a liberal arts institution filled with some of the most incredible teachers in the world. The atmosphere is incredible. There is a special place for every student, teacher, and. . .
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    CSW values social justice and celebrates diversity in an incomparable way. Every one of my peers looks back on our high school experience as positive and nurturing. The faculty and community at CSW truly encouraged. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
The Cambridge SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG5-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18861910
Campus Size65 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment310 students313 students
% Students of Color
25%
23%
% International Students
11%
20%
% Students Boarding
30%
69%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size14 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
85%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$11.8 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$63,000$56,875
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$50,900$30,150
% Students on Financial Aid
28%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$34,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
57%
57%
Associate Director of AdmissionsMelisa Kjellander

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offeredn/a18
CoursesAdvanced Drawing Studio, Advanced Writing Portfolio, Advanced Writing Workshop, Advanced Writing Workshop, Art & Idea, Biology of Cancer, Calculus (A, B, C), Contemporary Improvisation, Electrochemistry and Battery Design, Ethics of Science, Examining Media as a Mirror: A Statistical and Visual Approach to Deconstructing False Narratives , French Elective: La Culture Francophone, Issues in Global and National Public Health: Analysis and Action, Mandarin Elective: Chinese Society and Culture through the Looking Glass, Marine Biology, Modernism, Molecular Biology, Multi-Variable Calculus, Music Theory 3, Neotropics of Latin America, Off Campus to China and Taiwan, Off Campus to France, Organic Chemistry, Re-Ordering Chaos, Spanish Elective: Current Events in the Spanish-Speaking World, Statistics, Student Directors' Workshop, The Art of Prediction, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Jailhouse Nation!: History of Crime, Punishment, and Mass Incarceration, U.S. Voting and Elections, Zoology

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1016
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations7523
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Advisory Board, Asian Affinity Group, Assembly Coordinators, Board of Trustees, Boarding Life Committee, Carnival Club, China Care, Drawing, Generation Progress, House Band, Human Rights Group, Interfaith Club, Jewish Students Association, Judicial Board, Junior Achievement Club, Literary Magazine, Main Stage Productions, Model United Nations, Movie Club, Peer Mentors, Performing Artists Series, Poetic Justice (slam poetry), Pride Alliance, Queer People of Color, Radio CSW, Recreational Hockey, Robotics Team, S.A.L.S.A., Sketch Comedy Club, SLACS (a co-ed acappella singing group), Social Justice Day, Storytelling, Student Curriculum Committee, Varsity Dance Company, Walking Club, Window into Political Thought, Yearbook Committee

Arts and Music Programs:
A Capella, African Dance, Ballet, Chinese Cultural Dance, Consortium (literary magazine), Friday night inside Soccer, Indian Cooking, Instrumental, Japanese Cooking, Jazz Club, Millbrook Singers, Modern Dance, Open Art Studio, Pocket Players, Rock/Pop Ensemble, Self-Governing Association, Shakespeare Ensemble, Spring One Act Play Festival

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Badminton Club, Cardio Boxing, Caritas Curing Cancer, Cross Country Skiing, Golf, Indoor Rock Climbing, Indoor Sports, Junior Varsity Dance Company, Kundalini Yoga, Martial Arts, Pilates, Recreational Frisbee, Recreational Soccer, Recreational Tennis, Running for Fitness, Spectrum (newspaper), Student Government (ASB), Table Tennis, Wilderness Program, Zumba

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Oberlin College13
American University12
Smith College12
Bennington College11
University of Vermont11
New York University10
Colorado College9
Northeastern University9
Columbia University8
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)8
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • The Cambridge School of Weston has been at the forefront of educational innovation since our founding in 1886.
  • Our progressive pedagogy is rooted in the student-centered philosophy of John Dewey, who advocated active, experiential learning within a curriculum designed to accommodate the interests of individual students. In his eyes-and ours-education is not simply the acquisition of content and proficiency. It`s also a way for students to develop and refine the skills required to become informed, engaged, and effective participants in a democratic society. 
  • We believe that the world needs global citizens who not only have technical competence and skill, but who are also awake to their unique talents and who have developed ways to bring their distinctive skills and perspectives to what the world will ask of them. 
  • Our program develops students` abilities to explore and engage with curiosity, courage, self-awareness, discipline, open-mindedness, and a sense of personal responsibility.
  • Purposeful classroom experiences and assessments allow students to develop and practice independent thinking, critical analysis, imaginative problem-solving, productive collaboration, and constructive risk-taking.
  • Our curriculum uses primary resources and multiple perspectives, and emphasizes our commitment to human rights and social justice. We value creative process and challenge our students to push beyond perceived limitations and to make their work personally meaningful. 
  • The Cambridge School of Weston accreditations: NEASC
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jennifer Coolidge - Jennifer Audrey Coolidge is an actress and comedian, best known for playing "Stifler's Mom", a role in the American Pie films, Sophie in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, Paulette in Legally Blonde (2001) and its sequel, Hilary Duff's character's evil stepmot
    • Aprille Ericsson-Jackson - Aprille Ericsson-Jackson is an aerospace engineer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Ericsson-Jackson received her Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Masters of Enginee
    • Ian Falconer - Ian Falconer is an illustrator, children's book author, and costume and set designer for the theater. He has created 30 covers for The New Yorker as well as other publications. Falconer is best known for the Olivia series, which features a young pig and h
    • Andrew Strominger - Andrew Strominger is a theoretical physicist who is the Director of Harvard's Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature. He has made significant contributions to quantum gravity and string theory. These include his work on Calabi-Yau compactification and
    • Helen Keller - Helen Keller was an author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

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