The Webb Schools

5.00 5 1 (23 reviews)
1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711
Tel: 909-482-5214
Webb is a school community that lives and learns together. You will make friends from across the country and around the world. This year we have students from 12 states and 18 countries.
Webb is a school community that lives and learns together. You will make friends from across the country and around the world. This year we have students from 12 states and 18 countries.
The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology is the only fully accredited museum located on a high school campus in North America. Our museum program involves students in all aspects of the scientific process--from discovery to published research.
Webb's mission is to graduate honorable leaders--young men and women of character with moral courage and critical thinking skills.
Webb enjoys a 100% admit rate to selective 4-year colleges and universities.
Webb offers a broad-based liberal arts education where learning happens through authentic discovery and challenging coursework. We strive to develop students' abilities to think and learn independently, collaborate productively with peers, and communicate effectively.
Webb offers a competitive interscholastic athletic program for students of all skill levels with 42 teams participating in 15 sports. Our new, state-of-the-art aquatics center is perfect for swimming, diving and water polo competitions. In addition to athletics, our afternoon program offers students a variety of other activities in which to participate.
Webb offers introductory and advanced level courses in art, music and theater. Our campus is home to two performing arts spaces including the Copeland-Donahue Theater and Susan A. Nelson Performing Arts Center.
Located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, our campus setting provides easy access to hiking, snorkeling, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures.
Our Hefner Observatory houses a Celestron-14 telescope.
Although community service hours are not required at Webb, many of our students voluntarily choose to participate in one or more of our numerous service activities. In the past few years, our students have traveled to Costa Rica, Thailand, Romania, Australia, Nepal, Fiji and three countries in Africa on service trips.
  • Two schools on one campus: Vivian Webb School for girls and Webb School of California for boys.
  • The only accredited museum of paleontology located on a high school campus in North America.
  • An honor code carried out by the students themselves. A college placement record with few rivals.
  • Students on campus from 12 states and 18 countries. A commitment to team sports, outdoor activities and the arts.
  • These attributes just begin to describe what makes Webb, Webb.

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  • 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. . .

  • 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. . .

  • 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. . .

  • 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. . .

  • 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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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
The Webb Schools Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1922 1910
Campus Size 70 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 413 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 2000 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 16 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 28 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $32 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$58,225 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$41,410 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJamila Everett

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 28 16
CoursesAdvanced Studies in Paleontology, Advanced Studies Linear Algebra, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature & Composition, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Honors Advanced Museum Research, Honors American Literature, Honors Biology, Honors Chamber Singers, Honors Foundation of Virtue, Honors French 2, Honors French 3, Honors Integrated Math II, Honors Museum Research, Honors Paleontology, Honors Precalculus, Honors Spanish 2, Honors Spanish 3, Honors Strings Sinfonia Orchestra, Honors Studio Art, Honors Winds Sinfonia Orchestra


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 15 14
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 36 23
ExtracurricularsAcappella, Archive Club, Art Portfolio Club, Astronomy Club, Athletic Training, Baseball, Basketball Club, Chess Club, Community Service Club, Computer Club, Cooking Club, Dance Club, Debate Club, Dorm Prefects, Drama Club, Farm and Forest, Fencing Club, Fitness Club, French Club, Honor, Indoor Sports, Mock Trial, Model UN, Museum, Newspaper,

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Southern California, CA 44
New York University, NY 17
Georgetown University 14
Wellesley College, MA 14
Cornell University, NY 11
University of California, Berkeley, CA 11
Barnard College, NY 10
University of Chicago, IL 9
Columbia University, NY 8
Harvard University, MA 8
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • School accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Art Clokey ’39 - Creator of Gumby
    • James D. Watkins ’44 - Former U.S. Secretary of Energy
    • John Trefethen '62 - Owner of Trefethen Vineyards
    • Jon Congdon ‘81 - Co-founder of Product Partners, LLC; owner of Beachbody’s P90X workout plan
    • Josh Marshall '87 - Editor and publisher of
    • John Scalzi ’87 - Writer
    • Punch Hutton ’89 - Vanity Fair editor
    • Polly Liu ’91 - Founder of
    • Hosain Rahman ’93 - Founder and CEO of Jawbone
    • Otis Y. Chandler ’96 - Founder of
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