The Webb Schools

5.00 5 1 (29 reviews)
1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711
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The Webb Schools Photo #1 - 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 Webb Schools Photo #2 - 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.
The Webb Schools Photo #3 - Webb's mission is to graduate honorable leaders--young men and women of character with moral courage and critical thinking skills.
The Webb Schools Photo #4 - Webb enjoys a 100% admit rate to selective 4-year colleges and universities.
The Webb Schools Photo #5 - 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.
The Webb Schools Photo #6 - 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.
The Webb Schools Photo #7 - 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.
The Webb Schools Photo #8 - Located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, our campus setting provides easy access to hiking, snorkeling, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures.
The Webb Schools Photo #9 - Our Hefner Observatory houses a Celestron-14 telescope.
The Webb Schools Photo #10 - 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.
  • Webb is a vibrant school community of unbounded thinkers pushing to solve problems and educate students to lead with honor and moral courage.
  • At Webb, high school students from across the country and around the world have access to an unmatched core curriculum that opens up into honors and advanced studies courses in the arts and humanities, math and sciences, and social sciences.
  • In fact, Webb is the only school of its kind in the country-a unique combination of the Vivian Webb Schools for girls and Webb School of California for boys and the AAM-accredited Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology all on one 150-acre campus in the foothills of Claremont, California.
  • And our college placement into the Ivy League, into the best women`s colleges and small national liberal arts colleges, and, in fact, into the top 10 percent of all colleges and universities nationwide, remains remarkable.
  • As a global educational leader for nearly a century, students here enjoy unequalled access to the resources of Southern California, including more than 30 field study opportunities each year and academic partnerships with faculty at the world-renown Claremont Colleges and beyond.
  • We think there is a new, better way to do boarding school. Discover it at Webb! Where California Boards!

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  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Occidental College
    The Webb Schools is unique in many ways different than other boarding schools. One being that it is a boy's school and a girl's school on one shared campus. This allows the freshman and sophomore. . .

  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    UC San Diego
    I think there was generally a good work-life balance, or more like study-life balance at Webb. The community was small enough that we would know most everybody, teachers cared tremendously for the students, sports were. . .

  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    United States Military Academy
    The classroom setting of a round table discussion instead of lecture based teaching. I believe it really puts the pressure on the student to understand what is going on in the class and bring an. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2019 School Data
The Webb SchoolsBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-125-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19221909
Campus Size150 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment410 students318 students
% Students of Color
41%
22%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
65%
67%
Average SAT Score1400* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score30*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size16 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered3517
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
89%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$2,650
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$37 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$66,130$56,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$47,035$29,900
% Students on Financial Aid
36%
37%
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
19%
55%
Director of AdmissionsJamila Everett

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered3517
CoursesAdvanced Studies Global Gender Studies, Advanced Studies Human Migration, Advanced Studies in Anatomy and Physiology , Advanced Studies in Biotechnology, Advanced Studies in Organic Chemistry, Advanced Studies in Paleontology, Advanced Studies Linear Algebra, Advanced Studies The Age of Enlightenment, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language, AP Computer Science, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, Honors Advanced Museum Research, 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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1516
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations4023
ExtracurricularsYearbook - "El Espejo"

Club or Organization:
Acappella, Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), Archive Club, Art Club, Coding Club, Competitive Mathematics Team, Crossfit, Earth Club, Feminist Action Movement, Fiber Arts, International Mentoring Club, Invisible Children, Photography Club, Radio Station, Robotics, Running, T-Ball Coach, Community Service, School Play, Student Admissions Assistants, Student Government, The Crew (Video Club), The Tower (Yearbook), Tour Guides, Travis Manion Foundation

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Portfolio Club, Stain Glass, Student Missions Fellowship

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Chinese Conversation, Lorelei Consort, Mathematics Team, Outdoor Activities, Photography, Stain Glass, Pottery, Fiber Arts, School Play, Sports Reporting, Triathlon

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Southern California, CA44
New York University, NY17
Georgetown University14
Wellesley College, MA14
Cornell University, NY11
University of California, Berkeley, CA11
Barnard College, NY10
University of Chicago, IL9
Columbia University, NY8
Harvard University, MA8
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • The Webb Schools 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:
    • Julia Marciari-Alexander '85 - Executive Director, Walters Art Museum
    • Caroline Adler '00 - Former Special Assistant to President Obama
    • Samantha Ainsley '07 - Senior Software Engineer & Technical Lead, Google
    • Ariel Fan '10 - CEO GreenWealth Energy
    • Josh Marshall '87 - Editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com
    • John Scalzi ’87 - Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer
    • Jim Drasdo '63 - Capital Research and Management Group
    • Mark Lee '85 - Architect, Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design
    • Jeff Luhnow '84 - General Manager, Houston Astros
    • Otis Y. Chandler ’96 - Founder of Goodreads.com

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