The Webb Schools

5.00 5 1 (29 reviews)
Tel: 909-482-5214
1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711
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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.
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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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  • Review Description

  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars   6/8/2018
    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   6/7/2018
    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   6/29/2018
    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. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   6/7/2018
    Pitzer College
    Having half of the student body as day students creates an interesting dynamic and environment. Also, the paleontology museum makes Webb very unique.. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   6/9/2018
    University of California San Diego
    Webb has a clear focus on community and it really shows. When you are a student you become best friends with the faculty and your fellow students, traversing the boundaries of what most schools can. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
The Webb SchoolsBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19221910
Campus Size70 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment413 students300 students
% Students of Color
41%
20%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
65%
67%
Average SAT Score2000* 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 Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2817
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
83%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$32 million$18 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$58,225$54,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$41,410$30,000
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
37%
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
24%
55%
Director of AdmissionsJamila Everett

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2817
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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1515
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations3624
ExtracurricularsYearbook - "El Espejo"

Club or Organization:
Acappella, Archive Club, Astronomy Club, Chess Club, Community Service Club, Computer Club, Cooking Club, Debate Club, Dorm Prefects, Farm and Forest, Fencing Club, French Club, Honor, Indoor Sports, Mock Trial, Model UN, Museum, Newspaper, Orchestra, Photography Club, Radio Station, Robotics, Student Government, Tour Guides

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Portfolio Club, Dance Club, Drama Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Athletic Training, Baseball, Basketball Club, Fitness Club, Outdoor Activities, Sports Reporting, Triathlon, Yoga

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

  • 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 TalkingPointsMemo.com
    • John Scalzi ’87 - Writer
    • Punch Hutton ’89 - Vanity Fair editor
    • Polly Liu ’91 - Founder of Beau-coup.com
    • Hosain Rahman ’93 - Founder and CEO of Jawbone
    • Otis Y. Chandler ’96 - Founder of Goodreads.com
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