West Nottingham Academy

5.00 5 1 (7 reviews)
Tel: 4106589279
1079 Firetower Road
Colora, MD 21917
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  • West Nottingham Academy (WNA) is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 located between Baltimore and Philadelphia.
  • Founded in 1744, WNA is the oldest boarding school in America.
  • If you are searching for a close-knit and challenging school to prepare you for college and life, we invite you to learn more.

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  • currently in high school
    I think the size makes it very unique. There are only about 130 students in the whole school which I thought sounded crazy at first, but really appreciated as time went by. You form really. . .
  • Currently in High School
    At West Nottingham Academy the campus has a very "close knit" feeling. When attending WNA you get to know your peers, teachers and their families very quickly. I was a day student for two. . .
  • None
    At West Nottingham Academy, students are required to fulfill two Culture Credits per trimester and fifteen hours of Service Learning per year.Culture Credits are fun weekend activities that students can sign up for that. . .
  • none yet
    West Nottingham Academy (WNA) is very much so unlike any other school I've ever attended. Now that might be because it only has (at most) 150 students per year. But you learn so much, not. . .
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
    West Nottingham's weekend culture credits were one of the most unique experiences I have ever encountered in my life. By requiring all students to sign up for trips to a historical or educational site during. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
West NottinghamBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded17441910
Campus Size100 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment130 students300 students
% Students of Color
33%
20%
% International Students
50%
20%
% Students Boarding
80%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1416
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
60%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$5 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,500$52,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$18,600$28,270
Tuition international students$57,800$47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
56%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$23,000$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 10 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
75%
57%
Director of AdmissionsVictoria Sobocinski
Associate Director of AdmissionsCorinne Kahler

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1014
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1623
ExtracurricularsCheerleaders, Choir, Community Service Club, Drama Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Green Rams - Environmentalist Club, Martial Arts / Self-Defense, Memorial Arch Magazine (art & poetry), Music Club, Outdoor Adventure - Biking / Climbing, Recreational Golf, Recreational Tennis, Spartans & Athenians, Spectrum Diversity Committee, Stage Crew, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • LD types supported: ADHD, ADD, Executive Functioning, language based, mild learning differences
  • School accreditations: Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Samuel Finley - Founder of WNA and 5th president of Princeton University
    • Benjamin Rush - Signer of the Declaration of Independence and prominent early physician
    • Richard Stockton - Signer of the Declaration of Independence
    • Ebenezer Hazzard - 1st United States Postmaster General
    • William Shippen & John Morgan - Founders of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School
    • Alexander Martin - Former governor of North Carolina
    • Josh Boone - NCAA Champion (UCONN), Former NBA Player (Nets)
    • Ross Cameron - President of Charms Candy
    • Eric Fischl - World renowned artist and sculptor
    • Taylor Crothers - Professional photographer, famous for working with the Dave Matthews Band and Phish
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