West Nottingham Academy

5.00 5 1 (8 reviews)
1079 Firetower Road
Colora, MD 21917
  • 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. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2018 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 students318 students
% Students of Color
33%
22%
% International Students
50%
20%
% Students Boarding
80%
67%
Average SAT Score1190* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score24*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(jeans or khakis and polo shirts)
Casual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:101:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1417
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
70%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$5 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,500$56,000
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$18,600$30,250
Tuition international students$57,800$50,000
% Students on Financial Aid
56%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$25,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 10 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Average Percentile SSAT48%-
Acceptance Rate
70%
55%
Director of AdmissionsJessica Warren
Associate Director of AdmissionsCorinne Kahler

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1015
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Music Club, Phi Sigma Pi, Spartans & Athenians, United Nations Assembly, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
J.E.T.S., Lambda Alpha, Stage Crew

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cheerleaders, Outdoor Adventure - Biking / Climbing

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
  • West Nottingham Academy 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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