Worcester Academy

81 Providence Street
Worcester, MA 01604
  • From our hilltop vantage point in a historic Worcester neighborhood, we see things a little differently than most New England independent schools. This is a place where life takes an interesting turn. It's called the real world, where success doesn't always come easily, but it's worth the extra effort. Students are engaged, empowered, and equipped to "Achieve the Honorable," now and throughout their lives. In an authentic and unpretentious culture, our exceptional teachers and coaches thoughtfully blend challenge and care-- meeting students where they are in life, helping them to understand both who they are and what they have to contribute locally, nationally, and internationally.
Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
Worcester AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-12, PG7-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18341909
Campus Size72 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment605 students315 students
% Students of Color
25%
23%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
35%
69%
Average SAT Score1250* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2018
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
53%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$32 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$67,388
(International Student tuition is $71098)
$57,000
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$38,578
(Middle School tuition is $35708)
$31,250
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$55,827$41,300
% Students on Financial Aid
48%
37%
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
60%
57%
Director of AdmissionsMeghan Bennett

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1915
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations2323
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Amnesty International Club, Contemporary Band, Dance Team, Debate Club, Gender Sexuality Alliance, Green Team, Habitat for Humanity, Hillpoppas: Acapella Group, Kick Cancer (Jimmy Fund), Lance - Art & Literary Magazine, Model United Nations, Nuestra Voz, Robotics Team, Spanish Club, Student Leadership Committee, Tennis/ Chess Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Varsity Math Team, Vigornia (Newspaper), WA Math Team, World Cultures and Languages

Arts and Music Programs:
Afternoon Tunes

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Spectrum (Students of Color Affinity Group)

College Matriculation

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

School Notes

  • Our campus is conveniently located in Worcester, Massachusetts-- New England's second largest city and is only 45 minutes from Boston and 2.5 hours from New York City.  Students experience the vitality, diversity, and excitement of a city rich in heritage, culture, education, and the arts that was named to the Parenting Magazine 2014 list of the Top Ten Best Cities for Families in America.
  • Experience Worcester
  • Live our Core values- Honor, Respect, Community, Personal Growth, Challenge
  • Visit the Campus- Urban. Centrally located in downtown Worcester
  • Innovate with Technology- 1-to-1 laptop program and an Innovations in Technology and Design Department that allows students to be the inventors
  • Excel in Athletics- 24 NEPSAC Class A varsity sports (54 sports teams total)
  • Create the Arts-Visual and performing arts programs that have recieved numerous awards for excellence
  • Worcester Academy accreditations: NEASC, AISNE, NAIS, TABS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Cole Porter, 1909 - Broadway composer
    • Jim Davis, 1962 - Chairman, New Balance Athletic Shoe
    • John F. Dryden, 1857 - Founder Prudential Insurance, U.S. Senator
    • Jonathan Starr, 1994 - Financial executive and philanthropist
    • Alingon Mitra, 2004 - Comedian
    • Kaz Grala, 2017 - Stock car racing driver

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