West Nottingham Academy at a Glance

Located in Maryland, on the East Coast of the United States, and in close proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, West Nottingham Academy (WNA) is the oldest private boarding/day school in America! For over 270 years, West Nottingham Academy has been educating students for success in college and life beyond. Here is a glance and basic facts about WNA.

  • West Nottingham is in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region, within ninety minutes of Washington, DC, two-and-a-half hours from New York City, and a sixty-minute drive from Baltimore or Philadelphia.
  • West Nottingham has been a small, residential school for college-bound students since it was founded in 1744. For more information, read about our History.
  • Enrollment: 130 students, boys and girls, in grades 9-12 and post-graduate. Approximately 70% of our students live on campus, 40% of our students come from countries outside of the United States, and about 30% of our students live in the surrounding counties, attending as day students. Currently, our student body is 51% female and 49% male.
  • 2016-17 Tuition and fees: Boarding $48,500; Day $18,200; Chesapeake Learning Center $9,250; International Student Tuition: $56.700.
  • Financial Aid: West Nottingham Academy disperses close to $1,000,000 in tuition assistance. Approximately 40% of our students receive financial aid.
  • 95% of our faculty live on campus.
  • Campus size: 100 acres in a rural setting.
  • School colors: Maroon and white
  • School Mascot: Rams
  • Accreditation and Affiliations: Association of Independent Maryland Schools; Middle States Association of Colleges and Independent Schools; National Association of Independent Schools; The Association of Boarding Schools, Small Boarding Schools Association, Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools.
  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:7
  • Average Class Size: 11
  • Advanced Placement Courses: 13

Distinguished academic programs:

Interscholastic Sports: Soccer, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, martial arts, cross country, weight training, tennis, badminton and lifetime sports. For additional information, see Athletics.

Student Programs of Note: Weekend Culture Credit program; weekend Service Learning opportunities, student-driven clubs, and Spartans v. Athenians competition. For more information, please see Student Life.

College Acceptances. 100% of our students matriculate to colleges and universities. Recent graduates have attended a diverse array of schools including: Syracuse University, Dickinson, Wellesley, Emory University, Lehigh University, Ithaca College, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York University, Carnegie-Mellon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, James Madison University, University of Maryland, Michigan State University. For more information, please see our college list.

Environmental Awareness. West Nottingham is an officially designated Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Activities because of our environmental activities and ecologically diverse campus.
West Nottingham Academy
1079 Firetower Road
Colora, MD 21917

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phone: (410) 658–5556
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Established in 1744, West Nottingham Academy is the oldest boarding school in the United States. We are a 9-12 grade co-educational boarding and day school located in Northeastern Maryland, an hour's drive from either Philadelphia or Baltimore, 90 minutes from Washington DC and just over two hours from New York City.

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