Why West Nottingham?

With so many choices, why is the West Nottingham Academy, a coeducational private high school the right fit for you?

Our parents say that West Nottingham Academy is a "gem" of a school with the distinction in how well the community engages and serves our families.

In a Nutshell...

Just an hour from Baltimore and Philadelphia, West Nottingham Academy is a small school for boarding and day students in secondary school grades 9-12. Our core mission is to help young men and women prepare for the academic, emotional, and social challenges of college life. We approach teaching by encouraging results through hard work and dedication in a supportive and caring environment. And this remains true to our motto: Nihil Sine Labore – Nothing Without Work.

Academic Challenge

WNA provides a college-preparatory curriculum with emphasis on providing greater individual attention than many other schools. An average class size of 10 students with a teacher to student ratio of 1:7 offers the chance to ask more questions, get more help, and develop a deeper understanding of a subject.

Chesapeake Learning Center

Our highly regarded Chesapeake Learning Center provides a small number of our students with a supportive learning environment. Students with diagnosed learning differences, ADD or ADHD, or performing below grade level have a guided opportunity to acquire skills and reach academic potential through individualized programming and coaching.

Faculty Guidance

"The teachers make the school." Our faculty members are passionate and talented teachers committed to helping each student achieve his or her full potential. They are also the advisors and coaches who assure that learning continues well beyond the classroom. To help make sure that no student ever gets forgotten or lost in the shuffle, every student meets with their advisor individually at various times during the week to hear announcements, review homework, or just say hello and see how things are going - a small difference that goes a long way.

College Counseling

Whether it is application guidance, setting up campus visits, recommending SAT and ACT review courses, or just discussing which school is right for your son or daughter, we will help you every step of the way. Our college guidance program is comprehensive and highly personalized. Click here for more information, including a list of recent college acceptances.

College-Prep Plus

"It's really like a family." Preparing for life after WNA is definitely about hitting the books now, but it's also about getting a taste of what life will be like once you get to there. With students from all around the world, structured study halls to help develop good study habits, and a campus that looks more like a small college, life at WNA will teach your son or daughter the skills they'll need to successfully manage life in college and beyond.

Boarding School for Day Students?

Absolutely! WNA offers many programs and activities during the week and on weekends for all students. During the week, there are guest speakers, athletic contests, presentations, and birthday celebrations - we don't close once the school day ends! Most day students also find themselves coming back on the weekends to go on trips, hang out with friends, and even stay overnight in the dorms! Museum and aquarium trips, bonfires, Spartan vs. Athenian events, service learning opportunities, and movie nights keep the campus bustling even when school isn't in session.

History & Tradition

The history of West Nottingham is the history of our region and nation. Founded in 1744 by the Rev. Samuel Finley (eventually the 5th president of Princeton University), the little school that started in a log cabin educated some of our founding fathers, including Benjamin Rush and Richard Stockton - both signers of The Declaration of Independence. Click for more on our history. More recent alums include Brookings Institute founder, Robert S. Brookings; world-renowned painter, Eric Fischl; decorated WWII hero, Richard R. Hallock; and NBA basketball player, Josh Boone.

Choosing Your School - finding the right fit

Of course a brochure or web site can only tell you so much. The true nature of any school can be seen and heard in the faces and words of its students and teachers. We invite you to meet members of our community and tour our campus. Or, you may choose to take advantage of a shadow day - a great way for your son or daughter to “test drive" West Nottingham for a day with a current student and see what it's really like here. To visit campus or shadow for a day, please call the admission office at 410-658-9279. We look forward to your visit.

Mission Statement

West Nottingham Academy is a diverse, student-centered, boarding and day school for young men and women in grades 9-12. Since its founding in 1744, the Academy has prepared students for the challenges of college and life through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a commitment to the intellectual, spiritual, and social growth of each student.

Diversity Statement

Every individual of the West Nottingham Academy community brings an intricate combination of cultural traditions, personal and family beliefs, and life experiences. As an historically inclusive Academy, West Nottingham respects and supports the ethical and educational importance of a multicultural curriculum and co-curricular program in accordance with its mission statement and core values.

West Nottingham Academy
1079 Firetower Road
Colora, MD 21917

© 2013 West Nottingham Academy
phone: (410) 658–5556
fax: (866) 381–3684
admissions@wna.org

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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