Course of Study and Daily Schedule

For all of our students, the course of study is student-centered and college preparatory in scope and direction. Our objective is to inspire curiosity, teach critical thinking skills, and cultivate a passion for learning that sets the foundation and provides the opportunity for a life that is both individually fulfilling and intrinsically valuable to the larger society.

An individualized course of study is developed at the time of enrollment to assure that each student, whether they are admitted as a freshmen or senior, is able to meet our graduation requirements. After careful consideration and consultation, six academic courses are selected each year from the college preparatory curriculum that is regularly reviewed by the Academic Council.

A robust and rigorous liberal arts curriculum uniquely formulated with our diverse learners in mind guarantees small classes and superior instruction. Nearly ninety courses including eighteen AP courses and numerous Honors courses are offered. A snapshot of the breadth of the curriculum is provided 2016-17 Course Offerings and Descriptions.

At West Nottingham Academy, we have also created a program that allows some of our students the flexibility to pursue their passion while continuing with a college preparatory curriculum. This program is particularly enticing to world-class athletes, budding dancers and actors, future business entrepreneurs or farmers too! At WNA these students will take five content classes in the morning hours, have lunch and social time with your peers, and then have the afternoon for intense training.

Daily Schedule:

The daily academic day begins with rotating extended blocks and time in every academic day committed to fostering community. Extended blocks: Each class will meet four (4) days per week. On three (3) of these days, the class will meet for the normal 50 minutes. On the 4th day, the class will meet for 65 minutes. This schedule provides more time for educational elements like science labs and in-depth discussion of important topics in each discipline.

Community Time: From 9:50 am to 10:15 pm every morning, and from 2:20 pm to 3:00 pm on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, the schedule allows for Community Time. Community Time will be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from class meetings, creation of student-interest clubs, and Spartan/Athenian planning and activities, all intended to bring the WNA community together as the year goes along. Students are expected to participate in competitive athletics and related activities every afternoon.

Learn more about our academic programs:

West Nottingham Academy
1079 Firetower Road
Colora, MD 21917

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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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