West Nottingham’s academic program combines a traditional college preparatory liberal arts curriculum with innovative programs and a distinctly hands-on approach to learning. This approach, beginning in the ninth grade, includes “Physics First” and an interdisciplinary Humanities program that combines History, Art, Music, and Music. With an emphasis on critical thinking and writing, by senior year students are prepared for the trimester capstone courses (Senior Composition, Ethics, and Religion) that emphasize research, public speaking, group discussion, and analytical writing as well as a moral compass to guide them in their years ahead.
Our dedicated faculty and small class setting (averaging 10 students) allow for thoughtful discussion and student engagement at a high level. All students are known and challenged. Our infamous alternative assessments sprinkled throughout the year require students to tackle real life problems while exploring creative ways to demonstrate mastery.
Eighteen AP and multiple Honors courses are available in all academic departments. Striving for academic excellence is captured in our school motto: nihil sine labore or nothing without labor. To support efforts an integrated ESL program meets the needs of many of our beginning international students while the Chesapeake Learning Center (CLC) develops individual programing and tutoring to augment learning in the classroom.