At A Glance


At a Glance

Situated in the rolling countryside of northeastern Maryland, just a few miles from the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, West Nottingham Academy is the oldest boarding/day school in the United States. Since our founding in 1744, we have prepared a broad range of students for success in college and in life.

Our Students

Enrollment over the last three years has averaged about 110 students.

Residential population: 85 percent of students live on campus, representing 15 different countries and 9 states in the US. 15 percent attend as day students from surrounding counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

International population: About 45 percent of our students come from countries outside of the United States, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Brazil, Serbia, China, England, Finland, Gabon, Greece, the Ivory Coast, Poland, Rwanda, Spain, and Uganda.

Financial Aid: West Nottingham awards nearly $1 million in tuition assistance. Approximately 40 percent of our students receive financial aid.

Our Campus

West Nottingham Academy is located within 10-minutes drive of Interstate 95. From our bucolic campus, it is a one-hour drive to Baltimore or Philadelphia, 90 minutes to Washington, D.C., and 2 and a half hours to New York City.

Campus size: 100 acres in rural Maryland

Faculty/student ratio: 1:7 – The average class size is 11 students

Advanced Placement: 8 AP courses are currently offered along with several “Advanced” courses, designed to offer interested students a way to delve deeply into a favorite subject without the hurried curricular pressures of an AP schedule. Students in these courses can opt to take an AP test, scheduling extra help time with the appropriate teacher.

College Counseling

As part of our ongoing commitment to college preparation, WNA's curriculum includes a junior and senior college seminar. The junior college seminars include& exploring colleges and majors, reviewing case studies, resume writing, standardized testing support, introduction to the college essay, and how to compare colleges to find a good fit. The senior seminar includes application support, college policies and procedures, the application process for financial aid, FAFSA/CSI, and scholarships.

Statistics from Class of 2018:
  • 70 percent applied Early Action or Early Decision
  • 70 percent were accepted to a top 100 National Universities, and one hundred percent to either National or Regional top 100 universities according to the U.S. News and World Report
  • Total scholarships offered $3,920,500
  • Sampling of recent acceptances:
    • Bard College
    • Boston University
    • University of California, Davis, San Diego, and Santa Barbara
    • University of Delaware
    • George Washington University
    • University of Maryland, College Park and Baltimore County
    • Villanova University
    • Reed College
    • Rochester Institute of Technology
Accreditations and affiliations: Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE).

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Athletics and Activities:

Our mascot is Reggie the Ram and the school colors are maroon and white.

Co-curricular opportunities at WNA include 22 teams and clubs, including varsity sports along with Robotics, the Student Environmental Council, Yearbook, Drama, and others.

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