Academics

Engaging Curriculum

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 90 courses, including 18 AP courses and numerous Honors courses, are offered.
Dr. Christopher Gardner
History Department Chair
cgardner@wna.org

Christopher Gardner earned his Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001, and he began teaching while pursuing his research. Dr. Gardner taught at the undergraduate level, as well as at The Bryn Mawr School for Girls and the Gilman School in Baltimore. He came to WNA in 2013 and became Chair of the History Department in 2015. He has taught Modern World History, AP European History, Modern Global Conflicts, Religion, Ethics, and Political Philosophy, and he is expanding the European history course into an advanced class entitled “Europe and the World.” Dr. Gardner has also worked with the boys’ varsity soccer program since his arrival, and he became head coach in 2017. The program has won six of the last seven MIL championships. Dr. Gardner especially enjoys inspiring with students to explore the complexities of history and of their own experiences. Working at a boarding school has been especially rewarding because he hopes to inspire young people’s minds, bodies, and spirits.
Tracey Ramey
Director of the International Program
tramey@wna.org

Tracey Ramey graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a B.S. in Education and a minor in Social Studies. She also holds an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum and Instruction and ESL.  She currently teaches English as a Second Language, is Director of the International Program, and co-Director of Teaching and Learning. Tracey is a dorm parent on East and coaches Lifetime Fitness and Tennis.  With 15 years of experience teaching and 10 years of experience in boarding school, Tracey enjoys developing positive and meaningful relationships with students in the classroom, on the dorm and in after school activities. She enjoys challenging her students in multiple ways and helping them reach their full potential as productive and engaged members of a global community.