Because our campus is located within easy driving distance of Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., we always have plenty to do on our weekends! The Student Life Team plans regular trips to catch a film, visit a museum or art gallery, go shopping, take a hike in a state park, or explore a crabbing village on the Chesapeake Bay.
Weekends also offer plenty of opportunities to relax and reconnect with friends after busy weekday schedules. Weekends often include student-run events as well, organized by the grades, dorms, clubs, or after-school activities.
Additionally, students participate in a number of co-curricular programs each semester that enhance concepts being taught in classroom settings. Culture credits are offered most weekends to museums, art galleries, professional performances, themed festivals, and other events focused on aspects of culture and community. Nature credits, again offered most weekends, give students a chance to unplug from daily life while going on outdoor adventures, many of which support and focus on sustainability efforts on campus. Moreover, students are required to participate in service learning hours, supporting local community programs and initiatives, like food banks and park restoration projects.
A highlight of our on-campus programming calendar is the ongoing competition between our Spartans and Athenians. Begun as a debating contest in the mid-1800s, we have expanded the competition to include academic, artistic, and sporting events that pit our blue-and-silver Athenian students against our red-and-white Spartans. Each year our new students are recruited into one of the two teams, and they retain their allegiance throughout their time at WNA. Siblings join the same team to ensure our fierce-but-fun rivalries do not spill over into homes.