West Nottingham Academy

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  • Oldest Boarding School in the United States
  • 130 students; co-educational, grades 9-12, 40% international
  • Average class size 11 students, Student/Faculty Ratio 7:1
  • ESL offered

What's special?

Oldest boarding school in the US | Forensic Science | Founder of West Nottingham Academy, Samuel Finley, served as the 5th President of Princeton University

* NEW Innovation Center: Our newly finished Innovation Center will be a focal point of the project-based learning curriculum at WNA. Each discipline will work to incorporate the prototyping, videography, or woodshop tools into their lesson plans as we continue to teach skills alongside content.
* NEW Science Course: New students in 9th and 10th grade will also get to take a Foundations in Science course where they will plan for a civilization on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. Basic rocketry concepts will teach space travel; earth science will give insight into sustaining life; and engineering and robotics lessons will inspire students to build and create so they can explore new terrain. Students will use the equipment in the Innovation Center for this mission, as well as to prepare and learn skills for future projects.
* NEW Certificate Programs: This new opportunity will allow students to hone in on an area of interest. Certificate Program options include a fine arts concentration, an environmental sustainability emphasis, or a STEAM focus. These programs will have various benchmarks, culminating with a final project and presentation. Students who complete one of these programs will be given a certificate of excellence at graduation.
* NEW Electives: Along with the certificate programs, the Academic Office will also be adding additional electives based on faculty expertise. Stay tuned for updates!
* Artist-in-Residence Program: In its 5th year, the Eric Fischl '66 Artist-in-Residence Program continues to offer our students the opportunity to engage with professional artists in their areas of specialty. Visiting artists this year have taught our students specific skills in comic drawing, portrait painting, and fiber arts.
* Environmental Sustainability Program: Dr. Virginia Kennedy, our director of sustainability, has been busy leading the charge to teach WNA students environmental literacy and ethics. Students are continuing in their efforts to compost, use efficient energy sources, reduce waste, write and propose local and state legislation, and connect with the beauty of the nearby Chesapeake Bay region.
* College Counseling Curriculum: WNA is proud to announce that recent acceptances for members of the class of 2018 include New York University, Syracuse University, Neumann University, Ohio State University, and Purdue University. Beginning in their freshman year, students have the benefit of a comprehensive college counseling curriculum, as well as one-to-one guidance from Ms. Yvonne Dvorak, director of college counseling, throughout their time at WNA.

100% including: Art Institute of Chicago, Brandeis University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Smith College, Vanderbilt University, Wellesley College

Fast facts

Temperate, 4 seasons
Coed 130 (9-12) students
40% international students
11, Student/faculty ratio: 7:1
47 , Administrative and teaching
Philadelphia, PA (PHL)


Honors and AP add

Advanced placement courses:

Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language and Culture, Music Theory, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics 1: Algebra based, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art: Drawing

Honors courses:

AP 16 courses

WNA provides a college-preparatory curriculum with emphasis on providing greater individual attention than many other schools.

Marking system & graduation requirements add

Marking System:

The 4.0 grading system is used for all academic courses and a weighted GPA is used for Honors and AP courses. Students check in with their faculty advisor each morning.

Graduation Requirements:

The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

  • English - 12 credits
  • History - 9 credits (World History & US History)
  • Mathematics - 9 credits (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) Students are strongly encouraged to take 4 years of math.
  • Science - 9 credits (Physics, Chemistry & Biology) Students are strongly encouraged to take 4 years of science.
  • Foreign Language - 9 credits
  • Art - 5 credits (Introduction to the Arts plus one additonal yr. of Art)
  • Senior Research Project - 1 credit
  • Ethics (1-trimester course) - 1 credit
  • Religion (1-trimester course) - 1 credit
  • Health, Athletic and Electives - 7 credits
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Special Programs

Innovation Center | Foundations Science course covering inter-planetary civilization | Certificate Programs | Faculty Specialization Electives | Artist-in-Residence Program | Environmental Sustainability Program | College Counseling Curriculum

ACT Scores

Average ACT score: 26

SAT Scores

Average SAT score: 1170


West Nottingham Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Arts add

Studio Arts, Chorus, Drama, Music Composition, Music Theory, Photography
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  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Campus features

West Nottingham Academy (WNA) enjoys a quiet rural setting on 124 beautiful acres. The Patricia A. Bathon Science Center is home to science labs and classrooms; Finley Hall academic center with twenty classrooms and a writing lab. The Slaybaugh Old Academy building is used for drama performances, student variety shows and other presentations during the school year. Magraw Hall, houses the library, computer lab, art studio, music room and high technology presentation room. East Hall and Rowland Hall are the girls dorms and West Hall and Rush House are the boys dorms. The C. Herbert Foutz Center is the focal point of the Academy's student activity. It houses the Frank D. Brown dining room and the Hillock Student Union. Indoor athletic facilities are housed in Ware Field House. For outdoor athletics there are football, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball fields.

Extracurricular activities

  • Cheerleading
  • Choir
  • Community Service
  • Drama
  • Film Club
  • Green Rams-Environmental Club
  • Martial Arts/Self Defense
  • Memorial Arch Magazine (art & poetry)
  • Music Club
  • Outdoor Adventure-Biking/Climbing
  • Recreational Golf
  • Recreational Tennis
  • Spectrum Diversity Committee
  • Stage Crew
  • Straight-Gay Alliance
  • Student Government
  • Yearbook/Photography
French, Spanish

Admissions Requirements


gr. 9: 55 iBT




ETS 1855

Estimated Costs


ESL is included in tuition
$3,000 Student Account
$1,500 Health Insurance
$1,000 New Student Fee

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