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    West Nottingham Academy ::: Colera, Maryland ::: Northeast U.S.

    West Nottingham Academy

    • Oldest Boarding School in the United States
    • 130 students; co-educational, grades 9-12, 40% international
    • Average class size 13 students, Student/Faculty Ratio 7:1
    • Figure Skating (The Skater Support Program)
    • ESL offered 




    Temperate, 4 seasons

    Student Body

    130 Students, co-educational, grades 9-12, 40% international students

    Average Class Size

    13 students


    47 administrative and teaching faculty

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    College Placement

    100% of West Nottingham Academy graduates attend universities.  Some of the universities graduates have been accepted:  Art Institute of Chicago, Brandeis University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Smith College, Vanderbilt University, Wellesley College

    Honors & AP

    Honors Courses offered:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics 12, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, English 10, English 11, English 12, French III, French IV, French V, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Spanish V, World History, US History, History of Conflict

    Advanced Placement courses offered:  Biology, Calculus AB & BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language & Culture, Music Theory, Physics C, Physics 1, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art

    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.

    Programs of Study

    To graduate, students must successfully complete a minimum of 63 credits including:

    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

    Foreign Languages offered: French, Spanish


    West Nottingham Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges and the Maryland State Department of Education.  The Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, the Small Boarding School Association and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)


    Sports are offered by season.

    Fall:  Cross-country (co-ed), Soccer - JV (boys and girls), Soccer - Varsity (boys), Volleyball - JV & Varsity (girls)

    Winter:  Basketball, JV & Varsity (boys and girls)

    Spring:  Lacrosse - JV (girls), Lacrosse - Varsity (boys and girls), Tennis - Varsity (boys and girls)

    Figure Skating (The Skater Support Program)

    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.

    All students are invited to participate in on-campus activities including movies, small concerts, variety shows and games, as well as off-campus options, such as trips to the museums in Philadelphia and Washington DC, local shopping malls, snow skiiing, college and professional sports, equestrian events, canoeing, sailing, concerts, and amusement parks.

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    ESL is a carefully designed support structure that provides students with a rigorous, immersion-based environment for learning English.  Specialized features include:  augmented language skills combined with studies of both English and History; English communication classes to improve speaking and listening skills; reading, writing, grammar, and learning about American culture; student support in all WNA courses; classes that transition students from ESL to College Preparatory curriculum, and individual tutoring support.