Wilbraham & Monson Academy: Cosmopolitan School in Safe, Rural setting
One of the 15 oldest college prep schools in the United States, Wilbraham & Monson Academy sits on an exquisite 300-acre campus in rural Wilbraham, Massachusetts – conveniently an hour and a half from Boston and three hours from New York City. While traditional in many ways, the school is exceptionally progressive in terms of offering distinctive programs aimed at preparing students for successful, competitive college admission and facing the challenges of global citizenship and leadership through the study of economics, entrepreneurship, and global studies.
Diverse Student Population
Wilbraham & Monson Academy welcomes students from an astonishing 31 countries, with 30% of the boarding population being international. “Because we have such a diverse population, it’s very exciting for students to come to a school in the United States that is not primarily US citizens. There are students from all over the world; it’s a benefit for everyone,” stated Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Kate Gaw.
At a Glance
Students at WMA enjoy small class sizes and access to over 20 AP courses in addition to AP Capstone courses. While academics come first, it is compulsory for all students to participate in a sport or activity in the afternoon, allowing students the opportunity to pursue and discover their passions. WMA offers top-notch music, arts, and theater programs and, in addition to more than 20 varsity sports, is one of the only New England boarding schools to offer a competitive rugby program.
Center for Entrepreneurial and Global Studies (CEGS)
Wilbraham & Monson takes a real-world approach to teaching by offering classes in global economics, finance, entrepreneurship, ethics, and sustainability. Students have access to the Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center and the opportunity to learn through travel; designing and patenting their own ideas; and discussions with local businessmen, politicians, authors and prominent alumni.
WMA provides two merit scholarship programs: Global Scholars, awarded for academic achievement; and Global Leaders, awarded for proven leadership. Through both programs, students receive a stipend for one of the school’s many international learning trips, including China, Cambodia, Haiti, Namibia, and the Amazon.
Design and Patent Program
Through AP Capstone research, students are assisted in asking the right entrepreneurial questions. “If a student has an idea on how to solve a problem, they are guided through what they do with it, and how they develop it,” stated Head of School, Brian Easler. A number of WMA students have been successful in this process, winning awards for their designs and products.
In line with the entrepreneurial theme of course offerings, WMA offers a Fashion Design program, offering courses such as Fashion Production and the Business of Fashion. “It really brings it full circle, where the student can design, produce, and then study the business of fashion,” explained Mr. Easler.
Stay in Touch
At WMA, student academic progress is monitored daily and parents are also encouraged to follow the academy’s social media accounts and academic and athletic schedules to be kept informed.
“Students attending WMA are in a structured and a safe environment and parents can rest assured knowing their children are supervised, completing their school work, and doing the best that they can,” concluded Director of Marketing, Teddy Ryan.