Academic Diligence and Extracurricular Activity Cultivate a Dynamic Community at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wyoming Seminary is conveniently located just two hours west of New York City and two hours north of Philadelphia. Living so close to two of The United States’ most vibrant cities allows students many academic and social opportunities to learn about American culture and history. The Wyoming Valley, which is home for the school, has an abundance of its own attractions. Students may go hiking, shopping, to professional sports events and to dramatic and musical performances.
Wyoming Seminary seeks to create active learners, responsible citizens, community leaders, and ethical individuals ready to take their place in the global community of the 21st century. The school is home to 450 day and boarding students from 20 states and 25 countries. Wyoming Seminary is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in Pennsylvania. Wyoming Seminary has a high placement and success rate in the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities such as Harvard, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and many more.
Howard Gardner, a notable Wyoming seminary alumnus, received a Nobel Prize in 1986 for his research concerning multiple intelligence. Lauren Powley is an alumna who represented the US in the Beijing Olympics. Ernst and Young CEO Mark Weinberger is a Sem alumnus, as is former Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci. Lisa Caputo is another prominent alumna; she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and as Press Secretary to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House during President Clinton’s first term.
Wyoming Seminary’s Louis Maslow STEM School Innovative Curriculum integrates science, technology, engineering, and math into each course offering. As part of the school’s STEM initiative, a hands-on approach is the key component for students to identify viable ideas and create new pathways for learning. While classroom instruction is a primary building block in science courses, students have many opportunities to collaborate in the laboratory.
Director of International Admissions, Regina Allen elaborated, “This is a more fun and practical way of learning. The students excel and thrive with this model.” Outside of the classroom, the STEM program brings guest speakers to campus and provides opportunities for students to participate in off-campus projects.
Diverse Creative Arts
Wyoming Seminary’s visual arts program encourages artists to express their own personalities and passions in a multi-disciplinary context. Wyoming Seminary’s visual and world-renowned performing arts programs include photography, sculpture, digital media, painting, choir, jazz band, orchestral and wind ensembles, as well as productions in the theater department – to name a few.
The performing arts are housed in the Kirby Center for Creative Arts a 34,652 square foot, two-story, multi-functional space for music, theater, and dance productions and includes a visual arts gallery. The Pennsylvania Civic Orchestra collaborates with Wyoming Seminary, providing students with the opportunity to play with professional musicians.
Rigorous and Robust International Student Programs
Wyoming Seminary prepares a global stage and attracts approximately 100 international students per year, providing them with a practical and visionary education. The ESL program incorporates American history while teaching English. International students are enrolled in two years of English instruction and are presented with various options to achieve this requirement.
A one-year intensive language immersion program is offered to students who plan to attend only one year, and a six-week summer program offers students the opportunity to experience a taste of the American education system and lifestyle.
Cross cultural learning and sharing is at the core of Wyoming Seminary’s curriculum and residential life. These various interactions provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to succeed in a fast changing society and produce a concrete human experience.
Beyond the Classroom
Wyoming Seminary students are both academic achievers and versatile community members who are inspired to flourish. “It is very important to us that students get involved in the community,” stated Ms. Allen. “We empower students to reach their full potential, determined, and rooted in excellence.”
With 40 different clubs such as mock trial, robotics teams, and a comprehensive athletics program (including soccer, basketball, golf, baseball, rowing, and top-ranked men’s wrestling and women’s field hockey teams), students can explore their passions and develop friendships that last a lifetime.