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West Nottingham Academy

Founded in 1744, West Nottingham, a co-educational, college preparatory boarding and day school serving 130 students grades 9-12, is the oldest boarding school in the nation. Approximately 70% of the students board with 30% attending from the surrounding counties. Close to 40% of the student population represents over a dozen countries. Dedicated to the intellectual and social growth of each student, WNA is an intimate yet diverse community providing differentiated instruction and intensive subject exploration. WNA supports a small group of students with learning differences through the Chesapeake Learning Center that includes individualized coaching, programming and counseling.


1079 Firetower Rd., Colora, MD 21917 United States
Phone Number: 410-658-5556
Fax: 866-381-3684
Category: Independent School
School Contact: Nancy M. Nolan
School E-mail: nnolan@wna.org
Head of School E-mail: Dr. Tom Banks
Listing updated: 2011-2012,2012-2013,2015-2016

Additional Information

School State: MD
School County: Cecil
Gender: Coed
Grades of School: 9-12
Enrollment: Nancy M. Nolan
Students per teacher: 7:1
Tuition: $19,200 (Day) - $51,000 (Boarding)
Financial aid offered?: Yes
College prep: # of AP/Honors/IB courses offered: 10
Cum. SAT scores (math / reading / writing): 1571
World languages taught and year in which instruction begins: French-9; Spanish-9
Extracurricular Activities: Instrumental music, Sports, Visual arts, Vocal music, Yearbook/magazine/newspaper
School climate (what are you known for?): Academic rigor, Athletic prowess, Campus features, Unique curriculum
Some special needs accommodated: Yes
Summer program?: Yes
Which Survey?: High School Private
High School Specifics: 100% attending four-year college; highlights of student college acceptances for 2016 include University of Maryland, GW University, Union College, Savannah School of Art and Design, Bucknell, University of California, Berkeley, University of Delaware, Temple, Boston University, Emory, Bowdoin College, Drexel, NYU, Fordham University
HS Short Description: College prep boarding & day school founded in 1744; dedicated to intellectual & social growth; diverse community; differentiated instruction & intensive subject exploration.