Situated in the rolling countryside of northeastern Maryland, just a few miles from the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, West Nottingham Academy is the longest-standing boarding and day school in the United States.
From its founding in 1744, the development of the whole student has been at the center of life at West Nottingham Academy. Academics form the core of our program, but the development of each student’s character is addressed in myriad forms from first arrival on campus to graduation day.
Our mission is to inspire and educate students to become socially aware leaders and innovators, who positively impact their communities around the world. Our teaching methods, which include round-table discussions, student-driven projects, research exercises, labs, lectures, and interdisciplinary activities, are tailored to assist each and every student and their educational background. Teachers encourage students to find ever more positive results through hard work and dedication, while providing a supportive and caring environment. This endeavor remains true to our motto, established since we were chartered with the state of Maryland in 1812: ”Nihil Sine Labore” (Nothing Without Work).
Our students who attend West Nottingham Academy as day students, 5-day, or 7-day boarders learn and live here on our 100-acre campus while participating in rich student life programming and extracurricular activities like clubs, athletics, and student government.
With a 99 percent college acceptance rate, alumni of West Nottingham go on to do incredible things in our country and across the globe.
WNA provides a college-preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on providing an individualized curriculum. The average class size is 11 students with an overall teacher-to-student ratio of 1:7. This ratio offers a multitude of opportunities for the enrichment of the whole student while ensuring a safe environment as students mature through their high school years. It allows the chance to ask questions, seek help, and develop a deeper understanding of a subject through strong relationships with the teacher and classmates.
For those students who seek additional academic support for diagnosed learning differences, ADD or ADHD, or for building the necessary time-management and study skills, the Chesapeake Learning Center offers the opportunity to acquire these skills and reach academic potential through individualized programming and coaching. We offer three Signature Certificate Programs in the areas of STEM and Innovation, Visual Arts, and Environmental Sustainability complementing our progressive and hands-on approach to curriculum. Each year, we also offer a number of AP classes that prepare students for college-level curriculum.
WNA thrives through its teachers, who are the essence of our school. Our faculty and staff are passionate and talented individuals committed to helping each student achieve her or his full potential. Teachers are also the advisors, coaches, and dorm parents who ensure that learning continues well beyond the classroom. All students meet with an advisor regularly to touch base on all aspects of community life, from academic challenges to social and personal issues.
West Nottingham Academy also provides students access to mental health services through an on-campus licensed mental health practitioner. The counselor’s primary role is to support the students with daily stressors, interpersonal relationships, and assessment of other mental health needs.
Whether it is finding the right college fit, preparing for standardized testing, seeking guidance to complete a successful application, or setting up campus visits, the College Counseling Office is a valuable resource for all students and families. The college counseling process at WNA is comprehensive and highly personalized.
Boarding and day students are all invited to and responsible for participation in student life activities. Boarders live in one of four dormitories–living with a roommate and sharing in community decisions. Students participate in various weekend activities that are social, fun, cultural, environmental, and service based. All students participate in afternoon activities and we offer a plethora of competitive team opportunities as well as opportunities for strength and conditioning and lifetime sports.
Living and learning at WNA offers a glimpse of life beyond high school. With a diverse community, structured time to develop good study habits, and a campus not unlike a small college, an education at WNA offers students the opportunities to learn skills they will need to successfully manage life in college and beyond.