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Quick Facts

History Primer

Monson Academy

  • Founded in 1804, Monson, Mass.
  • First American school to enroll Chinese students 1847

Wesleyan Academy

  • Founded in 1817, New Market, N.H.
  • Moved to Wilbraham in 1825
  • First coeducational boarding school in U.S.

Wilbraham Academy

  • Wesleyan Academy became Wilbraham Academy in 1912
  • Began to enroll students from Thailand

Wilbraham & Monson Academy

  • Wilbraham Academy and Monson Academy merged in 1971

Did you know?

  • WMA graduated the first Chinese
    student in the U.S.,who later became the first Chinese student to graduate Yale.
  • Alumni Memorial Chapel was part of the Underground Railroad
  • The Academy has enrolled students of color since before the Civil War

More History



Wilbraham & Monson Academy is a transformational experience where students become challenge-seeking citizens and leaders of an evolving world.
The Global School®

Our Campus

Overview

Physical Address

Wilbraham & Monson Academy
423 Main Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Main phone: 413.596.6811
Main Fax: 413.596.2448
Website: www.wma.us

Campus

300+ acres, 3 upper school dorms, 1 middle school dorm, 12 faculty family homes

Take a virtual tour!

Technology

Wi-Fi, iPads, Macs, Dell, Stock Ticker, Acceptable Use Policy, Online Classes

TUITION

Boarding $56,000
Upper School Day $37,800
Middle School Day $20,000

SCHOOL HOURS

Academic Day 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Activities 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Study 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

School Week

Classes Held Monday-Friday
Half Day Wednesday
Thursday All-School Meeting, Academy Blazer Day
Weekends No classes

School Pride

School Colors Red & Blue
Mascot Titan

Programs

Afternoon Program

  • WMA's Afternoon program has 26 Varsity teams, including Olympic sports like Rugby, Skiing, Riflery and Water Polo
  • Options include: Dance, theater, model congress, robotics, (community) service team and outdoor program.

Arts

Our Fine & Performing Arts program has 26 offerings including:

  • One Honors Course
  • Two Fashion Courses
  • Three AP Courses

Clubs

WMA has 30+ Clubs (scroll down to view) including Model UN, Human Rights & Equality, Tai Chi and Tinkering

Student Leadership

  • Student Government
  • Prefects
  • Orientation Leaders
  • Head Waiters


"Our faculty continue to be recognized for their abilities to bring creative strategies to our classrooms and experiences overseas to help students and fellow educators better understand the interconnections between peoples and systems that fuel modern globalization."
Walter Swanson, Dean of Faculty




  • 425(Student Body at WMA)
  • 50% (Boarding Students)
  • 32 (Nations)
  • 11 (U.S. States)
  • 100% (College Matriculation)
  • 66(Teaching Faculty at WMA)
  • 73% (Advanced Degrees)
  • More than 50%(Live on Campus)
  • 12-15(Average Class Size)
  • 6:1 (Student:Teacher)


Distinctive

AP Capstone™

  • Two AP courses by the College Board
  • AP Seminar & AP Research

Global Travel

  • Expanding the learning outside the classroom
  • School Exchange
  • Places like the Amazon, China, Vietnam, Namibia

Global Scholars

  • Up to $3,000 per year toward WMA-sponsored international travel
  • Monthly lecture opportunities and cultural events
  • Senior Capstone Project

Interdisciplinary

  • Fashion Program crosses FPA and CEGS
  • Projects combine classes for a full-picture approach

A Tinkering Place

  • Discovery lab for student to experiment with 3-D printing, engineering and robotics
  • Incorporated into Design Thinking Methodology employed in many classes
  • Open for weekend exploration

Trading Center

  • State-of-the-art facility
  • Students engage in an active research and trading experience
  • Understanding of the global financial environment

More on Distinctly WMA



Service

Community Service Team

WMA has a formal Community Service Team that meets each afternoon. They visit sites in need of homework help, sorting of donated food or clothing, and yard work. Students learn presentation, public speaking, organizational and event planning skills.

Service Through Travel

Our extensive travel program offers service opportunities like: distributing food in Haiti, raising money for cows for Amazon tribes, teaching young children in the slums of China and cleaning up beaches in Florida.

Other WMA Groups

Locally, many of our students, whether individually or with athletic teams or groups, offer their time doing things like: volunteering at the Special Olympics, playing card games with the elderly, raking leaves for the mobility impaired in the fall, assisting in the rebuilding of homes, singing holiday carols to veterans, and collecting non-perishables for the food insecure.

Community

Surroundings

Campus Center, Campus Store, Library, Chapel used as Gathering Space, Art Gallery, Black Box Theater, Trading Center, Rifle Range, Athletic Fields with Track, Turf Field, Athletic Center with Fitness Center, Pool, and Dance and Wrestling Room, Tennis Courts, Nearby Cafe, Bank and Convenience Store

Events

Students, parents, alumni, extended family, local faculty and the public are invited to many of our events on campus...everything from a musical, art opening, concert, and dance show to a conference, special speaker engagement or classroom experience. Our community engages with alumni, authors, artists, politicians, conservationists, and entrepreneurs, both on and off-campus.

Safety

Providing a safe and healthy environment is a top priority at WMA. Every adult on campus is expected to be mindful of the security of students at all times. Students are in constant contact with adults during the school day, as their teachers, advisors and coaches. Dorms are only accessible with an electronic swipe device. During the evening and overnight hours, WMA employs a security staff who is on duty and physically out and about on campus. Our staff maintains a close relationship with our local police and fire departments, which are located one mile down the street. Our strict, clear and fair policies guide students to treat each other with respect and dignity .

Academics

Classes

125

AP Capstone™

The College Board's AP Capstone™ program is part of our curriculum

AP Courses

23

Honors Classes

19

College Counseling

Freshman Foundations and Seminars for Grades 10-12

Online Courses

We offer three Online Classes: AP European History, Honors Computer Science and AP Computer Science A

CEGS Offerings

Includes 12 electives


Design Thinking in Action

See how our faculty is active outside the classroom.

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