WMA's school trip to South Africa; student taking picture with giraffe

Wilbraham & Monson Academy is an independent, college-preparatory, coeducational middle and upper school for boarding and day students. Located in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, our student body of 400 students represents more than 30 countries.

Our academic program, which offers 22 Advanced Placement courses and various honors tracks, aims to create global thinkers by offering a curriculum that integrates the mastery of traditional core disciplines while also incorporating courses specific to our Center for Entrepreneurship, Economics & Finance and our financial Trading Center. In addition, our new 5,000-square-foot state-of-the-art STEM Lab opened for the 2021-2022 school year and the $6.2 million Athenaeum opened in Fall 2020.

Outside of the classroom students have the opportunity to engage in more than 30 competitive, recreational or civic activities. Our mission and goal is to create future leaders, who investigate opportunities for intellectual growth, integrate by seeking intercultural connections, and innovate by practicing critical reasoning and entrepreneurial thinking.

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Our Mission: Wilbraham & Monson Academy is a transformational experience where students become challenge-seeking citizens and leaders of an evolving world.



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In the beginning...

At the age of 13, Yung Wing entered Morrison School in China, which was headed by schoolmaster Reverend Samuel Brown from Connecticut. When Reverend Brown left China in 1847 to return to America, he brought Yung with him and enrolled him in Monson Academy, making him the first Chinese student enrolled in an American school. Yung graduated from Monson Academy in 1850 and was accepted into Yale University. In 1854, Yung received his Bachelor of Arts degree, becoming the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university.

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Why Choose WMA?

What sets WMA apart from other schools is our combination of community, academics, distinctive programs and opportunities.

We are part small, local, nurturing, traditional school and part cutting-edge, forward-thinking preparation for college and the world beyond.

As one of the country’s oldest boarding schools, Wilbraham & Monson Academy has been educating global citizens and world leaders since 1804.

We invite you to browse our website to learn more. Get started on our Distinctly WMA or Academic pages.

Live Clean. Speak True. Work Hard. Play Fair.

Frank Chapin Cushman lived by the ideals and motto of “Live Clean, Speak True, Work Hard, Play Fair.

The Academy has adopted this motto, which was presented by Mrs. Rufus P. Cushman in 1928 on a bronze tablet “to honor right living achieved and to keep high purpose glowing in the soul of youth.”


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