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

Wilbraham & Monson Academy is for students who are looking for a transformational education within a nurturing and supportive community. WMA is a global experience with students from 33 countries, a unique travel program, countless afternoon and athletic program offerings and our distinctive Center for Entrepreneurship, Economics & Finance. Many of our CEEF courses are held in the Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center – the pinnacle facility for economics, finance and entrepreneurship classes.

What kind of educational experience are you looking for?


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.”



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.

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