Students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff all have similar answers
when asked what makes their WMA experience so remarkable...
"It's the community!"
Boarding school is about community and at Wilbraham & Monson Academy a healthy residential community is the foundation of campus life. For all members of the school to live and learn in a caring and supportive environment, we must create a safe, healthy, compassionate, and respectful residential community of students and adults.
- School Hours
- School Week
- Daily Schedule
- Family Style Lunch
- Dorm Parents
- Campus Store
Our Director of Food Services and Head Chef Scott Bicknell plans weekly meals and shares it with the community. Menus always include plenty of options for all dietary needs. The Food Services staff is dedicated to providing a healthy and clean eating space and become part of the students' trusted circle of adults.
Sample Menu (open image)
Away from the classroom or the field, dorm parents live in the dormitories with students. At night and on weekends, they guide students with homework during study hours, watch television with boarders in the lobby, and grant permission to students to hang out with friends off campus.
Dorm parents are fully involved in the development and parenting of WMA teenagers and each dormitory has at least four dorm parents taking care of each floor or hall of boarders. Additionally, there is always a dorm parent or prefect on duty to assist and guide boarders whenever needed.
With advance notice, WMA can offer transportation for boarding students to and from specific locations:
- Peter Pan/Greyhound Bus Station in Springfield, Mass.
- Amtrak Train Station in Springfield, Mass.
- Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut
During the school year, students sign up for transportation through the Deans Office.
Transportation can be arranged between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. for the major breaks and long weekends during the academic year.
Boarding students are not allowed to sign out for overnight/weekend trips during on-campus weekends.
The Campus Store, located on the first floor of Rich Hall, stocks many athletic and gift items in addition to textbooks and school supplies. The Campus Store is open from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Academy requires families to fund their student’s Campus Store account for the purpose of books, academic supplies, college application fees, medical services, etc.
Some facts about our campus:
- 300+ acres
- Three upper school dorms
- One middle school dorm
- 12 faculty family homes
- Take a virtual tour!
On campus students have access to:
- Campus Center
- Campus Store
- Chapel Gathering Space
- Art Gallery
- Black Box Theater
- Trading Center
- Athletic Fields with Track
- Turf Field
- Athletic Center with Fitness Center
- Dance and Wrestling Room
- Tennis Courts
Nearby within walking distance:
- Cafe, Bank and Convenience Store
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.
Prefects are individuals who have a good rapport with students and faculty alike and are recognized to be students of character, integrity, and honesty. They are the voice of all boarding students.
As role models, prefects serve as examples of healthy living to fellow students, ensuring an environment where students learn to respect each other, their space, and their belongings. Most importantly, prefects are expected to be active, positive contributors to the quality of life at the Academy.
Additionally, Student Government members serve on the Rules and Discipline Committee with elected faculty members. The Rules and Disciplinary Committee reviews the Student/Parent Handbook and any recommendations for changes in school policy are forwarded to the full faculty for endorsement at the end of each academic year. The committee is also responsible for hearing discipline cases in which a student is liable for dismissal and for making recommendations to the Head of School for final action.
Service to others is an opportunity to support our community and fulfill a personal sense of social responsibility.
Activities vary per trimester, given the season and weather parameters. Students and coaches generally participate when the academic day concludes. The outcome of the program is to provide assistance and awareness to the community around us and also learn valuable life skills.
Citizenship within the WMA community comes with enormous opportunities and responsibilities. Upon matriculation, each student agrees to adopt the Academy’s belief in broad intellectual development, good physical health, personal accountability, mutual respect and commitment to service.
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.
Afternoon Activities are offered during the same time as athletics (after classes) and fulfill the athletic requirement.
- The Hill (yearbook)
- Life Sports
- Outdoor Program
- Rubicon (literary/art magazine)
- Science Olympiad
- Tai Chi
- WMA Community Service Team
Clubs are additional options that occur outside of all other school commitments.
- Finance Society (financial research and management group)
- Forest Stewardship (green house studies and campus environmental conservation)
- Global Student Union
- Gold Key (campus tour guide)
- Human Rights and Equality
- Tinkering Lab (engineering, robotics, 3D printing)
- WMA's Got Talent