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Wilbraham & Monson Academy

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Wilbraham & Monson Academy (WMA) is a college-preparatory school located in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1804, it is a four-year boarding and day high school for students in Grades 9-12 and postgraduate. A middle school, with Grades 6-8, offers boarding for Grade 8 students. The academy is located in the center of the town of Wilbraham, 75 miles from Boston and 150 miles from New York City. The program features small classes (6:1 student/teacher ratio) and 23 AP courses. Athletics include rugby, lacrosse, baseball, cross country, dance, wrestling, soccer, tennis, golf, football, basketball, track, riflery, volleyball, softball, water polo, crew and swimming.[1]

Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Coordinates42°07′20.96″N 72°25′53.67″W / 42.1224889°N 72.4315750°W / 42.1224889; -72.4315750Coordinates: 42°07′20.96″N 72°25′53.67″W / 42.1224889°N 72.4315750°W / 42.1224889; -72.4315750
TypePrivate, Boarding, Day
MottoThe Global School™
Head of SchoolBrian Easler
Student to teacher ratio6:1
Campus300 acres (1.2 km2)

WMA was established by the merger of two 19th-century academies — Monson Academy, founded in 1804,[2] and Wesleyan Academy, founded in 1817 in New Market, New Hampshire. Wesleyan Academy relocated to Wilbraham in 1825 and was renamed Wilbraham Academy in 1917. In 1971, when the school merged with Monson Academy, the name was officially changed to Wilbraham & Monson Academy. Wesleyan was the first coeducational boarding school in the country, and Monson Academy became the first to enroll Chinese students in 1847.

WMA's Middle School includes 64 students, has an average class size of eight, offers a structured afternoon study hall five days a week and features five different languages spoken by its students.


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

Rich Hall


The Center for Entrepreneurial & Global StudiesEdit

The Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies (CEGS) offers courses in the study of global economics, finance, entrepreneurship, ethics and sustainability. CEGS offers a multidisciplinary approach to learning, including lectures, seminars and independent study. These are augmented by discussions with local business leaders, college professors and prominent Wilbraham & Monson Academy alumni. Field trips to financial and governmental organizations provide “real-world” experience of class concepts. CEGS students have visited Brussels, the capital of the European Union, for a two-week program on the effect of the EU on the world's economy.[3]

The Global Scholars programEdit

A Merit-Based Scholarship Program for Students of Outstanding Academic Achievement

The Global Scholars program provides a select group of extraordinary students opportunities for extracurricular intellectual enrichment, including monthly lectures, special speaker series and cultural events, which engage them in important scholarly dialogue about global issues. The Global Scholars experience incorporates research, travel and study abroad opportunities. In the concluding year of their scholarship, all Global Scholars create and defend an in-depth independent research project concerning a global issue, culminating in a public presentation of their work.

AP / Advanced Courses (23)Edit

Advanced Placement Art 2D Design, Advanced Placement Art 3D Design, Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Advanced Placement Calculus BC, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Advanced Placement Computer Science A, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement European History (online), Advanced Placement French, Advanced Placement Human Geography, Advanced Placement Language & Composition, Advanced Placement Literature & Composition, Advanced Placement Latin, Advanced Placement Macroeconomics, Advanced Placement Music Theory (online), Advanced Placement Physics C, Advanced Placement Research, Advanced Placement Seminar, Advanced Placement Spanish, Advanced Placement Statistics, Advanced Placement United States History, Advanced Placement World History.


WMA is led by 66 faculty members, 44 of whom live on campus and 70 percent who have advanced degrees. The student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1.

Special ProgramsEdit

Advisor Program (individual and group), Advanced Placement exam preparation, ESL, Honors section, Independent study

Travel ProgramEdit

Students have experienced Academy-led travel opportunities to five different continents including the Amazon, Argentina, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, India, Namibia, Peru, South Africa, Turkey and most all European countries.


In fall 2007, the Academy unveiled its $4 million expansion of the Greenhalgh Athletic Center on campus. The expansion included a fitness room, a multi-purpose dance and wrestling space, a large conference room and new central locker facilities.[4] During the last decade, a Turf Field and construction of new tennis courts are among countless improvements to on-campus facilities. WMA offers 29 varsity athletic teams, and 18 others that compete at the non-varsity level. The comprehensive Afternoon Activities program offers 37 other options.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Association of Boarding Schools".
  2. ^ George Adams (1853). "Education in Massachusetts: Incorporated Academies". Massachusetts Register. Boston: Printed by Damrell and Moore.
  3. ^ "NAIS Resource and Statistics".
  4. ^ "Kuhn Riddle Architects".
  5. ^ "Emily Norcross Dickinson (1804-1882), mother | Emily Dickinson Museum". Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  6. ^ "Boarding School Review".
  7. ^ "Worcester District Medical Society".

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