West Nottingham Academy

1079 Firetower Road
Colora, MD 21917-0219
Tel: (410)658-9279
Grades: 9-12 | 133 students
Our 120-acre campus is just an hour's drive from Baltimore or Philadelphia and 25 minutes from the Univ. of Delaware's campus - all perfect for weekend activities and cultural events.
Our 120-acre campus is just an hour's drive from Baltimore or Philadelphia and 25 minutes from the Univ. of Delaware's campus - all perfect for weekend activities and cultural events.
West Nottingham Academy (WNA) is a small college-preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and post graduates, conveniently located in Northeastern Maryland and a one hour drive from Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Founded in 1744, WNA is the oldest boarding school in America.
Our student body is approximately 30% day and 70% boarding, with 40% of our students coming from around the globe.
 If you are ready to be part of a unique and challenging school that will prepare you for college and the rest of your life we just might be the right fit for you!  At West Nottingham we love helping students who enjoy learning, being challenged and sharing their educational journey with others.
With 14 AP classes and a robust fine arts department, WNA is home to the highly regarded Chesapeake Learning Center, which works with approximately 20% of our population diagnosed with mild learning differences.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded 1744

Student Body

Total Students 133 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade West Nottingham Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 11 students
Number of AP Courses 14 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1530
Average ACT score 21
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(polo shirts & khakis)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes $18,200 Day Student Tuition 2015-16 $48,500 Boarding School Tuition 2015-16
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $25,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Nancy Nolan
Admissions Associate Lauren Lewis


Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Figure Skating, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, WeightliftingBadmintonBaseball,
Cross CountryFigure Skating,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Choir, Drama/Theatre Club, Green Rams - Environmentalist Club, Martial Arts / Self-Defense, Music Club, Photography, Service Learning/Community Service, Student Government, Yearbook Choir, Music Club, Photography, Yearbook, Drama/Theatre Club,
Green Rams - Environmentalist Club,
Martial Arts / Self-Defense,
Service Learning/Community Service,
Student Government,

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Lighthouse Christian Academy (3.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Lighthouse Christian Academy (3.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Lighthouse Christian Academy (3.8 miles away)
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  • Port Deposit
    Grades: PK-12 | 219 students
    3.8 miles
    7 Pleasantview Church Rd
    Port Deposit, MD 21904
  • Perryville
    Susquehanna Adventist School
    (Seventh-Day Adventist)
    Grades: 1-10 | 11 students
    5.6 miles
    36 Blythedale Rd
    Perryville, MD 21903
  • North East
    Elijah School
    Special Education School (Christian)
    Grades: 8-11 | 2 students
    6 miles
    245 Old Zion Rd
    North East, MD 21901
  • Oxford
    Grades: PK-8 | 387 students
    6.9 miles
    1137 Shadyside Road
    Oxford, PA 19363
  • Perryville
    Grades: PK-8 | 110 students
    6.9 miles
    800 Aiken Ave
    Perryville, MD 21903

School Reviews

West Nottingham offers a really diverse and accepting environment that you won''t receive at most schools. People who are different at WNA and greeted with open arms. The small classes really help with learning. Being in a small school really helps you with knowing everyone. It''s not one of those schools where you pass kids in the hallways and don''t even know their name. All of the weekend field trips are a bonus. I highly recommend West Nottingham for anyone who wishes to seek a higher level of education within a warm, and welcoming community.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 07/24/15
West Nottingham is a great small community with a lot of love and support from both the students and faculty. I love being a boarding student at WNA! It''s great to feel as though you are right at home on campus. Unlike most schools, we have a lot of children running around campus! The teachers are more than educators; they act as a second family! The personalized attention is perfect for all the students, especially you don''t fully understand a topic during class. The teachers are always available for you! WNA offers many fun activities on the weekends for both boarding and day students! Students don''t have to be afraid to ask questions or make suggestions, the administrators are always open to new ideas!
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 07/24/15

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