The Cambridge School Of Weston

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Our distinctive Mod Plan means that you take three immersive classes at a time, and you can take about 15 different classes in a year--with over 300 to choose from. They are experiential--not lecture based. You spend your time wrestling with complexity, doing original research around your interest areas, collaborating to solve real-world problems...you're doing work that really matters.
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Our distinctive Mod Plan means that you take three immersive classes at a time, and you can take about 15 different classes in a year--with over 300 to choose from. They are experiential--not lecture based. You spend your time wrestling with complexity, doing original research around your interest areas, collaborating to solve real-world problems...you're doing work that really matters.
Our beautiful, expansive Health and Fitness Center opened in 2016 with two regulation basketball/volleyball courts, an indoor track, strength conditioning room, yoga/dance/martial arts studio space, student lounge, and an athletic training facility. We have a fantastic wilderness program, and both competitive and recreational sports. We know how to win--but we also know how to have a good time together!
Our residential community boasts 4 dorms, and students from 15 countries and 10 states. We're located on a gorgeous 65-acre campus just 12 miles from Boston--and all adventures on offer there. When you board at CSW, you don't leave you're family--you gain a second one!
We have over 50 different visual arts classes to explore each year, including sculpture, Raku, collage, and wearable art--if you look closely, you'll notice the dress modeled here is constructed entirely of Arizona Iced Tea wrappers!
At CSW, there are plenty of chances for immersion, field work, study abroad, and original research. Pictured here are students on a 5 week trip to study science and Spanish in Panama, but there are also opportunities to do marine biology off of an island in Maine, a home stay in France, a Capstone project in Thailand, and so much
Our marine biology class is a full immersion experience--it's the only class you take, all day, every day, for the last term of the year. And your whole class takes a trip to Racing Beach in Maine to do original research!
Social Justice is a priority for us, and it shows in our curriculum. We are proud to be the first independent high  school in the country to institute a Social Justice Graduation Requirement, and we have over 80 courses that focus on issues of human rights, diversity, social justice, activism, and structures of power and oppression.
We always have a full house at our annual Dance Concert, which showcases student-choreographed performances.
Our teaching kitchen allows us to host a range of cooking classes, including Indian and Japanese cuisines! Of course, it also allows boarding students to make traditional foods to celebrate holidays such as Lunar New Year, and to bake cookies or birthday cakes, all of which is equally exciting.
All of our amazing weekend activities are included in tuition. So it's easy to sign up with your friends to see Blue Man Group or the Red Sox or any one of a million fun adventures in the greater Boston area!
  • The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive, day and boarding school for bold learners and creative thinkers in grades 9-12 (with a post-graduate program).
  • We provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program.
  • We offer an innovative and rigorous academic program that fosters critical thought, hands-on, experiential learning and deep academic inquiry.
  • Students choose from more than 300 courses through our unique Mod System; no two student schedules are alike.
  • A CSW education is not a passive experience-it`s a process that engages students in discovering who they are and what their contribution will be to their school, their community, and the world.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Year Founded1886

Student Body

Total Students335 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
25%
State avg.: 24%
Students by GradeThe Cambridge School Of Weston Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers55 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses20 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAdvanced Essay Portfolio, Advanced Mathematics Seminar, Advanced Writing Workshop, Art and Science of the Human Body, Calculus (A, B, C), Examining Media as a Mirror: A Statistical and Visual Approach to Deconstructing False Narratives, Field Research Seminar, Issues in Global and National Public Health: Analysis and Action, Marine Biology, Meanings of Love, Molecular Biology, Neotropics of Latin America, Off Campus to China and Taiwan, Off Campus to France, Organic Chemistry, Propositional Calculus and Logic, Re-Ordering Chaos, Statistics, Studies of Flight, The Art of Prediction,
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / Mar. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$47,500
Tuition NotesBoarding student tuition is $59,400.
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant$32,000
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorTrish Saunders
Admissions AssociateMelisa Kjellander
Endowment Size$7 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Field HockeyLacrosse,
SoccerTennis,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.68 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Advisory Board, Board of Trustees, Boarding Life, Chorus, Community Service Learning, Curriculum Committee, Diversity Committee, Dormitory Board, Environmental Club, Gay/Straight Alliance, Hip Hop Dance Group, Jewish Culture Club, Judicial Board, Literary Magazine, Model United Nations, Photography Club, SALSA (Students Advocating for Life without Substance Abuse), Tech Challenge Robotics Team, United Students of Color, Yearbook Committee

Club or Organization:
Asian Affinity Group, assembly coordinators, circle of sisters (for women of color), Dorm Leaders, FemCo, Gender and Sexual Minorities, Interfaith Club, Mixed Heritage Affinity Group, Peer Mentors, Queer People of Color, Radio CSW, Social Justice Day, Sociedad Latinx, Sustainability Committee, Theatre productions, United Rights of Children Club, White Students Against Racism

Arts and Music Programs:
A Cappella, African Dance, Ballet, Chinese Cultural dance, Dance Concert, Improv Theatre, Indian Cooking, Japanese Calligraphy, Japanese Cooking, Jazz Ensemble, Modern Dance, Pocket Players (ASL theatre), Poetic Justice (slam poetry), Rock/Pop Ensemble, Songwriting

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Badminton, cardio boxing, Cycling Club, Dodgeball, Fencing, Golf, Indoor Rock Climbing, Indoor soccer, Martial Arts, Pilates, Recreational Frisbee, Recreational Tennis, Table Tennis, Wilderness Program, Yoga, Zumba

School Notes

What you do here at CSW matters. To you, to us, to the world. You matter. You`re an essential part of a close-knit community that supports each member in taking creative and academic risks-which means you`ll do your best work here. You`ll benefit from meaningful relationships with inspiring peers and mentors from across the globe as you engage in deep, experiential learning. Together, we`ll ask big questions and craft imaginative solutions to tangible problems. We`ll think critically, question sources, and seek multiple perspectives. Every member of our kind and inclusive community helps shape the CSW experience-whether by speaking up during classes and discussion assemblies, starting new clubs, or by serving on the Curriculum Committee, Judicial Board, or Board of Trustees. So you quickly get the sense that your voice counts. That what we`re doing here together is important work. This is not about busywork, scantron bubbles, and going through the motions of what`s expected of you. Your time at CSW will connect you to teachers and peers who know you well and will engage with you in a joyful process of active learning and growth. As a result, you`ll discover who you are and how you can contribute: to your school, the community, and the world. You`ll leave here with a deeper sense of self, a healthy disregard for the "impossible," and the resourcefulness and skills to build a meaningful life and a better world.CSW's longstanding dedication to-and leadership in-progressive education is what sets us apart from other independent schools. In fact, CSW has partnered with three other progressive schools to form The Progressive Education Lab, an organization committed to furthering progressive education by training new teachers to become powerful educators and change agents.  The following elements of a progressive education at CSW constitute our key points of distinction.
  • The Module System: The Module System has been a cornerstone of our academic approach since 1973. During any given module, students focus intensively on just three academic subjects a day. The longer class periods allow teachers to use a variety of teaching techniques to engage all learners. Taking fewer classes at one time-yet more courses over the course of a year-allows students to build a solid foundation of applicable skills from a true liberal arts core, and to dive deeply into the artistic and academic subjects covered in our more than 300 course offerings.
  • Creative Thinking: At CSW, creative thinking isn't confined to the Art Department. Students are challenged to explore new ways of thinking and fresh approaches to problem-solving in our process-oriented approach to learning. Our faculty members are practicing writers, artists, mathematicians and researchers who bring their own passions to the classroom, building an innovative curriculum that is responsive to emerging and interdisciplinary topics. Students learn to explore the intersections of these disparate subjects and to find imaginative solutions to tangible problems.Experiential Learning: Active, participatory learning is central to the student experience. Classes connect students with course content in a personally meaningful way through livelydebate, hands-on experiences, laboratories, studios, service-based learning, collaborative projects and off-campus research. Students are asked to reflect, revise, and wrestle with complexity. In this way, learning is an active and immersive process of discovery that leads students to develop and refine academic skills and passionate interests.Meaningful Relationships: CSW's community cultivates meaningful relationships characterized by respect, compassion, and open and honest communication. Everybody is on a first-name basis. Faculty and staff are approachable and committed to supporting and witnessing student growth in and out of the classroom. Students form close relationships with advisors, who are available to meet with them daily. As a community, we are invested in getting to know each other as individuals, soliciting and listening to each other`s opinions and celebrating each other`s accomplishments. We take care of each other, and the powerful relationships established here last well beyond graduation.
  • A Mindful Community: A CSW education inspires a heightened awareness of issues that transcend the individual, such as social justice and global connectedness. In fact, we are proud to be the first high school in the country to institute a Social Justice Graduation Requirement! Students discover how to make substantive contributions to their school, their community and the world through school and community service, off-campus study, social activism, and on-campus workshops and events. Through involvement in Town Meetings, the Board of Trustees and various committees, students also play an essential role in school decision-making. As such, they become socially responsible citizens who honor the values of participation, inclusion, compassion and sustainability.Passionate, Powerful Students: Students take an active role in shaping their classroom environments, their academic schedules, and school policies. They learn that questioning the questions and forming a distinct point of view are both expected and valued. And they appreciate that CSW is a place to explore their passions and to take risks. As a result, students develop a strong sense of independence and self as they discover more about their character, passions, goals and ability to contribute to their communities.
  • Our unique Module System fosters deep learning and innovative teaching in all disciplines. Classes are an hour and a-half long, and students concentrate intensely on three subjects at a time. Our curriculum is diverse and interdisciplinary, combining demanding academics with extensive offerings in the visual and performing arts.
  • Students are encouraged to explore new educational experiences and areas of study, and to be proactive in planning their academic schedules. We offer 300 courses. No two student schedules are alike. Each student works with an advisor and the Academic Office to create a unique academic schedule that balances personal interests with college expectations and the school's requirements for graduation. Ultimately, each student schedule aims to provide balance, rigor, and stimulation throughout the year.
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