The Cambridge School Of Weston

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The Cambridge School Of Weston Photo #1 - With over 250 courses to choose from, our dynamic curriculum allows students to balance engaging foundational courses with exploration and in-depth study as they choose from offerings like: "Multivariable Calculus," "The Biology of Cancer," "Wearable Art," "Japanese Women Writers," and "U.S. Cold War and Vietnam."
The Cambridge School Of Weston Photo #2 - Every other Wednesday, in lieu of their core academic classes, CSW students participate in PACE (Promoting Awareness and Community Engagement), a four-year co-curriculum of experiential classes, events, and activities designed to ensure that all CSW students develop the self-awareness, social consciousness, healthy living habits, and leadership skills required to meet the demands of an increasingly complex and diverse world.
The Cambridge School Of Weston Photo #3 - Creative thinking and the willingness to take risks are essential objectives of our program, and crucial to your success in a rapidly changing world. At CSW, the arts are deeply embedded into our curriculum and carry the same weight as traditional academic classes. Our arts courses offer tremendous depth and variety from 3D printing and to African Dance.
The Cambridge School Of Weston Photo #4 - Our program, known as the Mod System, offers breadth, depth, and intensity you won't find at any other high school. Within its 6x6 framework (six terms of six weeks each), you'll choose from over 250 different classes, crafting a schedule that prepares you for the rigor of college study, allows you to dig deep into current areas of interest.
The Cambridge School Of Weston Photo #5 - When you live on CSW's campus, you get to know this community through a uniquely focused lens. You'll have additional access to teachers, facilities, friends, and all of the resources and cultural opportunities Greater Boston has to offer. And with all that happens on weekends and after hours, there's no shortage of excitement.
The Cambridge School Of Weston Photo #6 - The athletic program at CSW strives to cultivate each student's appreciation of the lifelong benefits of physical activity. Students choose from a wide range of athletic pursuits from interscholastic teams like soccer, basketball, and tennis to recreational activities like cycling, rock climbing, and yoga.
The Cambridge School Of Weston Photo #7 - At CSW, we understand that students who learn in an environment designed to be equitable and inclusive extend their understanding beyond their biases and assumptions.We are the only high school in the country with aSocial Justice Graduation Requirement.
  • A leader among America's progressive independent schools, The Cambridge School of Weston has been at the forefront of educational innovation since 1886.
  • At CSW, creative, motivated students embrace challenging work and address complex questions - with curiosity and courage.
  • Inspired by the diverse perspectives and high expectations of our justice-minded community, students here find and develop what is extraordinary in themselves and in the world around them.
  • Students choose from more than 250+ courses through our unique Mod System; no two student schedules are alike.
  • A CSW education is not simply the acquisition of content and proficiency. It's also a way for students to develop and refine the skills required to become informed, engaged, and effective participants in a democratic society.
  • Our curriculum uses primary resources and multiple perspectives, and emphasizes our commitment to human rights and social justice.

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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
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Year Founded1886

Student Body

Total Students300 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
26%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade The Cambridge School Of Weston Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers55 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
85%
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAdvanced Drawing Studio, Advanced Writing Portfolio, Advanced Writing Workshop, Art & Idea, Biology of Cancer, Calculus (A, B, C), Contemporary Improvisation, Electrochemistry and Battery Design, Ethics of Science, Examining Media as a Mirror: A Statistical and Visual Approach to Deconstructing False Narratives, French Elective: La Culture Francophone, Issues in Global and National Public Health: Analysis and Action, Mandarin Elective: Chinese Society and Culture through the Looking Glass, Marine Biology, Modernism, Molecular Biology, Multi-Variable Calculus, Music Theory 3, Neotropics of Latin America, Off Campus to China and Taiwan, Off Campus to France, Re-Ordering Chaos, Spanish Elective: Current Events in the Spanish-Speaking World, Statistics, Student Directors' Workshop, The Art of Prediction, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Jailhouse Nation!: History of Crime, Punishment, and Mass Incarceration, U.S. Voting and Elections, Zoology
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$52,400
Tuition NotesBoarding student tuition is $64900
% on Financial Aid
28%
Average Financial Aid Grant$34,000
Acceptance Rate
55%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions AssociateMelisa Kjellander
Endowment Size$11.8 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
LacrosseSoccer,
TennisUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.76 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), United Students of Color, Yearbook Committee

Club or Organization:
Active Buddies, Asian Affinity Group, Assembly Coordinators, circle of sisters (for women of color), Dorm Leaders, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Entrepreneurship Club, FemCo, Finance & Investment, Game Design Club, Gender and Sexual Minorities, Interfaith Club, Junior State of America, Mixed Heritage Affinity Group, Peer Mentors, Queer People of Color, Read This!, Robotics Team, Social Justice Day, Sociedad Latinx, Sustainability Committee, Theatre productions, Translation Club, White Students Against Racism

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

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

  • The Cambridge School of Weston has been at the forefront of educational innovation since our founding in 1886. Our progressive pedagogy is rooted in the student-centered philosophy of John Dewey, who advocated active, experiential learning within a curriculum designed to accommodate the interests of individual students. In his eyes-and ours-education is not simply the acquisition of content and proficiency. It`s also a way for students to develop and refine the skills required to become informed, engaged, and effective participants in a democratic society.  We believe that the world needs such citizens-individuals who not only have technical competence and skill, but who are also awake to their unique talents and who have developed ways to bring their distinctive skills and perspectives to what the world will ask of them. 
  • Our program develops students` abilities to explore and engage with curiosity, courage, self-awareness, discipline, open-mindedness, and a sense of personal responsibility. Purposeful classroom experiences and assessments allow students to develop and practice independent thinking, critical analysis, imaginative problem-solving, productive collaboration, and constructive risk-taking. Our curriculum uses primary resources and multiple perspectives, and emphasizes our commitment to human rights and social justice. We value creative process and challenge our students to push beyond perceived limitations and to make their work personally meaningful. 
  • We believe in the power of our approach to be transformative.

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School Reviews

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During my time at the Cambridge School of Weston, I met lifelong friends and mentors that I am still in touch with. CSW was a great place for me to grow while being a teenager and I had an amazing experience. It definitely takes a certain type of student to attend the Cambridge School, given the unconventional module system. I really used the mod system to my benefit and felt as though I could maximize my learning with it and fill up my schedule with everything I wanted to take. I was also a boarding student at CSW. I lived close enough to be a day student but I decided to board for a different experience and found the community I was looking for among the boarders. It was great to have some freedom and independence but also still have guidance as a boarding student. The Cambridge School of Weston is in no way your average high school, and that's why it was perfect for me.
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