West Nottingham Academy

West Nottingham Academy Photo #1 - 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 both Baltimore and Philadelphia.
  • Founded in 1744, WNA is the oldest boarding school in America.
  • Our student body is approximately 20% day and 80% boarding, with 50% of our students coming from more than 18 countries around the world.
  • 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, then 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.
  • WNA is home to the highly regarded Chesapeake Learning Center, which works with approximately 10% of our population diagnosed with mild learning differences.
  • Our Artist-in-Residence program provides students in all grade levels the chance to work with three differentprofessional artists each year through our partnernship with the New York Academy of Art.
  • Studets passionate about sustainabiltiy, fine arts, and STEM/STEAM can pursue one of our signature programs in these areas. Please inquire for more information!

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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
AIMSMDDC (Assoc. of independent Maryland and DC Schools)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded1744

Student Body

Total Students130 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade West Nottingham Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size11 students
Number of AP Courses14 courses
Average SAT score1110
Average ACT score21
Average Percentile SSAT48%
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(polo shirts & khakis)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 10 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$18,600
Tuition Notes$18,600 Day Student Tuition (2018-19) $49,500 Boarding School Tuition (2018-19)
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$25,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJessica Warren
Admissions AssociateCorinne Kahler


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, WeightliftingBadmintonBaseball,
Cross CountryLacrosse,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Robotics, Service Learning, Student Environmental Council, Student Government Association, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Ensemble, Chorus, Drama/Theatre Club, Photography
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Elkton
    Grades: PK-12 | 356 students
    13.8 miles
    146 Appleton Road
    Elkton, MD 21921
    (410) 398-6444
    13.8 PK-12
  • North East
    Grades: K-12 | 423 students
    9.1 miles
    581 S Maryland Ave
    North East, MD 21901
    (410) 287-2050
    9.1 K-12
  • Perryville
    Grades: PK-8 | 86 students
    6.9 miles
    800 Aiken Ave
    Perryville, MD 21903
    (410) 642-6265
    6.9 PK-8
  • Towson
     Notre Dame Preparatory School
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 6-12 | 828 students
    31.8 miles
    815 Hampton Lane
    Towson, MD 21286
    (410) 825-6202
    31.8 6-12
  • Aberdeen
    St. Joan Of Arc School
    St. Joan Of Arc School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 208 students
    12.1 miles
    230 S Law Street
    Aberdeen, MD 21001
    (410) 272-1387
    12.1 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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!
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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.
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