Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Wilbraham & Monson Academy is for students who are looking for a transformational educational community.
WMA is a global experience that features 24 Advanced Placement courses and various honors tracks and creates global thinkers by offering a curriculum that integrates the mastery of traditional core disciplines while also incorporating courses specific to our Center for Entrepreneurship, Economics & Finance and our financial Trading Center.
Our 4,800-square-foot state-of-the-art iLab, $6.2 million Athenaeum Library and athletic facilities complement our 400-acre campus, allowing students to engage in more than 30 competitive, recreational or civic activities.
We aim to create future leaders, who investigate opportunities for intellectual growth, integrate by seeking intercultural connections, and innovate by practicing critical reasoning and entrepreneurial thinking.
WMA also offers college counseling as part of its program, as well as an advisor program, student promotion, many leadership and club opportunities, online courses and a unique travel program.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 412 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $73,000
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Wilbraham & Monson Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
1804
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
412 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
28%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Wilbraham & Monson Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
73%
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
24 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP French, AP Human Geography, AP Language & Composition, AP Latin, AP Literature & Composition, AP Macroeconomics: The Global Economy, AP Microeconomics: The Market Economy, AP Music Theory, AP Physics C, AP Research, AP Seminar, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art: 2D Design, AP Studio Art: 3D Design, AP United States History, AP World History
Average SAT score
1292
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Business Casual with one day weekly formal.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition includes academic instruction, room and board. Day tuition: $41,000.
% on Financial Aid
45%
Acceptance Rate
50%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kate Gaw
Admissions Associate
Elyse Dunbar
Endowment Size
$12 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
36 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Atlas Newspaper, Black Student Union, Chess Club, Community Service Team, Dorm Prefects, Fashion Club, Finance Club, French Club, Gardening Club, Global Leaders, Global Scholars, Gold Key Club, Harmonia, Math Team, Model Congress, Model UN, Robotics Club, Science Olympiad, Stone Society, Student Activities Club, Student Government, WMA Design Fellows, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Academy Singers, Chamber Ensemble, Dance, Mosaic Harmony, Technical Theatre, theater, Titan Jazz Ensemble

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness, Instructional Tennis, Outdoor Program, Snowboarding, Tai Chi, Yoga

School Notes

  • Wilbraham & Monson Academy is an independent, college-preparatory, coeducational middle and upper school for boarding and day students. Located in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, a suburban community in south-central Massachusetts, Wilbraham & Monson Academy offers a transformational experience where students become challenge-seeking citizens and leaders of an evolving world. Our academic program aims to create global thinkers by offering a curriculum that integrates the mastery of traditional core disciplines such as English, Math, Science, World Languages and the Arts, while also incorporating courses specific to economics, entrepreneurship, and global studies. We also combine the innovative curriculum of our Center for Entrepreneurship, Economics & Finance with a strong college preparatory program, which includes 23 Advanced Placement courses and various honors tracks. Our CEEF program is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to their role as global citizens and leaders in an increasingly interconnected world economy. Students are taught to think like entrepreneurs, to analyze current and historical issues and to investigate economic and social issues. Students are also able to utilize our Trading Center in an effort to understand and engage in active research and trading in order to gain an understanding of the global financial environment. Outside of the classroom students have the opportunity to engage in more than 30 competitive, recreational or civic activities ranging from varsity level sports, community service, outdoor adventure, dance and theatre. Our mission and goal is to create ethical young men and women. Future leaders, who investigate opportunities for intellectual growth, integrate by seeking intercultural connections, interact with others respectfully and effectively and innovate by practicing critical reasoning and entrepreneurial thinking.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Mark Shenkman - Director of Shenkman Capital Management
    • Nitya Pibulsonggram - Thai Foreign Minister, Former Thai Ambassador to the United Nations
    • Bill James - Rockport Capital Partners
    • Bill Guerin - NHL hockey player
    • Bob Lappin - Conductor, Palm Beach Orchestra
    • Olaf Halvorrsen - Received Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
    • Galway Kinnel - Author/Poet
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Wilbraham & Monson Academy cost?
Wilbraham & Monson Academy's tuition is approximately $73,000 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Wilbraham & Monson Academy?
The acceptance rate of Wilbraham & Monson Academy is 50%, which is lower than the national average of 71%.
Who are famous alumni from Wilbraham & Monson Academy?
Wilbraham & Monson Academy famous alumni include: Mark Shenkman, Nitya Pibulsonggram, Bill James, Bill Guerin, Bob Lappin, Olaf Halvorrsen and Galway Kinnel.
Does Wilbraham & Monson Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Wilbraham & Monson Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Wilbraham & Monson Academy offer?
Wilbraham & Monson Academy offers 23 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Riflery, Rugby, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track and Wrestling. Wilbraham & Monson Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for most sports offered.
What is Wilbraham & Monson Academy's ranking?
Wilbraham & Monson Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Wilbraham & Monson Academy?
The application deadline for Wilbraham & Monson Academy is Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
WMA was the finalist in looking at several New England prep schools. We wanted to give our son a different team experience from our public school and accept responsibilities that come along with it. WMA has caring professors that are confident in teaching their subject matter and five of themselves providing extra help. My son plays water polo and what an exciting experience with his team. He is thriving as a person and becoming a better leader and advocate for his own needs. It's a highly structured environment- the dining hall has a variety of selections and I feel I am saving money not cooking a three times a day! Love WMA.
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5  
This is a school with rigorous academics, offering a plethora of honors and AP courses. The teachers excel in their field of study and are invested in each student's learning. There is a wide range of sports and extracurricular activities from which to choose. Unusual offerings like water polo and riflery as well as football, basketball and baseball. Dance, drama and music also add to each student's choices. The music department, though small, is phenomenal!
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5  
After attending Wilbraham and Monson Academy for four years, I can confidently say that the Academy not only served me as an excellent school, but as a second home. Set in the picturesque Wilbraham, Massachusetts, the Academy offers sixth grade to post graduate for both domestic and international students. After stepping on campus, one can instantly understand why WMA is coined "The Global School" by the evident friendships between students of all nationalities and backgrounds, the opportunity for international travel, as well as the abundance of globally-focused courses, particularly in the CEGS (Center for Entrepreneurial and Global Studies) department. It was at the Academy that I fostered an interest in international business and finance through several compelling entrepreneurial electives in the school's Shenkman Trading Center. Being a college preparatory school in nature, WMA does a sufficient job in assisting students with the overwhelming college process through yearly seminars and individual counseling. During my time at the academy I was able to play varsity field hockey, winter and spring track, as well as try tennis and basketball. Additionally, I was able to join extracurricular activities such as Model United Nations and WMAction (the school's daily community service program). I also was able to travel with the Academy to Haiti my sophomore year, on to serve the community, which truly was a trip of a lifetime. Academically, WMA gave me the opportunity to challenge myself across all disciplines. The small class sizes (a roughly 6:1 student to faculty ratio) allow for group discussions, which proved to be a more effective teaching style rather than strictly lecturing. With about 20 Advanced Placement courses, I was able to effectively learn difficult material and receive college credit, thanks to the dedicated and intelligent faculty, who were available for office hours every day of the week. Overall, Wilbraham and Monson Academy prepared me for my top choice school, Trinity College, where I will be matriculating in the Fall, as well as provided me with friendships and connections that will last a life time.
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5  
WMA is an inclusive and positive environment where students are surrounded by supportive staff members and peers. There are endless opportunities for students to get involved, which enrich the relationships built during their time there. To this day, the WMA family I created for myself is still a very big part of my life. I am extremely grateful for the 2 years I had there and all the community provided for me.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 412 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $73,000
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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