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Academics

The private boarding/day school education at Webb focuses on the whole student. Our rigorous college preparatory programs offer the opportunities and support that ready students for a successful college career. Webb students become accountable to themselves for their performance inside and out of the classroom. In our small boarding school environment students learn the pride of hard work and the patience necessary to accomplish tasks. They gain the confidence to express themselves through writing and public speaking. Ultimately, Webb students become accountable to themselves for their successes in and out of the classroom.

Our personalized approach to education creates an environment where students and teachers are able to actively engage in conversation about the material. With a student to teacher ratio of 7:1 and an average class size of 10, Webb's classrooms become a place where students feel comfortable sharing their opinions, asking questions, and opening discussions. Without question, Webb is a place geared toward encouraging ongoing learning and academic success.

Summer Reading Assignments

Resources/Calendars

AP Courses

In 2016, 111 of our students took 250 AP examinations. 86.8% achieved a score making them eligible to receive college credit and/or advanced placement in college courses.

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English III Language and Composition
  • English IV Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language and Culture
  • Government and Politics
  • Latin
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Modern European History
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art: 2D Design
  • Studio Art: Drawing
  • Physics 1
  • Physics (Electromagnetism)
  • Physics (Mechanics)
  • U.S. History
  • World History

Emerging Voices Program

Writing across the curriculum and public speaking are major emphases at The Webb School. Through our Emerging Voices Program, students learn to create original ideas, assemble a body of research, and communicate those ideas effectively through writing and public speaking. Students showcase their skills each year by performing declamations, orations, performance creations and senior paper presentations. These exhibitions are developed and completed under the mentorship of the students' advisors and other members of the community. Our goal is to create confident contributors in the classroom and beyond.

The following is the schedule for the Emerging Voices Program:

Grades 6-9: Declamation

A declamation is a 2-3 minute minimum recitation of a literature selection. Grades 6-8 perform their declamation in front of the middle school and students in grade 9 perform their declamation in front of the whole school community.

Grade 10: Oration

An oration is a 3-minute minimum recitation of a student’s original writing. The oration is performed in front of the whole school community.

Grade 11: Junior performance

Students will choose a performance subject based on their own interests and, along with a member of the Webb community, plan and execute a performance-based public presentation in front of the whole school community. Students will also write a personal reaction paper over the subject matter and the experience of planning and carrying out the performance.

Grade 12: Senior Research Paper Presentation

In the Senior Research Paper Presentation, students will choose a subject based on their own interests and then undertake independent research / experiential study under the tutelage of a Webb faculty member. The projects will culminate in the spring with a public exhibition whole school community, including written and performed components, of what the student has learned.

Achievement/Recognition

In addition to the daily interaction where teachers commend students for their effort, improvement, and outstanding performance, the School formally recognizes academic excellence in the following ways.

Quarter Honor Rolls

A Honor Roll: Students must have no grade below A-. Privilege: A one-day holiday from school during the following marking period.

B Honor Roll: Students must have no grade below B-. Privilege: A one-day holiday from school after two successive marking periods of “B” Honor Roll.

Graduation Honors

A student must be at Webb for two years of high school to be eligible for graduation honors.

Summa Cum Laude: A student whose GPA for all years in high school is 4.3 or higher will graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Magna Cum Laude: A student whose GPA for all years in high school is between 4.0 and 4.29 will graduate Magna Cum Laude.
Cum Laude: A student whose GPA for all years in high school is between 3.7 and 3.99 will graduate Cum Laude.

Honor Societies

Cum Laude Society

This nationally recognized society was founded in 1906. It is one of the highest distinctions a junior or senior in high school can attain, and no more than ten percent of the students in those classes may be inducted annually.

National Honor Society

Students elected to this society have, in the view of the faculty and administration, exhibited the qualities of citizenship, service, scholarship, and leadership. Students may be elected in their sophomore, junior, or senior years.

Grade Values

The Webb School uses the following grade scale when assessing graded schoolwork.

98-100 A+ 4.3

93-97 A 4.00

90-92 A- 3.7

87-89 B+ 3.3

83-86 B 3.00

80-82 B- 2.7

77-79 C+ 2.3

73-76 C 2.00

70-72 C- 1.7

67-69 D+ 1.3

63-66 D 1.00

60-62 D- 0.7

0-59 F 0

Academic Support

Academic Support Systems

There are a number of support systems in place that help students reach their potential at Webb. Although we strive to foster increasing levels of independence in our students as they progress toward graduation, we attempt to provide the appropriate level of support along the way to help each student succeed.

Advisor System

Each Webb student has a faculty advisor who serves as the student’s personal advocate and counselor, as well as the liaison between the student, parents, and administration. Students meet with their advisors during Chapel and Seminar, and students are encouraged to seek help or counsel at any time. Students have the same advisor throughout middle school. Each upper school student chooses his/her advisor who remains with them throughout the upper school years.

Progress Reports

In addition to quarterly report cards, parent can monitor their child’s academic progress through RenWeb, the online grading system used by Webb. A student’s strengths and weaknesses are identified early, and they are communicated not only to parents but also to the student’s advisor and to the Director of Studies. Appropriate action is taken to reward accomplishment or to correct a problem before it proves too difficult for the student to overcome. It is this type of individual attention that helps students reach their full potential while they are at Webb.

Scope and Sequence - LIFT

Course Description: In order to facilitate student achievement at Webb, a trained Webb teacher works individually or in small groups with the limited number of Webb students who have documented learning differences or widespread academic difficulties. The teacher provides direct instruction in reading, time management, study skills, and composition and works with the students’ teachers to create Webb-appropriate accommodations.
Topics with skills:
Develop effective organization techniques for use in classroom and real-world settings
--formulate effective time management techniques
--design a plan for and evaluate short, intermediate and long-terms goals
Analyze and apply learning styles
--identify the student’s preferred learning style(s)
--apply strategies associated with their preferred learning style(s)
Recognize and practice universal social skills
--develop effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills
--practice effective listening skills
--demonstrate appropriate etiquette, including voice level and body language
--use critical thinking skills to demonstrate effective problem solving
Describe and illustrate learning strategies to apply in the classroom
--compare and contrast various comprehension strategies
--assess and put into practice different note-taking strategies
--apply test taking strategies to various test formats
Apply strategies to comprehend words and ideas
Understand and apply content/academic vocabulary
Apply comprehension monitoring strategies during and after reading
--theme
--main idea
--supporting details
Evaluate informational materials, including electronic resources
Develop strategies for writing
--POWER writing strategy
Use various resources to further develop skills in math
--Khan Academy
--one-on-one skills development

“Webb offers a rigorous academic curriculum that I believe has truly helped to prepare me for college. Although courses can often be quite challenging, I find that the teachers are very understanding and supportive, and they are always willing to help.”

Chelsea Ilarde, Class of 2017

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