Founded in 1870, The Webb School is the oldest, continuously operating boarding school in the South. Guided by our core values of honor, integrity and civility, Webb's goal is to motivate young men and women to fulfill their promise. We emphasize independent thinking, creative initiative, personal integrity, and civic responsibility. A challenging academic curriculum and full extracurricular program prepare graduates for college and for life. Our small private boarding school community comprised of 300 boarding and day students and our emphasis on honor truly creates a "Character of Home."
Our mission is "to turn out young people who are tireless workers, and who know how to work effectively; who are accurate scholars; who know the finer points of morals and practice them in their daily living; who are always courteous.”
We encourage you to visit our campus to see what makes our school so special. And, at the end of the day, you will see for yourself The Webb Difference.
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What is the Webb Difference?
The hallmark of a Webb education is our emphasis on honor and personal integrity. Our 149-year-old Honor Code, the inspiration for the Honor Code at Princeton, is the framework in which students grow into principled young adults. Our students take pride in upholding this tradition by signing the pledge book each year and electing members of a student-led Honor Council.
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.
Webb’s Outerlimits and Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development (WILD) programs combine the classroom with the outdoors. Our 150-acre campus is thriving with the spirit of a well-rounded education. Students develop leadership skills and confidence as they navigate our high ropes course and lead trips into the surrounding area. Rock climbing, caving, backpacking, kayaking, and rafting are just some of the activities students can master during their tenure at Webb.
A mindful, global education is built into the very fabric of the curriculum at The Webb School and reflects a continuing commitment to graduating active citizens of the world. Students from 15 countries and 14 states endow Webb with a unique and diverse community. Each class, each activity, and each meal is an opportunity for students to authentically connect with each other and expand their viewpoint. With a legacy of service and graduates who are active in the global marketplace, Webb impacts the world .
Webb’s flexible curriculum and small class sizes challenge students as individuals, allowing them to exceed their expectations. With a 7:1 student to teacher ratio, and an average class size of 10, students are encouraged to engage actively in their classes, sharing their opinions on material with teachers and students. Advisors, teachers, coaches, and dorm parents take a personal interest in students, providing an education that is both rigorous and meaningful.
Webb's future is intimately connected to the values of its original visionaries. The school supports six enduring understandings based upon these founding values. They are:
Integrity is a cornerstone of a flourishing life and community.
Learning is an enjoyable and ongoing process.
Respect for self and others is essential to a harmonious society.
Self-discipline and autonomy are essential to success.
Each person has unique gifts and capacities and a responsibility to develop them.
Each person shares the responsibility and honor of serving others.