Campus Life

Worcester Academy’s hilltop campus combines the ambiance of historic architecture with the opportunities to explore different passions in state-of-the-art facilities. Six of our buildings are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places for their architectural beauty, and each has been renovated to feature modern classrooms and labs. The campus centers around a scenic quad that is popular for studying and socializing. Being located in Worcester, New England’s second largest city, makes us distinct from many other independent schools.

Get Involved

Your life at Worcester Academy won’t be divided into separate compartments of academics, athletics, activities, etc. Instead, your life on the Hilltop will be a wonderful braid of congruent threads that lead you to fun, purpose, and action.

You’ll be part of a community where a myriad of options await you. And because we make it a point to celebrate our differences, those options will be broad and diverse.

First, you’ll join and then you’ll lead. With 40+ clubs and organizations and a keen eye toward our school-wide emphasis on community and service, you’ll find the right vehicles to make your Hilltop experience uniquely your own.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll add to the mix.

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  • Middle School Clubs and Organizations

    Computer Programming/Scratch 
    Bell Choir 
    Cooking Club 
    Maker Club
    Math Team
    Open Art Studio
    Sailing 
    Ultimate Frisbee 
    Wilderness Club 
    Yearbook 

    Don’t see a club that you like? Form a new club! All students are welcome to suggest and pursue the formation of new organizations.
  • Middle School Leadership Opportunities

    BOARD OF MONITORS
    Founded in 1886, Board of Monitors is our highest level of student leadership. Our Middle School board is made up of five dedicated 7th and 8th graders who are elected by their peers and serve the entire community by upholding school traditions and perpetuating long-standing school activities.

    DIVERSITY COUNCIL
    Diversity Council consists of two students from each grade level (6-12). Students complete an application and are selected by the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Middle and Upper School students meet bi-weekly separately, and monthly all together to discuss issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Members of the council are a
    voice for their peers and seek to better the school experience for all. SYNERGY Middle School students can choose to join Synergy, a group that works to uphold Worcester Academy’s mission through discussions about equity and inclusion. Members of Synergy put together the Middle School’s Diversity Day and work to educate and create community throughout the year.

    AMBASSADORS
    Ambassadors welcome prospective students and families to the Worcester Academy community and represent the Academy at special events and functions. OTHER

    LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    Grassroots leadership flourishes on the Hilltop as well! With Clubs, a host of community service programs, project-based learning initiatives in the classroom, and ad hoc student committees working on school policy frameworks, your opportunity to lead is never out of sight.
  • Upper School Clubs and Organizations

    Afternoon Tunes
    Allies and Activists
    Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    Book Club
    Business and Investment Club
    Chess Club
    Chinese Culture Club
    Classics Club
    Common Ground
    Computer Science Club
    Contemporary Music Club
    Debate Club
    Destination Imagination
    Digital Media Club
    EightyONEnineteen Club
    French Club
    Gay-Straight Alliance
    Habitat for Humanity
    Hillpoppas a cappella
    Innovation Club
    Japanese Animation Club
    Jimmy Fund Club
    Korean Culture Club
    Lance Literary Magazine
    Math Club (Peer Tutoring)
    Math Team
    Medical Explorers Club
    Model U.N.
    Mosaic Multicultural Club
    Newman Society 
    OskeeVison Broadcast Club
    Peer Editing
    Philosophical Club
    Politics Club
    Robotics Team
    Sabermetrics Club
    Science Team
    Slacklining Club
    Spanish Club
    Stomp The Quad (Dance)
    Superfans
    Towers (Yearbook)
    Ultimate Frisbee
    Vigornia School News
    Wilderness Club
    World Languages and Cultures Club

    Don't see a club that you like? Form a new club! All students are welcome to suggest
    and pursue the formation of new organizations.
  • Upper School Leadership Opportunities

    BOARD OF MONITORS
    Founded in 1886, Board of Monitors is our highest level of student leadership. This board consists of seven dedicated students elected by their peers. They serve the entire community by upholding school traditions and perpetuating long-standing school activities.

    CLASS OFFICERS
    Our class officers provide vital leadership throughout the year by running weekly class meetings, organizing events and activities, and promoting class unity.

    DORM PROCTORS
    Our student proctors are leaders within the residential boarding community. Proctors work with both students and faculty to create a comfortable living environment with effective channels of communication between boarders and residential faculty.

    HEAD AMBASSADORS
    Head Ambassadors, working within the framework of our Admission Office, organize and run our Student Ambassador Program. Ambassadors welcome prospective students and families to the Worcester Academy community and represent the Academy at special events and functions

    DIVERSITY COUNCIL
    Diversity Council consists of two students from each grade level (6-12). Students complete an application and are selected by the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Students meet bi-weekly separately, and monthly all together to discuss issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Members of the council are a voice for their peers and seek to better the school experience for all.

    PILLARS
    The Pillars program was built upon the foundation of Worcester Academy’s mission statement and core values of Honor, Respect, Community, Personal Growth, and Challenge. Pillars teach their peers in educational forums and play a significant role in our New Student Orientation Program, ensuring a smooth transition into the WA community.

    VARSITY CLUB OFFICERS
    Elected Varsity Club officers work closely with the Director of Athletics to support various Athletic functions, including the Annual Blood Drive and the Varsity Club Dinner.

    OTHER LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    Grassroots leadership flourishes on the Hilltop as well! With over 40 Clubs, a host of community service programs, project-based learning initiatives in the classroom, and ad hoc student committees working on school policy frameworks, your opportunity to lead is never out of sight.

    A school to call home.

    Home. You can’t beat it. It’s the place where we feel safest, thoroughly provided for, and inextricably connected to our fellow family members. While our residential program would never claim to replace Home-Sweet-Home, The Hilltop does provide something pretty precious to our residential students: A Second Family.

    Our Student Proctors are always there to show you the ropes of living on campus.

    Our Live-In Dorm Parents are always available, supervising nightly study hall, heading out with students for events or weekend excursions, and overseeing our very special Thursday Evenings - where you’ll do everything from sit down for a “dorm family” meal to play great games with other dorm families, to participate in spirited programs like our monthly Dorm Cup Challenge events.

    Overseeing it all are our Dorm Heads, who plan our residential programs, supervise our dorm parents and proctors, and run faculty professional development programs to keep our staff at the top of their game.

    It’s a well-crafted, expertly staffed program that makes you feel just as you should: At Home.

A school to call home.

Home. You can’t beat it. It’s the place where we feel safest, thoroughly provided for, and inextricably connected to our fellow family members. While our residential program would never claim to replace Home-Sweet-Home, The Hilltop does provide something pretty precious to our residential students: A Second Family.
 
Our Student Proctors are always there to show you the ropes of living on campus.
 
Our Live-In Dorm Parents are always available, supervising nightly study hall, heading out with students for events or weekend excursions, and overseeing our very special Thursday Evenings – where you’ll do everything from sit down for a “dorm family” meal to play great games with other dorm families, to participate in spirited programs like our monthly Dorm Cup Challenge events.
 
Overseeing it all are our Dorm Heads, who plan our residential programs, supervise our dorm parents and proctors, and run faculty professional development programs to keep our staff at the top of their game.
 
It’s a well-crafted, expertly staffed program that makes you feel just as you should: At Home.

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  • 7-Day Boarding Option

    Immerse yourself! 7-day boarders build bonds with their fellow students that will never be broken. You’ll live with fellow students from Cambridge to Kazakhstan in a truly global community. Your nightly study hall – always supervised by a faculty member – will give you a leg-up on your studies, and your weekend activities will teach you even more about the world around you. From studies to athletics to arts, clubs, and hanging out with friends – by the time you reach college, time management will be something you’ve already mastered.
  • 5-Day Boarding Option

    Get the best of both worlds! You want all of the extra benefits of boarding life – the access to faculty tutoring, the time to chill with your friends, the time to immerse yourself in your studies – but you don’t live too far away. As a 5-day boarder, your official“Hilltop Week”begins on Sunday evening and ends on Friday afternoon at the conclusion of your extracurricular activities. This flexible boarding option gives you the chance to discover dorm-life first-hand, enrich your experience, and gain independence. Imagine the time you’ll get back during the week without commuting to school. If you want to stay for a game on the weekend, it’s absolutely OK!
  • Residence Halls

    Worcester Academy has four residence halls that surround the campus quad. Davol Hall is home to freshman and sophomore boys, while younger girls live in Stoddard Hall. Junior, senior, and postgraduate girls typically live in Heydon Hall and upper class and postgraduate boys live in Dexter Hall. Students generally live two to a room and share common area facilities, including washrooms, a TV lounge, kitchen, and laundry facilities, with the rest of their dorm mates.

Meet our Staff

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