5-Day and 7-Day Boarding

All boarding students at Worcester Academy are members of a dorm family. Each family is headed by a dorm parent or campus faculty member.  Dorm families meet regularly to discuss relevant issues and plan activities.  This system allows the opportunity for student issues and concerns to be shared as a dorm and with residential faculty. Honor, community, and respect are at the core of individual growth and challenge, as well as a successful residential program.  These values are instilled by our faculty and student leaders in a residential setting that helps to prepare students for college and beyond.

5-Day Program
We hear you. You want all of the extra benefits of boarding life – the access to faculty tutoring, the camaraderie, the time to study and meet those high expectations – but you don’t live too far away, and, honestly, you’d rather see more of your friends and family. 5-Day Boarding may be the right choice for you. As a 5-day residential student, your Worcester Academy week begins on Sunday evening and ends on Friday afternoon at the conclusion of your extracurricular activities. Then it’s home for the weekend! This flexible boarding option gives you the time you need to dedicate yourself to your studies and activities, but gives you the flexibility to keep those friendships and family relationships active and strong. We know you have big plans. 5-Day Boarding is a great way to achieve them. Truly, best of both worlds.

As a 5-Day Boarder, you’ll arrive on campus every Sunday evening between 5:30PM and 7:30PM, just in time for structured study time and library tutoring. For the next five days, along with your WA friends, you’ll be immersed in a schedule specifically designed for your academic success. There’s no need to worry about meal preparation, study time, sleep habits or social schedules. All of this will be taken care of as part of your campus routine. Friday afternoon brings an end to your week on the Hilltop and it’s home to family and friends.

7-Day Program
Worcester Academy students come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. International boarding students comprise roughly 20% of the student body and 60% of the 184 boarders.  A dedicated residential faculty works tirelessly to integrate our international population into the fabric that is Worcester Academy. 

An important aspect of this program lies in building bonds and commonalities with 5-day boarders and day students alike, so that 7-day domestic and international students can be welcomed into New England homes to truly participate in and understand American family life. This provides our students the opportunity to improve English-speaking skills, while introducing their cultures to American families. If students remain on campus, weekend activities are planned each Friday through Sunday so that they can get out on the town to take advantage of the many venues that the city of Worcester has to offer.

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Worcester Academy has a longstanding tradition of offering a postgraduate year, and enjoys a well-deserved reputation for effectively enabling the postgraduate student to more fully develop his/her potential. Postgraduate students at Worcester Academy are expected to be 5- or 7-day boarding students, and they benefit immensely from a year of living in a structured residential environment before they transition to the many freedoms found at the college level.

While it may be easy to define what a postgraduate year is – “a single year of study at a secondary independent school that follows high school graduation and precedes college matriculation” – it is much more difficult to describe who might pursue a postgraduate year of study, or why a postgraduate year might make sense for a graduating senior. There is no such thing as a “typical postgraduate;” rather, each student presents a different set of life experiences, interests and goals, that taken together indicate a postgraduate year of study at Worcester Academy before college may be of enormous benefit.

Reasons students pursue a postgraduate year include:
  • Students and parents recognize that college is an important, expensive undertaking that should be done right, and that an extra year will help them make the most of their college experience;
  • Relatively young graduating seniors don’t see the need to rush off to college;
  • Not yet feeling fully prepared to succeed in college;
  • Want to take another year at the secondary level to better prepare for college-level work, and to experience living away from home in a structured, supportive school environment;
  • Academic “late bloomers” who want an additional year of strong academic work to show as they apply to colleges;
  • International students who want a year of immersion to work on their English skills and to acclimate to American culture before applying to university;
  • Unhappy about how their college application process went, and want to take another year to work hard and see if they can expand upon their college options.
Whatever the reasons, students who enroll for a postgraduate year at Worcester Academy get the same high quality education and co-curricular opportunities afforded to students who have been at WA for several years. Postgraduate students pursue a traditional academic program from the Academy’s Grade 12 curriculum according to their ability, background, prior coursework, and interests -- their academic program is designed to supplement and complement the courses they took through high school. A postgraduate’s schedule typically includes English, math, science, and history, plus an elective. Postgraduate students participate in all aspects of boarding school life and have the same responsibilities and privileges as any other member of the student body.

Students who have pursued a postgraduate year of study at WA are better prepared for college, and typically have many college options to choose from that were not available as they graduated high school.
WORCESTER ACADEMY® is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment.

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