Worcester Academy

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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WORCESTER ACADEMY is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community and challenging curriculum provide students with a solid, real-world education. Located 40 miles from Boston, Worcester Academy offers both 7-day and 5-day boarding. We offer a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum, competitive athletics, and extensive art, music and theater programs in excellent facilities and on extensive playing fields. Students are supported through regular progress reports and an extra help period. The Academy's urban location provides access to museums, concert halls, and theaters for academic and recreational opportunities.

81 Providence Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA 01604

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Director of Admission: Roberta Osorio
Admissions Phone:508-754-5302Fax:508-752-2382
Email: admission@worcesteracademy.org Website: www.worcesteracademy.org

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $60
  • International Application Fee: $125
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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  • Founded: 1834
  • Campus Size: 65 acres
  • Grades Offered: 6th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 6th-12th
Girls     74 231 305
Boys     110 230 340
Total     184 461 645

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $53,460
  • 5-Day Boarding: $44,190
  • Day Tuition Fee: $30,360
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 38.00%
  • Average Awarded: $0
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $0
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Summary: Our school mission and statement of philosophy provide us with a foundation from which we can explore, create, revise and innovate in regards to our academic program. Centered around these "possibilities" are the belief that a Worcester Academy education should prepare students for college and beyond, provide students with opportunities for leadership and service to the community, and equip them with the skills and attributes needed to be successful in the 21st century. Therefore, when we define "curriculum" at Worcester Academy, we include not only the information and ideas or skills and processes we want our students to understand and master, but also the instructional strategies and assessment methods we use. This student-centered approach to teaching and learning is how Worcester Academy strives to put our mission into practice.

Average Class Size: 15

Full Time Teachers: 90

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 50.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 7/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 15

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • 5-Day Boarding
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
  • Open Gates Program and Graduation Projects
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Health
  • Physics
  • Forensics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Multimedia
  • Web Design
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Music Theory
  • Voice
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Debate
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Journalism
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Public Speaking
  • Publications
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • European History
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • US Government & Politics
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History

Department Director: Timothy Healy

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 4

Average Students Per Dorm: 35

No. of Girls Dorms: 2

No. of Boys Dorms: 2

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Other

Student Life


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor pool

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Future Bus. Leaders of Am.
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Pep Club
  • Photography
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • SADD
  • Theater
  • Yearbook

Arts Department Director: Joshua Webb

Athletics Department Director: Ed Reilley

  • A Cappella Group
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Choir
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Dance
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Snowboarding

Department Director: Jonathan Baker

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Boston College
Boston University
Carnegie Mellon University
George Washington University
University of Chicago

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Cole Porter (Class of 1909)

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: Worcester Academy Summer Programs offer a wide range of opportunities to meet all types and levels of interests. Many of our programs are drawn from the school’s challenging, comprehensive program of academics, athletics, and the arts, and feature seasoned and talented teachers and coaches from the Worcester Academy faculty.

Department Director: James Proctor

International Summer Program

August 14, 2013 to September 04, 2013

Limited to 40 students, the International Summer Program places EFL, SAT, and TOEFL test preparation squarely into focus and ensures participants are set for success by day one of the school year.

Registration Deadline: April 10, 2013
Tuition: $4,500
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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Academic Camps

June 24, 2013 to August 02, 2013

Is your child interested in science? Check out our two-week experiential Science program. For the artistically curious young person, there’s our one-week Visual Arts program, or our two- and four-week Worcester Academy Summer Arts (WASA) program that includes a mix of musical and acting performances

Registration Deadline: June 23, 2013
Tuition: $615
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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