The Cambridge School of Weston

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

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The Cambridge School of Weston has been at the forefront of educational innovation since its inception in 1886. Our progressive pedagogy is built upon the student-centered philosophy of John Dewey, who advocated active, experiential learning within a curriculum designed to accommodate the interests and experiences of individual students.

In Dewey’s eyes—and ours—the purpose of education goes beyond the acquisition of content and skills to the realization of one’s full potential and the ability to use those skills for the greater good. With teachers as guides, students take ownership of their learning and their lives, preparing them to become informed, engaged and effective participants in a democratic society.

Our dynamic program develops students’ ability to explore and engage with ideas—and people—with curiosity, courage, self-awareness, discipline, open-mindedness and a sense of personal responsibility. Purposeful classroom experiences and assessments allow students to develop and practice independent thinking, critical analysis, imaginative problem-solving, productive collaboration and constructive risk-taking. Our curriculum incorporates primary resources and multiple perspectives, and emphasizes our commitment to human rights and social justice. Creativity is intrinsically infused into every corner of our curriculum, from class projects to the studios to the playing fields. Teachers challenge students to push beyond perceived limitations and to make all of their work personally meaningful.

Our students are skilled in making connections—across disciplines and between people—and are already engaged in their community and the globalized, complex world they inhabit. Through participation, leadership and service, they develop a sense of who they are and what they can accomplish.

45 Georgian Road, Weston, Massachusetts, USA 02493
781-642-8600

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Director of Admission: Trish Saunders
Admissions Phone:781-642-8650Fax:781-398-8344
Email: admissions@csw.org Website: www.csw.org


  • Application Deadline: February 01
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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  • Founded: 1886
  • Campus Size: 65 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Boarding
Grades 9th-post-grad
Day
Grades 9th-post-grad
Total
Girls     48 131 179
Boys     34 117 151
Total     82 248 330

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $52,300
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $40,300
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 27.00%
  • Average Awarded: $34,000
 
 

Summary: CSW's progressive and intensive academic program challenges students to be inquisitive, innovative, and pro-active learners. Classes emphasize substantive exchange and debate. Students are encouraged to think for themselves, ask questions, and go beyond obvious answers.

Department Director: Sara Honig

Average Class Size: 14

Full Time Teachers: 55

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 70.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6/1

Number of AP Courses Offered: 1

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Writing Center
English:
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
History:
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
Religion/Philosophy:
  • The Bible
  • Social Justice
Humanities/Social Sciences:
Sciences:
  • Anatomy
  • Animal Behavior
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Health
  • Marine Biology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Zoology
Math:
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
Music:
  • Composition
  • Electronic Music
  • History of Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music Theory
  • Opera
  • Principles of Arranging
  • Recording
  • Songwriting
  • Voice
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Film and Video
  • History of Theater
  • Journalism
  • Lighting Design
  • Metal
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Production
  • Public Speaking
  • Publications
  • Sculpture
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Woodworking
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
 
 

Summary: CSW provides a caring, close-knit, home-away-from-home for approximately 80 students from seven countries and twelve states. The hallmark of our boarding program is the sense of community it creates in its members, students and faculty alike.

Department Director: Aaron Hirsch

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 4

Average Students Per Dorm: 21

No. of Girls Dorms: 2

No. of Boys Dorms: 2

Dorm Amenities:
 
Laundry Facilities 
Lounge 
Wireless Internet 
 
 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: CSW offers a rich variety of opportunities for students to join clubs and other organizations, serve on boards or committees, and to participate in a wide variety of activities.

Facilities

  • Baseball field(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Dance studios

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Fencing
  • Food Council
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Clubs
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
 
 

Athletics Department Director: Rich Bird

Arts
  • Art Club
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Recreational Sports
  • Camping
  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Martial Arts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Soccer
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting
 
 

Summary: The Cambridge School of Weston approaches college counseling as a partnership between the student, counselor and parents. We believe the focus of the college application process should be encouraging students to engage in self-discovery in order to select excellent post-secondary opportunities.

Department Director: Will Weidman

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 99.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Bard College
Smith College
Hampshire College
Vassar College
Sarah Lawrence College

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

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Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA



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