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Webb Schools

School rating 4.7 / 5 by

1175 West Basline Road Claremont CA 91711 United States
Boarding
9th to 12th
Day
9th to 12th
Gender
Coed

Academic

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I believe this school is well rounded in all of its courses. Personally, I think what makes the academics at this school are the teachers. Yes, the academics at Webb are quite demanding. However, this should not deter anyone. Most students really don't have a problem with the academics on campus. The reason being is not because the classes are all easy, or the quality of teaching is below par. It's actually quite the opposite. With challenging course work comes the need for great teachers who care about helping the students learn what they are doing rather than just sole memorization. They are able to do this with class sizes averaging around fifteen students or so. The academics are not just a drill session each class, but thought provoking through discussions and the problems themselves. Even if you have trouble understanding a concept the teachers are always available. It helps that a lot of the faculty live on campus. Their houses become a classroom at night whenever that difficult concept arises that no one seems to understand. Even when I didn't understand a concept in class, I never felt obligated to ask the specific teacher for that class. I've always ask teachers that wasn't my instructor for a particular class for homework help. I've had a few AP course at my time at Webb. Everyone knows the name of the game is to prepare for the AP test, right? It amazed me how the AP teachers found the time to not only make class fun with such a rigorous course load, but manged to prepare us for what seemed like a cake walk on the exam day. For boarding students, classes are not far from classes. And the distance between classes are minimal so there's always time to get there. The workload depends all on the classes that you take and who is teaching them. Some classes you might do a lot of problems for homework and discussions in class. Others might be the opposite where you tackle the problems in class and take notes on a reading for homework. I found myself with about two and a half hours of work per night. It also depends on your grade year as well. It helps to try to get work done with the free time you have during the day, because it makes your work at night go by fast. There also great resources at night such as study sessions with other students and tutors available if you need help with something. Although, some of the work I did during my time at Webb was either tedious or so confusing that even the teacher realized it didn't make sense. The academics at Webb have helped me in a lot of my introductory classes in college an even a few of my intermediate courses. From the Stats, Economics, English, and so on. However, the amount of knowledge you gain in any academic setting depends on how much work you put in to it.

College Counseling

One thing you have to realize is that, "YOU'RE GOING TO GET INTO COLLEGE!" Ha,....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

Two big things this school is big on is Honor and character. You don't have....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

There seems to be a liberal mindset on campus, however the conservative side also has a voice of their own as well. From faculty to students this remains the standard. However, the community does not let this get in the way of remaining cohesive and understanding of each other. This also remains true with regards to religious affiliations. There is a chapel that is on campus that is open to all religions and beliefs. There is a cross there but that's because the school was founded with christian roots. There are no chaplains or priests in the chapel. The diversity....

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