Welcome to Waring School’s website. We are a community of lifelong learners whose faculty and students together create a rich learning experience by cultivating the analytical mind and the authentic, expressive voice.
Waring’s core values date back to the school’s founding in 1972 by Philip and Josée Waring. We believe that learning is an essential and defining human activity that involves the whole person throughout life. We believe in exercising our unique voices—spoken, written, and artistic—in all of our endeavors, and our community recently reaffirmed our values when faculty and members of the student body collaborated to draft our Waring School Ethic
Waring is a demanding, rigorous and vibrant learning environment. We reach beyond the quantitative norms of learning; we think, read, and discuss critically, and we engage with every area of the liberal arts, from science
, technology, and the arts
. Our system of narrative evaluation is a nuanced way of accurately assessing our progress in this endeavor: at Waring, we do not use letter grades, and the colleges our graduates attend
, and the varied
and impressive life and career paths our alumni take, all validate our students’ excellence. We ask each other to take risks in new, unfamiliar experiences—whether this be through travel
, on the sports field, in a debate class, in the science lab, or performing in a Soirée Musicale—and we venture far into diverse areas of knowledge, history, and culture to better understand ourselves and our place in the world. For instance, all students share the common experience of our French language immersion and travel program, which is underscored by a month-long homestay in France.