Since its founding in 1972 by Josée and Philip Waring as an alternative approach to schooling, Waring has set itself apart by its commitment to creating an environment where learning can thrive. We strive to maintain a culture that honors and supports the human desire to learn.
Waring offers a full program of intellectual, aesthetic, and physical activities for its students. The program balances academic rigor with breadth and asks all students to work not only in Humanities, Math, Science, French, Art, and Writing, but also in Theater, Athletics, Music, Travel, and short-term intensives like Camping Trip and the Endterm program.
“Waring sports teams maintain a competitive attitude against other teams while fostering a huge amount of support and love for each other. I feel confident in my abilities as an athlete post-Waring, but I also feel confident in my ability to be a good teammate. This relates back to the classroom, and any environment because Waring sports has helped me become a good peer."
-Isabelle, Class of 2014
At Waring we believe that finding your voice through small studio arts and crafts, musical study, and theatrical production, will help you find your voice in the world. We ensure that many forms of art are incorporated in students daily lives in order to foster a love of culture and the world around us. Whether practicing a violin concerto, printmaking in the studio, discovering the world through a camera lens, or acting in a classic or avant-garde production, the Waring Arts program has something for everyone. Here, you will often spot musicians rehearsing in their soccer uniforms or students jogging from Chemistry lab to Theater rehearsal.
Waring School’s educational program is based on the premise that, in order to learn, students must be challenged with worthy intellectual material, exciting creative projects and ample opportunities to display their talents and expand their ideas through meaningful interactions with peers and adults.
As an independent school, Waring does not receive grants or aid from federal, state or local governments. Tuition only covers a portion of the actual cost of each student’s education. Tax-deductible contributions to the Waring Fund make up the difference.
The Waring School offers a highly demanding college-preparatory education, for grades 6-12, which stresses liberal arts in the setting of a supportive school community. The Waring atmosphere is one in which both teachers and students want to learn and believe that school is not an end in itself but is the beginning of a lifelong learning process.