Welcome to Waring

An Introductory Letter from our Director of Admissions



Welcome Prospective Families,

Thank you for taking a look at Waring's demanding and powerful learning experience. Our diverse student body includes students in grades six through twelve from the North Shore of Massachusetts and as far away as China and India.
I was fortunate to work for many years as a Dean of Students at a selective liberal arts college where I later became Associate Director of Admissions. When visiting and recruiting students from independent and public high schools in New England, California, and Washington, D.C., I would return home after visiting Waring and muse to my husband that something quite special must be in the water there. I wondered what the students I met would be doing in 10, 15, or 20 years because I was sure they would do good in the world.
Waring students asked me questions about study abroad programs because they had studied language immersion on campus and in France, not once but twice, and valued a genuine academic experience in another country. They had learned French and French culture in a unique liberal arts environment. They explained to me that small class size and discussion was part of a collaborative learning approach that was practiced every day at Waring. They exuded confidence – already scholars-in-training without a shred of pretense. As a college recruiter, it was rare to meet students who could describe their school with the affection I witnessed from Waring juniors and seniors. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this community?

You can imagine my delight when I assumed Waring's Director of Admissions position in 2015, after years of meeting those exceptional students. I now have the great privilege to build future classes with the help of students, faculty, and parents.
To highlight a few more differences in Waring's education from other schools:
  • Students call their teachers by their first names.
  • Students don’t raise hands, instead they learn to speak up, take risks, and listen.
  • Our culture emphasizes civility and respect.
  • We support students in the subjects that they are naturally good at and nudge them into areas outside their comfort zone.
  • Students learn what and why they think and how to express it. They are asked to improvise, innovate, make mistakes, and start again with the support of a curious and interested student body and teachers.
  • Our classes are constructed across grade levels because we value collaborative learning and relationships. For example, a “tutorial,” a student’s immediate academic family, is comprised of approximately 12-15 students paired with one or two faculty members.
  • Classes at Waring are not graded. Students receive in-depth narratives evaluating their progress as they make their way through their courses. The results speak for themselves. Waring students enter the most selective colleges and universities with ease for one reason only, learning matters to them. 
From our exchange program in France to team sportsmusic lessonsdebate, and chorus, Waring students are immersed in a rich experience that is hard to find at other schools. There is joy in this process and you will hear much laughing on Waring's campus. 
Please visit and join us for a peek, un coup d’oeil, of Waring! 

Shelley Morgan
Director of Admissions
978.927.8793 ext. 226

Waring School's Admissions Team

Shelley Morgan

Director of Admissions
978.927.8793 ext. 226

Becky Schaeffer
Associate Director of Admissions & Marketing,
Summer Programs Administrator
978.927.8793 ext. 227



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