If you’re not familiar with Waring School in Beverly, Massachusetts, you’re going to want to read this! Waring is a 6-12th grade, independent day school known for it’s supportive and caring environment. The foundation of Waring’s environment is built on mutual respect and curiosity between students and teachers.
At Waring, you’ll find laughter in the classroom and students who are able to gain confidence taking risks and learning from their mistakes. On any given day, you may find students sketching in the Greenhouse, playing guitar in the Theater, or listening to a book reading from a published author (and alumni!) at an All-School Meeting. Students are also active on the sports fields and able to participate in local activism—like the group of 115 students who attended the Boston Youth Climate Strike in September.
Waring inspires creativity and voice in its students, equips them with skills they will keep throughout life, and fuels a love of learning and a curiosity about all aspects of the world around them.
These days, as a parent, there are so many topics in the media to make you fearful of what your kids will encounter in middle and high school. But at Waring, students are known for supporting and nurturing one another in an experiential environment. This support is fostered through shared experiences in music, history, athletics, science, French, art, and more.
The student/faculty ratio at Waring is about 7:1 and the average class size is 8-15 students. Classes are conducted for the most part in circles around a table, no one raises hands and teachers and students are on a first name basis.
Waring does not offer traditional letter grades, but narrative evaluations, so that learning is an evolving conversation between teacher and student and there is always a way to deepen knowledge, learning, and commitment to subject. Without letter grades you may wonder if Waring graduates go on to college. And the answer, in most cases is yes! Some recent acceptances included Harvard, Princeton, Middlebury and more. You can view Waring’s take on college preparation here.
We also recently interviewed Waring’s Director of Advancement Laura Bitler for our Meet a Mom Series. You can read her full interview here, including how she led a $6M fundraising Campaign to fund a new sustainable school building, which is being constructed this year.
This post was sponsored by Waring School.