Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Wilbraham & Monson Academy (WMA) is a college-preparatory school located in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1804, it is a four-year boarding and day high school for students in Grades 9-12 and postgraduate. A middle school, with Grades 6–8, offers boarding for Grade 8 students. The academy is located in the center of the town of Wilbraham, 75 miles from Boston and 150 miles from New York City.

Wilbraham & Monson Academy
United States
Coordinates42°07′20.96″N 72°25′53.67″W / 42.1224889°N 72.4315750°W / 42.1224889; -72.4315750Coordinates: 42°07′20.96″N 72°25′53.67″W / 42.1224889°N 72.4315750°W / 42.1224889; -72.4315750
TypePrivate, Boarding, Day
MottoAt Home. In the World.
Established1804; 216 years ago (1804)
Head of SchoolBrian Easler
Student to teacher ratio6:1
Campus300 acres (1.2 km2)

WMA was established by the merger of two 19th-century academies — Monson Academy, founded in 1804,[1] and Wesleyan Academy, founded in 1817 in New Market, New Hampshire. Wesleyan Academy relocated to Wilbraham in 1825 and was renamed Wilbraham Academy in 1917. In 1971, when the school merged with Monson Academy, the name was officially changed to Wilbraham & Monson Academy. Wesleyan was the first coeducational boarding school in the country, and Monson Academy became the first to enroll Chinese students in 1847.[citation needed]

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WMA is led by 66 faculty members, 44 of whom live on campus and 70 percent who have advanced degrees. The program features small classes (6:1 student/teacher ratio) and 23 AP courses.[citation needed] WMA's Middle School includes 64 students and has an average class size of eight.[citation needed]


Athletics include rugby, lacrosse, baseball, cross country, dance, wrestling, soccer, tennis, golf, football, basketball, track, riflery, volleyball, softball, water polo, crew and swimming.[2]

In fall 2007, the Academy unveiled its $4 million expansion of the Greenhalgh Athletic Center on campus. The expansion included a fitness room, a multi-purpose dance and wrestling space, a large conference room and new central locker facilities.[3] During the last decade, a Turf Field and construction of new tennis courts are among countless improvements to on-campus facilities. WMA offers 29 varsity athletic teams, and 18 others that compete at the non-varsity level.

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  1. ^ George Adams (1853). "Education in Massachusetts: Incorporated Academies". Massachusetts Register. Boston: Printed by Damrell and Moore.
  2. ^ "The Association of Boarding Schools".
  3. ^ "Kuhn Riddle Architects".
  4. ^ "Emily Norcross Dickinson (1804-1882), mother | Emily Dickinson Museum". www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  5. ^ "Boarding School Review".
  6. ^ "Worcester District Medical Society".

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