The Cambridge School of Weston

45 Georgian Rd, Weston, MA 02493

The school was founded by Arthur Gilman to prepare young women for Radcliffe College, which he had established in 1879. In 1931, the school moved from Cambridge to its present wooded, 65-acre campus in suburban Weston; at that time, it became coeducational and instituted boarding. In 1973, CSW devised the Module Plan, in which the academic year is divided into seven five-week terms, or "modules." The school day consists of three academic blocks, each 90 minutes long, allowing intensive learning in two or three subjects at a time; a fourth block is set aside at the end of the day for interscholastic and recreational sports and other activities. More than 300 courses—ranging from molecular biology to documentary filmmaking—are available, including requirements in English, mathematics, history, science and foreign language; integrated studies (team-taught, interdisciplinary courses); and, to address personal interests, electives. The visual and performing arts are an integral part of the curriculum, and by graduation students must complete a variety of arts courses, including art history. In addition, CSW provides two distinct programs for postgraduates: liberal arts, for students who wish to add an extra year of study to their high school record, and visual arts, designed for students who need an extra year to prepare portfolios for art school applications, as well as for those wishing to explore their artistic potential. Each year, students must earn athletic credits through participation in competitive interscholastics or in a combination of recreational sports, major theatrical productions, wilderness experiences and dance courses. The wilderness program offers day and weekend trips for hiking, rock climbing, bicycling, rafting, cross-country skiing, canoeing, mountain biking and survival camping. One block each year, boys and girls perform school service as daycare interns, office workers or admissions guides, and in other positions at such places as the dining hall and the campus store. CSW students also perform 15 hours of off-campus community service annually. Students and faculty serve together on many committees, and students participate in the school's decision-making process, from all-school town meetings (where students and faculty meet regularly to discuss campus issues and make recommendations to the head of school) to the board of trustees.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-PG
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address45 Georgian Rd, Weston, MA 02493
Year Established1886
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorJane Moulding
Applications DueFebruary
Total Enrollment335
Boarding Students90
Day Students245
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