This school welcomes anyone serious about applying themselves academically. The disparity in socioeconomic background is irrelevant to the teachers and administration. They appreciate hard working, quality students and even more so if they are good community members. Do not be afraid to give this school a try.
We moved our children to Williams from public school when one was in the 7th grade and one in the 9th grade. It quickly became apparent to us that Williams is a class act and that our children were being taught study skills they never would have received in public school. And, they actually came home with homework and were held accountable for completing their work. No question that Williams curriculum is challenging but, the tools are provided to the students to be successful. And, more importantly, we know that the base that Williams provided has made the transition to college that much easier. Well done, Williams!
The Williams School gave me an excellent education. I was more than equipped with all the skills necessary to do well in college. However, the majority of the students and families are from a very specific culture. They are very wealthy and have a very specific set of values and worldview. While politically correct, they are not very accepting of those who are different. Especially as it is such a small school; if you don't fit into their culture, it can be very difficult emotionally and socially. Fortunately I was able to go to a college with a large community that I could identify a lot more with, and have the full experience that I didn't have in high school. Like any school, Williams has pros and cons. If you fit into their culture and want a small school, or if you can sacrifice and seek social development outside of the school, it may be worth the excellent academics.
Another wonderful year at this outstanding school. The environment is that of a college campus and the children rise to the expected maturity level (even the middle schoolers). The students are nurtured as they are simultaneously encouraged to individuate and experiment with new things. The academics are complete and robust, unlike our former public school who taught to the shallow CMT test. This administration understands that Latin is a necessary for high-achievers. My child was able to derive answers to biology tests from her knowledge of Latin, which will extend to better SAT scores. Any disciplinary problem is dealt with swiftly, and with finesse by the upper school Principal. The Head of School is a compassionate, truly nice person who leads through his dynamic persona. The department heads are truly gifted and unique people. The front office people and administration are all so nice and they somehow know ALL of the student's names! I cannot say enough good things about this school - it is still my daughter's "dream school", as she described it after shadowing a student a few years ago, during the application process.
My child comes home every day and teaches me things that she learned in school that day. The depth of instruction far exceeds what I remember from my public school days. This school understands that children will rise to the challenge if you give them the opportunity. I wish I could have attended Williams, as I believe I would have been much more prepared for life both socially and academically.
My child has been going to the school for just over a year. He is very happy there and the work is challenging. Parents should know that attendance is in a steady decline and as a result, the school seems to be getting rid of veteran teachers and scaling back in several areas.
The Williams School is was wonderful place. When I attended Williams in the 80s, I found it to be academically demanding and wholly committed to teaching students effectively. I am surprised to see the reference to the Assembly of God on this site. This is an error or a prank. Williams is the most secular, non-sectarian school you can imagine. The idea that it would be affiliated with the Pentecostal branch of Christianity is absurd. Go to Williams if you can. Work hard. You'll have a wonderful intellectual and professional life thereafter.
when i attended this school,it wasn't any different than a public school, besides the additional cost.i do not recommend going to this school
when i went to this school,i had a full scholarship and was provided everything expense-wise.i ended up transferring because i really hated going to the school because of some of the teachers.
I do not like Williams one bit.I rather homeschool my future children than bring them to Williams School,New London CT
Williams is a great place to go to school. Classes are very small and the teachers encourage students to come see them for extra instruction. The daily schedule even has a built in time block every day for students to meet with their teachers. The school also offers a wide range of extra curricular activities in athletics and arts, without being overly focused in one particular area. Lots of opportunities, and great location on the campus of Connecicut College.
I have just started my first year at Williams School, and it is amazing. I was welcomed with open arms. The school offers an environment were the student is prepared for the many difficulties that lay ahead in life.
Parents this is by far the best school I have ever attended. The teachers are Awesome! you can meet with them at '9th' period to go over class work, tests, or to learn something you did not understand in class.
I have gone to Williams for six years; it is a fine school. I cannot compare it directly to a public middle school or high school because I attended public elementary school, which is inherently different. That said, all accounts indicate that the workload is significantly more than at most local public middle schools and high schools. The faculty is absolutely outstanding; the students are excellent as well. In regards to certain specific criticisms in previous reviews: Private schools, by their nature, need money by donations; if you send your child to a private school of any sort (including college) you will be getting these calls. Also, as of 2007, the average time each teacher has spent at Williams is 10 years. I would highly recommend this school to all.
Our children were straight A students at our local public school (so proud!). HOWEVER, they rarely had homework and were not being challenged. Also, every year another extra curricular activity would be cut due to budget constraints. We moved them to Williams after learning of Williams exceptional curriculum and reputation. We have been !! WOWED !! by Williams. The administration and faculty are focused on the best interests and success of the students. Our children, who never cracked a book in the past, have now learned how to study correctly. Williams challenges students and prepares them to be successful at college and into their adult lives. From a social point of view, Williams students enjoy sports, art, theater, Harvard Model Congress, you name it! The students are supportive of each other and I am convinced that our children have made lifelong friends at Williams.
As a parent with two children at Williams I am thrilled with the quality of education they are receiving. The teachers are excellent. The administrative staff and faculty work extremely well together to ensure a top quality education. My favorite thing about the school is the way the students accept and support each other. Whether a student is into drama, music, athletics, whatever...there is acceptance and support from fellow students. Students that graduate Williams (and it isn't an easy school workload wise) are well prepared to be successful at college and the future beyond. Bravo to the Williams Staff and Faculty!!
Excellent school which prepares students for college. Small enough so teachers know students, yet large enough to have a good offering of classes and sports. Extra help is offered every day as '9th period'.
Our daughter moved from Michigan to Connecticut and entered Williams in the tenth grade. Her former school's profile was quite similar to Williams. Her transition was seamless. The quality of academics at Williams is superb. The faculty extraordinary. The school strives to live its mission. Honesty and honor are hallmarks. This is no school for slackers, however. Homework is abundant and if a student does not keep up academically, they are asked to not return.
As a parent whose 3 children have all attended different independent schools, boarding and day, I must stay that my daughter who attended Williams by far had the best experience of the three, both academically and in terms of all the extras - sports, the arts, community service. Most importantly, she has made a great group of friends (some faculty among them) and is entering college well prepared, happy and confident. While no school can totally satisfy todays increasingly demanding parents and while Williams isn't perfect, the school does a fine job with its students and is a great value in today's educational marketplace.
The level of academics would be good if the atmosphere was not one of hostility. When a child complains about being bullied they are ignored. When a parent complains they are told that the child is lying. They only approve of in school events. They strongly encourage students to drop any activities that are not offered through the school. Parents will find out about games by reading the school website. No notices are sent home. Textbooks are a separate expense, not included in the tuition, and students are never given a list of needed supplies. Students are expected to follow syllabuses which may or may not have the correct assignments listed. Parents are later called to make a donation to the school. These calls will continue to come through out the year, regardless of if you have donated or not.
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