Absolute waste of money. The reasons are well explained in reviews of others, especially those who gave one star. Faculty members and most of the teachers are very unqualified, thus generating very poor school system and academics. The focus of admission is solely on money and sports recruit, meaning that the school picks rich international students just to obtain sufficient money to recruit athletes who mostly are academically not qualified at all to attend a "private boarding school;" in fact, those athletes often distract and definitely lower the quality of academics of WMA. The superficial mission of the school is 'to be global,' but that is only because the school is incapable of attracting "typical preppy students" who are, realistically speaking, rich, well-educated, well-mannered, and also both -not 'either'- academically and athletically excellent. To put it shortly, this Academy, as perfectly shown by the list of alumni and amount of endowment, has always been weak school, and thus is incapable of -and even unaware of- operating the academy as a PROPER private college-preparatory boarding school.
Dorm Life: No air conditioning, half of the rooms don't have a single light, dorm parents are severely condescending and disrespectful, students treated like 7 seven year olds, no respect for students. Dreadful. Education: Average, not what you would expect from a private schools that demands such high rates of tuition. If you can afford to pay this much money for WMA its better to go to a different school that can offer a better education. Most teachers do not have a teaching degree, solely a bachelor, so their distribution of knowledge is considerably below average. Math department is dreadful. English department is very good. CEGS is decent with numerous good teachers and a few not so much. Arts are enjoyable and interesting (very good teachers). Science department is astoundingly weak. Campus Life: A lot more to do in comparison to other schools, there are mall trips and some other quite interesting social events. However it can become slightly monotonous as the year progresses. Administration: CORRUPTION. Only care about the money. So many cases I have experiences that I do not have liberty to discuss on reviews. Review: Below average CORRUPT school, WATCH WALLET WISELY!!
Wilbraham and Monson Academy has been, by far, one of the best experiences that I have ever had. After seven years of attending WMA, I have come to realize how great of a place this is. Not only is it a great academic establishment, it is also a place that screams fun. Wether it is traveling to Brazil, playing sports, doing community service, hanging out in the "Spa" with friends, cheering on sports teams, going to Boston, baby sitting faculty kids, taking classes in the trading center, there is always something to do. Most importantly, now that I have gone through the school, I have great college options to choose from. WMA single-handedly is the reason for any successes that I have had.
My daughter attended WMA as a day student. As a parent reading some of the reviews posted on this blog from students, I feel they were not prepared for life at a private institution/school. Transition from public to private is an adjustment. Public schools can not and do not offer what WMA has to offer. My daughter's experience was exceptional. The academics were excellent. The after class opportunities from sports, dance, theater and arts along with the various clubs kept here active and entertained. The town of Wilbraham is small, quiet and charming. Now as a student, they may find that boring but as a parent, I found it to be a safe and secure environment. The teachers and staff were very cognizant of each and every student. I found them respectful and mindful. One teacher/coach in particular, I can honestly say, was instrumental in shaping my daughters future. She was that teacher/coach that made the difference. Today my daughter is successful and happy. She married an alum of WMA They met at a WMA reunion; her 5 year his 10 year. He attended as an exchange student from the UK and they have made the UK their home. WMA truly made a difference in my daughters life.
The school is focused on making money in any way possible, which to a certain degree is understandable, because they hold an extremely limited alumni fund compared to other private boarding institutions. As a former student and border, I can tell you that it is not a good place to send your children to. Day students probably have a different opinion, but living on campus at WMA is dreadful. The dorm parents are extremely rude and offending, treat 19 year old with utter disrespect and baby them. Punishments are given for nothing, and the level of corruption within the administration is absolutely astonishing.The academics are average, MA public schools offer better education than provided in WMA as teachers don't even need a degree to teach here, just a bachelor. This hindered me and a lot of other students because in many classes, teachers had no idea what they were talking about and couldn't even answer fundamental questions. The campus life is bleak, especially if you are a border. The prison like atmosphere creates a miserable vibe on campus, and the limited money the school has results in the below par facilities and equipment. Would not advise paying so much money, is a waste.
AWFUL. As a former student and someone who experienced public school, I can tell you Wilbraham and Monson academy is a terrible establishment. The academics are well below average. Not only were the majority of teachers' classes dull and unengaging, but the teachers themselves seemed to know little about the subjects and mostly taught from books. The staff was also very hostile and controlling creating a very unpleasant and prison-like atmosphere. They were also very biased and unfair to students, especially those of colored ethnicity. Everything about the school is fake. From the staff to the services. It is a school that promises the world and provides next to nothing. All they care about is getting your paycheck. If you are looking for a school that will help you or your child grow and mature into a successful human being, this is not the school for you. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY
WMA, 'The Global School', has provided my children with the courses, environment and experiences to head off to highly selective colleges with the background necessary to succeed in the world with a comprehensive global perspective. The foreign travel (India, China, Brazil's Amazon, France, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Korea, Etc.) provided learning experiences just not possible in a classroom. Being in class with students from throughout the world also contributed significantly to their worldwide perspective on both current and historical events. These experiences and perspectives are not readily available at other schools. Each student receives a world-class education in a safe, quiet New England town. Overall, a fabulous experience for my children.