Top 10 Reasons Students and Parents Love Worcester Preparatory School
Although Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) has evolved in many ways since it opened in 1970, Headmaster Dr. Barry Tull says the founding mission of providing a rigorous college preparatory education has remained constant since the school opened its doors 47 years ago. Below are just a few reasons why WPS has stood the test of time not only educating and providing them with the building blocks they need to succeed in college and beyond, but also giving them the tools they’ll need for a fulfilling and rewarding life.
1. HAPPY, SECURE AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT
WPS felt like a family from the moment I walked through the doors to start my tour when my daughter was only three. The caring and accepting environment inspires children to develop their talents and encourages individualism.” Tonya Rayne
2. HIGHLY EDUCATED AND ENTHUSIASTIC TEACHERS
“As a WPS teacher and parent, I appreciate the freedom and encouragement for teachers to be creative, innovative, and to make learning an exciting experience for students.” - Erika Phillips
" The excellent teaching staff strives for the best by setting high academic and behavioral expectations for all its students.” - Dr. Wendy Brafman
3. INTIMATE CLASS SIZE
“As a graduate and current parent WPS offers an intimate and supportive school environment where classes are small so individual attention may be provided to all.” - Ashlee Reed Hidell, Class of 2000
“What I love best is the wonderful caring faculty who get to know each child and have the tools and experience to identify their talents and bring out the best in them.” - Dr. Vibha Sanwal
4. STUDENTS' HIGH EXPECTATIONS OF THEMSELVES
“As a proud alumnus and parent of a current second grader, I can say this concept of raising the bar and encouraging students to push themselves, socially and academically, is a continuous evolution and a clear daily focus of the school, its teachers and administrators.” - Steve Green, Class of 1993
5. BUILDING FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE
“Our family has been continuously with Worcester, going on 19 years. More than anything else, the school has prepared my kids for the rigors of college. They stand out in college for their ability to write and articulate with passion. Our eldest daughter graduated from Dartmouth College and is in her third year of medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Our second child is attending University of Chicago and doing well. I’m looking forward to what my next two children will accomplish when they graduate from Worcester.” - Drs. Wilson and Linda Choy
6. GREAT SPORTS and ATHLETIC FACILITIES
Ninety-percent of students play at least one sport including competitive field hockey, soccer, volleyball, golf, basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse, tennis and cross country.
“The number of athletic programs Worcester offers for a school of its size is incredible and unavailable from any other school in our area. Having so many options for the students to participate opens up more opportunity for the students to develop team building skills, feel more connected to the school, and to become more well-rounded students.” - Alex Moore, class of 1986
7. VIBRANT ARTS PROGRAM
Theatre, drama, choral and instrumental music, dance, painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, digital media, and photography are offered at WPS.
“As a 1979 WPS graduate and a mother of a senior, we both have been active participants in the Upper School’s drama and music experiences. I can highly attest to the performing skillsets we both developed, the encouraged perspectives garnered and the creative expression vehicle the arts program at WPS provided for each of us.” - Tammy Kilgore, Class of 1979
8. UNPARALELLED RESOURCES
“Worcester Prep is the school it is today because the administrators and teachers are continually looking to improve the student experience. Whether it's bringing technology to the classroom, creating a middle school band or adding cross country to the already impressive athletic opportunities…the school is ever changing, while still providing the excellent college preparatory academics for which it is known.” - Kathleen Abercrombie
9. HISTORY OF EXCELLENCE
“Worcester Prep educates the whole child. I love that our children are experiencing top notch academics as well as participating in competitive athletics and varied fine arts. Our children learn respect, gain confidence, and grow into active citizens. They are ready to be part of the bigger world around them.” - Amy Maull
10. 100 PERCENT OF GRADUATES ATTEND COLLEGE
The 47 members of the Class of 2015 are at colleges and universities such as Cornell, The University of Chicago, Tufts, University of Virginia, Gettysburg, George Washington University…Other colleges alumni have attended in recent years include Harvard, Stanford, Penn, Georgetown, William and Mary, Swarthmore, MIT, Duke, Vanderbilt, Navy, Princeton, Yale, and Dartmouth.
" The college counseling program at Worcester Preparatory School is unparalleled on the lower Eastern Shore. Worcester arms students with standardized test preparation, high school curriculum guidance, specialized admissions programs and even a week in the summer of application boot camp." - Kathleen Abercrombie
WPS emphasizes character building as part of its overall program. Respecting others, taking pride in accomplishments, accepting challenges, taking difficult courses, having the confidence to speak before audiences, and being willing to work hard are qualities Worcester strives to instill in its students. Find out for yourself by arranging a tour of the Worcester Preparatory School campus and observe the passion of its teachers and the talents of its students.