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Worcester Academy

At Worcester Academy, our day and boarding school has been cultivating academic excellence and shaping leaders since 1834. Our mission is to instill in our students the desire to learn throughout life, to engage passionately with the world around them, and to be honorable persons of strong and resourceful character. Our urban setting, diverse community, and challenging curriculum provide them with a solid, real-world education. Visit Worcester Academy and you'll find motivated students and exceptional teachers engaged in dynamic, experiential learning. We challenge assumptions and collaborate in search of a greater understanding of our world. Our Middle School, grades 6-8, utilizes an interdisciplinary curriculum that teaches students how to think critically, logically, and analytically. Our Upper School, grades 9-12 and postgraduates, includes over 40 Honors and AP courses, 5 language choices (including Mandarin), 30+ arts offerings and a math program that is recognized throughout New England for its excellence. Students gain global perspective through opportunities that extend beyond the classroom and use 21st-century tools to enhance their learning and self-expression. Learn more about how we prepare students to "Achieve the Honorable"​ at www.worcesteracademy.org, or visit us in person today! We can't wait to welcome you!
Worcester, MA
Primary/Secondary Education
51-200 employees
Founded 1834

Achieve the Honorable

Mission

Worcester Academy’s mission is to instill in its students the desire to learn throughout life, to engage passionately with the world around them, and to be honorable persons of strong and resourceful character.

Values

We are a community – curious, thoughtful, generous, and thriving in our diversity. We embrace each of our core values as essential to the mission of Worcester Academy and as testimony of our beliefs and commitments.

HONOR
Integrity, honesty, respect, fairness, and responsibility inform our actions and beliefs. These attributes are the foundations for "Achieving the Honorable" in both our public and private lives.

RESPECT
We believe in the inherent worth of every person, celebrating difference in a community rich with diverse gifts and talents. We seek commonality in our relationships regardless of title, background, or individual abilities and challenges. We also accept responsibility for sustaining the world around us, from the campus to the global environment.

COMMUNITY
The act of learning brings all members of this community together. We share a belief in the importance of serving others through both leadership and generosity. A respectful and compassionate approach to citizenship guides our actions on this campus and in the wider world.

PERSONAL GROWTH
Personal growth may be measured in many ways; the most authentic, however, is when we are true to ourselves. We seek to fulfill our potential by building habits of mind and body that promote growth in knowledge and understanding, ability and confidence, poise and leadership. By doing so, we nurture a desire for life-long learning and a commitment to excellence in all phases of life.

CHALLENGE
Attaining excellence in a changing global environment requires adaptability, creativity, and intellectual courage. We seek relevance in our work, and provide a rigorous yet nurturing environment in which we all may thrive. We value hard work and the disciplined application of knowledge and skills in our learning and institutional practices.

Diversity & Inclusion

Worcester Academy celebrates the individual and collective diversity of our School community and respects, affirms, and protects the dignity and worth of each person in it. Our commitments are reflected in our mission and core values, in our curriculum, and in the policies, programs, and practices of the School. Given the long history of systems of oppression in the communities that Worcester Academy students, faculty, and alumni navigate, we must reconcile this, and prioritize thoughtful, supportive engagement of the lived experiences of individuals. We will be intentional in our work to eliminate oppressive language and practices that target any identity and lived experience. 

  • We strive to create accountability for diversity, equity, and inclusion and cross-cultural humility, in our learning community and beyond.                

  • We strive for life-long learning that elevates diverse interests and perspectives and engagement as global citizens.

  • We strive for empathetic leadership and making equitable and honorable decisions. 

Social impact

At Worcester Academy, one of our core values is respect whereby “we believe in the inherent worth of every person, celebrating difference in a community rich with diverse gifts and talents. We seek commonality in our relationships regardless of title, background, or individual abilities and challenges. We also accept responsibility for sustaining the world around us, from the campus to the global environment.”

As instantiated in our Core Values and Strategic Plan, we strive to integrate the values, practices, and study of Sustainability into operations, programming, planning, and daily campus life.

Our campus is a "living laboratory" to model and study Sustainability and the local-global linkages that are essential for a prosperous future for all people. From our dining hall and solar energy and land conservation programs, to our Walker Hall LEED Certified Renovation, Living Landscape Initiative and Campus Tree Program we strive to embrace the challenge and imperative of Sustainability. Hilltoppers also conduct long-term research of neighborhood air quality, Worcester’s municipal water system, forest carbon capture, and local sustainable housing. Students study and volunteer to help mitigate both food insecurity in the city of Worcester and neighborhood invasive tree species. 6th graders collaborate with our local partnersand the city to replenish and steward our urban forest. 

Further, the Academy, as a local anchor institution, strives for alignment with the city’s long-term sustainability planning,  as well as with the international effort to realize a sustainable world.

Opportunities at Worcester Academy