Welcome to GryphOnline

There's no denying it. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused innumerable challenges for students and schools across the nation. But here at The Cambridge School of Weston (CSW), taking on challenge is what we do best, with a highly progressive academic model that is inherently nimble, responsive, and reliable.

THE MOD SYSTEM

Our unique Mod System has already afforded us great flexibility in shifting in and out of online learning — so much so, that many other independent schools and colleges are now following suit.

CLEAR AND DIRECT COMMUNICATIONS

With frequent, clear, and direct communications, you'll never feel left in the dark about the school's plans and protocols. Regular (virtual) parent town meetings and feedback surveys give you a direct line to school leadership.

AN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO THE ARTS

At a time when many schools are making cuts to critical arts offerings, CSW's commitment to the arts remains stronger than ever. CSW coursework in the arts, both visual and performing, carries as much weight, rigor, and discipline as traditional academic subjects. See what our students were able to create from home in Mod 6!

SMALL CLASS SIZES / INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION

With an average class size of 10-13 students, you can be sure that your child will be seen, heard, and known at CSW. Our smaller classes will also be of advantage in the event that we are required to socially distance in the fall.

Distance Learning at The Cambridge School of Weston


Through GryphONLINE, CSW’s virtual learning program,  we aim to build and maintain community, engagement, and connection between students, faculty, staff, and families. Our purpose is to provide an educational experience that fosters growth, academic independence, creativity, flexibility, and resilience. Students will continue to engage with their courses and acquire content knowledge, skills, strong study habits, and research skills. As we work together, yet apart, CSW remains focused on the individual student experience within our larger learning community.

Program Highlights:

  • A daily schedule strategically designed to make learning accessible to students all over the world.
  • Built-in time for social engagement and community check-ins.
  • A curated balance of screen time and active learning each day.
  • Streamlined, easy-to-use learning tools.
  • Opportunities for both synchronous and asynchronous learning.
  • Clear and consistent classroom expectations. 

Look Inside the Online Classroom

Above:  Spanish faculty Patricio Hernandez gives us a tour through his course, "Passion of Multitude: Understanding Latin American Soccer through Galeano’s Eyes," and History Department Chair Anjali Bhatia shows us her course materials for "U.S. Constitution."

What Parents Say...


"We're in touch with family and friends who have children at schools all over the country grappling with this situation. We could not be more grateful that our high-schooler and our family is part of CSW right now."
Phebe P '21

"We have been very pleased with the way the online learning is going." — Raj P'23

"A huge thank you to all the CSW teachers, administrators and staff for all the work behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for our students during this challenging time. We appreciate all the ways you have created a place for them to still connect, learn, and be part of the CSW experience." — Krista P'22

"We have seen our daughter's approach to learning significantly mature with the initiation of GryphOnline. She was always independent, but now she is taking even more ownership of her education. Thanks to CSW staff for all that you are doing to position our students for success." — Jo P'22

GryphOnline FAQ

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What does the daily schedule look like?


    In devising this schedule, we gave a great deal of thought to the wide range of needs in our community, whether it be the need to engage from a different time zone or the need for regular mental breaks from a computer screen. Embracing people from a wide range of backgrounds, making sure that they have what they need to grow and thrive, and fostering a feeling of belonging is our goal at CSW. Furthermore, this schedule allows for the least disruption should we go between brick-and-mortar and virtual.

    covid-schedule

    Highlights are as follows:
    • A-B-C classes meet in the morning, three out of five days each week on a rotating basis.
    • Wednesday is an all-virtual day all year, with all students and faculty learning and engaging from home.
    • Each day hosts two academic blocks, with the exceptions of Wednesday, which does not have any A-B-C Block classes, and Friday, which has three shorter meeting times.
    • The class that meets in the morning block will also include an afternoon “lab” timeframe.  Lab blocks in the virtual space look much the same as they would in person. Teachers work with students to provide feedback and extend course content through activities and experiences that magnify learning objectives. Attendance for students on campus and attending virtually in the EST and PST is required in both blocks. All international students have time to meet with their teachers Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. EST.
    • Students and faculty are both involved in wiping down desks and chairs during the 15 minutes before and/or after class between each block. Mask breaks also can occur at that time or during a block with the teacher’s discretion in an outdoor setting.
    • Every student has at least two blocks of D Block programming per week. Our D Block program encompasses opportunities for performing arts courses, athletic opportunities and engagement activities. D Blocks will be offered after school on Monday/Thursday (Blue) or Tuesday/Friday
  • Q. How many hours can students expect to be in class each day?


    • The expectation is to have all students fully engaged in active synchronous and asynchronous learning for a full 5 hours each week
    • Each class engages in at least 3.5 hours of synchronous learning per week, with attendance taken daily at the onset of each A-B-C-D block.
    • There is also a lab time weekly in the afternoon for individual meetings, collaborative work time, etc.
    • Each student has at least one teacher-initiated individual face-to-face with teachers per week for questions and feedback.
    • A-B-C Blocks are used for synchronous learning and/or individual check-ins. Each student creates their own schedule for asynchronous learning tasks with clear deadlines set by the teacher.
    • Students should have no more than 3 hours (total) of homework for a given class each week. 
    • Each student will have 5 hours of face-to-face time and a maximum of 3 hours of homework.
  • Q. What tools and software are students expected to use?

    Teachers distribute all course materials through MyCSW class pages. Students should log into MyCSW and navigate to those pages to interact with the course content. Synchronous learning and other community meetings take place via Zoom. 
  • Q. How are students graded?

    Students will be graded on a traditional A-F structure, regardless of whether the school is engaged in on-campus or distanced learning. 
  • Q. What courses are offered through GryphOnline?

    The GryphOnline course offerings are the same as those we offer with our on-campus learning program. However, students should understand that elements of certain courses may need to be changed and/or altered while GryphOnline is in effect. Many of our D Block courses, in particular, will need to be done a bit differently while GryphOnline is in effect. 
  • Q. What sorts of activities are offered beyond the expected academic courses?

    While GryphOnline is in effect, students can still meet with their Affinity, Interest, and Alliance groups over Zoom. In addition, CSW offers a wide array of active, fun, and unique engagement opportunities during the D Block period so that students still have the chance to relax, socialize, be active, and/or learn a new activity of skill!
  • Q. How will you decide when to engage GryphOnline vs. on-campus learning?

    All school decision-making will be guided by:
    • Student well-being (physical and emotional) and intellectual engagement.
    • Faculty and staff well-being.
    • Our commitment to equitable and accessible learning. 
    • Data and insights collected from our own community and fellow schools who are ahead of us on the coronavirus curve. 
    • Guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Massachusetts.
    • The CSW Mission and Values

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The Mod Advantage

The transition to online learning hasn’t been easy for anyone, but The Cambridge School of Weston’s unique Mod System has already afforded us great flexibility in shifting to online learning — so much so, that many other independent schools and colleges are now following suit.

Rather than a traditional trimester or semester model, CSW runs on "Mods," with the calendar year divided into six, six-week modules each year. It is a system we’ve employed since the 1970s, and one that will continue to be a huge advantage for CSW as we plan for a school year potentially marked by transitions in and out of distanced or hybrid learning. 

Distance can't stop us from learning and creating!

Throughout Mod 5, teachers from departments across the school engaged in online learning, devising new strategies for addressing course material together, but apart. Despite limited access to the tools and materials usually afforded by an in-person learning experience, CSW students were able to create an astounding array of artwork, with both visual and performative aspects. Take a walk through our Virtual End-of-Mod Show to see their creations!

project on mask effectiveness
Alex Sinclair'21 for "Issues in Global and National Health: Analysis and Action," Mod 5

The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.