The Cambridge School of Weston's longstanding dedication to—and leadership in—progressive education is what sets us apart:
The Mod System
The Mod System has been a cornerstone of our academic approach since 1973. During any given Mod, you will focus intensively on just three academic subjects a day, which allows students to really dive deep into the courses at hand. The Mod System allows us to offer over 300 courses per year in addition to off-campus learning opportunities. Students experience an uncommon breadth and an unusual depth in their coursework.
Critical and Creative Thinking
You will be challenged to explore new ways of thinking and fresh approaches to problem solving in—and out—of the classroom. Our faculty are practicing writers, artists, mathematicians and researchers who bring their own passions to the classroom, building an innovative curriculum that is responsive to emerging and interdisciplinary topics.
Active, participatory learning is central to the student experience. In our courses, students learn by doing—through active debate, field work, laboratories, service-based learning, collaborative projects, and off-campus research. All seniors are required to complete a Capstone Project that demonstrates the interdisciplinary, critical and creative thinking skills they have learned at CSW.
CSW's community cultivates meaningful relationships characterized by respect, compassion, and open and honest communication. Everybody is on a first-name basis, from our head of school to our youngest student. Each students has advisor, who meets with the advising group daily. As a community, we are invested in each other's social and academic growth.
A Mindful Community
Our community is one that values inclusion, compassion, sustainability, and social justice, and we’re proud to be the first independent high school in the country to institute a social justice graduation requirement. Through involvement in Advisory Board, Judicial Board, Town Meetings, the Board of Trustees and various committees, students play an essential role in school decision-making. Additionally, CSW students make contributions that have a positive impact beyond our school through service activities, off-campus study, social and environmental activism, workshops, performances, and events.
You will take an active role in shaping your classroom environment, your academic schedule, and school policies. Here, students are not just given opportunities to be leaders—they are expected to lead. You will be challenged to think critically, explore your passions, and take intellectual risks.