Many boys also benefit from all-boys spaces. Boys respond to positive models of masculinity that embrace the challenges and realities they face as they enter high school, a critical moment in their adolescent development. By meeting boys where they are in 9th and 10th grade, Webb faculty allow them to build their academic skills and confidence in a comfortable setting. Both inside and outside the classroom, boys create deep bonds of friendship, allowing them to be vulnerable and to take appropriate risks, to develop empathy for others and to forge their own sense of what it means to be a man. In doing so, they are guided in constructing an identity that is true to themselves and prepares them to be a positive force in the world.