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As we have done throughout the school year, the Senior Administrative Team carefully reviewed public health guidelines and recommendations issued by local, regional and national agencies in consultation with our Medical Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees. With the health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff as our primary concern, and our commitment to providing the highest quality academic and school program possible for Webb students paramount, school leadership reviewed various options and opportunities before making a final decision. The final decision to retain the academic program online from late April to early June was fully supported by the Educational Leadership Team and Academic Council, and approved by the Medical Advisory Board and Webb’s Board of Trustees.
With less than half of Webb students able to attend on-campus day programming, in the absence of our residential boarding program, continuing our online academic program makes sense. This will allow us to provide students with continuity in their academic program, while also enabling us to support the unique needs of all constituents at our global boarding school. We are excited about the additional on-campus educational experience we will be able to provide for our local students, while also mindful of the support all students need in the final months of the year. We expect to increase our afternoon activities programming and to provide local students with access to science lab and art studio facilities.
While our academic program will continue online through the end of the year, we are excited to provide additional on-campus opportunities for students who can participate. We expect to expand the size and frequency of our on-campus study groups so that all students here in a particular grade level can experience Webb together. In addition, we will offer our complete afternoon sports and activities programming as well as science and art lab opportunities, access to our Fawcett Library Resources, and time to unwind in our newly renovated Hooper Community Center. If a student is not currently participating in on-campus activities, they should reach out by Friday, March 19 to Dr. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate they intend to join after break to help with our planning.
At the current time, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines do not permit schools or colleges/universities to provide congregate living/dormitory living on their campuses, and they have indicated this will not change until summer.
We expect to return to Webb’s full, on-campus boarding and day program for the 2021-22 school year.
Webb is excited to offer its Junior Scholars Summer Program for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders on campus this July. Prospective students and families can learn more on our website about our two sessions and four unique and engaging programs in Paleontology, Science and Engineering, Digital Arts and Global Ethics. Applications are now being accepted. See our Summer Program page for more information.
We look forward to honoring our end-of-year traditions and celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2021. We believe our year-end celebrations are critical for our entire community and especially our senior class. As part of this, we look forward to bringing back all members of the senior class, both boarding and day students, for an on-campus, senior-trip experience in early June, in line with public health guidelines. You can read more here about our current plans regarding prom, candlelight ceremonies, commencement and more. Again, our goal is to provide meaningful in-person and virtual participation with each of these offerings for all students and families.
Mr. Stockdale will continue to lead Webb as Head of Schools until his current contract concludes on June 30, 2023. At that time, he will retire, having served Webb for 35 years, including 13 as Head of Schools.
No. The current leadership structure will remain as it is today, carrying us through our Centennial Years.
The plan has two primary parts – 1) Mr. Stockdale’s continuing role with Webb, and 2) Transitioning to a new Head of Schools.
- Mr. Stockdale has enthusiastically accepted an offer to transition his role at Webb to Head Emeritus, commencing July 1, 2023 and keeping him actively engaged until at least 2027. As Head Emeritus, he will play a lead role in completing the Centennial Campaign and in exploring strategic opportunities for Webb while also being a powerful resource for the new Head of Schools.
- The Board has engaged an external consultancy, Educational Directions, to support the Board Selection Committee with conducting a thorough and complete process to firmly establish the most important leadership qualities Webb will seek in its next Head of Schools and make a final recommendation on a new Head. This process will consider a range of options, from conducting a national search to evaluating our current Associate Head of Schools – Dr. Theresa Smith – with the goal of bringing to the Board the strongest candidate to support Webb’s future.
During the past decade, Webb has:
- Become a leader among independent schools in academic, co-curricular, and student life programs.
- Doubled the size of the campus by acquiring adjacent hillside properties.
- Strengthened its reputation and stature among domestic and international admissions markets while, at the same time, increasing financial aid.
- Maintained the Alf Museum’s standing as a preeminent institution as well as the leading and only accredited paleontology museum curated by, and on the campus of, a secondary school.
- Experienced significant growth in its endowment.
Looking to the Centennial and beyond, the Board seeks to ensure that the next Head of Schools has the necessary skills, work experience and inspiration to build upon the school’s strong trajectory and momentum. Our new Head must have the highest levels of integrity and moral courage, as well as a passion for Webb’s unique boarding & day program and culture. Our new Head must also be a community builder and leader who is able to drive the innovation, curricular advancement, and technology opportunities that will lead Webb into our next 100 years.
To help us identify and prioritize the desired leadership qualities, Educational Directions – an independent school search and consulting firm – will be engaging the entire Webb Community with a survey in the near term.
The most important responsibility for the Board of Trustees is attracting, hiring, evaluating, and retaining the Head of Schools. Your Board takes this responsibility seriously and is working proactively to manage the selection process.
The Board Chair, Mr. Sanjay Dholakia, along with Dr. Wendin Smith, are co-chairing a Selection Committee that is working with consulting firm Educational Directions. The Board has charged the Selection Committee with conducting a thorough process to identify the strongest possible candidate for appointment as the next Head.
In addition to Educational Directions, the Board has also engaged the counsel of the Glasgow Group, our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) consultant, given our ongoing commitment to all forms of diversity, including gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
As part of the initial process, the Selection Committee has asked Educational Directions to compile a list of highly qualified potential new Head applicants that represents diversity of gender, race, religion, thinking and sexuality.
In addition to the new Head search, Webb has engaged the Glasgow Group to evaluate all our hiring practices from a DEI perspective.
Finally, the Head of Schools selection is only part of the Board’s commitment to DEI. The Board remains committed to building a community that fosters an inclusive school characterized by openness, acceptance, and empathy, where all members are valued, respected, and supported. The school is committed to DEI long-range goals in all hiring, retaining employees, and in crafting and delivering student experiences that reflect and embrace those objectives. The Board will attract and retain trustees from a broader spectrum of potential members.
The Board of Trustees agrees with the recommendation of our Educational Directions consultants, Mr. Chris Arnold and Ms. Amy Richards, that the search for the next Head of Schools should begin within the organization and with our Associate Head of Schools, Dr. Theresa Smith. The timeline for Mr. Stockdale’s transition to Head Emeritus allows for a thoughtful examination of the leadership potential already in place at Webb as well as outside candidates.
The Board and Selection Committee are committed to an inclusive search for our new Head. We will seek input from the Webb Community throughout, including via formal and informal channels. All Community members will receive a survey, and there will be opportunities for open discussion through Zoom focus group meetings with our consulting leads. We will be posting updates to the website and communicating with the Community at periodic intervals. Please feel free to contact any member of the Selection Committee at any time during the process.
The Centennial Years will allow us to celebrate Webb’s past 100 Years, its Next 100 Years, Mr. Stockdale, and other longstanding faculty and staff members, in multiple moments and venues. Plans will be adapted appropriately for the COVID-19 environment.
More information will certainly follow, and we encourage you to engage our Development Team, Alumni Council, and other channels if you have questions or suggestions.
This process will consider options that range from conducting a national search to evaluating our current Associate Head of Schools, Dr. Theresa Smith.
Educational Directions has advised the Board to evaluate our potential internal successor first while it sources potential external candidates.
Concurrent with our evaluation of Dr. Smith, the Committee will also identify and review a diverse pool of other leaders and potential applicants across the Boarding/Day School landscape.
You may visit this page for more information about Webb’s response to covid, highlights and enhancements of our current program, and new health and safety protocols.
Your DSOs (Designated School Officials) are part of the Admission Team and look forward to helping you navigate this process. After submitting your enrollment contract, your DSOs will reach out to you via email explaining your next steps regarding your I-20. Questions along the way? Reach out to email@example.com.
Instructions on completing the enrollment contract will be sent via email. Parents who have questions regarding completing the enrollment contract may email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
9th graders can expect to take courses in Humanities, Math, Science, World Languages, Fine Arts and Health & Wellness. View a sample program of study in the Course Selection Guide (page 6) for an overview of what your academic program may look like, and what courses you can look forward to taking. A sample daily schedule is available here.
Following receipt of your enrollment contract, emails will be sent in late April with instructions on how to access and login to the Student Information System (SIS) and complete your afternoon activity selection online.
Following receipt of your enrollment contract, emails will be sent in late April with instructions on how to access and login to the Student Information System (SIS) and complete the online course request process.
In accordance with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s guidance for schools and HIPAA privacy rules, our nurses will follow established procedures for community notification. When the Health Center receives notification of a positive/suspected case of, or close contact to COVID-19 in our Webb community:
Notice is sent to any student/family who has been on campus during the same time frame as the infected person. This notice will share basic information, but not specific details, and will remind families that if their student had possibility of close contact (from contact tracing information), they will be notified separately.
For those on the same team/activity as the infected person but without close contact, nurses will send additional communication with instructions to monitor for emerging symptoms. This notice will share additional details about possible exposure.
Anyone identified as a close contact to an infected person will be contacted directly by a Webb nurse, instructed to contact their primary care physician, arrange for a PCR test and quarantine until negative results are received.
Webb is required to report any positive COVID-19 test to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department within one business day of being notified if the person had been at school any point in the 14 days prior to becoming ill.
No notice will be sent to students/families who have not been on campus.
As always, the Health Center team is here to support you – please reach out if you have any questions or concerns: email@example.com.
Screening testing is one key layer in Webb’s comprehensive health and safety plan. We will test members of the community (students and adults) participating in on-campus programming using Abbot’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 antigen testing. This test takes about two minutes to perform, utilizes an anterior nose swab administered by a medical professional and gives results within 15 minutes. More information on this product can be found at https://www.fda.gov/media/141569/download.
It is important to note that, while the BinaxNOW test has high accuracy rates, this or any antigen test typically cannot detect lower levels of virus and therefore may yield a false-negative result. This is one reason why the cadence and frequency of testing is important. As with any diagnostic test, the BinaxNOW may yield a false-positive result; this is why PCR testing, which is highly sensitive, is used to verify results. Still, research shows that the ability to test frequently, with immediate results, is key to controlling virus spread. Screening testing is just another layer of protection for our community, in addition to daily health assessment (Passport), mask-wearing, physical distancing, hand-washing and special cleaning protocols — all are needed to keep our community healthy.
Following best practices and the advice of our Medical Advisory Board, Webb’s Health Center professionals have created a community testing schedule, and the frequency of tests (once or twice per week) will typically depend on the number of days per week a person is on campus. Please know that, depending on the health needs of the community, the testing cadence may be altered at any time without notice.
Any member of the community who tests positive to the antigen test will be taken to our COVID isolation area. One of Webb’s RNs will assess symptoms, ask contact-tracing questions, administer a PCR test and contact parents to take their child home. You will also receive instructions to contact your primary care physician and to isolate at home pending the PCR test result. Webb’s nurses will stay in contact with you throughout the testing, isolation and ultimate return to campus process.
We look forward to the possibility of offering on-campus study groups starting March 1. We know our students have missed being on campus and need the opportunity to be supported with the challenges of distance learning, to be around their peers and have some time between class studying and being together.
Guided by L.A. County’s protocols for schools and our Medical Advisory Board, we believe we can host these groups safely. This will require, of course, your cooperation, and thus it is important that you read, understand and agree to the protocols below in advance of registering to participate. Please note that we continue to monitor community spread and will suspend plans for these activities if we do not feel it is safe to proceed.
Both on and off campus, all participating students and faculty/staff will need to follow the guidelines outlined in Webb’s Health and Safety Protocols.
1) All participants must complete a daily health assessment before entering campus and participating in activities.
2) Entrance and exit to campus will be monitored before and following study group arrival and departure for compliance with all health and safety protocols.
3) Students will remain in assigned cohorts of students and faculty/staff. Except when in individual study spaces, most of their time on campus will be spent outdoors.
4) All participants will be required to physically distance at all times, six feet or more, and also wear a mask unless alone in their assigned study room with the door closed or eating in a designated area.
5) Every participant, each student, faculty and staff member, must agree in writing by signing A Community Pledge, that they have read and understood and will abide by Webb’s Health and Safety Protocols.
In-person sessions are optional and intended to supplement our online afternoon program, not supplant it. All students will still be meeting together online each week and students not able to attend in person will be given equivalent workouts they can do to advance and maintain their fitness in anticipation of a potential return to competition.
The goal of our in-person activities is to allow students the opportunity to work together with their peers, stay in shape, and practice fundamental, sport-specific skills in a safe setting.
Webb will be following the youth sports guidelines as set forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health — LA County Youth Sports Guidelines. Athletic and other administrative staff will monitor practices to ensure compliance with protocols.
The entire program generally runs the month of July. There are two, 10-day sessions with a bridge program in the middle for students who can’t or don’t want to return home in between sessions.
Students have the opportunity to choose between Science & Engineering, Paleontology, Global Ethics and Digital Arts. There are two 10-day sessions offered each summer. Students can stay for both sessions and chose two different offerings.
Yes, students in the paleontology program within Junior Scholars do have the opportunity to work in the Alf Museum. The museum includes two floors of installations and displays and holds over 175,000 fossil specimens.
In addition to our four-year paleontology program, which includes participating in independent research, there are lots of volunteer opportunities for students, including cleaning fossils in the preparation lab, laser scanning dinosaur bones in the research lab and maintaining the skeletons on exhibit. And, of course, you are welcome to join the museum’s annual summer Peccary Trip, which brings students and museum staff to wilderness areas in Montana, Utah and California for a three-week search for fossils.
Webb freshman are introduced to the museum through their two-semester core course Evolutionary Biology, which includes a weekend Peccary Trip to the area around Barstow, California, to participate in a fossil dig. For more specific information as it relates to your academic program, please check in with your advisor. Approximately 95 percent of the Alf Museum’s more than 175,000 specimens were discovered by Webb students, teachers and alumni!
Webb offers a host of co-curricular programs in a range of disciplines, including dance, debate, music, paleontology, robotics, theater and studio art. Webb also provides opportunities for students to extend their education beyond campus through experiential programs such as our trips program, which offers domestic and international trips during school breaks and in the summer, and our bi-annual Unbounded Days, which offers immersive, collaborative, relevant experiences that connect the classroom to the broader world. Highly qualified students who wish to undertake serious study in an area not covered by the Webb curriculum may propose an Independent Study course, and students who complete all of the course offerings at the advanced level in a given department may seek to enroll in courses at the Claremont Colleges, with the proper approvals.
You are encouraged to choose a challenging and varied curriculum based on ability and interests as well as on academic and career goals. Returning students consult with their advisor, teachers and parents while making their course selections for the following year. New students should discuss course choices with their parents. The director of studies will review the academic programs and overall loads of individual students. In addition, the director of college guidance will examine junior and senior course selections to ensure that they meet the requirements of the schools to which students are applying. Each student’s advisor, department chairs and the director of studies are available to answer questions about course selection.
The Webb Schools are committed to providing you with the support you need to achieve success at all levels of our academic program. Your primary source of assistance and guidance is your classroom teacher, and you may attend faculty office hours (offered four times per week) or schedule appointments to meet individually or in small groups with teachers before school, in a common free period, at lunch or outside the academic day. There are also evening labs in nearly all subjects during the week. All of these sessions can be used to review course content, improve study skills, prepare for tests or get help on an assignment. You may also team up with peer study partners to give and get support with classwork and exam prep. In addition, Webb maintains a tutor pool of approved and vetted tutors who are cleared to work on campus.
A selection of courses at Webb are more rigorous and thus carry an Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), or Advanced Studies (AdvSt) designation. Honors courses differ from standard sections by incorporating advanced content. AP courses adhere to the content and methods prescribed by the College Board for that subject and include test-preparation activities and practice. AP-level classes and Advanced Studies courses (designed by Webb faculty) engage students in high-level intellectual pursuits; they are characterized by their depth of study, their embrace of the latest in academic research and their attention to making connections among disciplines.
For a complete listing of required classes you can consult our Course Selection Guide. In addition to subject-specific requirements, 9th-grade students are required to take three core classes: Foundations of Civilization a one-semester course on the politics, economies, religions, social norms and artistic-intellectual production of cultures around the world; Fundamentals of Composition is a one-semester course that provides an immersive introduction to multidisciplinary thinking, critical analysis and writing, speaking, presentation and debate; and Evolutionary Biology is a two-semester course that explores Earth’s history, the history of life and evolution in geological time and modern genetics research and theory.
Tenth-grade students, in addition to subject-specific requirements, also participate in three core classes: The American Idea is a one-semester course that focuses on the question of what makes an American text or artwork “American”; American Society, Past & Present is a one-semester course that looks at American attempts to create an ideal society and balance the conflicting interests of a diverse nation; and Integrated Physics & Chemistry is a two-semester course that introduces students to the study of matter, chemical reactions and energy, and then builds on those concepts to explore more advanced ideas like thermodynamics and the quantum structure of atoms.
Yes, and many games and matches are archived, too. For some sports, we also send live updates to families to ensure they are as connected as possible with you on game day.
Yes — in fact, we encourage it! Learning to play a sport not only builds strength, skills and confidence, it helps you discover your unbounded potential for successfully meeting new challenges.
Teams typically meet for two hours of practice on weekday afternoons, meaning you’ll benefit from physical activity almost every school day. Depending on the sport, games, matches and tournaments take place in late afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Webb’s athletics program generally offers three seasons of play annually (however, in 2020-21 three seasons have been combined into two seasons by the California Interscholastic Federation), and you may choose to participate in a sport each season. Getting involved in multiple sports is a great way to get to know other Webbies and coaches and develop and hone skills.
We are pleased to work with alumni, parents and friends to realize their philanthropic goals and support The Webb Schools. We do accept gifts of securities, real estate and personal property. To learn more, please contact Senior Director of Development for Leadership and Planned Giving Bob Fass at firstname.lastname@example.org and Director of Leadership Giving Danielle Gordon at email@example.com.
Webb does not offer weekend classes. There are many weekend activities, chapel and special Sunday programs throughout the year for the entire community.
Students have evening lab opportunities across the curriculum, as well as evening study hours.
Webb has an extensive advisory program and curriculum. A small group of students work closely with a single faculty member who also acts as a principle contact for parents.
Webb offers a number of AP courses in World Languages, Mathematics & Computer Science and the Sciences. In addition and beyond the AP, Webb offers a wide array of Advanced Studies courses in the Humanities Department and across the curriculum.
Absolutely! Webbinars will be recorded posted online following the presentation.
Not at all! You can see/hear the presentation using your computer’s audio/visual tools and communicate with the presenters through our Q&A and Chat boxes.
No. Your link is unique to you, and cannot be shared.
Upcoming webinars will be posted at the top of the current page and include registration links. Upcoming virtual events and registration details, including webinars, are also posted on our Virtual Events Calendar page.
All test results must come to Webb directly from the testing company. We will not accept score reports from the applicant’s family, agents or consultants.
While we conduct a holistic review of each applicant, international students admitted to Webb typically score 100 or higher on the TOEFL, 7 score band on the IELTS and 125 on the DET.
We require all applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been taught primarily in English for the last two years of school in a fully English-based curriculum to adequately demonstrate English proficiency. Students may demonstrate proficiency by submitting a test from one of the test companies listed above.
Admission decisions will be available online on March 10 through the applicant’s online account. Candidates must access their account using their username and password.
Webb welcomes home-schooled students to apply by submitting the necessary application materials and test results, including full description of the curriculum, methods of assessment and any organization that might have oversight authority for the candidate’s program. Recommendations are encouraged from facilitators outside the family, if available. Further questions can be directed to the Office of Admission.
In rare cases, we will consider an applicant who wishes to repeat their current grade. Families can make the decision to repeat a year only in consultation with the Director of Admission.
A brief visit to a class is part of our regular campus tour, but students generally do not shadow a full class. To learn more about our curriculum, we encourage applicants to visit the campus for our Discover Webb or Parent Information Night events.
*Currently we are unable to accommodate visitors on campus. Please view our Visit page for Virtual Opportunities.
The admit rate for the 2019-2020 school year was 18%.
Interviews are strongly recommended but not required. Interviews for the 2021 admission cycle will be conducted online.
Webb’s SSAT code is 8080. Our ISEE code is 50600. Please mark this on your test to ensure that we receive scores directly from the testing organization.
*Given the availability of testing during COVID-19, applicants are not required to submit admission test scores during the 2021 application cycle. Webb will evaluate applications without the SSAT or ISEE scores while continuing to conduct a holistic review of each applicant. International applicants are required to demonstrate language proficiency.
All students applying for grades 9 or 10 must take either the SSAT or the ISEE. Grade 11 applicants may submit PSAT, SSAT or ISEE scores.
It is required that non-native English speakers take a language proficiency exam. Webb accepts the TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo. Please see the Application Process for more information.
In rare cases, Webb will admit a student mid-year. Examples of this may be a work-related transfer for the candidate’s parent.
All parts of the online application must be completed before it can be submitted. Our deadline for application submission is January 15.
Our primary admission year is grade 9, but we will also consider applicants for grades 10 and 11. We typically do not accept applications to enter grade 12.
Webb is a boarding community that admits a limited number of day students in the 9th, 10th and 11th grades. Families wishing to apply for a day space must live in one of the prescribed day-area cities at the time they submit the admission application. A prospective day student must reside within one of the following cities: Alta Loma, Azusa, Claremont, Covina, Fontana, Glendora, La Verne, Montclair, Mount Baldy, Ontario, Phillips Ranch, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas or Upland.
Webb is a college-preparatory boarding school with a challenging curriculum, so we seek students with demonstrated academic achievement. Additionally, as an honor-bound community, we welcome students with strong character and a desire to be actively involved with peers, faculty and staff.
Given the availability of testing during COVID-19, applicants are not required to submit test scores during the 2021 application cycle. Webb will evaluate applications without the SSAT or ISEE scores while continuing to conduct a holistic review of each applicant.
We are working with all of our international students to help them navigate the issues surrounding their student visas and travel restrictions. Our hybrid educational model will allow all Webb students to start the new school year on time, whether or not their return to campus is delayed. If international students are unable to travel to campus by the start of the school year, they will begin the year using our online program and transition to our in-person program when travel is possible.
The college guidance office maintains continuous contact with admission offices at the nation’s top colleges and universities across the country and around the world. As admission reps this fall work to reorder their plans for student recruitment, they will be in communication with Webb’s college guidance office. Colleges and universities know Webb’s program well and will continue to rely on us to educate stellar graduates to join their campuses. This important work will continue in 2020-21 and beyond.
Our college guidance experts will continue to work closely with admission offices in the most selective colleges and universities in the country and around the world. Our highly individualized four-year college guidance program is well structured to meet the evolving needs of students and families as they progress through Webb’s program. The new year will include additional online/virtual programming with Webb students, staff and college representatives around the country.
Webb will continue to offer unique and engaging afternoon activities through our on-campus and online programs. Signature programs include robotics, debate, museum studies and more. Our hybrid model will enable us to offer afternoon activities in some new and exciting ways.
With most schools in our state online, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) pushed back the start of high school sports and merged the traditional three seasons into two. It is our hope athletic practices could start in some way this spring, as public health protocols allow. Webb will keep students and families posted on developments as they occur. The two new season year are:
Fall (December – February): VWS Cross Country, WSC Cross Country, Football, VWS Volleyball, WSC Volleyball, VWS Water Polo, WSC Water Polo
Spring (March – June): Badminton, VWS Basketball, WSC Basketball, VWS Golf, WSC Golf, VWS Soccer, WSC Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, VWS Tennis, WSC Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling
Yes, we will be adding additional resources in this area for the coming school year. Webb’s support is multi-layered and includes the Health Center, mental health counselors, peer advisors, lead class advisors and other trained faculty and staff. In addition, personal learning plan coordinators will take an active role in monitoring and assessing each student’s progress and needs in this area.
We know that physical connection and proximity is important to how students interact with each other. With that said, we also know that physical distancing is extremely effective in stopping the spread of the virus. We will be working to educate students on the most up-to-date health protocols and the scientific reasoning behind them. We will expect everyone in the community to abide by our New Health & Safety Protocols, just as we expect them to follow other community norms.
The goal is to accommodate every student when they are ready and able to return to campus — not on a first-come, first-served basis. Webb has enough dorm beds to serve its boarding student population — it has not and will not over-enroll the boarding program.
Depending on virus threat levels at the time Webb opens its campus to boarding students, our Medical Advisory Board, on the advice of local health agencies, may require us to accommodate students in single rooms. Webb will strive to accommodate our students on campus to the best of our abilities within these constraints and will work with families to find local accommodations within commuting distance of campus.
Webb was already beginning to look at moving beyond its online class management system Haiku in the fall of 2019. A work group of the Academic Council identified new systems, as well as discussed pedagogical needs. The Canvas system stood out for several reasons. It is a robust system, while others like Google Classroom or Blackboard are designed mainly to offer assignment posting and a gradebook. Canvas, especially with the Canvas Studio extension we are implementing, offers powerful collaboration and communication tools that enable students and faculty to create robust content within the system. It also integrates well with other systems we use, such as Office 365, which is used for email and more. It has a terrific mobile app as well.
A major component of Webb’s program is hands-on learning. The faculty has created ways for students to participate in a range of hands-on experiences, even as they are learning from home. In science, for example, we are supporting and enabling student lab work at home, as well as using new online tools for science experimentation, including virtual reality labs.
Webb will be shifting its daily schedule to support the new Hybrid Learning Model and to respond to recommendations from its medical advisory board for each time module. In the month before each time module, students will work with a personalized learning plan coordinator who will help them map out their daily schedule. The sample “day in the life” models in the Hybrid Learning Model publication will give you an idea of the full and exciting days ahead.
Most international families access medical health insurance through the Clifford Allan program with United Health Care. Please contact our Health Center at 909-482-52053 for more information on costs and coverage.
Webb confirmed that this policy does cover COVID-related illness (treatment and symptomatic testing). We’ve also confirmed that the policy is, as always, active anywhere outside the student’s home country. But in addition, the policy will also be in force in the student’s home country at least through December 31; this timeframe could be extended by the insurance commission depending on the pandemic situation.
Parents are advised to compare this program with other home-country options to determine which provides the best coverage. In general, purchasing the 10- and 12-month plans are a better value; this decision should have been made by mid-September.
We are proud of the many ways our new hybrid educational model will provide an extraordinary education while advancing Webb’s mission and values. The flexible model offers an on-campus experience (boarding and day) and an innovative and robust learning program (online) for students who chose it for reasons of travel delays and restrictions or because they feel it is the best program option for them as school begins in the fall.
As part of the program, every Webb student will create a personalized learning plan. Working with students and families, plan coordinators will identify student-learning goals, assist students in navigating Webb’s offerings, provide off-campus students with connections to local resources and work closely with advisors to ensure students are thriving.
Webb faculty and staff will be dedicating a significant portion of the summer months to preparing the campus for students to return and to further developing our new hybrid model.
Maintaining a safe and healthy campus community and learning environment is Webb’s top priority. As such, we are committed to complying with government and agency mandates, employing best practices, making informed decisions, and establishing campus access and program controls in response to shifting local, national and global realities. Please review our New Health & Safety Protocols for the 2020-21 school year.
Our first day of scheduled classes was Monday, September 7. Additional dates, including our Opening Days and school breaks are available on in our New Hybrid Educational Model Program.
Students are invited to contact faculty in the fine and performing arts regarding participation in our arts programs. Auditions are generally part of the course/ensemble placement process.
All students are welcome to continue a sport they are passionate about, or try a new one at Webb. There are three sports seasons each year — fall, winter and spring. Tryouts vary by sport and are generally used for placement on varsity and junior varsity teams.
Cell phones are not to be used in classes or in public areas.
Yes, parents of speakers are welcome to attend chapel, but seating preference is given to our students.
We do offer summer storage to our boarding students. Contact Romana Quick in the Student Store for more details — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cell phone or email. See the policy above regarding the use of phones on campus.
There are several kinds of passes available:
Tuesday Dinner Pass. After 5:15 p.m. most Tuesdays, students who have no further obligations may sign out for dinner with their parents, another student’s parents, or a faculty member. Students should sign out in their dorms. Students must be back on campus for evening study period by 7:30 p.m. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors may not use a dinner pass for any purpose other than to go to dinner with their parent, another student’s parents or a faculty member. On most Tuesdays, seniors may take a dinner pass with their parents, another student’s parents, adults other than their parents, or with Webb day students, provided they receive permission from the dean of students.
Day (6-hour) Pass. On weekends, students are permitted to leave campus for a maximum of six hours by utilizing a day pass. Day passes are taken by completing an accurate entry in the Weekend Sign-Out Binder. Students using day passes are expected to go to appropriate and safe destinations and must use only approved transportation for any such activity. Students who walk or ride bikes off-campus must return before dark and must carry a form of identification (e.g. school ID) with them. Freshmen must always leave campus in groups of two or more.
Students may take more than one pass per day as long as the total does not exceed six hours, but may also participate in a school-sponsored trip on the same day that a day pass is used.
Students may take a 6-hour pass beginning at 4 p.m. Friday afternoons and evenings, provided they have met all other obligations and that the pass does not conflict with required, school-scheduled activities. They must sign out carefully and fully, use approved transportation and be sure to return and sign in by 10:45 p.m. Freshmen must return to campus on the weekends by 10 p.m. unless on a school-sanctioned trip. Students may sign out any time Saturday, provided that the pass does not conflict with required, school-scheduled activities. All students on campus must sign in with an adult anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. On Sundays, all students must be on campus and signed in by 5:30 p.m.
Vacation & Breaks. Students are not permitted to leave for vacation before the conclusion of their last commitment on the day vacation begins. Parents should plan travel arrangements accordingly. When making travel arrangements, students are to vacate the dorms no later than 7 p.m. on the day vacation begins. Transportation to and from local airports may be made through the student services coordinator in the Student Store.
Students must return to campus between 3 and 9 p.m. on the last day of vacation. Students unable to return by 9 p.m. must contact their dorm head or security.
Our vendor is Dennis Uniform Company. The store is at 22825 Savi Ranch Parkway, Yorba Linda, California, 92887. You may also place your order online. At the start of each school year we also offer a used uniform sale. These items are donated from our students and are cleaned and ready for purchase during Orientation.
Click here for the uniform internet site for Vivian Webb School.
Click here for the uniform internet site for Webb School of California.
The VWS and WSC school crests, the WSC school tie and VWS school pin will be available at the Student Store and may be charged to your student account.
For faculty members or advisors, email is preferable. Boarding parents should establish with their child’s advisor how often they would like to be contacted. When contacting the deans, it is the parent’s preference as to whether phone or email works best.
Athletic Director Steve Wishek
email@example.com or (909) 482-5257
Fine Arts Department Chair Stefanie Plumley
firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 447-7075
Course Selection and the Academic Program?
Director of Studies Michael Hoe
email@example.com or (909) 482-5212
Registrar Briar Rose Tirpak
firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 482-5227
General Questions — who, what, when and where?
Director of Parent Relations and Special Events Jennifer Liu
email@example.com or (909) 482-5277
Health Center (909) 482-5253
Dean of Campus Life Ken Rosenfeld
firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 482-5276
WSC Dean of Students?
WSC Dean of Students Rick Duque
email@example.com or (909) 482-5233
VWS Dean of Students?
VWS Dean of Students Sarah Lantz
firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 482-5218
Student Store, Airport Shuttle, Student Uniform?
Student Services Coordinator Romana Quick
email@example.com or (909) 482-5248
Tuition, Payment Schedules, Student Accounts?
Business Office, Sheana Wijeyeratne
firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 482-5201
Not sure who to call? Please contact the front desk at (909) 626-3587.
Webb has an extensive support system to help students make the transition to boarding school life. Each student is assigned a faculty/staff advisor. There are approximately eight students for every advisor. Advisors and advisees meet weekly and build very strong relationships. Advisors monitor student progress in three main areas: academics, extra-curricular activities and residential life. In addition, each dorm has a faculty member assigned as the dorm head. This faculty member resides in or next-door to their assigned dorm. Dorm heads oversee the dorm program, conduct weekly dorm meetings and are the senior adult in charge in case of emergencies.
Upperclassmen also play a critical role in helping new students adjust to life at Webb. All students can readily turn to a senior student leader, known as a dorm counselor (VWS) or a dorm prefect (WSC), who is available to help with a whole variety of situations from providing study-break pizza to lending a sympathetic ear. Also, all new students are assigned a Peer Advisor who helps with meeting people and becoming integrated into the community.
Students check in for breakfast by 8:15 a.m. Classes begin at 8:30. Students have a mid-morning break to go to meetings, assemblies or chapel and a 40-minute lunch period mid-day. Classes end at 3:00 on most days. After class, students participate in our afternoon program from 3:35 p.m. to 5:15. Dinner begins at 6:00 and study hours are from 7:45 to 10:00 p.m..
- 59 teaching faculty
- 83% hold advanced degrees, 25% hold doctorates
- 4 alumni faculty members
- Average over 8 years at Webb
- Average over 17 years of teaching experience
- 6:1 student/teacher ratio
- Average class size: 16
The Webb Schools are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and do not discriminate based on actual or perceived race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, gender/identity/expression, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.
- Over $100,000 awarded annually for professional development and travel
- Eight endowed faculty awards that recognize excellence in teaching
- Generous financial support for graduate study
- Financial assistance with professional memberships and dues
- Comprehensive mentoring program for new faculty
- Health Insurance — Webb pays 90% of HMO premiums for employees and employee families
- Life Insurance and Long Term Disability — 100% of premiums paid by Webb
- Worker’s Compensation
- Retirement Plan — Webb contributes 6-10% of employee’s base salary into a TIAA-CREF retirement plan upon eligibility. Employees may also contribute to a supplemental retirement plan at any time through salary reduction
- Flexible Spending Accounts for Health and Dependent Care
- Tuition remission for children of full time employees
- Laptop program for all teaching faculty
- On-campus housing may be available in one of 45 on-campus residences ranging in size from studios to four bedroom homes
- Voluntary participation in Dental and Vision plans, Legal Services and ID Theft Protection, Supplemental Term Life, and other supplemental policies
- Financial assistance with relocation
The Webb Schools are committed to fostering an inclusive school community characterized by openness, acceptance and empathy, where all members are valued, respected and supported. Our community is strengthened by the diverse views, beliefs, backgrounds and experiences of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. Embracing diversity in all its many forms is essential to our mission: in particular, our call to provide an exemplary learning community that nurtures future leaders who will act with honor and moral courage, and serve with a generous spirit.
General hours of operations for the Alf Museum are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sunday.
**The Alf Museum is currently closed to visitors as a result of COVID-19.
The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, located on the campus of The Webb Schools, is the only nationally accredited museum in the USA on a high school campus. Also, the Alf Museum provides a unique research program for Webb students where they study fossils they find on collecting trips and publish the results of their research in collaboration with museum staff.
Yes, students are welcome to enroll in both summer sessions. There is a bridge program you can enroll in and remain on campus as well.
All students are required to take five classes. Many Webb students carry a load of six classes one or both semesters. Students are not allowed to take seven classes.
Our application deadline is Jan. 15.
Students check-in for breakfast by 8:15 a.m. Classes begin at 8:30. Students have a mid-morning break to go to meetings, assemblies or chapel and a 40-minute lunch period mid-day. Classes end at 3 p.m. on most days. After class, students participate in our afternoon program from 3:35 to 5:15 p.m. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and study hours are from 7:45 to 10 p.m.
Webb was founded in 1922. The Centennial will be celebrated in 2022.
Webb School of California students typically have single rooms, while Vivian Webb students usually have a roommate.
Webb has an extensive support system to help students make the transition to boarding school life. Each student is assigned a faculty/staff advisor. There are approximately eight students for every advisor. Advisors and advisees meet weekly and build very strong relationships. Advisors monitor student progress in three main areas: academics, extra-curricular activities and residential life. In addition, each dorm has a faculty member assigned as the dorm head. This faculty member resides in or next-door to their assigned dorm. Dorm heads oversee the dorm program, conduct weekly dorm meetings and are the senior adult in charge in case of emergencies. Upperclassmen also play a critical role in helping new students adjust to life at Webb. All students can readily turn to a senior student leader, known as a dorm counselor (VWS) or a dorm prefect (WSC), who is available to help with a whole variety of situations from providing study-break pizza to lending a sympathetic ear. Also, all new students are assigned a Peer Advisor who helps with meeting people and becoming integrated into the community.