Academics
Academics

From the Director

This sense of momentum and unboundedness characterizes our program.  We ask students to push beyond preconceived boundaries, to embrace an ethos of exploration and discovery, to ask big questions and tackle complex problems. 
At Webb our academic program has no bounds.  Classrooms spill out over our beautiful campus, with students working in groups on the quad, dashing over to the library for a quick research question, gathering together under a majestic live oak to sit in a circle and discuss a poem, share their writing, or look closely at the ecosystem beneath their feet.  Field study and partnerships move our students further beyond campus walls: to work in laboratories at local colleges and universities, study marine environments along the Pacific, or dig into research questions and projects at Los Angeles-area museums and archives.  We are always on the move. 
 
This sense of momentum and unboundedness characterizes our program.  We ask students to push beyond preconceived boundaries, to embrace an ethos of exploration and discovery, to ask big questions and tackle complex problems.  We want our students to welcome the complexity and messiness of learning.  Webb students get their hands dirty, quite literally, digging in the dusty Barstow Formation on peccary trips as part of our freshmen Evolutionary Biology class, or scouting a trail in our Literature and Leadership in the Wilderness humanities elective.  They learn to embrace the journey towards a solution through our problem-based math curriculum or the projects they tackle in our sophomore year Integrated Physics and Chemistry class. They never stop practicing the value of communication, conversation and critical thinking through Harkness discussions in our humanities program and rich cultural explorations in the world languages.  They sing, dance, act, sculpt, 3D print, paint, perform and play in the arts and along the way cultivate a stronger sense of their own creative potential. 
 
Webb invites students to explore: to develop a strong foundation in our freshmen and sophomore core and embrace the ability to choose and direct their own program as they move into their final two years at Webb.  This pathway is intentional. We want our students to become master learners and nimble thinkers, aware of their own passions and interests, adept at making choices and strong in voice. 
 
The demands and innovations of our program work thanks to the strength and dedication of both our students and our exceptional faculty.  Accomplished scholars, master teachers and first and foremost dedicated to lives and needs of adolescents, our faculty is there to guide, challenge and celebrate our students.  Our residential campus once more collapses the boundaries of traditional school environments: we live and learn together, support each other and forge a rich, unique community within and beyond our classroom walls. 
 
To learn more about our academic program and specific course offerings, please take a look at our Course Selection Guide 2017-2018.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Tracy Miller 
Director of Studies
 

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