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2018

  • November

    The Week @ Webb - Thanksgiving Edition

    Scott Nichols
    The Week @ Webb is a unique look into the activities both on and off Webb's campus. Here are twenty characteristics of Webb I'm most thankful for this year.
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  • Webb Partners in SoCal Diversity Fair

    To learn more about working in independent schools and meet with school representatives about open positions, please join Webb and 30 other participants on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City.
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  • October

    Discover Webb Day Admission Event

    The best way to find your best fit?  Visit.  We invite you to come discover our campus, experience our community, interact with our faculty and students, and explore the unbounded opportunities at Webb.
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  • Fall Play - Chekhov Comedies

    Hop in your Troika and join us at our country estate for an evening of two one-act comedies, in the style of 19th century Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.
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  • Top Awards for Webb Debate

    The Webb Debate Team is celebrating top awards after its first two league debates of the 2018-19 season. Junior Renny Jiang won First Place Speaker, her second gavel at Webb, which marks just the third time in Webb history a student has won the coveted award twice. Additionally, Webb charted a first place Tournament Award, two individual speaker awards, two second place speaker awards and several undefeated teams during the nascent season.
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  • Webb Students Draw Crowds at Annual Paleo Conference

    Dr. Andrew Farke
    Our students, staff, and faculty have just returned from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference, attended this year by over 1,400 paleontologists and paleontology enthusiasts from around the world, is a prestigious opportunity to share what is happening at Webb and the Alf Museum and also learn about the latest news from our field.
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  • Focus on Faculty: Howie Kalter

    Howie Kalter says the thing he most loves about his job at Webb is that teachers are coaches as well as classroom instructors. You’re just as likely to find him poolside where he’s the assistant coach of the WSC water polo team as you will in the classroom leading sections of Integrated Math I and II.
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  • Stanford University Takes Stand Against Low Admit-Rate Frenzy

    Yesterday Stanford University announced it would no long publicize its admit-rate percentages in an effort to discourage the growing national obsession over which colleges and universities have the lowest admit-rates in America.

    Stanford’s provost wrote, “When Stanford publicizes its admission numbers during the enrollment cycle, the main result we observe is stories that aim to identify which universities experience the most demand and have the lowest admit rates.”
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  • FOUR CLAREMONT COLLEGES RANKED IN FORBES TOP 25

    While the liberal arts college was first imagined in the rutted horse and buggy roads of the 18th century Berkshires, today it’s their forward-reaching west coast cousins causing the biggest stir. And the best news of all—two of Webb’s unbounded academic partnerships are with faculty at Pomona College and Harvey Mudd College—each celebrated in the top five in the United States.
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  • September

    The Week @ Webb - Sept. 17-24, 2018

    Scott Nichols
    The Week @ Webb is a unique look into the activities both on and off Webb's campus. This gallery features our work in the classroom and around campus in collaborative learning groups. Come take a look at some of the in-depth and hands-on work our students are working on.
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  • 2018 Alumni Award Recipients

    There is no greater testament to The Webb Schools' values, culture of service and leadership than our extraordinary alumni. Through our annual Alumni Awards program, the Alumni Council and the Board of Trustees honor alumni whose service and achievements truly exemplify the qualities and values that Webb represents. We are pleased to announce the five distinguished recipients of Webb's 2018 Alumni Awards.
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  • Parents Weekend!

    We have a full weekend planned for you, so please make sure we know you’re joining us. You can register for all events on the Parents home page on the website. Join us early for the Thursday, Oct. 4 Parent Reception at Elvira’s, visit classes and meet advisors, enjoy the Affiliates Benefit on Friday evening, and more. Register now!
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  • August

    The Week @ Webb - Theme Week Edition

    Scott Nichols
    The Week @ Webb is a unique look into the activities both on and off Webb's campus. This past week was our annual class spirit event called Theme Week. Each grade level dresses up in the announced theme for four days to gain points for their respective class. At the end of the week, each of the classes performs a skit that will also count towards their overall point total. It's a hilarious week for students and faculty alike, so I hope you enjoy some of the standout costumes and images I collected in this gallery.
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  • The Webb Schools

    Webb and Hotchkiss were among four leading boarding schools recently recognized for encouraging and fostering independence. Study International based in Europe, an organization that provides independent news and counseling for international students, highlighted Webb in a feature on the virtues of boarding schools.
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  • iGen Expert Dr. Jean Twenge Speaks at Webb’s Opening Days

    As part of Webb’s Opening Days, expert and author Dr. Jean Twenge will speak on her 2017 book iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us. Dr. Twenge is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, National Public Radio and elsewhere. Her research has been covered in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time and Newsweek.
     
    Just last week, on August 2, reporter Laura Pappano covered Dr. Twenge’s research and how the iGen generation is transforming education across the country...for the New York Times.
     
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  • The Week @ Webb - August 17-26, 2018

    Scott Nichols
    The Week @ Webb is a unique look into the activities both on and off Webb's campus.
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  • July

    Another successful year for The Webb Fund!

    Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, over 1,500 donors supported Webb by making a gift to The Webb Fund! Early calculations show that more than $1.65 million was donated to support Webb's areas of greatest need. Thank you for your support! If you have questions about making gift, please contact The Webb Fund Office at giving@webb.org or call (909) 482-5288.
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  • June

    Webb 2018 Commencements in Pictures

    On Saturday, June 2, members of the Class of 2018 were welcomed into the hallowed ranks of Webb alumni. At 10:30 a.m. on Faculty Field, 50 Vivian Webb girls received their diplomas. 
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  • May

    Congratulations 2018!

    Hector Martinez
    When some colleges are reporting less than a 5% admit rate (Harvard & Stanford) and many others remain in the single digits, it’s good to know that no matter how tough things get Webb students are well prepared for the challenge. Once again, our students beat the odds. The members of this year’s graduating class are to be congratulated for admission into some of the most sought-after colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. We saw 100% of the Class of 2018 admitted to a selective four-year college or university—90% will be attending a college ranked in the top 10% in the nation.
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  • Join The Conversation! WEBB Magazine

    Join the conversation. The Spring/Summer issue of WEBB Magazine is in the mail and on its way to you. In it we explore Webb’s new innovative curriculum—an educational experience being talked about across the country. From the newly invigorated core curriculum that includes The American Idea and Evolutionary Biology, to the ONLY AT WEBB series of Honors and Advanced Studies courses featuring Advanced Studies in Biotechnology and Honors Ethics & Modern Global Affairs—the Webb program is engaging students in field study and independent research work like never before.
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  • Live Stream Available for Both Commencements

    The Webb Schools is pleased to offer a live stream for both the Vivian Webb School and Webb School of California Commencement Ceremonies on June 2, 2018. The events are available below, and will be concurrently streaming on Webb's Facebook page as well as the schools' Livestream.com page.
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  • Jean E. Miller

    Jean E. Miller In Memoriam

    We learned from Jinx Tong (VWS dean from 1991-1996, and director of residence from 1983-1991) that Jean E. Miller passed away on Tuesday, May 22 at the age of 90 years old.   
     
    Jean was born in Brockton, Massachusetts in 1928. She attended Pembroke College (the coordinate women’s college to Brown University) and graduated with an A.B. in English in 1949. She enjoyed a long and celebrated career as an educator in private schools across the country.
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  • Today at Webb: Robotics

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  • SendGrid CEO Sameer Dholakia ’91: How a Good Guy Finishes First!

    Self-pride in Silicon Valley is every day, ordinary, embarrassingly understated even. Egomania, some say, a character requirement for success. Really, only the true tyrant can be hailed visionary there. And yet, swimming against such mythical miscalculation is Webb alumnus Sameer Dholakia ’91, CEO of SendGrid. He and the billion-dollar start-up he leads are both kind of a big deal—and for all the right reasons. In the June issue of 5280—Denver’s Mile High Magazine, writer Spencer Campbell profiles the man and the company he leads; SendGrid is headquartered in Denver, but also has offices in Menlo Park.
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  • Webb Trustee Miles Rosedale ’69, Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale, Sherry Cai P ’18, Director of College Guidance Hector Martinez and Director of Institutional Advancement Dutch Barhydt in Shanghai.

    PHOTOS: Webb Visits Alumni, Parents and Friends Around the World

    The Webb Schools visited over 200 alumni, parents and friends of the Webb community in more than five cities around the world last month.
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  • Commencement Speakers Announced for June 2, 2018

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  • Stephanie Ho '04

    Highlights from Annual Alumni Peccary Trip to Barstow

    Close to 90 participants, ranging in age from 2 to 81 years old came together at Owl Canyon Campground for the annual Alumni and Friends Peccary Trip.
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  • Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press Enterprise/SCNG

    Webb Swimmers Finish CIF Competition Strong

    Webb swimmers finished their 2018 season in championship style last week. The rundown: two days, two proud coaches (Ken Rosenfeld & Tom Jurczak), seven broken/re-broken school records, and one Vivian Webb CIF champion (the first individual swimming CIF champion in VWS history)!
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  • April

    Webb Wins Historic Preservation Award

    The Webb Schools will be honored with the Bess Garner Historic Preservation Award on May 19 at the Padua Hills Theater. The award, given by Claremont Heritage, “is in recognition of the stewardship shown in the preservation of the significant architecture and physical history of the campus.”
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  • Over 500 Donors Support Webb’s First Giving Day

    When The Webb Schools launched its first-ever Giving Day, over 500 donors gave more than $150,000 in support of Webb’s 24/7 learning community.
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  • Les Misérables SOLD OUT - Livestream Available

    While the tickets to see the upcoming production of Les Misérables sold out in a matter of minutes, The Webb Schools is pleased to announce a livestream of the Friday May 18th performance will be available on the school's website and Facebook page. The performance will begin at 7:00pm PDT.
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  • Mark Lee ’85

    Harvard Graduate School of Design Names Mark Lee ’85 Next Chair of Department of Architecture

    Jessica Rice ’12
    After years of teaching students about architecture and creating buildings with his own firm, Mark Lee ’85 has been chosen as the next Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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  • Alicia Zheng '14, Lauren Carpio '14, Kristen Wang '14 and Sage Yang '14 enjoyed their cookies in Chicago.

    If You Give an Alum a Cookie...

    Jessica Rice ’12
    Over 300 boxes of homemade chocolate chip cookies were shipped to Webb's young alumni in college this spring, just in time for their midterm exams.
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  • March

    Class of 2018

    In another competitive year at selective colleges and universities, the Class of 2018 received a bounty of good admission news. Everyone here at Webb congratulates the members of the class for their hard work, persistence, and wonderful contributions to the campus community. Now comes the hardest part--which college will you call home? Congratulations! 

    Class of 2018 -- Admitted Colleges

    American University
    The University of Arizona
    Azusa Pacific University
    Babson College
    Bard College
    Barnard College
    Bates College
    Baylor University
    Belmont University
    Beloit College
    Bentley University
    Boston College
    Boston University
    Bowdoin College
    Brandeis University
    Brown University
    Bryn Mawr College
    Bucknell University
    California Lutheran University
    California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
    California State University, Monterey Bay
    California State University, Northridge
    California State University, San Marcos
    University of California, Berkeley
    University of California, Davis
    University of California, Irvine
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, Merced
    University of California, Riverside
    University of California, San Diego
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    Carleton College
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Chapman University
    University of Chicago
    Claremont McKenna College
    Colby College
    Colgate University
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    Colorado College
    Colorado State University
    Concordia University - Irvine
    Cornell College
    Cornell University
    Davidson College
    DePauw University
    Dominican University of California
    Drexel University
    Duke University
    Emerson College
    Emory University
    Fordham University
    George Fox University
    The George Washington University
    Georgetown University
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Gonzaga University
    Hampshire College
    Harvard University
    Harvey Mudd College
    Haverford College
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Hult International Business School - London
    Humboldt State University
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Ithaca College
    Johns Hopkins University
    Kenyon College
    University of La Verne
    Lafayette College
    Lake Forest College
    Lewis & Clark College
    Loyola Marymount University
    Loyola University Chicago
    Macalester College
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    McGill University
    University of Miami
    Middlebury College
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    University of Mississippi
    Montana State University, Bozeman
    Mount Holyoke College
    University of New Mexico
    New York University
    North Carolina State University
    Northeastern University
    University of Notre Dame
    Occidental College
    Olin College of Engineering
    University of Oregon
    Pacific Lutheran University
    Pacific University
    University of the Pacific
    University of Pennsylvania
    Pepperdine University
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pitzer College
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Pomona College
    University of Portland
    University of Puget Sound
    Purdue University
    University of Redlands
    Reed College
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Rhodes College
    Rice University
    University of Richmond
    University of Rochester
    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    University of San Diego
    San Francisco State University
    University of San Francisco
    Santa Clara University
    Scripps College
    Seattle Pacific University
    Sewanee: The University of the South
    Skidmore College
    Smith College
    Sonoma State University
    University of Southern California
    Southern Utah University
    Stanford University
    Syracuse University
    The University of Tampa
    Texas Christian University
    University of Toronto
    Trinity College
    Trinity University
    Tufts University
    Union College - New York
    University of St Andrews
    Vanderbilt University
    Vassar College
    Wake Forest University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    University of Washington
    Wellesley College
    Wesleyan University
    Westmont College
    Wheaton College MA
    Whitman College
    Whittier College
    Whitworth University
    Willamette University
    University of Wisconsin, Madison


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  • Lifelong Learning: The Third Education Revolution

    In this fascinating article in The Atlantic, writer Jeffrey Selingo dives into the argument many economists, educators, and work-force development professionals are making today--our education in early life does not seem sufficient for the needs of our 21st century economy. The third wave, as he describes, will be one of continual training and education and retraining. Read more in The Atlantic.
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  • Seniors reminisce while looking at photos from their Webb experience.

    Students Welcomed to Alumni Community During Annual Senior Dinner

    In the first of many graduation traditions, seniors gathered in Hooper Student Center on April 25 for Webb's annual Senior Dinner.
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  • Alumni Events April 2018: New York, Philadelphia & London

    Alumni, family and friends are invited to join Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale and special guests for three events this April in New York City (April 11), Philadelphia (April 12) and London, England (April 14).
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  • Winter Sports Round-Up & Honors 2018

    Once again, Webb athletes had a strong showing across the board during the 2018 winter season. Led by WSC soccer, which finished the season League Champions and with a deep run into CIF, both VWS and WSC athletics posted very positive results. VWS Water Polo also finished its league play in second place.
     
    “It is always great each season to not only see our athletes and teams be successful on the field of play, but to see them learn and grow as individuals and part of a community,” said Director of Athletics Steve Wishek.
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  • VWS Dean of Students Sarah Lantz holds a portrait of Vivian Webb

    Women of Webb Around the World

    In honor of International Women's Day, the Alumni Office recognizes the Vivian Webb School's 1,355 alumnae around the globe.
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  • Join Us on Webb's First Giving Day!

    Webb's first Giving Day is on April 19-20 from noon to noon PST!
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  • New Trustee Elected: Julia Marciari-Alexander '85

    “I am excited to announce that Julia Marciari-Alexander ’85 has been elected to The Webb Schools Board of Trustees. A true pioneer and unbounded thinker, I look forward to Julia’s contributions to the important work of the board in the years ahead,” said Taylor Stockdale, Head of Schools.
     
    Marciari-Alexander ’85 is a graduate of Vivian Webb School, sister of WSC alumnus John ’78, and the daughter of former Webb trustee and Pomona College president, David Alexander.
    With more than 20 years of experience as a curator and museum leader, Marciari-Alexander ’85 currently serves as the executive director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
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  • February

    Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong ’93 speaks with students during Sophomore Career Evening on Feb. 11, 2018.

    Students Learn From Alumni Firsthand During Sophomore Career Evening

    Jessica Rice ’12
    Over a dozen alumni returned to campus Sunday to speak at The Webb Schools' 19th annual Sophomore Career Evening.
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  • WEBB Magazine Fall/Winter 2017 Edition

    A new look for a new year! All of us here at Webb are proud to offer you this digital edition of our newly designed Fall/Winter 2017 WEBB magazine. 
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  • Sweet Briar: A Women's College Saved by its Alumnae

    On the brink of going out of business in 2015, alumnae rallied to save their beloved, century-old Sweet Briar in Virginia. Together they raised $44 million--and the advancement office is not letting this momentum go to waste. Read more about this remarkable story in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
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  • UC President Works Toward Guaranteed Admission for Qualified Community College Students

    The president of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, announced today her intention to work towards guaranteed admission for all qualified state community college students to the UC system. This announcement follows Governor Jerry Brown and the state Legislature withholding $50 million in state funding this year--until among other things--the UC system admits one transfer for every two freshman systemwide at each of its undergrad campuses. Read more in the LATimes.
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  • The Week @ Webb - Together in January

    Scott Nichols
    The Week @ Webb is a periodic photojournal of events on and off Webb's campus. Did it feel like January lasted 31,000 days instead of just 31? I know that for me, it's important to spend as much time as I can with other people when life gets really busy. We all do better when we surround ourselves with friends and family and that's what I tried to capture in this latest gallery.
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  • Webb Completes CAIS/WASC Accreditation Process

    Taylor Stockdale

    Taking stock. This is how it begins—simply though completely. After more than a year of planning, gathering data, meeting, discussing, writing and rewriting—and after a four-day campus stay by our CAIS/WASC visiting committee (California Association of Independent Schools / Western Association of Schools and Colleges)—the evaluation work is done. 
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  • January

    John Scalzi '87 Remembers Literary Icon Ursula K. Le Guin

    John Scalzi '87 writes a touching and thoughtful remembrance in the Los Angeles Times of science fiction and fantasy icon Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away this week at the age of 88. Le Guin--a touchstone to many writers and readers and the author of the Earthsea fantasy series--she was the recipient of multiple awards including the Nebula, Newbery, Hugo, National Book Award and others. Stephen King calling her "one of the greats," wished her "godspeed into the galaxy." She was the author of more than 20 novels, 12 books of poetry, 100 short stories and more.
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  • Dr. Andrew Farke and the Ankylosaurus in New York Times

    The Alf Museum's Augustyn Family Curator and Director of Research and Collections, Dr. Andrew Farke, joins a fascinating discussion in the New York Times about newly published research on the tail-weaponry of the ankylosaurus. 
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  • Autumn Rabe Richards ’97 and James Richards ’97 were married in Vivian Webb Chapel.

    Webb Sweethearts: Stories From Alumni Couples

    Danielle Gordon & Jessica Rice
    From high school sweethearts to alumni who were married in Vivian Webb Chapel, Webb has been the site of many romances over the years. Here are a few stories from alumni who met on Webb’s beautiful campus.
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  • Student artwork by Vic Castro '18

    Webb Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    The Webb Schools celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a morning assembly in Hooper Student Center.
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  • Visual artist Rachel Lee Zheng '12

    Rachel Lee Zheng ’12 to Open First Solo Exhibition in NYC

    Jessica Rice ’12
    Using monofilament and LED spotlights, visual artist Rachel Lee Zheng ’12 creates large-scale installations that transform dark gallery spaces into meditative environments filled with lines and beams of color.
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  • The Week @ Webb - 2018 Preview

    Scott Nichols
    The Week @ Webb is a periodic photojournal of events on and off Webb's campus. It’s always exciting to celebrate a new year, and while it would be fun to reminisce on all that we achieved and learned in 2017, I thought I’d take a look forward to what’s to come in 2018. The winter and spring seasons at Webb are packed with exciting events and beautiful occasions. This gallery shows off a lot of what makes these next few months so enjoyable, from new elective courses like The Long Novel and Faith Narratives of Holy Cities to winter hikes in the snow and bountiful wildflower blooms on campus. I hope you enjoy the gallery.
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  • Application Deadline January 15th

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  • Can China and America Escape Thucydides’s Trap?

    Taylor Stockdale

    Statecraft is risky business. In fact, at times and for some, a matter of life and death. The fickle fortunes of city-states and nations, their rise and fall throughout history, can seem both destined and accidental. 
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  • Webb to Host Free Info Session on Independent School Careers

    The Webb Schools will host a free information session and resume workshop for educators interested in working at independent schools on Saturday, January 20th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Topics addressed in the workshop will include interview and campus visit advice, resume tips and suggestions, what independent schools are looking for in a candidate and the unifying and differentiating traits of independent schools.
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