Studying At Webb
The Unbounded Thinker
Webb’s immersive educational experience is one-of-a-kind. We foster unbounded thinkers who learn and explore traditional and emerging disciplines, master skills essential to achievement in college and beyond, and embody such vital attitudes as curiosity, love of learning and a commitment to what is right and true.
Beyond the academic day, students might join the extraordinary robotics team, which just returned from competing in the World Championships, learn about and prepare to compete in debate, perform in the spring musical or compete in one of 15 sports on the athletic field.
Studying At Webb
At A Glance
6:1 Ratio of Students in a class
Webb offers 116 courses.
There are 59 teaching faculty at Webb.
83% of the faculty hold advanced degrees.
Discovery Learning with
Whether in the science lab or the humanities classroom, our faculty guide students in an active learning environment that allows them not only to acquire a core body of knowledge but also teaches them how to inquire and investigate using the latest methods of scholars and researchers.
In part using the Alf Museum, students in 9th grade study evolution, paleontology, cell structure and function, DNA and RNA structure and function, genetics, classification, biodiversity, bioethics and more.
Advanced Studies in Biotechnology
Using cutting-edge equipment in the biology lab at Webb, as well as the facilities available at the Neil A. Campbell Science Learning Laboratory at the University of California, Riverside, students investigate various research topics in biotechnology, explore the ethical implications of these fields of study and apply learned lab methods to student research projects in collaboration with UCR scientists.
The course is structured around the enduring understandings within four big ideas in biology: evolution, energy, information and interactions. Topics of study include biochemistry, cell processes, genetics, evolution, plants, animals and body systems.
"Webb students are curious, and they have a willingness to ask questions and try new things."
Faculty in the Humanities
Studying At Webb
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.