Academic Program

The Webb Schools offer a rigorous college-preparatory academic program that provides students a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education while giving them the space to develop and pursue their passions and interests. Students choose from a full range of courses, including honors, Advanced Placement and Advanced Studies (unique courses designed by Webb faculty).

Each student, in partnership with his or her advisor, develops a course plan that considers both the academic interests and abilities of the student and the demands of their overall academic program. The Director of Studies and the Dean of College Guidance work with advisors and students to support the process.

Areas of Study

Science is what people use to make sense of their world. Thus, Webb’s program aims to teach students how to ask intelligent questions about nature as well as how to design experiments to answer those questions. Introductory courses encourage an inquiry-based approach to learning. At the conclusion of the sophomore year, students will have been introduced to the essentials of biology, chemistry and physics and are ready for advanced study. Our advanced courses allow students to develop detailed knowledge of a particular discipline. All courses feature experiential learning; as much as possible, students learn by doing.

The science department utilizes the unique resources of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, located on Webb’s campus, as well as other laboratories at local institutions. All science students are introduced to the activities of the museum’s Peccary Society, a group devoted to the collection and preservation of fossils. The Peccary Society makes frequent day and overnight expeditions throughout Southern California, providing students with ample opportunity to get firsthand involvement in paleontological fieldwork. In addition to the Alf Museum, Webb partners with many area institutions to use advanced equipment and connect with experts in multiple fields. These opportunities enable our students to do real science.

The mathematics department uses a problem-based curriculum to engage students in the development of a knowledge base and a skill set that allows them to apply that knowledge in new and challenging situations. This happens in a student-centered classroom setting where they experience mathematics symbolically, numerically, graphically and verbally. Students develop the ability to articulate their understanding of mathematics by regularly presenting and defending their solutions, a skill that serves them across disciplines at Webb. Through the process of solving problems, students are encouraged to develop the skills of investigation, conjecture, predicting, analysis and verification, which provide the best foundation for the mastery of mathematics.

The humanities is the interdisciplinary study of human history, cultures and creativity. The courses in this discipline bring together multiple departments: English, history and the fine arts, helping students cultivate a culture of thinking that crosses the lines of traditional kinds of texts – historical, literary, musical, artistic, commercial, comical and more. While still learning skills specific to traditional disciplines, students investigate how these disciplines intersect. The goal of the core 9th- and 10th-grade humanities experience is to develop skilled readers, writers and thinkers while advancing 21st century competencies such as collaboration — both digital internet and in-person — and graphic and film literacy. These courses serve as a launching pad for more rigorous and focused study in 11th- and 12th-grade electives.

The world languages department offers a full program of study in Spanish, French and Chinese. The curriculum helps students acquire proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing and fosters an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. The initial two years of language provide a means to develop a good accent, to master basic language structures, to hear the language extensively in the classroom, to read increasingly complex texts and to develop a functional conversational vocabulary.

In the intermediate-level courses, cultural and literary studies provide the contextual milieu for pursuing proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Advanced study in modern languages allows students to continue to boost their proficiency in the four skill areas while following a course of study that provides university-level challenges.

The fine arts curriculum exposes students to exciting, groundbreaking work from around the world and throughout history – and then challenges them to create their own. Webb art classes encourage students to find original, unconventional ways to articulate their ideas as they hone their understanding of theory and technique. By taking advantage of the vast cultural resources of Los Angeles and emerging technologies, Webb’s fine arts program teaches students how to turn knowledge into action, empowering them to think creatively and act inventively in the classroom, the campus and beyond. The program includes instrumental and vocal music, theater, theater technology, visual and digital media.

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Brendan Beikmann

Colorado State College – BA
Penn State – PhD

John Choi

University of Illinois – BS
Northwestern University – MSEd

Andrew Hamilton

Dalhousie University – BS, MS

Michael Hoe

Director of Studies
Brown University – BS
Harvard University – EdM

Brian Kays

San Diego State University – BA
Mount St. Mary's College – MS

Lisa Nacionales

Science Department Chair
University of Tampa – BA
Johns Hopkins – MA

Kevin Quick

Arizona State University – BA
Northern Arizona University – MA

Annalise Reynosa

Science Lab Tech
University of California - Merced – BA

Nicole Windmon

Florida Atlantic University – BS
University of Notre Dame – PhD

William Allan

Claremont McKenna College – BA

Rachel Brookshire

Claremont McKenna College – BA
University of Southern California – MA

Arielle Brosh

The New School – BA
Columbia University – MA

Drew Calvert

Bucknell University – BA
Stanford University – MA
University of Iowa – MFA

Rick Duque

Webb School of California Dean of Students, Teacher
Pitzer College – BA
Claremont Graduate University – MA

Mark Dzula

Director of Teaching & Learning Resources
New York University – BA
City University of New York – MA
Columbia University – DEd

Jessica Fisher

Teacher, History & Humanities Department Chair
Brown University – BA
Tufts University – MA

Gregory Gerken

Teacher, English & Humanities Department Chair
West Chester University – BA
Birkbeck, University of London – MA

Michelle Gerken

University of Delaware – BA, MA

Eric Hansen

Florida State University – BA
Hamline University – MFA

Lauren Hartle

Azusa Pacific – BA English Literature
Claremont Graduate University – MA English Literature

James Huerta

University of California, Irvine – BA
University of Southern California – MA

Mark Lauer

University of Trier – BA
Georgetown University – PhD

Susanna Linsley

Director of Experiential Learning
Mount Holyoke College – AB
University of Michigan – MA, PhD

Wendy Maxon

University of California, Los Angeles – BA
University of California, San Diego – MA, PhD

Ken Rosenfeld

Dean of Campus Life
Occidental College – BA
Logan University – MS

Anthony D Shin

Associate Director of College Guidance
Claremont McKenna College – BA
Claremont Graduate University – MA

Theresa Smith

Associate Head of Schools
University of California, Berkeley – BA
University of California, San Diego – MA, PhD

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Michael Szanyi

Pitzer College – BA
Claremont Graduate University – MA

Stephen Caddy

University of Alberta – BEd

Brian Caldwell

California Polytechnic University, Pomona – BS

James Dahler

St. Francis College – BS

Carissa DeRanek

Harvey Mudd College – BS

Howard Kalter

Bucknell University – BS

Sarah Lantz

Vivian Webb School Dean of Students
Scripps College – BA
Claremont Graduate University – MA

Andrew Neyer

Teacher, Mathematics & Computer Science Department Chair
Miami University – BA, BS, MAT

Geoffrey Owers

Arizona State University – BS, MEd

William Walker

Northeastern University – BSEE
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – MEng

Sean Burns

California State University, Los Angeles – BM
California State University, Fullerton – MM

Kyle Champion

Southern Methodist University – BA
University of Southern California – MM

Ardina Greco

San Francisco Art Institute – BA
Columbia University – EdM

Megan Horejsi

University of California, Santa Barbara – BA
Loyola Marymount University – MA

Jackie Leishman

University of Georgia – BA
Academy of Art University – MFA

Stefanie K Plumley

Teacher, Fine Arts Department Chair
University of Southern California – BA
University of Edinburgh – MA

Linda Silva

Oberlin College Conservatory of Music – BM
Rice University – MM

Alex Valdez

Theater Technical Director

Sonsoles Cardalliaguet

Central Espanol Nuevas Profesiones de Madrid – BA
Universidad de Leon – MA

Morgan Kapp

Bucknell University – BA
Middlebury College – MA

Michael Kozden

Teacher, World Languages Department Chair
Penn State University – BA, MA
School for International Training – MAT

Malick Mbengue

University of Dakar – BA
University of Louisville – MA

Viviana Nicolosi

Marquette University – B.A. French and Spanish
Université de Montpellier – Licence de Lettres
New York University – Masters in French Literature
Boise State University – Certificate in Instructional Design

Javier Valera

Normal America – BA
Normal Superior Nueva Galicia – MS

Joseph Vincent

Reed College – BA
National Taiwan University – MA

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