The Residential Experience
The residential experience is a key aspect of WRA life. Students—boarding and day alike—are active and engaged throughout the day, as they move from classes in the morning, to athletic practices in the afternoon, to study hours and meetings with teachers in the evening. All of this occurs in a close-knit living environment, where faculty stresses the importance of both respecting individuals and embracing our community values. At WRA, we care for each other.
Dorms are students’ home away from home. There are ten dorms, each of which varies in size and character. Dorms tend to be divided between lower- and upperclassmen, so students benefit from living with peers facing similar academic challenges. The division also enables housemasters to accord dorm residents greater independence as they mature.
Housemasters, faculty residents, and nightly “on-duty” faculty are the adults who look after the well-being of dorm residents. Prefects are high-achieving upperclassmen who provide an additional layer of support to students. Selected by the deans, prefects not only enforce dorm rules, but also serve as role models to their peers.
The dorm really inspires me to do my best. I know that there are always people to encourage me and help me if I need it. It seems like we are one big family. -Annie '16
Study hours are Sunday through Friday, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. During this time, most students work in their dorm rooms; some attend study hall. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose to study in our beautiful library instead. It is common practice for faculty members to hold help sessions in their classrooms or invite small study groups to their homes during study hours.
Each dorm contains its own epicenter: the Common Room. Every night, an “on-duty” faculty member sits in the Common Room to be provide supervision for the evening. Dorm residents sometimes choose to work in the Common Room instead of their individual rooms. The Common Room is also the site of dorm activities, such as dorm feeds or movie screenings.