May Newsletter


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News for New Families
May 14, 2021
welcome pioneers

Welcome to our series of communications for newly enrolled families. Each month, you’ll receive a newsletter with updates and reminders about completing steps related to the start of the school year. We'll provide a calendar of important dates and deadlines and help you keep track of your progress with the monthly checklist shown below.

May Checklist

Welcome to the Academics issue — below, you will find the necessary steps for registering for all of your courses. Please note, there are different tasks depending on the grade you are entering. For instance, Freshmen will only need to choose their Fine & Performing Arts and Modern & Classical Language courses. Students entering grades 10, 11, 12 and PG will schedule a call to help determine their courses for the year.





Then in late July, everyone can expect to receive their class schedule.


Please note students will not need to purchase textbooks and supplies before coming to campus. Hard copies of textbooks will be distributed when students arrive on campus, and teachers will provide information for students to purchase access to online materials as needed. All other materials will be available through the campus store.


grade 9
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Read this letter from the Academic Office.

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Choose your Modern and Classical Language course. (Registration available in the


letter above)

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Choose your Fine & Performing Arts course. (Registration available in the letter above)

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Attend the Virtual Academic Overview for Freshmen and their parents on Thursday,


May 20, at 7 p.m. Click here at the start of the event to attend.

grade 10-pg
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Read this letter from the Academic Office.

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Sign up for an individual meeting for course selection.


*Please note that sign ups will close at noon on Wednesday, May 19.

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Class of 2022 and Class of 2023 members will learn who their college counselor is on 


Monday, June 14, but please note that counselors are here to assist with course


scheduling and are available via email and virtual meetings over the summer. Contact

  the office at
grade 10-pg
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Submit the Final Transcript Request Form to your current school

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Read the 2021-2022 Course Catalog.                                                          

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Read our graduation requirements.

New Family Resources 

Visit for the latest information and resources to prepare for the 2021-22 WRA School Year.

Special Opportunity 

WRA is hosting a Covid-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, May 19, and new families are welcome to participate. If you are interested in attending please click here to read a letter from our Health Services team regarding the clinic.

what to expect in June 

Next month, we will cover information on choosing athletics, share details on our Summer Reading Program, introduce you to the Student Life Office and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office and provide information specific to international families.

meet the academic office 

academic office

The Academic Office is located in Seymour Hall — the academic heart of campus and Brick Row — and it is an office you'll be well acquainted with during your time at WRA. The team includes Associate Head of School Dr. Nicholas Kent, Director of Studies and Math Department Chair Sherry Chlysta, Registrar Lois Howell and Administrative Assistant Margaret Cunningham. As a student, this office is a central part of your life and will be your go-to for scheduling classes, gaining academic support, and everything surrounding the rich and diverse curriculum you find throughout your entire academic career.

meet the college counseling office

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Hello from College Counseling! Our office, located on the Garden Level of the John D. Ong Library, is composed of five professionals who are driven by a passion for helping students find the right fit in their future college, while working to maximize the admission outcomes of our counselees. Our team includes Director of College Counseling Anna Barlow-Boesch, Associate Director of College Counseling Jennifer Easley, Associate Director of College Counseling Emily Parliman, College Counselor Jordan Shriver and Office Manager Betsy Barry.

Together, we bring over fifty years of experience in both higher education and independent school college counseling. We can’t wait to get started in our work with you!

Students are assigned a college counselor at the end of sophomore year and your counselor will be your point person for any questions and to help you navigate the college application process. The college counseling process then picks up in earnest when students enter their junior year. We teach all juniors in Learn to College (in either the fall or spring semester) and begin meeting regularly with students for individual appointments. Those one-on-one meetings continue throughout the remainder of junior year and well into senior year, when we work closely with students in finalizing college lists and reviewing applications.

Follow our College Counseling social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We can’t wait to meet you!


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