Boarding at WRA
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 tight-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.
Study hours are Sunday through Friday, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. During this time, most students work in their dorm rooms, although some attend study hall. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose to study in our beautiful John D. Ong Library as well. 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 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.
The weekends provide students with the opportunity to decompress after the rigorous academic week. There is always plenty to do on and off campus. The following schedule reflects a typical weekend at WRA: