It is humbling and exhilarating to come to work every day to a place where people are working for a common goal with such a mix of competence and humanity.
César Pérez, History, Languages
My eighth-grade self would never have believed I would love homework so much.
Commonwealth taught me how to interact with different people, and I think I've learned a lot of skills regarding meeting new people. It's having that safe space, where I can make myself uncomfortable, but I also have my advisor and I have friends who support me.
Commonwealth attracts a great mix of students that I've made a lot of strong connections with. In that area, it was much easier for me than I expected to feel comfortable going up and talking to new people, since everyone is getting to know each other the same way you are.
My students teach me so much that each subsequent year the course is informed by their insights.
Melissa Glenn Haber '87, History
Classes have been absolutely amazing. The teachers here really care about what they’re teaching, and that makes all the difference.
students in grades 9-12
students of color
financial aid granted for 2020-2021
teachers holding advanced degree
all-school weekend trips each year
National Merit Finalists, Semifinalists, or Commended Students on average
Though united in their zest for learning, Commonwealth students come from a striking variety of backgrounds: other independent schools, homeschooling, and public schools across the Greater Boston area. And because the school strives to meet every student where they are (and not where they “should” be), providing malleable introductory material helps usher in each new class of learners. Such was the impetus for Emma Sundberg’s recent updates to her Biology 1 class.
The fall of 2021 may go down in Commonwealth history as a standout season for new student organizations, with groups springing up to meet a variety of interests—from the academic to the unorthodox.
For his recent Hughes/Wharton project, Monsieur Korta traveled beyond the French “hexagon” to explore—and bring to his students—francophone works from across the globe, from the French Antilles to Algeria to Burkina Faso to Lebanon. These stories shared more than a common language; the same themes and archetypes appear in different corners of the world. Yet, distinct cultures and struggles also came to life and to light on each page, as Mssr. Korta hoped...
Meet Rui Shu, Mandarin teacher at Commonwealth School since 2016, who wants students to understand just how accessible—and meaningful—learning this often-intimidating language can be...
The beginning of November capped off the end of the fall sports season at Commonwealth School, as well as our seniors’ time on the Cross Country and Boys’ Soccer teams.