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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

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Ilaria-Seidel

My eighth-grade self would never have believed I would love homework so much.

Ilaria ’22

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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. 

Avery '23

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ben-odonnell

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.

Ben ’23

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Melissa-Glenn-Haber

My students teach me so much that each subsequent year the course is informed by their insights.

Melissa Glenn Haber '87, History

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Classes have been absolutely amazing. The teachers here really care about what they’re teaching, and that makes all the difference.

Olivia ’24

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By the Numbers

135

students in grades 9-12

49%

students of color

$1.4 million

financial aid granted for 2020-2021

86%

teachers holding advanced degree

5:1

student-to-faculty ratio

2

all-school weekend trips each year

75%

National Merit Finalists, Semifinalists, or Commended Students on average

Happening Now

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A student at heart, Bill Wharton established the John Hughes Fund for Professional Development in 2001 to provide grants for faculty to pursue their intellectual interests. In honor of Bill’s tenure and commitment to Commonwealth, we plan to endow the fund and rename it the Hughes/Wharton Fund for Teachers

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Learn more about the final phase of The Power of a Vision fundraising campaign, focusing on making Commonwealth a more inclusive and equitable school and supporting the teachers whose passion and expertise inspire and challenge our students every day

At Commonwealth, we’re looking for inquisitive, driven, and creative students from a wide range of backgrounds. We encourage you to visit us, talk with teachers and students, and see if Commonwealth is right for you.