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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

147

students in grades 9-12

50%

students of color

$1.5 million

financial aid granted for 2020-2021

88%

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

Emma-Sundberg-teaching-Biology

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 Autumn of New Student Orgs

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. 

Cherif_Boubaghla_and_Lalla_Fatma_nSoumer_by_Felix_Philippoteaux

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...

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.