Inspired experience based college preparatory education for creative and intellectually curious students
Early childhood through twelfth grade

Parent Questions

What kind of a school is Waverly?

The Waverly School is a small, non-sectarian, coeducational, college prep and progressive school with grades from pre-kindergarten through 12.

What kinds of students do well at Waverly?

Strong Waverly students thrive in a tightly knit community which values inquiry, debate, critical thinking, and creativity.

How are Waverly students assessed?

Besides getting daily feedback from teachers, students at all divisions receive detailed narrative evaluations and regular conferences. Year end letter grades are given at the high school, but are de-emphasized, which focuses attention on the learning process and individual outcomes.

Is Waverly accredited?

Yes, Waverly is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools.

What makes Waverly special?

Waverly has been nurturing and educating students since 1993, providing a unique experience that comes from close teacher-student interactions and an emphasis on learning how to care for one another and our world. Despite being a 21st century institution, Waverly has a small-town feel where the atmosphere is one of basic kindness and an authentic desire to learn, coming from the devoted administration to the teachers to the staff members at each division. Waverly students learn in an environment that supports their growth as thoughtful, socially responsible people who will express themselves with sensitivity and intelligence.

Waverly teachers have the freedom and expertise to create curricula rich with significance for their students, challenging children to explore and learn in developmentally appropriate and always creative ways. We know how our students are doing because we work with them closely every day, and we do not rely on standardized tests as arbitrary yardsticks that cannot quantify a deep and organic educational outcome.

Where is Waverly located?

Waverly has three separate campuses and a one-acre organic farm within easy walking distance of each other in Pasadena, California, 91105. Our divisions are conveniently located next to the 210 and 134 freeways.

Elementary Campus & Business Office
67 W. Bellevue Drive (between Fair Oaks and Pasadena Avenues)

Middle School Campus
120 Waverly Drive

High School Campus
108 Waverly Drive

    What is the maximum enrollment?

    Elementary — 180 maximum
    Middle School — 60 maximum
    High School — 120 maximum

    What is the student-teacher ratio?


    What are the school hours?

    Elementary Division
    Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    Grades 3 and 4 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Grades 5 and 6 8:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

    Middle School
    Grades 7 and 8 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    High School
    Grades 9-12 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    (Friday dismissal 2:30 p.m.)

    How many teachers does Waverly have?

    Elementary School – 19
    Middle School – 9
    High School – 12

    How much is tuition at Waverly?

    2015-2016 Tuition
    Young Kindergarten – $13,620
    Elementary School (K – 6th) – $18,984
    Middle School – $21,480
    High School – $24,840

    Does Waverly have after school care?

    Yes, it is on site, contracted through Tom Sawyer Camps from dismissal until 6:00 p.m. Early morning drop-off is at 7:30 a.m. at the elementary campus.

    What is the ethnic diversity at Waverly like?

    Waverly students self-identify as 54 percent Caucasian, 25 percent multi-racial, 11 percent Latino, 6 percent Asian-American, less than 1 percent Middle Eastern, and 4 percent undeclared.

    What is Waverly’s homework policy?

    Teachers at all three divisions strive to assign homework that is not busywork intended to fulfill a set number of hours, but to augment daily lessons and strengthen skill-building. In the elementary division, students are introduced to regular homework gradually, working up to approximately 30 to 45 minutes of homework each night. In the Middle School, students have nightly homework in math and Spanish, with less frequent homework and projects in English, history, and science that may amount to approximately one to two hours of homework each night. In the High School, 9th graders are allowed to acclimate to the higher academic demands and may expect approximately one hour of homework each night. Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 may have 30 to 45 minutes of homework per subject, depending on papers, projects, and testing schedules. High school students in Advanced Placement classes should expect college-level amounts of homework per subject.

    What is Waverly’s technology policy?

    At the elementary division, teachers may use digital modes to expand on instruction, but Waverly believes that young students are being drawn to excessive screen time in every aspect of life. Therefore, elementary students do not use personal computers or rely on digital video during the school day. Middle school students may use personal computers occasionally but only with close teacher supervision, and digital video is used when appropriate to augment the curricula. High school students are given more autonomy as many use personal electronic devices to do research for projects and papers, and teachers may assign writing lessons across select social media sites.

    Does Waverly have sports teams?

    Students in grades 5 through 12 may participate on Waverly sports teams. Grades 9-12 are registered with the CIF and regularly play other schools in the league. Sports offered each year can include boys’ and girls’ flag football, boys’ and girls’volleyball, and boys’ and girls’ basketball. Waverly’s Athletic Director fills teams based on student interest.

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