Ninth Grade
Program

Ninth graders have their own social events and grade-focused presentations, and live in dorms together. This academic and social support provides a strong foundation for success at Williston.

6:1
The ratio of students to advisors at Williston. To give new students an extra level of support and guidance, advisors meet regularly with students and as a group.
86
The number of ninth grade students this year, hailing from more than 11 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Macau, Mexico, and Vietnam
14
Number of advisors in Ninth Grade Program, all of whom specialize in students this age.

Overnight Orientation Trip

Bring your appetite for s’mores and prepare for some awesome bonding activities when the entire ninth grade departs for an overnight of outdoor fun!

Dorms Dedicated to Ninth Graders

First-years live together in the dorms because they share similar needs: the need to talk about their day, the need for study time before an exam, the need to make a big bowl of popcorn and watch Shrek with their friends.

Class Rep Leadership Opportunities

Opportunities for leadership positions abound in ninth grade. We’ve got a toolbox for you to use if you’re looking for a challenge outside the classroom.

Special Ninth Grade Curriculum

Ninth graders have their own version of a life and leadership curriculum that focuses on first-year success. Curiosity, Organization, Reflection, and Empathy are the guiding principles, which students are introduced to.

Social Events That Build Community

Orientation is just the beginning. Ninth graders also host a day-student-sleepover in the dorm, compete in an advisory dodge ball game, go head-to-head during trivia night, and have a T-shirt design contest social.


Wildcat Words

"No matter where I looked, there were classmates and teachers willing to help me out and thrilled to introduce me to their interests."

Caroline Borden '16

"At Williston, I was encouraged and mentored by my teachers, coaches, friends, teammates, and classmates."

Connor Murray '16

"Taking a leap to a boarding school community can be an intimidating one, but the tight knit community will help make the transition very smooth."

Leah Pezanowski '17

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