About Wyoming Seminary: Wyoming Seminary, or more affectionately known as “Sem,” is an independent college preparatory day and boarding school in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Conveniently located within a few hours’ drive of both New York City and Philadelphia, Sem has two campuses: the Lower School in Forty Fort (toddler through grade 8), and the Upper School in Kingston (grade nine through postgraduate). Since 1844, Wyoming Seminary has built a reputation on challenging academic courses and outstanding faculty with small class sizes and individualized attention for each student.
About our name: The fact is, we’re not in Wyoming, and we’re not a seminary. We’re located in the historic and beautiful Wyoming Valley at the foothill of the Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania, and at the time of the school's founding in 1844 by the Methodist Church, "seminary" was a common name for school.
Our faculty: The key to our students’ success has its foundation in our talented, dedicated teaching professionals. Seventy-nine percent of our teachers hold advanced degrees, and 60 percent live on campus and have a positive influence on our students beyond the regular school day. Many of our teachers coach a sport, serve as an advisor to a club, oversee library or gym duty, and share meals and good conversation on a daily basis with our students. Every student at Sem has a faculty member that serves as a personal advisor: someone they can go to with academic issues or just to have a chat. Many maintain these friendships long after a student receives his or her diploma. View our faculty directory here >
Curriculum: More than 150 courses await Sem students each year, and many of our electives are not offered in other schools. The curriculum includes five world languages and more than twenty Advanced Placement (AP) courses, with new STEM courses that begin in middle school. Wyoming Seminary has a twelve-week trimester system that makes it easy for our students to try a wide variety of courses and activities.
Arts, athletics and activities: a cutting-edge creative arts facility is the home to Wyoming Seminary’s vibrant arts program that includes choral and instrumental music, drama, visual arts and dance. Sem has three new state-of-the-art turf fields and athletic facilities for our state and national championship teams, with 15 sports offered for fall, winter and spring. Students can choose from a myriad of activities and clubs, including the award-winning Mock Trial, Model UN, the Opinator newspaper, Yearbook, Dance, Science Research Group, and so much more.
Diversity: Sem’s student body is a microcosm of the national and global community. Although 71% of our students are from the United States, Wyoming Seminary has a dynamic residential life program and has educated international students since the 1850s. Every year, Sem is home to more than 100 international students from over 20 different countries. This rich diversity enables our students to develop the global perspective that will be essential for successful professionals in the future, and also creates close relationships that last a lifetime.
Rankings: Wyoming Seminary has been voted the best private school in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and every year our students matriculate to the most selective colleges and universities in the world.
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