Students coming to study in America find Wasatch Academy, a leading co-ed college preparatory boarding school, grades 8-12, an ideal place to excel at core curriculum and to be immersed in American culture in a location bursting with outdoor adventure opportunities. Wasatch Academy prepares students to flourish and to become innovators and leaders in a globalized 21st century world.
Project-based learning and student-centered learning are supported by dedicated teachers who provide unparalleled individual attention. Students learn and develop in a trusting and supportive environment that allows them to develop and grow their unique voice and passions. Teachers challenge students, and counselors give individual guidance, to prepare students successfully for American college entrance exams. Wasatch Academy graduates have 100 percent college acceptance.
Robust academic studies in mathematics, engineering, robotics, science, and core curriculum also include advanced placement classes and honors classes. Students have exemplary extra-curricular studies in visual arts, performing arts, music, team and individual sports, and outdoor programs. At Wasatch Academy students can ski, snowboard, climb, mountain bike, hike, ride equestrian and western rodeo, and enjoy many more epic adventure activities.
Wasatch Academy, founded in 1875, has been “Best of State” in education among all private K-12 schools for seven consecutive years. The school is located in a safe rural community with fresh air and clean water, surrounded by pristine national parks, cultural activities, and outdoor opportunities.
Extraordinary facilities, faculty, students, and residential life immerse students in a dynamic school community. Wasatch Academy, with a diverse student body of 336, representing 40 countries and 30 states, welcomes your unique passions and abilities. Enroll now, space is limited.
Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), Western Boarding Schools Association (WBSA), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and the National High School Rodeo Association.
At the center of Wasatch Academy is what students like to refer to as “the quad.” A grassy quadrangle, with its ten surrounding buildings, occupies a full block in the middle of the campus. Today’s quad is the inner-most jewel of the 30 acre campus, a grass covered and tree lined emerald where students happily picnic on the grass, kick soccer balls, throw Frisbees, and simply hang out.
The buildings that surround the quad provide students with many services and benefits including classrooms, science labs, study halls, robotics and engineering labs, art studios, music conservatories, gymnasiums, digital technologies, dormitories, dance and theatre spaces, student lounges, dining halls, and libraries.
Wasatch Academy has a deep commitment to traditional high school sports, including a nationally ranked independent boys basketball team, division basketball teams, soccer, tennis, volleyball, swimming, track and field, baseball, cheer, and more. The school’s unique western mountain location allows us to provide exciting adventure sports such as equestrian, rodeo, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, skiing, snowboarding, and much more.
Dormitories and Residential Life
Wasatch Academy dormitories are equipped with modern conveniences to enhance student life. Double-occupancy rooms include a bed, desk, wardrobe, dresser, and chair for each student and include Internet Wi-Fi. Dorms have kitchenettes, washing machines, dryers, modern bathrooms, and student lounges with big screen TVs.
Each dormitory has full-time dorm parents that oversee the student’s residential life studies and needs. Dorm parents help prepare students emotionally and socially for boarding school life and ready to undertake the college experience.
Wasatch Academy is becoming known as one of the great college preparatory boarding schools in the world, not because it only admits the brilliant sons and daughters of the elite, but because it offers the outstanding, individualized learning to a diverse group of wonderful students from all around the world who are rich, middle class, and poor; who are intellectually brilliant, normal, and in between; who come from many cultures, races, religions/philosophies, and countries; those who want to take ownership of their own learning and live in a community where everyone has respect and dignity, valuing each others’ unique qualities.
Wasatch Academy lives by the philosophy of emphasizing that all individuals have a unique style of learning and, therefore, all teachers need to teach to the individual learner. All full-time teachers and dormitory parents have been certified and trained in teaching methodologies that assess learning strengths of students and help gauge how they learn best. Among college preparatory boarding schools in the United States, Wasatch Academy is becoming known as offering the most student-centered, individualized, proficiency-based learning programs. This inclusive, student-centered paradigm, which allows each and every student to find and develop their own passions, finds expression in every aspect of the school, not just within the academic sphere.
Wasatch Academy has always been a small intimate school where everyone knows each other, and great attention is given to the needs of the individual student. Wasatch Academy is committed to each individual student, helps students find their passions, and focuses on educating the whole student. The student body size, campus spaces, buildings, and facilities are at scales that are intended to facilitate socialization and strengthen the attention to the individual. While every independent school emphasizes individual attention to students, Wasatch Academy goes much farther in the high level of individual attention it provides its students.
Wasatch Academy’s college counselors take a personalized approach to best accommodate each student’s individual needs and strengths. Our counselors encourage students to search for schools that are the best fit for their academic and personal interests throughout the entire application process. Each year, 100 percent of Wasatch Academy graduating students gain admittance into colleges and universities around the world.
Students meet regularly with their college counselors to ensure an organized and well-planned approach to the application process. During this time, memories and experiences are turned into essays, and meaningful student/teacher relationships generate thoughtful and heartfelt letters of recommendation.
- The SAT is offered on campus in October, November, December, and January.
- The ACT is offered locally in October and December.
- International students have the opportunity to take the TOEFL multiple times during the first semester. Wasatch Academy is a certified TOEFL iBT testing site.
- Start DateEarly September
- End DateEnd of May
- Number of Students336 (40% international)
- Grades8-12 and post graduate
- Teacher/Student Ratio1:13
- Application DeadlineRolling
- Awarded Utah Best of State Education K-127 consecutive years
- Teachers with Advanced Degrees60%
- ESL ProgramsYes
- AP Classes17
- School UniformDress code
- Year Established1875
- Campus Size30 acres, Private ski hill and cabin, indoor and outdoor equestrian arenas
- Students per Dorm Room2
- Advisory ProgramYes, 7-8 students per advisor
- BoardingYes (8 dorms)
- Countries Represented40+ countries and 30+ USA states including: Afghanistan, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Haiti, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Mali, Mexico, Philippines, Rwanda, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Vietnam
- Foreign Languages OfferedMandarin, Spanish, French
- Courses3D Animation II, 3D Animation, 3D Design/Video Game Design, Acting, Adobe Illustrator/Flash, Adobe Photoshop/ Dreamweaver, Advanced Ecology, Algebra I, Algebra II, Alternative Film Animation, Alternative Photo Techniques, Art Independent Study, Astronomy, Biology, Calculus, Ceramics I, Ceramics II, Ceramics III, Ceramics Independent Study, Chamber Music, Chemistry, Chinese Culture/Film, College Algebra, Comedy, Computer Science I, Computer Science II, Costume/Makeup, Creative Writing/Lit. Mag., Dance Company, Dance Technique I, Dance Technique II, Design I, Design II, Design III, Digital Audio, Digital Video/Film, Discrete Mathematics, Drawing I, Drawing II, Drawing III, Drums, Ecology, Economics, Engineering, English 1, English 2, English 3, English 4, English II, ESL Academic Topics, ESL American Culture, ESL Chorus, ESL Composition, ESL Conversation, ESL I Reading, ESL II Grammar 2, ESL III Grammar 3, ESL Level I, ESL Level II, ESL Level III, ESL Literature/Reading, ESL Multicultural, ESL Reading, ESL Writing I, Etymology & History of the English Language, Film II, Film Podcast/Media TV, French, Geometry, Global Issues, Global Studies I, Global Studies II, Global Studies, Guitar I, Guitar II, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Independent Study Physical Activity, Instrument Ensemble, Intaglio Printmaking I, Intaglio Printmaking II, Intaglio Printmaking III, International Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Logic and Problem-Solving, Mandarin, Math for SAT/ACT, Media Literacy, Media Studies, Mixed Music Ensemble, Museum Curation, Music Theory/Musicianship, Music's Role In Our Lives, Nutrition and Fitness, Open Film Lab, Open Theatre Lab, Orchestra, Painting I, Painting II, Painting III, Photography I, Photography II, Photography III, Photography Independent Study, Physical Science, Physics, Piano I, Piano II, Play Production, Pottery I, Pottery II, Pottery III, Precalculus, Psychology, Relief Printmaking I, Relief Printmaking II, Relief Printmaking III, Robotics, Rocketry, SAT/ACT Prep, Sewing/Fashion Design, Spanish, Speech and Debate, Stage Tech, Theatre Management, Tigertones (A Cappella) combined with Vocal Ens, TOEFL Preparation, Ultimate Frisbee, US HIstory, Vietnam History, Vocal Ensemble, WAMS Music, Web Design, Yoga
- AP Courses17 Advanced Placement courses are offered, including AP Art Studio, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US Government, AP US History
- Honors CoursesHonors courses are available in every subject taught at Wasatch Academy and allow students the ability to expand their understanding and passion for the subject.
- Sports OfferedBoys Baseball Team, Boys Basketball A Team, Boys Basketball B Team, Boys Basketball Varsity Team, Boys Golf Team, Boys Soccer Team, Boys Tennis Team, Boys Volleyball Team, Cheerleading, Equestrian, Girls Basketball JV Team, Girls Basketball Varsity Team, Girls Golf Team, Girls Soccer Team, Girls Tennis Team, Girls Volleyball Team, Open Basketball—Boys, Open Basketball—Girls, Open Soccer, Open Volleyball, PE Weight Training, PE-Games, Rodeo, Skiing Competition Team, Snowboarding Competition Team, Swim Team, Track & Field, X-Country
- Extra-Curricular ActivitiesAikido, Archery, Big Brother, Big Sister, BMX Biking, Bouldering (climbing), Bowling, Chess Team, Chinese Chess, Community Service, Cycling, Drivers Ed, Equestrian I, Equestrian II, Fencing, Fishing, Hiking, Math Team, Model United Nations, Mountain Biking, Robotics Team, Rock Climbing I, Rock Climbing II, Rodeo, Skate Park, Snow Sports Development Team, Snow Sports Recreational, Strength Training, STUCO, Weekend Recreation Trips, World Games (PE), Yearbook
- University Acceptance Rate100%