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Wasatch Academy Photo #1 - Wasatch Academy is located in Mount Pleasant, Utah, a quiet, mountain-valley town boasting a reputation for clean air, stary night skies, and safety. The campus is a 90-minute scenic drive from Salt Lake City International airport.
Wasatch Academy Photo #2 - Utah has some of the best snow on earth at 14 world-class Ski Resorts. The Wasatch Academy Skiing & Snowboarding team competes in the USASA nationals event where they begin their journey to the Olympic podium. We also have a private ski hill and cabin 30 minutes from campus for training and recreational use.
Wasatch Academy Photo #3 - A truly versatile education is developed through multiple styles of learning, taking place both in and out of the classroom. Wasatch Academy focuses on promoting a healthy blend of individualized and group learning experiences.
Wasatch Academy Photo #4 - Students that take advantage of the 1 to 1 Learning Services Program at Wasatch Academy learn effective study skills, find hidden character strengths, develop self-advocacy tools, and gain success in the pursuit of academics.
Wasatch Academy Photo #5 - The diverse student body and faculty are more than just a community. They`re friends in the cafeteria sharing a meal. They are advisors offering support after class, and teams of dedicated world citizens emptying the campus-wide recycling bins. Everyone has a place here.
Wasatch Academy Photo #6 - Weekend Recreation options offer close-to-campus activities as well as state-wide adventure. Utah is home to 7 National Monuments, 6 National Forests, 5 National Parks, 45 State Parks, and more. We know all the most popular spots and best-kept secrets. Come explore with us.
Wasatch Academy Photo #7 - The bright and open Studio Arts building features a fully functional darkroom, printmaking equipment, pottery wheels, two types of kilns, and big windows for natural light. The passionate faculty offer courses such as Ceramics, Pottery, Photography, 2D Art and many more. The art emphasis here helps students find their creative voice.
Wasatch Academy Photo #8 - The newest building on campus, the John W. and Elizabeth Lee Engineering Arts Building, is home to robotics, rocketry, engineering, and industrial fabrication. These courses are supported by state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, heavy workshop machinery, and laser cutters. If the students can conceptualize it, they can build it.
Wasatch Academy Photo #9 - The Bernadette and Edward Feeney Music Conservatory is a 13,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. Originally built in 1922 as the Wasatch Presbyterian Church was expanded in 2015, and now features professional-quality acoustics, soundproof practice rooms, an intimate concert hall, and a fully functional recording studio.
Wasatch Academy Photo #10 - Many of Wasatch Academy`s sports teams are top-ranked in the state, as well as the country. Students have access to state of the art sports facilities and skilled coaches in nearly a dozen different sports, preparing talented athletes to be offered multiple scholarships at D1 universities.
  • Founded in 1875, Wasatch Academy is a premier US college preparatory boarding school. The campus is home to students from more than 30 countries and 35 states, providing a unique opportunity for students seeking to be fully immersed in American culture while becoming a part of a global community.
  • The courses provided throughout the school year blend project-based learning and a specialized one-on-one educational approach. This approach is proven to prepare students for university, career, and life. Lesson plans are molded to fit each unique student aiming not only to help them understand information, but also to learn invaluable life skills in critical thinking, communication, creativity, and innovation.
  • Every student has an advisor that provides academic, social, and personal support. As you grow intellectually and socially, you come to understand yourself, gain confidence in your abilities, and envision the places you will go.
  • Living together around the clock with teachers, coaches, dorm parents, and friends allow for an enriching, life-changing experience. Full-time dorm parents regularly teach about making safe, wise decisions, staying healthy, and building good character.
  • The clean and safe location of Mount Pleasant, Utah, allows students to focus on academic pursuits during the week and enjoy weekends filled with numerous activities. Students can enjoy Utah`s great outdoor recreation as well as various cultural, recreational, and service-based activities in nearby cities and local areas.
  • At Wasatch Academy, students pursue their passions, find their purpose, and discover a sense of who they are.

School News

  • A tailored approach to college success. - 04/08/2020 - Wasatch Academy is excited to announce a new Grade 13 program, University Foundations. This program is designed for domestic and international students who have completed their senior year and would ...morelike more time to explore their career interests and prepare for college.hide

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLearning Support Program offered
Year Founded1875
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$10,500
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer Experience (six weeks): $10,500 Summer Dash (three-week session): $5,250
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students333 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
51%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Wasatch Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP 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 Mandarin, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S Government and Politics, AP U.S History
Average SAT score1190
Average ACT score24
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$64,800
Tuition NotesIncludes tuition, room, board, and most weekend activities
Acceptance Rate
70%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJolean Barkdull
Admissions AssociateRebecca Nied
Endowment Size$5 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered22 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WeightliftingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringClimbing,
Cross CountryCycling,
DanceEquestrian,
FencingFreestyle Skiing,
GolfIndoor Soccer,
Mountain BikingRock Climbing,
Ski JumpingSnowboarding,
SoccerSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWeightlifting,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.18 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess, Debate, International Clubs, Journalism, Math, National Honor Society, Student Government, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Dance Company, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Photography, Robotics, Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Equestrian Program, Skiing, Snowboarding

School Notes

  • Wasatch Academy is a co-educational community and home to students from more than 30 countries and 35 states. Our specialized style of project-based learning is creative but intensive and focuses on helping every student reach their highest potential.
  • The academic opportunities are plenty; the student-to-teacher ratio is 1:10 and over 130 courses are offered in 12 subject areas. Students complete course requirements with a deep content understanding and personal ownership of their learning. They also gain respect for the environment and attain a powerful awareness of how communities are interconnected.
  • While at Wasatch Academy, students are given many opportunities to fill their resume with leadership positions, athletic participation, art experience, community service, and much more.
  • Students learn personal and global responsibility through engaging classroom discussions, college counseling support, and real-life experiences of helping others inside and outside the school community.
  • Wasatch Academy students attend universities such as Standford, Harvard, Duke, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Penn, Dartmouth, Caltech, Cornell, Berkely University of California, UCLA, MIT and many more. 
  • LD types supported: Yes
  • Wasatch Academy accreditations: National Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools

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