Wasatch Academy

Wasatch Academy Photo #1 - Set within the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Utah, Wasatch Academy is a safe and great place for students to learn on the weekdays while playing on the weekends in the great outdoors.
Wasatch Academy Photo #2 - With small class sizes, full-time dorm parents, and a project-based education approach, students can elevate their knowledge into a lifelong pursuit of learning at the best private school in the United States.
Wasatch Academy Photo #3 - 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 the best kept secrets. Come explore with us.
Wasatch Academy Photo #4 - Our Annual Junior River Trip strengthens relationships in the community and offers a genuine adventure to our staff, faculty and students.
Wasatch Academy Photo #5 - Utah has some of the best snow on earth. Home to 14 world-class Ski Resorts. Our Wasatch Academy snowsports team can be found on our privately owned ski hill, or at one of Utah's many resorts.
Wasatch Academy Photo #6 - Todd Tree, Director of Equestrian & Rodeo at Wasatch Academy, was recognized for creating an inclusive equine program at the annual Utah Best of State this year, 2019.
Wasatch Academy Photo #7 - Today, we have been recognized by NIKE, Inc. as a top-tier program in the United States in addition to a consensus Top 10 national ranking out of more than 40,000 high school programs and a No. 5 seed in the 2019 GEICO Nationals (NHSI).
Wasatch Academy Photo #8 - This year's Jensen-Gill performers displayed an incredible level of showmanship and talent. The music preliminaries offered a wide range of performances including duets, guitar solos, eloquent piano pieces, and violin solos. The dance and drama preliminaries hosted well-versed monologues, group dance performances, aerial arts, and individual and duet dance performances.
Wasatch Academy Photo #9 - Wasatch Academy announces the opening of the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM) under the direction of GRAMMY-nominated educator, musician, author, and producer Caleb Chapman. "This program is the first of its kind anywhere. Students have access to instruction and performance opportunities typically reserved only for musicians at the university level," said Chapman.
Wasatch Academy Photo #10 - The Wasatch Academy Arts program encompasses everything from visual art, ceramics, printmaking, photography and more. From the facilities to the teachers, Wasatch Academy is among the top-performing arts boarding schools where you’ll have access to great resources to help you grow.
  • Wasatch Academy offers a learning experience unlike any other. An experience created in a culture built on kindness, dignity, and respect.
  • This provides an environment that encourages a student to push themselves, set their own goals, and achieve more personally and academically. Students come here eager to develop passions, discover untapped potential, and find their unique learning style.
  • A school where creative thinking is encouraged and students are prepared for college as independent, successful learners.

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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 8-12
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
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
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$62,300
Tuition NotesIncludes tuition, room, board, and most weekend activities
Admissions DirectorJolean Barkdull
Admissions AssociateRebecca Nied
Endowment Size$5 million


Total Sports Offered31 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Winter Track, WrestlingAlpine SkiingBallet,
Cross CountryCycling,
Freestyle SkiingGolf,
Indoor SoccerKayaking,
Mountain BikingMountaineering,
Nordic SkiingRock Climbing,
Ski JumpingSnowboarding,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,
WeightliftingWinter Track,


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

  • At Wasatch Academy, learning is an experience. Our specialized style of project-based learning is creative but intensive and focuses on helping every student reach their highest potential. Students study topics in-depth, exploring the intersection of ideas and disciplines. Along the way, students master core academic content and make valuable observations about how they learn. 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, you are given many opportunities to fill your resume with leadership positions, athletic participation, art experience, community service, and much more. You 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.

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