Wayland Academy was founded in 1855 and continues to prepare young women and men for lives of leadership and pupose.
The Academy's programs celebrate intellectual, spiritual, and physical growth so that its graduates will take active and fulfilling roles in society.
Wayland Academy is committed to encouraging the following core values essential for life-long learning and the development of character as reflected in our motto: "Knowledge and Character".

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Top Rankings

Wayland Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Wisconsin for:

Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
191 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 33%
Students by Grade
Wayland Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Number of AP Courses
20 courses
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 1 / Feb. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Additional information about affording Wayland and financing your education can be found at our website.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Dr. Joshua Labove
Admissions Associate
Lindsay Knaup


School Notes

  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • George E. Taylor - 1879. First African-American to run for the office of President of the United States.
    • Zona Gale - 1891. First woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1921), for "Miss Lola Bett."
    • Addie Joss - 1898. Pitcher; Cleveland Naps (AL); Baseball Hall of Fame.
    • Ned Merriam - 1905. Competed at the 1908 London Olympics (400 Meters); coached track & field at: Iowa State, Texas A&M, DePauw, Yale, and U. of Chicago. Football & Track athlete at Chicago (coached by Amos Alonzo Stagg).
    • Raymond Patterson - 1940. President/G.M., Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), and Wayland Academy.
    • Susan Peterson - 1963. First female TV correspondent assigned to the White House; Communications Consultant.
    • Rick Fliehr - 1968. Professional wrestler (as Rick "Nature Boy" Flair).
    • Mikki Hebl, PhD - 1987. Professor, Rice University; Motivational Speaker.
    • Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD - 1988. Neurosurgeon, researcher, Manhattan Veterans' Hospital
    • Kira Salak - 1989. Traveler, author, contributing editor to National Geographic
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Wayland Academy cost?

Wayland Academy's tuition is approximately $20,655 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Wayland Academy?

The acceptance rate of Wayland Academy is 22%, which is lower than the national average of 93%. Wayland Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Wisconsin with low acceptance rates.

Who are famous alumni from Wayland Academy?

Wayland Academy famous alumni include: George E. Taylor, Zona Gale, Addie Joss, Ned Merriam, Raymond Patterson, Susan Peterson, Rick Fliehr, Mikki Hebl, PhD, Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD and Kira Salak.

What sports does Wayland Academy offer?

Wayland Academy offers 11 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball. Wayland Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Wisconsin for most sports offered.

What is Wayland Academy's ranking?

Wayland Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Wisconsin for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for Wayland Academy?

The application deadline for Wayland Academy is Dec. 1 / Feb. 15.

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The average private school tuition in Wisconsin is $4,039 for elementary schools and $8,506 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Wisconsin is 93% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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