The Wilmington Academy of Arts & Sciences (WAAS) in Wilmington, North Carolina is an independent private school for academically motivated and gifted students in grades four through eight.
In partnership with supportive families, WAAS offers a challenging and nurturing environment for students of academic and personal promise.
WAAS fosters the abilities, imagination and motivation of each student so that he or she may grow academically and personally.
The Wilmington Academy of Arts & Sciences (WAAS) operates on the belief that children are successful in educational settings that are created to meet their specific needs. Meeting the middle school population's needs drives the school's format and structure; meeting each student's learning needs drives the daily lessons.
Making a positive difference in the middle school years makes a positive difference in the rest of the student's life.
The goals at WAAS are to create a learning environment that inspires and encourages students to become life long learners and help them to be confident and competent in all skills.

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Wilmington Academy Of Arts & Sciences ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 4-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
GIfted Students
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
84 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade
Wilmington Academy Of Arts & Sciences Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
20 students
Advanced Courses
Biology 1, Earth and Environmental, Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, Spanish 1
Classroom Dress Code
(WAAS Tshirts)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
A one time long term building maintenance fee is added to the first tuition. Depending on the grade of the student, it could range from $100.00 -$500.00. The price is determined by how long the student could attend our school.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Beth Upton
Admissions Associate
Jill VanCleef


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
MathCounts, National History Day, Science Olympiad (Elementary and Middle School), Speech and Art Competitions, Writing

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Tennis Club (Male and Females)

School Notes

  • Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (WAAS) serves students in grades 4-8 who are academically gifted and/or highly motivated.  Typically, our students score 85-99%  on the IOWA Assessments.  WAAS students appreciate the fast paced, advanced and rigorous curriculum that prepares them for high school and college.  If students attend all three years of middle school at WAAS, then they can earn up to five high school course credits. In addition to being an environment where success breeds success, students build and strengthen their skills in organization, time management, reading, writing, critical thinking, public speaking,  technology and research.

School Reviews

WAAS has been a wonderful school for my son. Not only do the teachers challenge him and encourage him daily, but the lesson plans are often coordinated across the subjects. Lots of opportunities for field trips and contests, if you want. He will enter HS with a lot of credits already completed.
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The average private school tuition in Wilmington, NC is $8,794 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Wilmington, NC is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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