Wilmington Academy Of Arts & Sciences

  • 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.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other special emphasis association(s)
Grades OfferedGrades 4-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedGIfted Students
Year Founded1997

Student Body

Total Students72 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by GradeWilmington Academy Of Arts & Sciences Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Advanced CoursesMath 1, Math 2, Math 3, Spanish 1, Earth and Environmental, Biology 1,
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(WAAS Tshirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,550
Tuition NotesA 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 DirectorBeth Upton
Admissions AssociateStephanne Marsh


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Lego Robotics Club, MathCounts, National History Day, Science Olympiad (Elementary and Middle School), Speech and Art Competitions, Tennis Club (Male and Females), Writing MathCounts, Writing, Lego Robotics Club,
National History Day,
Science Olympiad (Elementary and Middle School),
Speech and Art Competitions,
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.
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Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in North Carolina is $7,642 for elementary schools and $9,414 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in North Carolina is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).