Wayland Academy

101 North University
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Tel: 800-860-7725
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 185 students
Wayland Academy is proud of its Midwestern roots and heritage, proud of our pleasant and safe campus, proud of our talented and dedicated faculty, and proud of our diverse and exciting student body.
The Academy's academic, residential, Mentoring, and co-curricular programs are guided by five Core Values: Caring, Gratitude, Integrity, Passion, and Respect.

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Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
Wayland Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1855 1910
Campus Size 55 acres 121 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 185 students 300 students
% Students of Color 51% 20%
% International Students 32% 20%
% Students Boarding 75% 67%
Average SAT Score 1680 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 24.3 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher:Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 67% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $11 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$41,193 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$17,910 $28,400
Tuition international students $48,776 $46,300
% Students on Financial Aid 63% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 61% 56%
Director of AdmissionsPaul D. Keller
Associate Director of AdmissionsKris G. Boucher

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP European History, AP German, AP Latin, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics "c", AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US Government, AP US History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 15 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 22 24
ExtracurricularsBaking Club, Breakfast Club- Bible study group, Chamber Ensemble, Choir, Concert Band, Dance Club, Dramatics, Ecology Club, Equestrian Club, Handbells, Junior Classical League, Literary Magazine, Model UN, Movie Club, PEACE - Diversity Celebration, Pep Band, Quiditch Club, Solo & Ensemble, Student Government, Thespian Society, Ultimate Frisbee, Voiceless/Animal Rights Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2009-2011 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Wisconsin - Madison 12
University of Minnesota 6
St. Olaf College 5
Northwestern University 4
Boston University 3
Lake Forest College 3
Ripon College 2
Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville 2
Wellesley College 2
Grinnell College 1

School Notes:

  • Wayland's Writing Initiative; as cross-curricular as possible.
  • Model U.N.
  • Wayland's fifty-five acre campus located in a very nice, safe, Midwestern city.
  • Wayland features a student body from "down the street, across the country, and around the world.

  • School accreditations: Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association (NCA)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • George Edwin Taylor - 1879. First Black man to run for the office of President of the United States
    • Zona Gale - 1891. First woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1921).
    • Addie Joss - 1898. Pitcher; Cleveland (AL); Baseball Hall of Fame.
    • Raymond Patterson - 1940. Retired President/G.M., Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), and Wayland Academy
    • Tom Nissalke - 1951. Businessman; former coach, Utah Jazz (NBA)
    • Susan Peterson - 1963. First female TV correspondent assigned to the White House; Chair, Wayland Academy Board of Trustees. Businesswoman.
    • Rick Fliehr - 1968. Professional wrestler.
    • 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

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Lake Forest Academy (96.8 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • 96.8 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 436 students1500 West Kennedy Road
    Lake ForestIL 60045
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