Wayland Academy - Review #1

Wayland Academy

About the Author:

College Enrolled Creighton University
Home Town, State (Country) Randolph, WI, WI
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I participated in Model UN, Human Rights Watch, Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Softball, Varsity Basketball, Theatre, and the Prefect System. I was captain in volleyball and softball, I won MUN awards, and I was a senior prefect.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Wayland is a college-prep boarding school in the Midwest. That is not seen very often. Wisconsin only has 2 other boarding schools, and one being a Christian School, the other being a military school. That makes it a unique experience being in Wisconsin.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The friendships are easily the best part of boarding school. You make great friendships that stay with you a long time.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have gotten involved right away, instead of waiting for the involvement to come to me.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I like the atmosphere. It is a very laid-back campus. The people are the most important part of the school.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Check out the school, any school really, before you commit to coming. Get here early Saturday of Orientation to meet people. Come in open-minded and you will find success. Eat at Walker's in Beaver Dam as much as physically possible. Check out Hotel Wayland, aka the newly renovated Wayland Hall, which houses underclassmen boys. Incredibly nice.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics are challenging, and yet I was always able to take the classes I wanted. The best part of Wayland and the classes we're offered is that the teachers are always available for help, guidance, and tutoring. I never hesitated to ask a teacher a question.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics are unusual, because we have to participate in sports. I've been on Varsity Volleyball for 4 years and Varsity Softball for 4 years. The teams I've played on have won 2 conference championships and 2 softball conference championships, along with a 2009 regional championships. So needless to say, I've seen a lot of success on the woman's sports side. I cannot really speak for the boy's side.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The arts have transformed a lot in my four years, particularly the choral and theatre programs. They have enjoyed a lot of success and are quite entertaining.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved MUN and the extracurriculars that were offered. The best part of Wayland. There are many different options for success and finding your own niche.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is Wayland life, in my opinion. I was a day student for three years, and my senior year I boarded. The best part is the friendships you make, not only with your fellow students, but also with teachers who supervise you.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall is not so great. My freshman year it was fantastic, but the economy has really affected the food budget.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Beaver Dam is a quintessential Midwestern town. It has about 15,000 people, a Walgreens conveniently kitty-corner from campus, and many other shopping opportunities (not in means of a mall, but Wal-Mart, grocery stores, Shop-Ko, Kohl's, Boston Store.. There are a few places to shop). There is a movie theater 5 blocks from campus, and many other small coffee shops. It is a small town, but you can find things to do.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Weekends and weeknights after study hall are full of people littered on campus. The teachers and prefects organize weekend activities and trips to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago. There is plenty to do if you are willing to come out of your dorm and do it.

Daily Schedule:

7:00 AMBreakfast/Wake-Up
8:00 AMClasses
9:30 AMCampus-Wide Free Period
10:00 AMClasses
12:00 AMLunch
12:30 AMClasses
3:45 PMSports
5:45 PMDinner
7:30 PMStudy Hall
11:30 PMLights Out for Seniors, (Underclassmen is earlier)
11:00 AMBrunch
12:00 AMWhatever you desire for the rest of the day
5:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMActivites on campus
9:30 PMBack on Campus from any Off-Campus Activities
11:00 PMBack in dorms
12:00 PMLights Out for Freshman/Sophomores
12:30 PMLights Out for Juniors
1:00 AMLights out for Seniors

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Wayland Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2010
    5 Stars   7/8/2010
    Creighton University
    Wayland is a college-prep boarding school in the Midwest. That is not seen very often. Wisconsin only has 2 other boarding schools, and one being a Christian School, the other being a military school. That. . .
  • Wayland Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2009
    5 Stars   4/29/2009
    Stanford University
    The school encompasses many of the qualities associated with the midwest. If you go to a restaurant nearby or order delivery on a semiweekly basis, the business will know you by name. The. . .
  • Wayland Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2008
    5 Stars   8/27/2008
    Purdue University
    Upon first arriving at Wayland, it does not take long before you realize the family atmosphere of this school. I think a big reason for this atmosphere is the small size of the school. Many. . .
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