Wasatch Academy

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
Tel: 435-462-1400
120 South 100 West
Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647
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Wasatch Academy, founded in 1875, is a 'Best of State' in education among all Utah private K-12 schools for 8 consecutive years. The school is located in a safe rural community with fresh air and clean water, surrounded by pristine national parks, cultural activities, and outdoor opportunities.
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Wasatch Academy, founded in 1875, is a 'Best of State' in education among all Utah private K-12 schools for 8 consecutive years. The school is located in a safe rural community with fresh air and clean water, surrounded by pristine national parks, cultural activities, and outdoor opportunities.
Teamwork, dedication, and sacrifice are key components of our athletic programs. Participation in athletics promotes good health but also teaches invaluable life lessons. Through athletics, students learn to develop confidence, self-discipline and leadership skills while learning the value of collaboration. Athletics allow students the opportunity to work together in accomplishing defined goals.
Friendship Circle is an annual tradition at Wasatch Academy. At the start of each new school year, the student body, faculty & staff gather on the 'quad' for a meet & greet.
Each weekend students have the opportunity to participate in trips ranging from climbing in a nearby canyon, to rappelling off an arch in Moab, rafting on the Colorado river, hiking in Zion National Park, relaxing in a hot spring, or enjoying S'mores around a campfire with new friends.
Dorm Life - Each of our seven dorms are similar to the students; each is unique and has its own personality. Our dorms are a home away from home where students from around the world learn to live together and form friendships that will last a lifetime
Joy and inspiration provide the foundation for the Wasatch Academy learning experience. This helps students develop into lifelong learners and future innovators.Teachers use a variety of classroom strategies and commit to a wide variety of activities that allow every student to find their own pathway to success.
The Wasatch Academy outdoor program utilizes the marvels of Utah's wilderness areas and National Parks to set students on a path of fun, adventure and self-reliance.
Acting students focus on voice, diction, oral interpretation, and creating characters through scene work from various playwrights. Scenes are prepared for school productions and The Utah Shakespeare Festival's High School Competition and the Utah State High School Association Drama Competition.
In our Equestrian Program students can choose from: English Competition Team, Western Competition Team, and our Recreational Riding group.  Students of all skill and experience levels can have fun, learn, and thoroughly enjoy the equine experiences our program offers.
Our classes include colorful and engaging demonstrations that help students develop observational and critical-thinking skills.
  • Wasatch Academy offers a learning experience unlike any other. An experience created in a culture built on kindness, dignity, and respect.
  • This provides an environment that encourages a student to push themselves, set their own goals, and achieve more personally and academically. Students come here eager to develop passions, discover untapped potential, and find their unique learning style.
  • A school where creative thinking is encouraged and students are prepared for college as independent successful learners.

Upcoming Events and News:

  • STUDENTS COMPETE IN MONARCH BIG MOUNTAIN FREERIDE COMPETITION - 03/15/2018 - Wasatch Academy snow sports athletes train and prepare for the International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA) Rocky Mountain Freeride Series competition on Monarch Mountain in Colorado.
  • WA WINS BIG AT SNOW COLLEGE MATH CONTEST - 04/16/2018 - Wasatch Academy is home to many bright minds that are encouraged to express their knowledge both in and out of the classroom, which is why Wasatch Academy has participated in Snow College`s math competition for the past fifteen years.
  • Students Go to India for Water Conservation Efforts - 06/01/2018 - With the growing concern about quality water impacting many communities, water issues have become of significant concern to many millennials. Almost more so than the continual battle over fossil fuels. Set to make a difference in the world, seven Wasatch Acade...more
  • STUDENTS PERFORM ALL THE GREAT BOOKS (ABRIDGED) - 07/05/2018 - After several months of constant rehearsal dedicated to building props, performing lines, and memorizing monologues, Wasatch Academy`s Play Production class performed All the Great Books (Abridged).
  • INTERNATIONAL DAY - 07/05/2018 - As a long-standing tradition for over 50 years, Wasatch Academy came together on April 11th to celebrate its diverse community of students. Home to students from 37 different countries this year, the day offered a variety of cultural perspectives from countrie...more

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  • Class of 2012
    5 Stars   7/22/2013
    Cornell College
    Rural area, international environment, attentive staff and faculty, student-focus activities-those are what Wasatch is praised for but what really impressed me was a speech given on Founder's Day about our endowment. Mr Loftin (school headmaster). . .

  • Class of 2011
    5 Stars   8/7/2012
    Brandeis University
    Wasatch Academy's location in central Utah definitely adds a very unique feel to the school Even though Mt. Pleasant is a rural town, the proximity to Provo and SLC allows students to get the best. . .

  • Class of 2004
    5 Stars   7/11/2004
    The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania
    While at Wasatch Academy I debated within a circuit of international independent schools; accordingly, I gained knowledge of a number of other private (boarding) secondary institutions. In the following answers, I draw upon several. . .

  • Class of 1991
    5 Stars   5/9/2007
    Westminster College
    During my time at WA, it felt like the entire staff were my mentors, and supporters to do well in school, athletics and life in general. From the teachers, to my Dorm Parent, to. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Wasatch AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered8-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18751910
Campus Size40 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment340 students300 students
% Students of Color
24%
20%
% International Students
40%
20%
% Students Boarding
90%
67%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Dress Casual)
Casual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:101:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1717
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
60%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$9,900
(Summer Experience (six weeks): $9,900 Summer Dash (three-week session): $4,950)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$5 million$18 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$60,000$54,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$30,000$30,000
Tuition international students$62,000$48,100
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$51,900$39,900
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
70%
55%
Director of AdmissionsErin Nester
Paul Salazar
Associate Director of AdmissionsRebecca Nied

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1717
Courses AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language/Composition, AP European History, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP Chinese Language/Culture, AP Computer Science, AP English Lit/Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language/Culture, AP Studio Art, AP U.S Government and Politics, AP U.S History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered2915
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Paddle Tennis, Riding, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Winter Track

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations3224
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Amnesty International Club, Community, Debate Club, Games Club, International Club, Journalism, Lit, Math Team, Model UN, National, Outdoors, Robotics, Skateboarding, Student Government

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Choir, Dance Club, Drama Club, Film Club, Guitar Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Aikido, BMX, Camping Club, Equestrian Club, Fencing Club, Hiking Club, Paintball, Rock Climbing, Ski, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Strength and Conditioning

School Notes

  • Wasatch Academy is a co-ed college preparatory boarding school located in Mount Pleasant, Utah. Our global campus brings together students from more than 40 countries and more than 30 states in grades 8-12. Maintaining a highly attentive and supportive culture where students exchange global perspectives, Wasatch Academy guides each student to the individual ways he or she learns best. At Wasatch Academy, our students are guided to become ethical citizens of the world while becoming prepared for college. Throughout the year, they take advantage of a beautiful setting in the heart of Utah, surrounded by several national parks and unique outdoor opportunities. In addition, every weekend students have the opportunity to attend several cultural and sports events. Our students are provided with the highest academic curriculum while being instructed by committed faculty that care about their success and provide unparalleled individual attention. At Wasatch Academy, our goal is to prepare students to live in a globalized 21st-century world. Our student body learns alongside peers with a diverse array of perspectives, languages, and cultures.
  • LD types supported: Yes
  • School accreditations: National Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools
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