Wayland Academy

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
101 North University
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Wayland Academy Photo #1 - Wayland Hall, the most historic buildings on campus, currently houses first-year and sophomore boys. The interior was remodeled six years ago and offers some of the nicest rooms and gathering spaces on any campus in America.
Wayland Academy Photo #1 - Wayland Hall, the most historic buildings on campus, currently houses first-year and sophomore boys. The interior was remodeled six years ago and offers some of the nicest rooms and gathering spaces on any campus in America.
Wayland Academy Photo #2 - Wayland offers an excellent music faculty and multiple bands, ensembles, choirs, and solo instrumental lessons for students who love music or who hope to someday pursue a career in performance.
Wayland Academy Photo #3 - Nearly 80% of students and 75% of the faculty live on the Wayland campus.
Wayland Academy Photo #4 - Wayland students act, dance and sing in three larger performances per year, in addition to "open mic" coffeehouses and other campus gatherings.
Wayland Academy Photo #5 - Students from down the street, across the US, and around the world (about 30 different countries), attend Wayland Academy. The classroom work is rigorous, but students agree it's truly a fun place to be.
Wayland Academy Photo #6 - Wayland offers small classes, and our faculty really care and get to know you in and out of class.
Wayland Academy Photo #7 - The fieldhouse, originally built as the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks' practice facility, is the indoor home of "Big Red" Athletics, including basketball, volleyball, and others.
Wayland Academy Photo #8 - In addition to class, there are tons of clubs and student organizations catered to Wayland students' passions, including robotics club.
Wayland Academy Photo #9 - Wayland's distinguished Model U.N. Club competes with schools from around the U.S. The Forensics Team was Conference Champion in its first year (2015-16).
Wayland Academy Photo #10 - Wayland's 16 teams don't have "try outs," they have sign-ups. Yet, The Academy competes in an excellent, very competitive, small-school conference; here is an excellent athletic opportunity for the student. Several Wayland alumni have gone on to college athletics, including a few to "D-1."
  • 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 stand-out features are our Writing Initiative; excellent, personalized college-counseling; very diverse student body; and Opportunties for students to do the activities they enjoy, as well as new ones to try.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars  
    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. . .

  • Class of 2009
    5 Stars  
    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. . .

  • Class of 2008
    5 Stars  
    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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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
Wayland AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18551910
Campus Size55 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment195 students313 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1210* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormalCasual
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1617
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$15 million$18 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$55,415$48,850
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsBrad Large

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1617
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 Offered1315
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2024
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Animal Lovers, Bowling & Billiards, Club Hockey, Dining Hall, Ecology Club, Forensics Club, Junior Classical League, Model UN, PEACE - Diversity Celebration, Ping Pong Club, Robotics Team, Student Government, Thespian Society

Arts and Music Programs:
Backpacking Club, Dramatics, Handbell, Literary Magazine, Pep Band, Rock Wall, Solo & Ensemble

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 201110 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Wisconsin - Madison12
University of Minnesota6
St. Olaf College5
Northwestern University4
Boston University3
Lake Forest College3
Ripon College2
Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville2
Wellesley College2
Grinnell College1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Writing Initiative; as cross-curricular as possible.
  • Model U.N.
  • Forensics (Conference Champions!)
  • The tree-shaded, fifty-five acre campus located in a very nice, safe, Midwestern city.
  • A student body from "down the street, across the country, and around the world."
  • 100% college/university acceptance of all graduates.
  • Wayland Academy accreditations: Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association (NCA)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • George E. Taylor - 1879. First African-American to run for the office of President of the United States.
    • Zona Gale - 1891. First woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1921), for "Miss Lola Bett."
    • Addie Joss - 1898. Pitcher; Cleveland Naps (AL); Baseball Hall of Fame.
    • Ned Merriam - 1905. Competed at the 1908 London Olympics (400 Meters); coached track & field at: Iowa State, Texas A&M, DePauw, Yale, and U. of Chicago. Football & Track athlete at Chicago (coached by Amos Alonzo Stagg).
    • Raymond Patterson - 1940. President/G.M., Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), and Wayland Academy.
    • Susan Peterson - 1963. First female TV correspondent assigned to the White House; Communications Consultant.
    • Rick Fliehr - 1968. Professional wrestler (as Rick "Nature Boy" Flair).
    • 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

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