Wayland Academy

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
Tel: 800-860-7725
101 North University
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
  • 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.

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  • 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. . .

  • 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. . .

  • 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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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Wayland AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-126-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18551910
Campus Size55 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment195 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1680* 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 Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1617
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$13 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$53,030$47,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


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

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 Offered1314
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Baking Club, Breakfast Club- Bible study group, Dance Club, Ecology Club, Forensics Club, Junior Classical League, Model UN, PEACE - Diversity Celebration, Ping Pong Club, Robotics Team, Student Government, Thespian Society, Voiceless/Animal Rights Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Concert Club, Dramatics, Handbell, Literary Magazine, Pep Band, 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.
  • School 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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