Wayland Academy

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
101 North University
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Tel: 800-860-7725
  • 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 
2016 School Data
Wayland Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1855 1910
Campus Size 55 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 185 students 298 students
% Students of Color
22%
20%
% International Students
40%
20%
% Students Boarding
78%
68%
Average SAT Score 1680 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 25 *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%
70%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $11 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$43,715 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$19,735 $28,500
Tuition international students $50,745 $47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
63%
35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
61%
57%
Director of AdmissionsBradley C. Large
Associate Director of AdmissionsKris G. Boucher

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 20 23
ExtracurricularsBaking Club, Breakfast Club- Bible study group, Chamber, Choir, Concert Club, Dance Club, Dramatics, Ecology Club, Forensics Club, Handbell, Junior Classical League, Literary magazine, Model UN, PEACE - Diversity Celebration, Pep Band, 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
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:
    • 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.
    • JoAnn Wilson - 1946. Producer, Masterpiece Theatre.
    • 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
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