Wayland Academy

About Us

Founded in 1855, Wayland Academy is an independent, coeducational school serving grades 9-12 in the town of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Wayland has a small population of 190 students with an even mix of female and male students living in separate, single-sex residence halls. The school features an elite writing program, an English Language Learning program for students seeking more experience with English, and 22 Advanced Placement (AP) programs for those eager to earn college credit early.

Wayland Academy provides an ideal setting for college preparation. The school offers students life in a safe, small town, while also regularly providing optional weekend trips to visit larger cities such as Madison and Milwaukee for shopping, movies, dining and special events such as NBA games, visiting authors, concerts, college football and hockey games, and travelling Broadway productions.

85% of Wayland’s students are boarding students, and an effort is made to assign international students with an American roommate through their first year, to introduce them to American culture, linguistic nuances, and to naturally broaden their circle of friends. After the first year, students select their own roommate for the following year.

Academic Success
Wayland students are regularly accepted into some of America’s top Universities. In the past five years, Wayland Academy graduates have been accepted into Yale, Stanford, Brown, Amherst, Smith, NYU, Northwestern, just to name a few. The school’s graduates leave Wayland prepared for University level coursework and life on campus.

The school has a competitive athletic program that offers students the chance to compete in 18 different sports including soccer, basketball, American football, baseball, softball, wrestling, swimming, tennis, golf, and track and field. Wayland’s athletic facilities include six playing fields, four basketball courts, 8 outdoor tennis courts, and a domed Fieldhouse that has at times served as the summer practice facility for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA.

The Arts
Wayland Academy’s faculty includes award-winning artists and musicians, and we offer facilities that provide students an array of opportunities. Classes are offered in painting, photography, sculpture and stained glass, and our music faculty leads a jazz band, orchestra, choir, A capella group, and two times a year students have the opportunity to participate in theatrical productions.

Wayland offers a number of academic extracurricular activities such as Junior Classical League and Model United Nations. One of the many nice things about a school as intimate as Wayland is that new clubs can be created to accommodate student interest. For instance, in just the past few years students have founded new clubs devoted to animal rights, a food appreciation society, Rotary International, and Salsa dancing.

Wayland’s mentoring program provides each student with a faculty member who assists them in many ways, both personally and academically. This teacher is also the primary contact for parents back home and delivers grades and periodic updates on life in Wisconsin.

Wayland Academy has a long tradition of welcoming students from around the world into our friendly community, which we invite you to learn more about at: www.wayland.org

3 Key Program Features:

  1. Outstanding, award winning, Model United Nations team
  2. Diverse international population, 26 nationalities
  3. STEAM: An interdisciplinary program combining science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics; STEAM is a pre-engineering program and curriculum
  • Total Enrollment : 185
  • Type : Co-Ed
  • Boarding Grades : 9-12
  • Total Students : 185
  • Boarding Students : 149
  • Day Students : 36
  • ESL Offered : Yes
  • Summer Program : No
  • Avg. Class Size : 13
  • Standard Application : Yes
  • Academic URL : https://www.wayland.org
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  • AP
  • Dormitory
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Music/Performing Arts
  • Robotics
  • Visual Arts
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling