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Wayland Academy

Wayland is an independent, coed college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9–12, founded in 1855. The school’s rich, rigorous academic program features small classes, capstone projects at every grade, an active STEAM program, and an array of AP offerings.

The diverse and welcoming school community brings together students from across the United States and more than 20 other countries in an intimate learning environment, with a student-faculty ratio of 6:1. The educational experience and community at Wayland is the perfect learning environment for the twenty-first century. The wide-ranging electives, robust visual and performing arts programs, STEAM offerings, media studies, and capstone projects provide students with the opportunity to explore areas of individual interest and to personalize their experience.

Our school motto, “Knowledge and Character,” guides us in preparing our students for successful futures. Our faculty serve as both experts in their field, and in their understanding of each student. Wayland students stand out, visitors to our community are struck by their authenticity, kindness, compassion, and drive.

At Wayland you’ll find tradition and innovation, intellect and empathy, creativity and commitment, and you will see right away that Wayland is a small school with big opportunities and a huge heart.

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City: Beaver Dam, WI

Year Founded: 1855

Campus Size: 65 Acres

Grades Offered: 9th-12th, PG

Number of Students: 150

Percent Boarders: 75%

Average Class Size: 10

Gender: Co-Ed

Diversity: 15 States & 30 Countries represented


Signature Program: Environmental Science Program (Partnership with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Will Steger, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Horicon Marsh, and Aldo Leopold Nature Center), Media Studies, Independent Studies