Wayland Academy: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, USA

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Wayland Academy is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for 6 to 12 grades located at Beaver Dam, in Wisconsin. Wayland Academy is one of great USA boarding schools.  Great cultural and sport activities in nearby Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago. This international boarding school continues to attract a diverse student body including 15% of racial minorities and almost 20% international students from 32 different countries. Nearly three-quarters of the student population resides in purposely built dormitories, whereas other commute from nearby towns. According to the latest data, there are 260 students enrolled at Wayland Academy with 1:6 teachers to student ratio. Most classes in the school consist of 13 or less students. In fact, historical significance of the school is reflected in the curriculum, which encourages students to take courses in advance Latin and Greek. The main objective of this great US boarding school is to prepare students for the college life. Our students benefit from the unique experience that only a boarding school can provide. Students are always actively engaged while they are on campus, both through their academic work and their involvement in Wayland’s numerous extra-curricular activities. Clubs and activities include Ecology, Art, Theater, Model UN, Pep Band, Almost Famous a cappella group, and many more! Accordingly, sufficient resources are devoted to physical education. Depending on the season, school teams participate in nearly every regional sports competition. 

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55,415 USD

About the school

Founded in 1855. The four pillars of Wayland Hall represent Scholarship, Faith, Health, and Service.

Wayland’s 65-acre (260,000 m2) campus is located near downtown Beaver Dam. It consists of north and south halves divided by Hwy. 33. North Campus, the school’s original land, is home to most of the campus buildings. It has separate buildings for different academic faculties, dormitory space, administration, and student life. South Campus, a former fairgrounds, consists of athletic fields and the school’s field house.

The Academic Building and Swan Library are the newest buildings on campus, completed in 1989. The Academic building houses the departments of mathematics, English, history, and modern and classical languages. Swan Library contains a student computer lab in addition to the 21,000 volume collection, including roughly 60 periodicals, and having first issue copies of several major magazines such as National Geographic. Discovery Hall was dedicated in 1971 and is home to the science department. In addition to laboratories and classrooms, it contains a lecture hall and an observatory. The oldest building on campus is Wayland Hall. Originally constructed in 1855, it was for a time the sole building serving the school, and housed classrooms, bedrooms, a chapel, and a kitchen. It has been remodeled several times, and now serves as a dormitory for first-year and sophomore boys. The building was renovated in 2009, creating a modernized dorm with more comfortable living spaces for its residents. This building remains the school’s most recognizable structure due to its four large Corinthian pillars, each of which represents a fundamental element in the Wayland community: Scholarship, Faith, Health, and Service. The second oldest it Lindsay Gymnasium complex. The original gymnasium dates from 1899 and has since been converted to a student union, dance hall, and art studio. The Sol Wolfe 1934 Memorial Pool and a newer gymnasium housing the school’s theater are adjacent to the original gym building. Completed in 1901, Roundy Hall was originally a music building and chapel built partially from funds donated by the Roundy family of Roundy’s Foods. It now houses administrative offices, including the president’s office, the Office of Admissions, the CFO, and the Vice-President of Development. Other buildings on North Campus include the President’s House and Schoen House, the student health center. The primary building on the 26-acre (110,000 m2) South Campus is the field house, built in 1967. Adjacent to it are the school’s eleven tennis courts and athletic fields. An additional field, Brown Field, is located on North Campus and is used for football and field hockey.

Accreditation and Memberships
Accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the North Central Association (NCA)
Member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) 
Member, Cum Laude Society since 1910
Pickard Dining Hall certified as a Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant

The oldest building on campus Wayland Hall it has been remodeled several times, and now serves as a dormitory for first-year and sophomore boys. The building was renovated in 2009, creating a modernized dorm with more comfortable living spaces for its residents.

Warren Cottage was originally constructed as a girls’ residence hall in 1888 and has since received several additions and renovations. It is still a dormitory for first-year and sophomore girls, and its lower level contains Pickard Dining Hall, a day students’ lounge, and the bookstore and post office.

The twin dormitories, Glen Dye and Ella Dye, opened in the 1960s and house junior and senior students; the men live in Ella Dye and the women in Glen Dye. Student rooms are arranged in a suite-like fashion, with two rooms connected by a private bathroom. Both dorms recently underwent extensive interior remodeling and furniture replacement.

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Academic life

Wayland’s academic program focuses on preparing its students for undergraduate colleges and universities upon graduation.  Classes are offered on three levels: college preparatory, honors, and advanced placement (AP). Graduation requirements include four years of English, and three years each of mathematics, social science/history, natural sciences, and languages. Languages offered include Spanish, German, and advanced study in Latin and Greek. Additionally, all students must have at least one year of Latin instruction to graduate. Students must also complete the equivalent of one year’s study of fine arts through music or studio art courses or lessons. The school offers 16 classes at the advanced placement level, and approximately 80% of its faculty have attained advanced degrees in their fields. 
In 2015 the school joined the Hybrid Learning Consortium. It creates a globalized learning community offering a diverse variety of online courses to students around the world.

Sport and culture

All Wayland students participate in extracurricular athletic activities in each season of the year. The following team sports are offered:
Football, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross country, Basketball, Swimming, Ice Hockey, Baseball, Golf, Softball, Track 

This great US boareidng school has exceptional facilities to accommodate the 17 interscholastic sports and Alternative Athletic Program we offer our students.  The Academy has a storied athletic tradition and great facilities : Baseball Diamond, Field House, Lindsay Gym, Sol Wolfe Pool, Brown Field, Tennis Courts, George Cobb H`80 Soccer Field, Softballl Diamond  . In addition to multiple playing and practice fields for soccer, football, and track, Wayland is home to a beautiful wood-raftered field house, originally built to host the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks summer training camp.  That facility is home to Wayland’s basketball and volleyball teams, and it also has a top-notch weight training and fitness area and a horizontal bouldering wall. 

Location Description

101 North University Avenue Beaver Dam, WI 53916 WI 53916

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