Facts and Features

Wayland Academy is more than just a boarding school - it's outstanding preparation for college and life beyond the classroom. Wayland students are active, creative, independent, and diverse, with students from just down the street and around the world.


  • Beaver Dam, Wisconsin is a pleasant, safe community of 16,000 people, 45 miles NE of Madison, 60 miles Northwest of Milwaukee, and 160 miles Northwest of Chicago.  
  • Campus is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, parks, and movies.

Campus Environment

  • Tree-lined, 55-acre campus.
  • Coeducational, boarding and day school.
  • Grades 9-12.
  • 80% of faculty and 75% of students live on campus.
  • Midwestern “roots.” Friendly, hard-working, family-like community.
  • Transformational college-prep academic and residential life experience.


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


  • Average class size is 13.
  • Approx. 190 students from across the US and 32 countries around the world.  


  • Dedicated to college-prep education and sound character development.
  • Most faculty live on campus and have a masters degree or higher.
  • A cross-curricular emphasis on strong writing and college preparation. 

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).
  • Member, Cum Laude Society since 1910.
National Association of Independent Schools
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)


  • Honors courses and 16 AP subjects.
  • Member, Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), with 9 sports for boys and 10 for girls.
  • Clubs and activities include Ecology, Art, Theater, Model UN, Pep Band, “Almost Famous” a cappella group, and many more!

Recent College Acceptances

(Italics indicate schools where Wayland students are currently enrolled)

Agnes Scott College
American University
Bard College 
Baylor University 
Beloit College
Binghamton University
Boston College 
Boston University 

Brown University 
U. of California-Berkeley
U. of California-Los Angeles

U. of California-San Diego
Cambridge University
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Clemson University
Colgate University
Colorado School of Mines
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University 
Davidson University 
Denison University
U. of Denver 
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Emory University
Franklin & Marshall College
Fordham University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grinnell College 
U. of Illinois
Indiana University 
U. of Iowa

Knox College
Lafayette College
Lawrence University 
Lehigh University 
Lewis and Clark College
Macalester College 
Marquette University 
U. of Miami

U. of Michigan 
U. of Minnesota 
Mount Holyoke College 
New York University
Northeastern University 
Northwestern University
Ohio State University 
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Pomona College 

U. of Puget Sound
Purdue University
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  
Rhodes College 

U. of Richmond 

U. of Rochester
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
Scripps College 
Smith College
U. of Southern California
Southwestern University
Syracuse University
Texas A&M University
Tulane University
U.S. Military Academy
U.S. Naval Academy 
Vanderbilt University 
U. of Washington
Wellesley College 
Wheaton College (MA)
Whitman College
U. of Wisconsin-Madison

Yale University

Schedule a visit to Wayland Academy!

A personal campus visit and/or “shadow day” may be scheduled as best fits a family'’s schedule. Admission Open Houses are held in November and April. Please call or write for appointments. 1-800-860-7725 or click here.