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. 


  • 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!

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
National Association of Independent Schools
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
The Association of Boarding Schools
Blue Zones Approved Restaurant

Recent College Acceptances

(Italics indicate schools where Wayland students are currently enrolled)

Beloit College
Binghamton University
Boston University
Brown University
U. of California Berkeley
U. of California Los Angeles
U. of California San Diego
Carleton College
Case Western Reserve University
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Denison University
University of Denver
Drexel University
Duke University
Fordham University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grinnell College
Hobart & William Smith
College of the Holy Cross
U. of Illinois at Urbana-Cham.
Indiana University
University of Iowa
Johns Hopkins University
Lafayette College
Lawrence University
Maastricht University
Macalester College
Marquette University
University of Miami
University of Michigan
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
University of Minnesota
New York University
U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Northeastern University
University of Notre Dame
Occidental College
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic University
University of Rochester
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
University of Southern California
Syracuse University
Vanderbilt University
Washington University in St. Louis
Wheaton College (MA)
College of William & Mary
U. of Wisconsin - Madison

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.