Wasatch Academy is proud to call Mt. Pleasant, Utah our home. Like many private boarding schools, our location is an integral part of the school’s identity and values. Wasatch Academy is surrounded by the history and culture of the American West and is proud to include the robust, pioneering attitude as part of our culture.
The first settlers in what is now Mt. Pleasant came to the area in 1851 from nearby Manti, Utah to gather lumber. They were captivated by the beautiful landscape and returned in 1852 with their families to begin building homes and farming. However, tensions with Native Americans in the area caused the settlers to abandon the new settlement and seek protection in Manti.
After conflicts with the Native Americans subsided, colonists returned to the area and began to establish a new town. Mt. Pleasant quickly became one of the largest and most diverse cities in the county. The settlers were immigrants from Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, and the eastern United States who had come to Utah to start a new life. Visitors to the town in the 1800’s could hear five commonly spoken languages. This tradition of diversity extends to Wasatch Academy and is one of the many reasons students from 40 different countries choose Wasatch Academy over other private boarding schools.
During the next 70 years, Mt. Pleasant continued to grow and be established as an economic and cultural center, earning the nickname “Hub City”. The arrival of the Deseret Telegraph and The Pyramid Newspaper in 1869 improved city communications and formed a connection between citizens in Mt. Pleasant and the rest of the country.
In 1875, Presbyterian settlers formally established Wasatch Academy (though the school today is non-secular). The founders envisioned a place of learning that would reflect all of the best qualities of their growing town. The school stands today as a symbol of the diversity, work ethic and community that makes Mt. Pleasant such an amazing place to live.