At Wasatch Academy, we have always believed that a global campus would benefit our students. We remain one of the most diverse private boarding schools in the nation.
However, a demographic milestone has been hit in the K–12 age group. For the first time ever, the majority of students in the United States are from minority groups. Trends in immigration and birth rates indicate that there will never again be a majority racial or ethnic group.
Challenges for Schools
Here at Wasatch Academy, we aim to reach all learning styles through innovative activities. Diversity has always been one of our most essential goals. Some schools haven’t been lucky enough to prepare for the changes that come with increased diversity.
Schools that are facing more diversity than ever have a unique set of challenges to take on. For the first time ever, they are in need of highly qualified bilingual teachers, especially in preschool programs. Academic English proficiency starting at an early age will determine how academically successful students will become.
In addition to better education resources, diverse private boarding schools need better school counselors and academic advisors. There is a need for outreach to immigrant parents to keep them involved in their student’s education, regardless of the language barrier. Counselors need to focus on continued achievement through transition grades between different schools.
Benefits of Diversity
As one of the top global private boarding schools, Wasatch Academy is proud to say that regardless of language barriers or starting points, we have all of our students at a 100 percent acceptance rate into college.
Not only do our students show improved cognitive skills, including critical thinking and problem solving, they also are exposed to a worldly view at a young age. The diversity we have achieved as a school helps our students navigate an increasingly diverse society and succeed in all facets of life.