Dorm life at Wasatch Academy, often referred to as residential life, is a unique opportunity for students at boarding high schools to learn life skills. The boarding residential experience is the quintessential aspect of any boarding high school education — and as in other areas, Wasatch Academy students learn how to live respectfully and responsibly with others, and learn independence and confidence towards a college environment.
An Intimate Community
Wasatch Academy has seven different dorms available for boarding students, from antique residence halls built near the turn of the century, such as the Lincoln and Finks dorms, to the newly incorporated Zoe dorm, with only four years of residence history.
Dorm sizes vary as widely as the buildings themselves, with residences housing as few as 14 students to larger halls that can fit up to 58. No matter the size of the residence, students have the opportunity to mix and mingle with students from all difference backgrounds, both educational and cultural.
Residential life is nurtured by two dorm parents, present in every dorm on the Wasatch Academy campus. Dorm parents are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is a rather unique model from other boarding high schools, which often have the teaching faculty also serving as dorm parents. Dorm parents get to know each student individually, and are available to assist and provide guidance to students.
The experience of boarding high schools teaches students independence and responsibility like no other school or institution. Through the dormitory experience, students learn to take care of themselves and live independently.
Students are responsible for keeping their rooms clean and orderly, free of trash, clothes or other obstacles. Students do their own laundry, take care of various chores around the dorm, and participate in a weekly dorm meeting. Students are graded based on their participation and commitment to the dorm and their adherence to the necessary rules and regulations.
At Wasatch Academy, the dormitory is much more than merely a place to live. While other boarding high schools may instill a sense of uniformity, Wasatch Academy encourages its students to be individuals — both inside the dorm and out. Through interactions between a diverse group of students in a familial atmosphere, students build friendships that can last a lifetime, no matter where in the world they may end up.