College prep boarding schools should, in philosophy, mirror a college-like environment. Dorm rooms, international roommates (who probably don’t speak the same language as you), late-night study sessions and hangouts at the campus coffee house are all characteristics that might describe your ideal college campus — but what if they were also qualities that described your ideal boarding school?
A Campus Culture Built on Intellectual and Social Growth
At Wasatch Academy, our campus culture takes it a step further to include a uniquely diverse culture with an emphasis on outdoor exploration, a tight-knit student body dedicated to upholding a community of mutual respect, environmental stewardship, and a no-bullying policy. College prep boarding schools aren’t just focused on academics, though that’s certainly a part of it; they’re about fostering a sense of community built on student trust, intellectual exploration, growth, and diversity.
A Community That Challenges the Status Quo
We love that our student body welcomes students from over 40 different countries; we believe that exposure to different ideas, cultures, and traditions is perhaps the best way to teach young students to challenge the status quo, accept differences, and go on to become humans with a deep dedication to human equality everywhere.
Positive Experiences Shape Students
It’s not enough to simply talk about these ideas at college prep boarding schools — our students live these ideas. We believe that experiences can shape students — for better or for worse — which is why we’ve invested so much energy into preserving a campus culture built around connection, empathy, and kindness.
The Friendship Circle: Connecting Our Students
At the beginning of every school year, our students meet in the middle of our campus and join hands in a circle to symbolize the human connection between each and every person at our school. The Friendship Circle is representative of how our culture and community works, whether it’s from an academic, social or emotional perspective. We know that actions speak louder than words — which is why we don’t just talk about creating a culture of community and respect; we live it.