Like many college prep boarding schools, Wasatch Academy exists in its own little slice of green grass and wide earth. What sets Wasatch Academy apart from other college prep boarding schools, however, is the school’s commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.
Located in the high mountainous environment of Central Utah, Wasatch Academy is surrounded by an unparalleled amount of unspoiled nature. With the Wasatch Front off to the east, the nearby aspens of the Manti La Sal National Forest, and the rolling hills and countryside adjacent, nature is visible anywhere you look at Wasatch Academy.
In part because of the school’s privileged location, Wasatch Academy is committed to taking proper care of the environment. Through the Wasatch Academy Environmental Stewardship Program, students learn how to be environmentally conscious, learning about native flora and fauna, as well as sustainable building initiatives.
Students have the opportunity to learn about the environment both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to environmental science and horticulture courses, students learn to determine water quality in local streams and rivers, maintain campus landscaping and engineer more efficient ways of using water, among other things. Students who are especially passionate about sustainability initiatives are welcome to join the Sustainability Council, a campus group that advises the school administration on best practices and runs the campus recycling program.
Aside from the student commitment, Wasatch Academy is also devoted to environmental consciousness on an administrative level. All campus landscaping incorporates native plants and trees, minimizing both the spread of invasive species and overall water usage. In addition, all new campus buildings are designed with sustainability in mind — some even incorporate renewable energy sources, such as solar panels.
As far as college prep boarding schools go, the Wasatch Academy commitment to environmental sustainability is unmatched. For an institution that gives back both to the community and the environment, Wasatch Academy is the place to be.