A home away from home
Where else can one live with classmates from about 40 countries and 35 states? Or be immersed in a community where everyone is accepted—and respected—for who they are? Everyone fits in at Wasatch Academy.
This is boarding school life at its best. Make lifetime friends. Be part of an inclusive, global community that embraces different perspectives and has awesome full-time dorm parents who care as if students are their own. Dorm parents regularly teach about making safe, wise decisions, staying healthy, and building good character. At Wasatch Academy, we care about building the whole student.
Wasatch Academy’s rural Utah location makes it one of the safest places in the United States for students to get an exceptional education, grow into themselves, and find a tight-knit community.
Come and make friends for a lifetime.
Building Community and Character
One component of our residential life culture is that dorm parents lead students in a weekly dorm curriculum focused on character and social/emotional development. We focus on teaching responsibility, accountability, safety, empowerment, diversity, community, and respect. All curriculum lessons are linked to at least one value. In addition, we teach formalized lessons, but also teach informally all day long. Conflict resolution is a big area for dorm parents to teach, opportunities come up when students are sharing common spaces. This is also a major skill needed for life.
If you have questions about dorm life for your child, feel free to check out our dorm descriptions below, or you can contact our admissions office to learn more.
The Alice Dorm has been inhabited by Wasatch girls for many years and is currently home to 38 Sophomore and Junior ladies. The dorm has been redone in recent years and each spacious room has two girls, and there are large bathrooms on each floor. There is a lounge complete with a TV, couches, exercise equipment, and a pool table. Down the hall from the lounge is a kitchen where girls can make cookies or a late night snack.
Dorm Parent: Jennifer McIff
Jennifer was born and raised in Mount Pleasant. She has always enjoyed living in this beautiful community and has an amazing husband (Chris) and 5 beautiful children. Her family began their adventure at Wasatch Academy in 2013 and love it!
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Her love of business and teaching started early in life. When she was in the fifth grade, a friend and she started a business teaching tumbling to peers and younger children. She has owned and operated a successful bed and breakfast and reception center in the area and has served as chairperson on the local travel council. She is an advocate for children with special educational needs progressing through the local public schools. Her husband and her are certified foster parents that require extensive training in child behavior. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, watching movies, interior decorating, scrapbooking and still coaches a tumbling class in her free time.
Assistant Dorm Parent: Juliet Tuineau
Built and named after Wasatch Academy’s 100th anniversary, this very spacious dorm currently houses 50 Junior boys. Featuring two large lounges and a large kitchen, this masculinely decorated dorm is two levels, with dorm rooms on one level and common spaces on the main level. Students typically gather around the beautiful fireplace as deer graze outside the row of windows in the lounge. Mr. McQuivey is a very experienced Dorm Parent and shows great care for the students in his dorm.
Dorm Parent: Jeff McQuivey
Jefre “Jeff” Mcquivey, born and raised in Utah.
Jeff has been with Wasatch Academy as a Residential Life Parent for the past 11 years. He started out in the Sage Dormitory managing the Senior boys and is now in the Centennial Dormitory managing the Junior Boys.
Jeff has years of experience and has held many titles & positions over his lifetime. He is a licensed Barber in the State of Utah, using these skills to be the resident barber at the school. He is also a Police Officer, School Resource Office, and certified D.A.R.E Instructor. Jeff is currently enrolled at Snow College and is working on a degree in Forensic Psychology.
Jeff has three daughters, all who attended Wasatch Academy.
Assistant Dorm Parent: Trey Gundry
Built in 1916, this beautiful and recently renovated dorm comfortably houses 24 Freshman boys. The warm and welcoming energy is felt instantly, as one walks through the front door. There are dorm rooms on each of the two levels, and a cozy lounge with couches, T.V., and a large table for studying, on the first level. The kitchen and laundry room combination are found just off the lounge. Frequently seen are students utilizing the basketball court just outside the front door, and sitting under the large shade trees out front.
Dorm Parent: Todd Parkinson
Todd Parkinson received his Associates Degree from Dixie State College and has a Bachelor of Communications from Utah Valley University. He has nearly a decade of experience in residential teen development in various treatment academies and has worked at a behavioral hospital.
Parkinson brings his passion for teen development to Wasatch Academy in a true lifestyle setting.
Todd Parkinson has been with Wasatch Academy for several years, married his wife Hillary in 2011, and they just had their firstborn Penelope in July 2017. His hobbies include working out, traveling, skim-boarding and living the dream wherever he goes.
The oldest residence hall, built in 1913. Sophomore and Junior boys fill the 48 beds available among the 4 floors. Finks is an energetic dorm. The atmosphere of community is strong. The lounge and kitchen combination creates a “homey” feeling as students often enjoy food together at the kitchen table. There is a beautiful, covered, and very large porch welcoming those who enter the dorm, which is a great spot for BBQ’s, study groups, or just relaxing.
Dorm Parent: Tyler Eliason
Tyler was born in northern California and raised in the Salt Lake Valley. He graduated from Bingham High School then enrolled at the University of Utah (U of U), where he played on the drumline for three years. His first year of college brought cool opportunities including marching in President Obama’s 2008 inaugural parade in DC. He went on a church service mission for two years in central Paraguay then returned to the U of U. He married Shelby (WA girls volleyball coach) and has three little Wasatch Tiger fans.
Tyler loves music and film, and just about any type of adventure outdoors.
After years of difficulty in “deciding what I want to be when I grow up”, he completed his Bachelor of Art in Film and Media Arts. He does freelance work in the film industry as well as run a small commercial video business with a partner in Salt Lake. He did three years of full-time video work for a non-profit parenting website where he learned valuable skills he regularly applies into his home life and looks forward to implementing with the boys in the Finks Dorm. Tyler helped coach the “black and orange” boys basketball teams last year and is excited for the opportunity to build new relationships and do his part in growing Wasatch Academy’s best Sophomore class yet!
Lincoln Hall Dormitory is a three-story home originally built in 1892. It houses up to 14 boarding school girls (8th-10th grades). There are 9 dorm rooms with 2 big bathrooms, a 2nd-floor common lounge and a large lounge on the first floor with a large television. There is a nice size kitchen with a table and chairs, stove, microwave, fridge/freezer, 2 washers and 2 dryers for the students use. Girls love living in Lincoln Hall Dormitory because it is cozy fostering strong bonds and long lasting friendships.
Dorm Parent: Esther Gutierrez
Raised in Heber City, UT, Esther has lived all over Utah from the north end of the state to the south end. She has her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement Science, and is Crossfit Cert Level 1. She has two beautiful children who keep her grounded and present. Esther thoroughly enjoys watching them grow and learn new things. Becoming a mother has taught her the value of leading by example and assessing what she wishes to pass on to her children.
Esther grew up playing soccer and softball. In high school, she discovered weightlifting and it’s been a passion of hers ever since. Esther enjoys working out and being active. She has made many analogies of life while in the weight room. Part of Esther's life philosophy is in order to best help and serve those around you, you must be in good health yourself.
Wellness encompasses not only physical, as well as, spiritual, emotional, and mental.
Assistant Dorm Parent: Abbi Kennedy
Abbi Kennedy moved to this beautiful valley when she was eleven years old, and she has been taking advantage of it ever since. Abbi is an enthusiast; she has a passion for just about everything: her friendships, her family, her mountainous surroundings, and her job.
For Abbi, Wasatch Academy is more than just a job. She has been here since 1998 and has raised her family on this campus. She has worked in the transportation dept, and as a much-needed dorm-relief mother. Some students call her ‘Mom’ and others just talk to her as if she were their mother. She invites comfort with authentic kindness, and for that, the students flock to her for respite. They respect and adore her. Although we don’t know from where her energy wells, there is a seemingly endless reservoir, and we all benefit from it.
Abbi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Utah State. Along with keeping busy with Wasatch Academy endeavors, she stays plenty active with three kids: Emma, Ethan, and Audree. She also hikes, runs, practices yoga, and helps her friends with anything they need.
This boy’s dormitory was built in 1923 and has housed boys since. As our traditional senior boy’s dorm, this 3 story building is the home away from home for 56 students. All dorm rooms are newly renovated with spacious layouts. The dorm lounge is a popular hang out for meaningful conversations, study groups, and relaxing.
Dorm Parent: Ray Tuineau
Ray Tuineau (DO-EE-NEH-OW) is a Snow College graduate and is currently studying at Utah State University’s extension in Ephraim. His experience in helping various youth groups in the community has impacted the direction of his career.
Ray came to Wasatch in the summer of 2013 where he continues to be the Sage Dorm Parent; overseeing the senior boys. He has also worked as the boys’ dorm parent for summer school three consecutive years.
Although Ray is of Tongan heritage (South Pacific Polynesian Island) he was born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. He enjoys spending time with his three sons and his beautiful wife, Juliet Tuineau, who also works in Residential Life as an assistant dorm parent.
The Zoe Dormitory is home to 38 Senior girls and is the newest dorm on campus, dedicated in fall of 2012. This state of the art living space boasts a spacious lounge area replete with a fireplace, flat screen T.V. many couches a study area, and a lovely kitchen. The downstairs offers another lounge area with TV and couches as well as laundry room and storage. Girls in this dorm enjoy a ‘pod’ layout where clusters of rooms are grouped together with their own bathroom and study area.
Dorm Parent: Charlotte Stewart
Charlotte Stewart holds an Associates Degree in Fire Prevention from the Community College of the Air Force and served for 22 years in the Utah Air National Guard. Charlotte has experience in EMS, Fire Service, and Special Education. She is married with four wonderful children and one granddaughter and enjoys being the owner-operator of a small farm in town, camping, hiking, and fishing.
- The primary purpose of the Wasatch Academy Advisory Program is to cultivate a supportive learning environment through creating meaningful relationships between adults and students and to encourage an overall school culture of care and respect.
- One of the most important ways Wasatch Academy develops relationships with parents is through the advisory program. The advisor acts as the primary link between the school and the family. As the advisor meets with each advisee twice a week in Homeroom, the advisor is responsible for helping their advisees navigate the Wasatch Academy learning community. The advisor addresses the academic, social, and emotional needs of their advisees during Homeroom meetings.The support of each student’s parent is crucial to understanding the needs of the student in accomplishing their goals at Wasatch Academy and preparing them for success in college and in life. When we work together, we allow our students to realize their potential in and out of the classroom. Parents can expect initial communication from their child’s advisor once a week for the first month after the school year commences. Monthly communication on their child’s progress is provided throughout the remainder of the school year. Given the full schedules of our faculty, the preferred way to communicate with advisors is via e-mail.