a global community, a global perspective
We collaborate. We connect. We accept.
Students at Wasatch Academy embody many different backgrounds and experiences. Thirty-three countries represent our highly diverse student body. Students are able to draw from enriched discussions and make discoveries alongside fellow students with different cultural experiences.
A student might have a roommate from Brazil, serve on a student leadership with a friend from Turkey, or play tennis with someone from Thailand. These integrated multicultural experiences make every day an opportunity to gain a more global perspective.
Dedicated global community.
I love bringing the positive side of my culture to Wasatch Academy.”
Serve and study abroad
Wasatch Academy participates in service trips and student exchange programs around the world. Volunteer during spring break in locations such as Tanzania, Costa Rica, China, Vietnam, or Fiji, and experience service learning in its most practical forms. Go on an exchange program to China, India, and other countries.
Wasatch Academy is proud to have education and culture collaboration exchanges with schools around the world. We have relationships with students, faculty, and administration in locations such as Australia, Columbia, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Peru, and Taiwan
that provide opportunities for students and faculty to grow as global citizens and lifelong learners. In addition to these relationships, Wasatch Academy has also collaborated with high-minded high schools in China and Mongolia to provide dual diploma opportunities. We are very pleased to be affiliated with these distinguished schools where upon completion of their Wasatch Academy Dual Diploma studies, students attend some of the most prestigious institutions of higher education.
Dual Diploma Programs
Beginning in the fall of 2010, Beijing National Day School started a dual diploma program with Wasatch Academy. Students can receive a Wasatch Academy diploma after three years of successful completion of courses taught by faculty using Advanced Placement guidelines and teaching practices supported by Wasatch Academy. Beijing National Day School has a long history of success and is at the forefront of schools in China for promoting international exchange and advancing educational models.
- The first class of graduates received Wasatch Academy diplomas in June, 2013.
- Students at BNDS were spotlighted in the Summer 2013 edition of Today Magazine.
We are excited to be partnered with Kunshan Senior High School of Jiangsu Province, China. This is a unique dual-diploma collaboration between Wasatch Academy and Kunshan Senior High School, offering eligible Chinese students an opportunity to study and receive articulated credits toward an American high school graduation diploma.
Wasatch Academy’s award-winning academic curriculum provides meaningful learning experiences through student partnership, problem solving, English oral and written communication engagement, and the development of higher-order thinking skills necessary to navigate today’s world.
Our academic program alliance strives to work with the outstanding students of Kunshan Senior High School to provide an educational experience that meets the level of excellence for learning established by Wasatch Academy. With ongoing professional development, student and teacher exchanges, and intuitive program collaboration and implementation, this partnership is poised for longevity and success.
On June 17, 2009, the Chinese Ministry of Education granted the very first license in the history of China for the joint cooperation of Wasatch Academy and Ruian High School. Through this cooperative effort, Wasatch Academy provides a dual diploma program to students at Ruian High School.
Students are finding great success with a curriculum that prepares them for Advanced Placement level courses, which are taught by outstanding educators supported by Wasatch Academy. This program’s completion leads to a dual diploma for those who complete the three-year curriculum. Students from Ruian High School have also had the opportunity to visit Wasatch Academy for summer programs.
In the fall of 2012, Wasatch Academy started its third dual-diploma program in China with the Shishi High School in Chengdu. Shishi, meaning “stone house,” refers to the original school building in which this institution was founded, sometime between 143 and 141 BC during the Han Dynasty. Wasatch Academy is proud to be partnered with such a storied institution in China.
As learners, Shishi students have embraced the Wasatch Academy approach, which encourages more collaborative problem-solving and student-teacher interaction. They love the small classes, even when they push the students to engage in a way that they have not experienced in much larger Chinese classrooms. Shishi President Jian Tian and other school officials visited the Wasatch Academy campus in 2013.
As of September 2015, Wasatch Academy is excited to partner with Shanghai Guanghua College-Pudong Campus.
Shanghai Guanghua College was founded on August 8th, 2008, as a private higher education institution approved by the Shanghai Municipal Education Bureau. Shanghai Guanghua College aims at offering excellent international education services to Chinese students, helping to achieve their goal of entering prestigious universities abroad. In response to calls for global citizenship, a collaboration with Wasatch Academy has been established to fit the characteristics of international education. The school advocates a student-centered philosophy and implements holistic education aimed at cultivating and developing exceptional students, just like the Wasatch Academy vision.
Wasatch Academy is pleased to be providing pedagogical direction and instruction to produce future global leaders through this partnership.
Our most recent collaboration is with Guangdong Guangya High School in bustling Guangzhou city. This collaboration is based on a “2+1” model where, during the first two years of study, Guangya students will remain at Guangya High School and receive a traditional Chinese education taught by some of the very best educators in China. These students also take courses taught by native English speaking teachers trained by Wasatch Academy. The Wasatch Academy courses are oriented toward preparing students with the English language skills and critical thinking necessary to excel in academic pursuits in the United States. In students’ third and final year, they will attend the Wasatch Academy campus in Utah, where they will integrate into the local campus and spend their senior year living as an American student before heading off for college in the United States.
Guangdong Guangya High School was founded in 1888. Its earliest predecessor was one of the Four Academies of the late Qing dynasty. “Guangya” in Mandarin means “knowledgeability and integrity.” Guangya High School continues to uphold these fundamental principles that have earned the school its reputation across China as one of the finest schools in the country. Wasatch Academy is proud to collaborate with such an outstanding institution, and we are looking forward to many years of helping students glean the very best out of their Chinese and American education as they prepare for an increasingly globalized world.
With great students, teachers, and administration, Wasatch Academy has enjoyed this educational partnership since 2015. Founded in 1902, The High School Affiliated To Nanjing Normal University is nationally recognized and considered one of the top 10 schools of basic education in China. In a 2016 ranking of Chinese high schools that send students to study in American universities, it ranked number 22 in mainland China in terms of the number of students entering top American universities.
A brand new school in a brand new development area, Beijing Etown Academy is a part of Beijing National Day School’s education group. With the goal of pioneering Chinese basic education reform, Etown aims to focus on authentic teaching and learning by focusing on effective and modern approaches to higher order thinking skill development. Wasatch Academy has collaborated with Etown to assist with the mentoring and development of the individual learner.
Global Innova School of Ulaanbaatar
Guanghua QiDi Education of Shanghai
Exchanges & Collaborations
After a successful visit to Dehradun, India, Head of School Joe Loftin was able to forge a mutually beneficial partnership with Welham Boys School—an outstanding preparatory boarding school founded in 1937. Since the creation of this partnership, students and teachers have made multiple exchanges to advance the educational quality and experience of both Wasatch Academy and Welham Boys School. Students from Welham Boys School have been able to attend Wasatch Academy classes, and a group of students from Wasatch Academy visited India and the Welham school, participating in a community service project in a nearby village. Each year, Wasatch Academy expects to see more exchanges and collaborations with this India partner school.
In 2010, Wasatch Academy worked with the Letort School in Quito, Ecuador, to establish an agreement to enhance global education for students and faculty at both institutions. This agreement includes the support of students from Ecuador to study at Wasatch Academy and the potential for student and teacher exchanges between the two schools.
Wasatch Academy foreign language students began collaborating with students at Colegio Altair in Lima, Peru, in the fall of 2013. The project began with Skype discussions between students at the two schools, and a student-run Tumblr blog. It has since developed into a full-on exchange partnership between the schools.
Altair Education Center is a private institution founded in 1995 with the aim of providing a bilingual education, with a modern and comprehensive approach to learning. As with the Wasatch vision, Colegio Altair seeks to meet the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social needs of their students.
The college is located in a residential district of La Molina.
There are currently about 800 students enrolled in the college from the age of 2 through high school seniors, making it is a proper K-12 learning environment.
The school staff consists of 70 teachers, 10 psychologists, two specialists in language education, a full-time therapist, educational assistants, administrative and management staff, maintenance staff and security, and more. Standard hours of study vary for different grade levels, and students can choose to participate in a variety of sports and cultural clubs that take place after school.
The educational exchange program between Wasatch Academy and Hiroshima Kake Educational Institution was established in November of 2012. This joint agreement was developed to promote international friendships, provide greater mutual educational opportunities, and to foster a deeper cultural understanding and respect between our two nations and institutions.
Exciting teacher and student exchange programs are in the works, with ESL summer program opportunities available. Our educational cooperation stands to provide a unique developmental opportunity for students and faculty at both schools.
The partnership to pursue cross-cultural educational opportunities between Wasatch Academy and The National Society of Agriculture (Sociedad Nacional de Agricultura) was established in December of 2014.
With the goal of student exchanges, cross-cultural service learning trips, and the sharing of ideas to promote and foster global citizenship and environmental stewardship, we look forward to continuing to build and nurture this partnership. The National Society of Agriculture is involved with a network of over 20 schools that share an emphasis on agriculture and developing an appreciation and respect for land and animal management and conservation.
Founded in 2007, Kasiga High School is a renown boarding school in beautiful Dehradun India. It seeks to provide an environment where children are comfortable with their cultural heritage and practices. With an ever-increasing interest in global citizenship, the school was introduced to Wasatch Academy in 2015 to develop a rich education and cultural exchange partnership. Since then teachers and students have engaged in a wide array of collaboration activities including visits to one another’s campuses.
Chien-Tai Senior high School Miaoli City, Taiwan
GD Goenka World School of Deli, India