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Waterford is a secular, independent, non-profit school that provides a liberal arts, college preparatory education for students in Preschool through Grade 12.

The School


The 40-acre campus is located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.


Founded in 1981 by the non-profit Waterford Institute, the Waterford School was established as a research school to join the great lessons of a classical liberal arts education with the benefits of the latest computer technology. This partnership produced a model that the Waterford Institute has integrated in public schools throughout the country and has thus produced improved educational opportunities for all children. Today, the Waterford School and the Waterford Institute are two separate non-profit organizations, each independently governed by its own board of trustees, yet still enjoy the benefits of ongoing partnership, collaboration and research.


The Waterford School is governed by a local Board of Trustees.


Waterford is not affiliated with any religious organization.


The Waterford School is fully accredited by both AdvancED and by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS). Waterford School is a Member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The Waterford School is the only school in Utah to have the distinction as a chapter member of the prestigious Cum Laude Society.


Academic Program

Challenging college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum with Advanced Placement courses (16 AP courses offered), honors courses, fine arts, performing arts, and athletics.


Preschool through Grade 12: Lower School (PreK-Grade 5); Middle School (Grades 6-8); Upper School (Grades 9-12).


Total student enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is 880; 383 students in the Lower Schools; 211 students in the Middle School; 286 students in the Upper School. Of the 880 students, 420 are boys and 460 are girls. Racial diversity is represented by 22% of the Waterford student body.  Nearly 20% of students enrolled receive financial aid.


Trimesters; School year begins the Tuesday after Labor Day and concludes the first Thursday in June.


8:00 AM to 3:15 PM. Lower School students receive core academic instruction from homeroom teachers; additionally students meet with specialists for 30 to 45 minute periods in science, art, music, dance, physical education, computer lab and library; Grade 4 students also meet with a specialist for strings instruction and Grade 5 students for strings/brass/winds instruction. Middle and Upper School students meet for six class periods each day (52 minute periods with 8 minutes between classes); 1 hour lunch period. Each academic class meets 4 times per week; art, photo, music, theater, dance and all other electives meet either 3 or 4 times per week.

Class Size & Student/Teacher Ratios

Preschool: 16 students/2 teachers; Kindergarten: 18 students/1 teacher and reading assistant; Grades 1-2: 20 students/1 teacher and reading assistant; Grades 3-5: 20 students/1 teacher; Middle School: 20-22 students per section; Upper School average class size is 16.


The faculty (not including administration or staff) consists of 122 full- and part-time teachers (50 men; 72 women), of whom 44 teach in the Lower Schools and 78 teach in the Middle and Upper School. More than 50% of the distinguished faculty at Waterford has an average tenure of 14 years; 65% of the faculty hold advanced degrees.


Historically, 100% of graduating seniors attend competitive colleges and universities. See College Counseling for more information about our graduates’ college choices.


Waterford offers a full array of individual, team and recreational sports. Waterford holds 39 State Championships in 10 different varsity sports: Baseball (’04), Men’s Lacrosse (’03, ’04, ’06, ’13, ’16), Women’s Lacrosse (’11), Men’s Soccer (’03, ’07, ’10, ’11, ’14, ’16), Women’s Soccer (’07, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’16), Men’s Basketball (’02), Women’s Cross Country (’04), Men’s Tennis (’05, ’07, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16, '17), Women’s Tennis (’00, ’02, ’03, ’09, ’16) and Golf (’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04).

Athletic Teams

Upper School athletic teams participate in the Utah High School Activities Association Division IIA. Competition teams include Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Cross Country, and Men’s and Women’s Golf. Club teams include Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Racquetball and Crew.

Middle School athletic teams compete in the Wasatch Athletics Conference (comprised of private schools along the Wasatch front). Competition teams include Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ and Girls’ Lacrosse, Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, and Girls’ Volleyball.