Institute Name : Wasatch Academy
Course Name : International Boarding
Course Type : Academic 16-19
Education Level : 3
Duration : Each Grade 1 year
Method of Delivery : Classroom
Pre Requirements : School Report, English Test, Interview
Language Level : B1
Visa Type : F1
Application Fee :
Academic Deposit :
Fees : $67400 Annual
Intakes : September
Course Description :
As with any accredited institution, we have specific academic requirements for graduation. In addition to these requirements, we also encourage students to take several extra courses or electives that appeal to their interests. Each credit equates to a single year-long course, and we grant a half-credit for a semester-long class. Wasatch Academy requires 24 academic credits for graduation, including the following:
4 credits in English (3 credits for international students)
4 credits in math (including Algebra I & II and Geometry)
3 credits in the sciences (including Biology)
3 credits in history/social science (including U.S. History)
2 credits in a single foreign language (3 for honors), and two years of the same language required (International students who speak English as a Second Language are exempt)
2 credits in fine arts (either visual or performing art)
2 credits in technology
4 credits of elective courses
20 Hours of community service per year at Wasatch Academy
Wasatch Academy offers a diverse range of opportunities for students to develop academically and outside of the classroom. If you have questions about the curriculum or want to inquire about specific courses related to your student’s interests, contact the Admissions Department to learn more.
The science department at Wasatch Academy will:
Challenge students to explore and think critically about scientific phenomena in the natural world through innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, curiosity, inspiration, creativity, and imagination;
Foster independent and critical thinking skills used in scientific inquiry in the field and in the laboratory: specifically in developing high order research, writing, experimentation, data formulation, statistics, and presentation;
Collaborate with students, faculty, and staff across all areas of interests and departments by sharing and leading through an initiative, planning, and execution of scientific inquiry;
Explore the physical world through project-based- and individualized learning using modern laboratory space, instruments, equipment, and techniques;
Develop a fundamental understanding of, and ability to use the methods of scientific inquiry to prepare our students for solving problems in our local, national, and global communities;
Promote and foster an environment that empowers students to develop academically, socially, emotionally, physically, morally, and ethically in preparation for college, graduate, and professional schools.
Students need a minimum of three (3) Science credits to graduate from Wasatch Academy. One of the three science credits MUST be Biology (usually taken in the Sophomore year, but could be fulfilled by transfer credit). Thus, a typical student might take (in order) “Physical Science (PS)” and “College Preparatory Biology,” and then any one of the following Science Elective courses in “Physics,” “Chemistry,” “Geology,” “Ecology,” “Western Water, Landscapes and Sustainability,” and “Human Anatomy & Physiology” or any of our 3 Advanced Placement (AP) science classes (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) to complete the graduation requirements. Be sure to check with your college counselor before enrolling in any elective classes.
Please note that 3 science classes is the minimum requirement for graduation, but it is highly recommended by college admissions departments, and by our WA college counselors that students should take four (4) or more science classes before graduation, with at least one Science class per year, especially if a student is planning on entering a science related field in college and graduate/professional school.
Once a student has completed the stated Science requirements, there are many outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) and Elective science courses to enhance and progress students’ understanding of science and its applications.
All classes are year-long (two semesters) unless otherwise noted.
Advanced placement (AP) courses
All AP courses are year-long elective classes that follow the curriculum provided by The College Board for the equivalent of a year of introductory college content. Students should adhere to all prerequisites and proficiency advised for entry and success in these classes that are designed for students to “pass the AP exam” in early May each year. All students are encouraged to take the exams and score highly to increase their chances of admission to more selective colleges, even if they don’t plan to use AP credits for “placing out” of college freshmen classes, or as credits toward college graduation. These are necessarily fast-paced and deep-content classes for motivated and aspiring young science students.
Anatomy & Physiology
This upper-level elective course requires Biology and either Physics or Chemistry as prerequisites. The course focuses on structure and function in the human body, using organ systems to integrate concepts of anatomical location; cellular and whole body growth and development; movement, metabolism, and nutrition; injuries and rehabilitation; genetic and acquired diseases with diagnoses and treatments. This course has applications and prepares students for college-level courses in the medical field such as nursing, physical therapy, dentistry, optometry, sports and emergency medicine, and athletic training
AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics like evolution, energetics, information storage and transfer, and system interactions.
Students are expected to take the AP exam in May at the end of the school year.
AP Biology Course at a Glance
AP Chemistry is an introductory college-level chemistry course. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based lab investigations as they explore the four Big Ideas: scale, proportion, and quantity; structure and properties of substances; transformations; and energy.
Students are expected to take the AP exam in May at the end of the school year.
AP Chemistry Course at a Glance
AP Environmental Science
Not Offered for the 2021-22 Academic Year
AP Physics C: Mechanics
AP Physics C: Mechanics is a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics course, especially appropriate for students planning to specialize or major in one of the physical sciences or engineering. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through classroom study and activities as well as hands-on laboratory work as they explore concepts like change, force interactions, fields, and conservation.
Students are expected to take the AP exam in May at the end of the school year. This course would be an excellent option for those students considering a college major in Physical Science or Engineering
AP Physics C: Mechanics Course at a Glance
Behavioral Neuroscience is a trimester long class which will study the biological basis for behavior. This course will explore the relationship of the brain, behavior, and the environment through the examination of brain structures and neurotransmitters
This is a mandatory 2-semester course and is a requirement for graduation. The curriculum progresses from the micro to the macro: starting from cell biology through cellular respiration and photosynthesis, genetics, heredity, evolution, ending with the features that make humans unique from all other organisms on Earth. We will explore major themes of biological diversity as an experimental science, using interactive labs and a variety of computer and web-based activities, movies, videos, and other resources to supplement the hands-on curriculum.
Biology of Mental Disorders
Biology of Mental Disorders is a trimester long class that looks to explore the causes, diagnosis’s, affects on social and emotional wellbeing, and treatments of various mental disorders, including schizophrenia, neurodegenerative disorders, depression disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, etc.
This is a year-long science class with labs that study the properties, structure, and composition of physical matter. Throughout this course, students will develop an understanding of how matter interacts with itself to form new materials through a process of calculations, critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving. Students will apply their critical thinking and calculations through hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory activities. Topics explored throughout this course include the Periodic Table of the Elements, subatomic particles, naming compounds, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, aqueous and organic solutions, and chemical reactions. Due to the emphasis and frequent integration of mathematical calculations in this course, students must have a strong foundation in math. Suggested academic preparation could include Algebra II.
This course is designed to help students interpret and understand the physical world around us. We will investigate and study the interactions between the Earth’s four spheres including the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere to explain Earth’s formation, natural processes, history, landscapes, and changes over time. The first semester will discuss topics on the Earth’s Formation and History, along with a basic look at different rocks and minerals and the processes that cause them to form. The second semester will look at Earth’s changes, focusing on plate tectonics, and then looking at more specific information about the formation of specific landforms of plate boundaries as well as the effects of plate movement such as earthquakes. Students will participate in laboratory exercises, field trips, small group activities, class discussions, and many research projects throughout the year. This is a full-year class.
Human Anatomy & Physiology
One trimester during the 2021-22 academic year. Course description and details TBA.
This is a lower-level mandatory class for 8th and 9th-grade students, and incoming students without similar class content to prepare them for Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Classical and project-based learning (PBL) approaches are combined with lab and class activities, field trips, and internet-based active participation in physical science projects and experimentation. Skills are taught alongside content, and the relationship between the sciences and mathematics are emphasized.
Physics of Rocketry
Ever wonder how rockets are able to fly in space or what NASA has to do in order to land a rover on the surface of Mars? The Physics of Rocketry is a hands-on course that dives into the how and why of rocket flight through experiments, demos, building rockets, testing different theories, and investigating current challenges faced by NASA. We will look at the groundbreaking work of SpaceX and other organizations that are pushing the boundaries of space exploration. Will space hotels be the next vacation destination in our lifetime? This course will look at the physics of rocketry needed to make this idea a reality. This Trimester course will dig into some of the basic calculations used by any aspiring rocketeer as well as be a hands on lab-based class.