Boarding school is very different than day school.  Living together round the clock with your teachers, coaches, dorm parents, and friends make for a very enriching, life-changing experience that, we feel, better prepares you for college and beyond. At the heart of what makes campus life so enriching is the friendships and the tight-knit learning communities formed while living on campus amongst the students, and between them and their teachers, coaches, and dorm parents. All our adult faculty and staff, whether they teach, work in our Wellness Center, or coach the rodeo team, are constantly looking out for the best interests of these students so that they feel well-cared for and fully supported while they are away from home.

Full-Time Dorm Parents, Full-Time Care

One of the biggest differences between Wasatch Academy and other boarding schools is that we have full-time dorm parents and assistant dorm parents for our dorms. In the United States, 96% of boarding schools hire triple-threat faculty who teach, coach, and live in the dorms with students as their dorm parents. We see this as a quick recipe for faculty to get burned out, and for students to not get the personal attention that they really need. Also, we believe that there are areas in which excellent teachers in an academic setting aren’t necessarily the right person to guide students through certain personal issues or struggles.

Wasatch Academy makes it a point to hire people for our dorm parent positions from a pool of individuals who have studied counseling or techniques in psychology. But mostly we hire people who will give each student in their dorm the individual attention and care that will be the next best thing to their parents. This affords students the feeling of family and a home away from home, and it also makes sure that they are being closely cared for by individuals with a strong professional understanding of adolescent psychological and social development and wellbeing.  The personal development, safety, and care of your child are the dorm parents’ sole goals. Here are some key benefits that our Wasatch dorm parents provide students:

  • No student fades into the background at Wasatch. Every student is known, cared for, and never feels like just a number.
  • Dorm parents can easily assess a student’s progress on a regular basis academically, socially, athletically, and morally.
  • We all have bad days. Dorm parents are there when students get homesick or have other personal problems and they need to feel supported.
  • 24/7 availability ensures that no student is ever left to fend for himself or herself.
  • Well-educated, live-in dorm parents set a great example on a healthy lifestyle for students.
  • Dorm parents develop a next-best-thing-to-your own-parent relationship with your child, getting to know them well, which helps students feel at home, find their place, and succeed.
  • Dorm parents number one goal is safety and number 2 is supporting the academic work of the school. They monitor study halls and often provide one on one help with the students.  Dorm parents call on other resources if students need more academic support.

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 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.

Wasatch Academy’s rural Utah location makes it one of the safest places in the United States for your child to get an exceptional education, grow into themselves, and find tight-knit community. 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

alice_dorrmitoryThe 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.

Jennifer McIff (Dorm Parent)

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Centennial Dorm

centennial_dormBuilt 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 gaze 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.

Jeff McQuivey (Dorm Parent)

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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 if currently enrolled at Snow College and is working on a degree in Forensic Psychology.

Jeff has three daughters, all who attended Wasatch Academy.

Trey Gundry (Assistant Dorm Parent)

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Darlington Dorm

darlington_hall_dorm.jpgBuilt 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 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 shaded trees out front.

Todd Parkinson (Dorm Parent) 

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My name is Todd Parkinson and am a Dorm Parent at the Darlington Dorm at Wasatch Academy. I married my wife Hillary in 2011 and we just had our firstborn Penelope in July of 2017. Life is good and Wasatch Academy has only made our lives better.
I received my Associates Degree from Dixie State College and my Bachelors of Communications from Utah Valley University. I have nearly a decade of experience in residential teen development in various treatment academies and also a behavioral hospital on top of that.
It only makes sense that I continue my passion for teen development and now have that opportunity in a true lifestyle setting at the international boarding school of Wasatch Academy. I have been here for over 2 years and it truly has been some of the greatest years of my life.
My hobbies include the weight room, traveling, skim-boarding and living the dream wherever I go.
Finks Dorm 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.

Tyler Eliason (Dorm Parent) 

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Rick Gundry (Assistant Dorm Parent)

Lincoln Dorm

Lincoln_Dorm.jpgLincoln Hall Dormitory is a three-story home originally built in 1892. It houses up to 14 boarding school girls (7th-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.

Esther Gutierrez (Dorm Parent)

Sage Dorm

sage_hall_dorm.jpgThis 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.

Ray Tuineau (Dorm Parent)

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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 a relief dorm parent.


Tyler Glad  (Assistant Dorm Parent)


The Zoe

The_Zoe.jpgThe 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.

Charlotte Stewart (Dorm Parent)

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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.

Kaci Hardy (Assistant Dorm Parent)

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Advisory Program
The primary purpose for 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.