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Sandy, UT
Students enrolled: 885
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1480 East 9400 South
Sandy, UT 84093

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(801) 572-1780
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December 11, 2014
We LOVE this school, its remarkable faculty, leaders and the parent community. The Waterford School is an amazing institution solidly grounded on the principles of a liberal arts education. We have four children and each has been enriched by their own personal experiences at at Waterford. Our college student still refers to her Waterford classmates with awe. She is loving her college experience, but she finds a true grounding and inspiration in the quality of people she connected with while at Waterford. She also compares every teacher to her Waterford teachers, they have set a high caliber bar. Fans of public school, we originally came to Waterford for what we thought would be just one year, after moving to Utah. We quickly fell in love with the depth and breadth of the academic program and the arts. Waterford is an institution that is constantly refining, building vertical curriculum and thinking forward. If you are studying the planets in science, often history, math and art will correlate. With a 32-year history, the school is on solid footing and looks forward with vigor to an exciting future. We are thrilled to be a part of that future!

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2014
Waterford School is truly an experience. The school has done a fantastic job blending academic rigor and exploratory learning and has created an environment that cultivates development of the whole child. Yes, the school is an investment, but in our experience over almost 13 years we ve seen first hand how children thrive at Waterford School in a way they simply couldn t anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2014
We have two children ages 10 and 11 and strongly recommend the Waterford School to parents searching for the best school for their family. When we relocated from the Bay Area in California, Waterford stood out to us as by far the best private school in the Salt Lake Valley and we believe that Waterford compares favorably to top private schools anywhere in the country. Our children are very happy at Waterford and, as parents, there is nothing better than having happy children. The variety of enriching experiences our children have at Waterford is remarkable, but when asked what they love most about Waterford, our children quickly said in unison, 'the teachers!" We agree. The teachers at Waterford seem to be able to find what is unique and special about each child and bring out what is best in them. We feel lucky to have our children learning and growing in such an amazing environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2014
Waterford is a special place. The breadth and depth of education and experiences students receive impresses me every time I visit the school -- year after year. We chose Waterford in 2002 and believe it's one of the best decisions we've made as parents. We relocated from Colorado, having never been to Utah. Over the years we've had job opportunities in a few of the western states. After visiting other independent schools, we felt so strongly about the education received and time spent at Waterford, that we've chosen to stay put...because of Waterford. Our sons have an enthusiasm about a variety of subjects: Latin, AP Chemistry, Orchestra, Chinese, Human Geography, Robotics, Science, Crew, P.E., etc, and I could go on. They're truly life-long learners and are better, more complete, and on their way to wholeness as human beings because of their Waterford education. I encourage any family to schedule a campus tour and see if the school is a good fit for their student(s).

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2014
Our family moved to Salt Lake about 13 years ago. We were looking for a private school for our three grade- school age kids, and even though we had choices, Waterford felt the best for us. The reasons were many why Waterford was the best choice for us. Here are just a few: a generous liberal arts program, low student-teacher ratio, outstanding faculty, specific teachers for science, computers, music, PE and dance, a beautiful campus in a suburban setting and, maybe best of all, uniforms :) Two of the three have graduated now (one on the east coast and one on the west coast) and both are doing extremely well. Waterford did a great job in preparing them not only for their college academics, but also for the time management and self motivation that it takes to be successful. Thank you Waterford! We couldn't be more grateful.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
Waterford provides an inspiring environment for learning in academics, the arts and athletics. The typical Waterford student discovers skills and passions they didn't even know they had. Spectacular faculty! Students learn how to think and explore and discover. Must visit to experience this first hand.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2012
Waterford is a unique place, where students are provided a broad array of opportunities and challenges by world-class faculty. My children have very different needs and interests, and Waterford has the breadth to respond to my children individually and the depth to challenge them personally. I encourage anyone considering applying to the school to take a tour--you will be glad you did.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
... (continued from previous post)... to a second place finish in the 1A tournament. Waterford didn't require any tradeoffs. I could be on the baseball team without having devoted my whole life to baseball. I could get great attention in English Literature classes and still play soccer at night. Waterford allowed me to live a well-rounded, full life (even though I didn't take full advantage of it at the time) that I try to replicate today. I'm now about to enter one of the top law schools in the country, but, in Waterford spirit, I still am devoted to intramural sports, theater groups, and other activities that allow me live life to its fullest. If I could send my hypothetical child anywhere, I would send him to Andover, Exeter, Deerfield, or Choate. But if I had to send him somewhere west of the Mississippi, I would strongly consider Waterford Waterford encourages academic excellence and a fully developed life. Stephen Richer Waterford Student, 1988-2003

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2012
Waterford is extraordinary in so many ways. We feel so lucky that we have found the perfect place for our children. The community is diverse and welcoming, and the beautiful campus feels like a safe haven. I keep hearing stories from friends who have kids at other local schools -- they are dealing with bullying, teachers who are apathetic, kids who are apathetic and generally poor academics. We are having a completely different (and positive) experience at Waterford. My kids LOVE coming to school each day. They are taught by teachers who are exceptionally gifted and passionate about what they do. The kids who attend Waterford are hard-working and bright -- and being smart is accepted, even "cool". Most importantly, my kids love learning and are thriving. I am confident that when they graduate, they will be very well prepared for college and life.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2012
I feel compelled to offer my review of Waterford for families unfamiliar to Utah, regarding issues relating to (obviously) education, plus culture and social issues here. First, there are only 3 NAIS in Salt Lake County, Waterford being one. The other 2 schools offer excellent academic programs, and have very high standards relating to curriculum. All 3 schools are wonderful, although VERY different. Waterford is located outside Salt Lake City. The others are in the city. We prefer outside city boundaries for 2 reasons: One being security of Waterford. The lower schools building is absolutely inaccessible, unless entering through double doors to the front office, at which point you cannot get in unless you are a parent. Next, air quality in SLC is horrible. Most important: class size and teacher credentials, as well as administration background. Grades 1-5 class size caps at 24. This is an issue of concern. Also, most lower school teachers are educated from Utah universities. Alarming if you are looking for more diversity or culture. Also, "only children" families are rare at this school. Despite these negatives, Waterford offers the best cirriculum in Utah for our only son.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
Two children attended this school. It is better than most of the public school around the area in academic aspect. Teachers seems more responisble than teachers in public schools, (I am not saying every teacher are better than teacher in public school). However, the price and the value you get is not as I expected. School is not willing to take any responsibilities for children's bad behaviors. Also, I was told by another private school which tuition is only half of Waterford, that their academic level is 2 years ahead of Waterford. This is hard to confirm since I have no experience at that school. Overall, not a bad school, just wish ratio of quality to price could be higher.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
I have children in Kindergarten and Class II, and they love coming to school. The Waterford community is warm and welcoming, but excellence is taught and expected in all endeavors. I like that creativity and imagination are valued, yet there is also structure in the class and in the day--it seems the perfect balance. A true liberal arts curriculum, the children have interesting math problems, and learn to read and engage with history at a high level, and also attend classes with specialists, such as engaged science teachers that are doing hands on experiments and discussion--my Class II daughter's favorite class is science--and talented music teachers who just put on a wonderful choral performances, including a Vivaldi concert for Classes 3-5 that was stunning. And, passionate art, PE, and computer teachers, and librarians make for rich days for students. Classroom faculty are caring, organized, and meet continually refine a thoughtful curriculum. One thing I value is the diversity of families--different ethnic and religious (as well as non-religious) backgrounds are comfortable and well-represented here, connected by their interest in a great education.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2012
There couldn t have been a better place for our 3 children to explore and learn about the world than Waterford. For more than 11 years, they have been taught by talented and passionate teachers who have challenged them to think more deeply, have required them to apply themselves more diligently and have shared insights that they will appreciate for the rest of their lives. Waterford has given them a confidence in themselves that they could not have gained elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
As parent of two children who have attended Waterford for 10 years, I take offense at the October 18 review. As a non-Mormon family from out-of-state, we have found Waterford to be a wonderful, non-religious environment with an amazing community of families from multiple religious and ethnic backgrounds. My kids' friends are from families who have relocated to Utah from Australia, Germany, South Africa, India, Iran, and all over the United States. The diversity and open-mindedness here is incredible. As far as the other comment about the school being horrible, I simply cannot understand. Perhaps this reviewer's child couldn't keep up with the academic rigor, or had other behavioral problems. I think if you look at the majority of glowing reviews on this site, it should be obvious that this simply is not true. I would highly recommend Waterford to any family looking for a wonderful, nurturing environment with high academic standards and amazing teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
I am a parent of 5 children, all of whom have attended Waterford from the the beginning. My oldest son began in the Nursery program and graduated last year. We feel so fortunate to have our children educated at this school! Not only are the academics exceptional, they are taught by faculty that sincerely care about each student. My children have been introduced to a well-rounded curriculum, including an exceptional art and music program. With 5 kids, we have a wide variance of interests and abilities, and each of our children have thrived and their individual needs have been met. I'm especially grateful for the diversity at the school, and the students are taught from the beginning to accept and appreciate all backgrounds, while instilling a strong sense of community and service. Our children have been given so many opportunities that I believe they would not have received anywhere else - we love Waterford!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
I've been at Waterford for 10 years now, and have enjoyed it through thick and thin. Lower school I remember dressing up and being eager to learn every single day. Middle school was a boiling pot of a balance between fun and a seriousness to learn. And now, as a freshman in high school, I see what Waterford really is about. As challenging as it may be, it's worth every second of my time, from the homework, to the struggling to understand, to the glorifying moments where something snaps in your head, and all of a sudden, that functional math equation you were struggling with finally makes sense. When your mind thinks in the foreign language you've taken for the first time. These small but wonderful acheivements are what makes Waterford an excellent school. Small building blocks as a foundation to grow up upon. I can't imagine going to another school now, and when I talk to my peers who attend public school around me, they are amazed at what I have accomplished, and what I will accomplish in my future. From teachers that care for you as an individual to friends you have known since you were five, this school is a perfect fit for anyone who loves to learn.

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2011
We moved from San Francisco to Utah right before my oldest son was preparing to begin Kindergarten. Before moving I had just finished touring and applying to twelve incredibly distinct and outstanding schools. I wondered if I would find anything as good in Utah. This was imperative to me, as my children would spend more time at school than they would with me! I needed to know the environment was wonderful. As soon as we toured Waterford I knew we found the perfect fit for my three boys. Two years later I feel as excited about the school experience as our first day. While no school is perfect, it has delivered on its promises. My children are gaining a well-rounded, robust academic experience combined with a celebration of values to be good citizens with empathy for those around them. A great deal is expected allowing them to realize how much they are really capable of, growing in self-confidence and developing a genuine love of learning. Driving home from school the other day my seven year old and five year old were singing their version of opera after attending a music concert at school. As a mother, I couldn t ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2011
With 4 children and more than 13 years at Waterford, I have extensive experience with Waterford teachers, facilities, programs, curriculum and administration from nursery through grade 12. My children have benefited from gifted, caring, passionate teachers, who are vested in their students' success. I am always amazed at how consistent the different teachers' remarks are in each of my children's grade reports. Waterford faculty know their students, and challenge their strengths while supporting their weaknesses. Over the years I have seen my children grow to be critical thinkers with a love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2011
When my family moved from New York to Utah a few years ago, we didn't have to think twice about where to send our kids to school. My husband and I attended Ivy League schools for college and graduate school and we had heard about Waterford's exceptional environment from our classmates. It is truly the paradigm of a modern liberal arts education, and I become giddy any time I have an excuse to roam the halls with my kids, visit their classes, meet with their teachers or hear the administration speak. It brings me so much joy to know that my kids are finding the same love of learning that I've enjoyed in my own life. I am daily grateful that I can send my children off to such an amazing place.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2011
Everyone in our family are die-hard Waterford School fans! We have 3 children in Waterford, grades 8, 5, and K. Our 14yo son has been going there since he was 3. They all love going there and cannot imagine going elsewhere. I agree with all the other positive reviews on the strength of the academic program, but what puts this school above others is all the other amazing experiences their students get there: from learning yoga moves in Nursery 3 (preschool), to dissecting a cow's heart in 3rd grade, to putting on an incredible Shakespeare play in 5th grade, to designing their own computer game program in 7th grade...the list is endless! We feel so good knowing our children spend most of the days in their lives in a place that encourages independent thinking and fosters such love of learning that I'm sure will last a lifetime!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2011
We love the Waterford School! My husband and I moved to Utah from California 15 years ago. Both of us attended Ivy League universities. We were interested in a school that would challenge our children and foster a love for the learning process. Our three eldest children attend the lower school and we have been at the school for the past 4 years. Our children love to go to school every day. The teachers are incredible. They are open-minded and helpful in discerning ways to help our children improve. Our children especially enjoy the science and music programs-- and these have been places our children feel outstanding in their ability to understand difficult concepts and shine while performing. We think the opportunities that Waterford gives for individual students to share their talents creates a vibrant community of high achievement. Even as an adult I am constantly inspired by the students! We look forward to many more years at the Waterford School.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
This is our 2nd year at Waterford and we have 2 children enrolled in elementary school. Our oldest in now in 1st grade and our youngest in Nursery 4's. We have been so happy at Waterford and feel very lucky and blessed to be able to be part of such an incredible community. We especially appreciate the small class sizes, which not only allows our children to get ample one-on-one time, but also allows us, as parents, to develop crucial relationships with our children's teachers. Waterford is a school with the perfect balance of a caring atmosphere and rigorous studies. Our children enjoy being able to visit specialty classrooms such as Art, Science, PE, Dance and Computers, each with their own specialty teacher. I would recommend Waterford School to anyone who is interested in the best possible education for their children.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
The Waterford School came highly recommended to us, but the actual Waterford experience has been top-notch and beyond our expectations. We moved to Utah at the midpoint of my son's kindergarten year, and visited many schools, public and private. The Waterford School stood out immediately as the best school in the Slat Lake/Sandy area. We were and continue to be impressed by the facilities that support a rigorous and liberal arts education, even (and most importantly) at the Lover School (elementary) level. My son, now in Class II was quite shy coming into the school, but the low class size and well-funded enrichment classes of science, PE, music, dance, computers and library have allowed him to thrive socially, intellecutally and physically. As an adult in a new city, I am also grateful to have found a community of bright and thoughtful parents committed to education. I found it easy to meet people, make new friends and become involved in parent events and volunteer opportunities. We will continue to choose Waterford knowing we are providing the best option for the growth and education of my son.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2011
My two children have roamed the halls of The Waterford School since they were two years old. My oldest is now a senior. I am convinced Waterford is the best private and college preparatory school in Utah. My children are more than ready for the challenges they will face in the coming years at college. The teachers are experts in their fields and truly enjoy teaching. They make my children want to learn and do well in school. The academic programs and extra activities are challenging and diverse. My daughter is in her fourth year of Japanese study and enjoys rowing on the school's unique crew team. She thanks me on a regular basis for helping her find the "world's most perfect school for her." My son is enjoying coming home from school to at least a dozen cards or letters each day from colleges and universities eager for his application. Another great benefit to Waterford is the outstanding college counseling and placement program. Personal attention is given every junior and senior during the tedious college application process.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
My two children have attended Waterford s Lower School for the last 2 years and I am still in awe of the incredible education that they are receiving. We love the liberal arts curriculum and the fact that they start the children as early as preschool going to music, art and computer classes. Waterford offers the programs that many public schools have cut or do not have the budget for. We love that the class sizes are small which allows for more individualized attention and focus on each child. The teachers are very caring and loving toward each child and really make a positive difference in the children s lives. They foster independence and confidence in the children and help them to succeed not just as a student but as a person. Their enthusiasm and passion for what they teach carries over to the children and makes learning fun. My kids love going to school. In my opinion, Waterford is nothing short of amazing.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2011
I have two children currently enrolled in Waterford's upper school (high school) and one who is a Waterford alum. As a former educator, I can say with confidence that the Waterford experience is outstanding in every dimension. My children are exposed to new material and ideas, challenged to work hard and reach high, and taught by a committed and caring faculty. My children are positively influenced by the Waterford environment. They appreciate the opportunities they have to study a wide variety of subjects and find unexpected joy in their newfound knowledge and skills. I am happy every day that my children attend Waterford.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2011
Waterford is an excellent private college prep school- the best in Utah!!! My two children started there at the age of three and have been there collectively for 17 years and I wouldn't have them any where else. I am confident they will be well prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
It is truly a great school. The best private school in Utah and comparable to the best private schools across the nation.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2010
Excellent school! I know my child is receiving the best education possible. This is her 4th year at Waterford. She loves it and so do I. My younger child is currently attending a public school. There is no comparison between the two. I completely trust the teachers at Waterford and know that they care about my child. They challenge her and help her reach her potential. Every teacher she has had here is wonderful. I don't have to worry about bullying or safety like I do with my Kindergartner who is in another school. I am doing what I can to eventually enroll my younger daughter in this school. It's such a blessing to know that when you take your child to school they will be safe. Furthermore, when you pick them up that every minute they were gone was used wisely. Every day my child is happy and excited about what she has learned. I only wish every child was able to receive a quality Waterford education.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2010
Just extraordinary! I just left parent conferences at Waterford School. The Waterford faculty posses amazing insight about my child. This is truly a school that knows and cares for my child. They know him individually, and they have a plan of how to meet his needs. I have such confidence in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
The teachers are fantastic and they take the time to work with the kids. One spent lunch times teaching Greek to my daughter and a few others, not for credit , just because they were interested. They also know the kids and will go above and beyond to do the right thing for them. The school supports this and encourages it.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
The faculty is amazing. Science is hands on and project based. We love Waterford.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
On a scale of 1 to 10, Waterford is a 100. This school is extraordinary. The community is diverse and close-knit. With small class sizes and outstanding teachers, every student is treated as an individual and encouraged to excel. The academic experience is rounded out with a world class fine and performing arts program.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2009
Both of my children go to the Waterford School and we love it. The children get avery hands on education. They study a topic across subjects. For instance, in third grade, they study Egypt. They dry fish in science, they make egyptian objects in art, they read about it in history and they even have a day to dress up and eat like egyptians. This is a small example. The education gets better and better as they get older. It is really like college in the sense that the students participate in class heavily.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2009
I wasn't a big believer of private schools, however, my two children started at Waterford this year and I am blown away at the quality of the teachers and the atmosphere that is several levels above any school I have been involved with. The teachers are better than most of the college professors I had at a prestigious private University. ( they have parent days where you can go to all of your kids classes and participate)

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2009
Our son has attended Waterford since Kindergarten. He is now in 4th grade. We are extremely please with Waterford. Their method of not only teaching but helping students lean how to lean is most impressive all the while the student actually enjoys school and learning. Their comittment to enhancing the lives of each student and truly understanding their individual needs to help that child achieve their best is unmatched. They also teach students to give back to the community as well. I give Waterford 5 stars! Thanks

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2009
Our children have become lovers of learning since the day they started attending Waterford School. They come home excited to share the knowledge they have learned. We see their self esteem grow as the teachers encourage them to do their best and help them stretch to their potential. We will ever be grateful for the great education our children are recieving.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
The Waterford School is an oasis in Utah for a very high quality liberal arts education. I feel both proud and fortunate to have my children enrolled in this exceptional school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2009
We have been at Waterford for 7 years now and keep loving every minute of every day of every week. I have 2 children who love the school, the teachers and the administration. We as parents are more than thrilled at the value of the education our children are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
After spending time visiting and interviewing many similar schools in the area, we found Waterford to be the perfect fit! The moment you step onto campus you know it is the school you want to intrust your children to. They take a modern yet classical approach to learning. Students at Waterford learn to be great thinkers and great contributers to society. We also enjoy the diverse community for whom we now call friends. I'm continually in awe of the experiences and opportunities my children are exposed to!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
We have been parents at Waterford for seven years. Each year my children become more confident and happy as they build their love of learning. The caring and gifted faculty..the positive learning environment..the sense of community..the compassion for others..every day at Waterford is a gift.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
We have two sons at Waterford and have been there since 1998. The core curriculum (English, history, mathematics, science, foreign language) is world-class, but it is the extra opportunities my sons have access to that continue to amaze us. Waterford has intoduced my sons to computer programming, orchestra, dance, theatre, and exploration of the stunning mountains of Utah. We had our first taste of the soccer program this year and were thrilled with the emphasis on sportsmanship and camaraderie. My sons are excited for school every morning and their lessons are interesting enough that in fifth and seventh grade, managing homework is a breeze. We love the fact that in middle school, the students begin taking finals as a way to prepare them for high school and beyond. We enjoy our friendships with both teachers and other parents, and look forward to our sons' remaining years at Waterford.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
After researching schools in the area we decided to send our two daughters to Waterford. Their love of learning and eagerness to give back to the community is contagious. I feel confident that they are in a safe environment where learning is the top priority. I have been impressed by how well the teachers know my daughters. I wish I would have had the opportunity to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
We have had 3 children at the school since 2002 and couldn't be happier with all that Waterford has to offer. Not only is the academic curriculum strong, but the variety of liberal arts the school offers is as well. This balance is the key ingredient to my happy, well adjusted students.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
I love, love, love this school. My children are in a safe, nurturing environment where they are taught to learn rather than taught to pass a test. Character development goes hand in hand with the academic development of the students. My children have been in the lower school for 5 years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 10, 2009
Waterford is an amazing school. We are impressed at the level of individualized attention our two children receive each and every day. The range of specialized programs including science, art, music and literature is unprecedented; the level of expertise and knowledge is comparable to the experience I had in college.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2008
Waterford is a fantastic school. I strongly recommend it for its character building environment. The lower school is just amazing. Our daughter loves it. We have really a lot of feedback and a fantastic two-way communication channel with the teachers. Bottomline, the school by far exceeds our expectations.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2007
Waterford is quite simply the best incredible. The faculty, facilities, extra-curricular activities, campus, and students are brilliant. Entering the school as a freshman, I was stunned by the inherently inclusive nature of my peers and faculty. The school is small, providing for an incredibly close nit environment that allows one to really feel at home. Waterford has given me opportunities to excel in Cross Country and Track, while also encouraging me to seek leadership opportunities. I write this as a Senior soon to be attending UPenn. I have been sincerely shaped by the amazing environment Waterford has to offer. It is truly worth every penny!

- submitted by a student
October 29, 2006
I am currently a sophomore at Waterford and love it. This is my tenth year here, and I can't imagine going to any other school. I love learning, love all my classes and teachers, and feel like I am getting the best education possible in Utah, and maybe even in the U.S. I've known most of my classmates since I was young, and they're like brothers and sisters to me. Waterford is a challenging school, with hours of homework every night, big tests every few weeks and required class participation, but it's worth it. 99% of everyone who graduates goes onto college, and it's not uncommon for the majority of the class to attend Ivy League Colleges as freshmen. Waterford has an exceptional performing arts curriculum, and a gorgeous campus, with a magnificent view of the Wasatch Mountains as the backdrop.

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2006
Waterford is a great school for our children. They are learning in a fun, engaging environment. They learn more than just facts, but also how to apply logic and creativity. How can you not love a school that held an 'invention convention' where 1st graders showed off an invention of their own! We're thrilled with the Music, Art, and Dance programs for all students. Science classes have really sparked interest for our children and they are excited about the summer science camps which focus on specific topics. Also, we are happy to see the responsiveness of the teachers. Anytime there is a social challenge, they are ready to engage the class in a constructive, proactive manner, helping the children to develop strong friendship and people skills.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
I would highly recommend Waterford to anyone! Entering as a Sophomore the Waterford Faculty and Students embraced me as one of their own. The small class sizes and attentive teachers quickly helped me feel like I was a part of the school and the school's purpose. Graduating three years later I saw that Waterford was essential in preparing me for the reading, writing, and interpersonal skills that would be required in the collegite setting. The campus is beautiful. The athletics are competitive (and because the school is small students of various athletic capabilities are able to participate) and the faculty is interested, engaged, and encouraging. I went on to graduate from Stanford and am sure of the fact, that as soon as I am able I will donate as much as I can to Waterford's further development.

- submitted by a former student
November 10, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2004
I sent my kids to this school and now my grandkids are there. Very dynamic cirriculum. Waterford has an amazing fine arts program that ranges from music to sculpture. The athletic programs are excellent. The atmosphere is positive and pristine. It is the best learning environment a caring parent could ever wish for. The teachers are amazing and care deeply about their students.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
My two children have been at Waterford since grade pre 4's (for 8 & 7 years). Lower school is 5 stars, great activities, facilities, teachers, etc. Middle school only gets 3 stars. At middle school the kids miss 15 days of school during the year for tests called 'finals' which are very innappropriate for those grade levels, they waste their day, and parents end up having to home school. Middle School kids should be in school all days and not have to follow the 'final' schedule which is appropriate for the upper school, in addition they have too much homework at times for that age group. Uppper School gets 5 stars from what I hear, class size is excellent, teachers are excellent, activities & facilities are excellent, level of learning excellent. Middle school just needs to be school, not home school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I currently have four children attending. One of them, who is now in 6th grade, has attended there since pre-school. His reading, comprehension, critical thinking abilities and overall mathmatical skills are far above his peers attending public school. There isn't a real comparison to be made. Waterford instills capabilities which the public schools do not attempt until High School, if ever. My daughter in third grade prepared a research paper, with bibliography. Something which another son, who attended public schools, didn't attempt until 11th grade. The 6th grader at Waterford is already better educated than his older brothers who graduated from public High School.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Very challenging, no-nonsense school, with average class size about 20. Many high school classes have fewer than 10 students per class. Liberal arts program. Many AP classes offered in 11th & 12th grade. Beautiful facilities - physical plant is over 40 acres.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
This school truly is amazing! From the campus to the individual attention given to the students. The amount learned is above and beyond what is imagined!

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
Excellent education in a character-building environment.

- submitted by a parent
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The Waterford School
1480 East 9400 South, Sandy, UT  84093
(801) 572-1780
Last modified The Waterford School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Waterford School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top