Wheaton Academy was founded in 1853 and continues as one of the oldest and most respected private high schools in America. The 656-student school is characterized by: high academic standards, a mature student culture, opportunities for leadership, life-changing relationships with teachers, a beautiful 50-acre college-style campus, and state-of-the-art facilities. WA offers a traditional college preparatory curriculum with a global focus, an innovative January term, an experienced international student program, and comprehensive co-curricular programs. Wheaton Academy is located 35 miles west of Chicago and is in the midst of an internationally-diverse metropolitan area. International students enjoy regular group social activities live with host families associated with the school who are well-trained and supported.