Okemo Mountain School’s student-athletes are exceptionally prepared for the demands of college life.  The time management skills, independence, fortitude, and responsibility our student-athletes gain from attending Okemo Mountain School uniquely prepare them for success in college and beyond.

With the support of our faculty and staff, student-athletes transition into our program academically, athletically, and socially in the fall. This transition, along with the one home in the spring, provides a valuable life lesson in and of itself that directly translates into being able to transition successfully to college life. 

Due to our small student-teacher ratio, OMS student athletes have access to several mentors as they explore their higher education options, including Wendy Hayward, OMS's College Guidance Counselor. Each year OMS student-athletes gain acceptance into a wide selection of exceptional colleges and universities.  The OMS experience distinguishes our student-athletes from the myriad of other well-qualified applicants that flood a college admissions counselor’s desk each year. College admissions counselors recognize and value the aforementioned attributes in our student-athletes, and, as a result, grant them admission. OMS is proud of our student-athletes, their outstanding college acceptances, and their continued success beyond the college years!  

Past Okemo Mountain School students have been accepted at the following colleges and universities:

  • Bates College*

  • Boston College*

  • Bowdoin College

  • Brown University*

  • Bucknell University

  • Castleton University*

  • Champlain College*

  • Clarkson University*

  • Clemson

  • Colby College

  • Colby-Sawyer College*

  • Colgate University*

  • Colorado College

  • Colorado School of Mines*

  • Cornell University*

  • Dartmouth College*

  • Fordham University

  • Gettysburg College

  • Hamilton College

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges*

  • Lehigh University*

  • Lynn University

  • Michigan State University

  • Middlebury College*

  • M.I.T*

  • Montana State University*

  • Newbury College

  • Nichols College

  • Northeastern University

  • Northwestern University

  • University of Notre Dame*

  • Penn State University

  • Plymouth State College*

  • Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute

  • Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Saint Anselm College

  • Skidmore College

  • Springfield College

  • St. Lawrence University*

  • St. Michael’s College*

  • Syracuse University

  • Union College

  • University of Colorado at Boulder*

  • University of Connecticut*

  • University of Massachusetts

  • University of Michigan*

  • University of New England

  • University of New Hampshire*

  • University of South Carolina

  • University of Tennessee*

  • University of Vermont*

  • Villanova University

  • Williams College*

*Denotes where OMS students have matriculated


Meet Wendy Hayward

College Guidance Coordinator

Wendy Hayward started at OMS in 2015 and is an English and Social Studies teacher, as well as our College Guidance Counselor. She has taught and worked with teenagers in the private sector for 50 years. She has taught at the Ecole International in Geneva Switzerland, Northern Illinois University and the Community College of Vermont. Wendy has been a teacher, Associate Director of Education, Head of School, and served on the admissions staff at Southern Vermont College. She holds MSEd. in Secondary Education, Special Education, and Administration. Wendy attended University of Denver, Northern Illinois University, University of Geneva Switzerland, and University of Idaho.   She has been an independent educational consultant with her own firm, Hayward Educational Consultants, since 1980 and serves parents and students seeking assistance in finding an appropriate independent school or college.  Wendy lives in Chester and is also a landscape artist, writer and traveler.

- University of Denver: BA Social Sciences
- Northern Illinois University: MS Ed Secondary Ed, Special Ed, Administration
- University of Geneva: Certificate in French
- Penobscot Language School: TESOL/TEFL certificates

Contact Wendy