There are several major differences between WSA and traditional schools. Click here to read about our unique approach.
Charter schools are publicly funded, free, and are not private schools. Charter schools are authorized to operate as public schools by the Utah State Office of Education and are open to all students. Charter schools were created with the intention to improve public education, demonstrate a record of student achievement, and have specific educational missions and focuses. Similar to other public schools, charter schools may serve students from Kindergarten through to 12th grade.
No. Charter schools are public schools and may not charge tuition or require students or parents to make monetary contributions (although donations are accepted and appreciated). Charter schools are subject to the same rules regarding school fees as other traditional district public schools.
Charter schools offer parents and students additional choices about their school’s location and the emphasis the school has on how they teach the core curriculum. Charter schools allow educators freedom to try new strategies to inspire students and to experiment with innovative ways of educating students. Also, charter schools allow individuals and organizations outside of the traditional education system to create and run public schools.
Charter schools offer a choice in education styles, and because they operate independently from the school districts they are more flexible and able to adapt to the needs of its students. As schools of choice they may also be more responsive to the communities they serve.
Yes! Similar to traditional public schools, charter schools must be open to every child regardless of race, religion, disability, or academic ability. However, charter schools have an enrollment cap, as legislated by the State of Utah, which limits the number of students. Student applications are placed into a randomized lottery if the number of enrollment applications surpasses the maximum enrollment allowed at WSA.
A charter school operates as its own school district, this provides greater flexibility in curriculum adoption, increased opportunity for local input, more parental involvement, and the ability to fine tune its educational model/methodology to meet the needs of its specific student population. Students tend to be motivated by an interest in the school’s focus or teaching methods instead of its location. Charter schools have a cap on enrollment, which leads to more flexibility in the classroom.
Students must be five (5) years old on or before September 1 of the school year to be eligible for enrollment in Kindergarten.
Charter schools are funded in much the same way that traditional district schools are funded. They receive the same funds available from the state and federal government sources; however, charter schools do not levy property taxes. Instead the Utah legislature has appropriated additional monies for charter school funding.
Yes, parents are welcome to volunteer. Please feel free to contact our office to find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Yes. Charter schools are public schools and have the same requirements as all Utah public schools in regards to student assessments.
Consistent with all public schools in Utah, all of WSA’s teachers are licensed, certified teachers or will be qualified to teach under the Utah State Office of Education’s Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) Program, or otherwise authorized through the Utah State Office of Education. Charter schools hire from the same pool of qualified and certified teachers as the school districts.
Parents have the right to request and receive information on the qualifications of their child’s teacher. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact the school administration or refer to the student information system.
WSA will operate on a standard nine-month calendar. Click here to view the annual school year calendar.
WSA enrollment is open to all Utah students, consequently, transportation is not provided by the school or the local school district. With the exception of some field trips, parents are responsible for the transportation of their children to and from the school and are encouraged to participate in carpools.
Yes! Wallace Stegner Academy will has a special education team employed to address the needs of students who qualify for special education services. WSA complies with all federal special education laws and accommodates all student’s individual educational needs.
Yes! Wallace Stegner Academy will promote student character education to reaffirm values and qualities of character which promote an upright and desirable citizenry. The civic education will help cultivate informed students, encourage responsible participation in political life, and promote the fundamental values and principles of representative democracy in Utah and the United States. We will teach patriotic education as part of the social studies curricula. Examples of civic education include: 1) History of the flag, etiquette, customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag, and other patriotic exercises; 2) Role modeling patriotic values associated with the flag; 3) Forms of government; and 4) The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Members of the Board of Directors are volunteers that donate hundreds of hours of their time to provide a quality education to students and address any unmet needs in the educational system. Board Members receive no compensation for their service.