Because St. George Academy is a public charter school, tuition is free. Students may be charged fees similar to other local district schools. For information about fee waivers, please contact the school.
One of the greatest challenges in higher education is a lack of student preparedness. Even though they have graduated from high school, many incoming college students are not ready for their next education experience. St. George Academy strives to help students become better prepare for their college or university experience while in high school.
We select qualified and forward thinking faculty who have a vision for student achievement and learning. We then empower our faculty to design and tailor curriculum and educational methods in their classroom.
Charter Schools are public schools created by a group of parents, teachers, or community leaders who see an educational need and want to meet that need. To operate, charter founders must submit an application for approval by the State Charter School Board and the State Board of Education. Similar to local district schools, charter schools are funded by taxpayers, are open to students of all backgrounds, and do not charge tuition.
The school is managed by a board of directors according to the charter that was approved by the State Charter School Board and the State Board of Education. In addition, the school must report and be accountable to the State Charter School Board and the Utah State Office of Education. The school is required to comply with education laws and regulations governing all public schools in the state.
The school is funded by tax dollars allocated to public schools through the Utah State Office of Education. While SGA may accept private donations, it is prohibited from charging tuition.
The building was built by American Charter Development, an organization that specializes in building charter schools across the country. The school will lease the facility until it has the resources to purchase the building, at which time St. George Academy will become the owner. The school pays for the operation and lease of the facility out of its funds allocated by the Utah Office of Education. Until the school opens, it is not making any lease payments.
American Charter Development is. The school is only paying for utilities and other operational expenses during the startup period.
Some have said that charter schools have the ability to select which students to accept and reject. This is not true. Like all public schools, charter schools admit all students that apply regardless of their background or qualifications. If more students apply than the maximum number of students authorized by the charter, then a lottery is held to determine which students are admitted and which are placed on a waitlist.
Yes. Preference may be given for the following:
- Students whose parents were actively involved in the development of the charter school
- Students who have a sibling currently attending the charter school
- Students returning from the previous school year
- Students whose parent is a licensed classroom teacher in the charter school
- Students who come from a school with an articulation agreement with St. George Academy
Yes. As public schools, charter schools must meet all state and federal laws in supporting students with disabilities, limited English proficiency, socioeconomic disadvantages, and other special needs.
Yes. According to State State Law 53A-1a-519, a charter school student is eligible to participate in an extracurricular activity not offered by the student’s charter school at the public school from which the student withdrew for the purpose of attending a charter school.
No. Charter schools are public schools. They must function like every other public school in Utah. They must meet all of the same standards and comply with all of the same laws. A charter school program cannot be affiliated with or restricted to a particular religion. Curriculum, admission policies and employment practices must all be nonsectarian.
Charter schools provide the same reports as other public schools, including an annual financial audit and budget reports. In addition, charter schools must participate in statewide assessment and reporting programs required of district schools. Charter schools submit reports to the Utah State Board of Education or the Utah State Charter School Board.
Yes. In the State of Utah, by law, all public schools granting high school credit are required to be accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools/AdvancED.
A charter is a contract between a charter school and the State Board of Education setting forth the conditions under which the school will operate. The charter should include detailed information about the school, including at a minimum:
- Ages or grade levels to be served
- Maximum student enrollment and projected enrollment each of the first 3 years of operation
- School governance
- Budget and other financial matters
- Mission, educational goals, and curriculum plan
Charter schools are governed by a governing board and, unless authorized by a school district, they operate independently of local school districts. The Utah State Board of Education and the Utah State Charter School Board have oversight responsibility for charter schools and annually review the progress of every charter school.
Although the school will have a dress code, no, SGA does not require uniforms.
Yes, that is correct. Incoming students will receive Chromebooks this fall when school starts.