About SHCS

Benefits of a PK-8 Model

   Sorting through the benefits and drawbacks in choosing the right school for your student can be challenging; however, research has proven that selecting a Pre-K through Grade 8 school provides many advantages to students.

Some of the advantages in a Pre-K through 8 model include:

  • The sense of family and community that exists among the students, parents, and staff
  • A close relationship that is fostered between teacher and student
  • A smaller student body leads to teachers knowing every student - their strengths, learning style and family dynamics
  • Students demonstrate fewer behavioral problems and higher academic achievement
  • A secure environment for young adolescents as they undergo social, physical, and psychological changes
  • Stronger parental involvement than found in other school settings
  • The opportunity for older students to take on the role of protector, tutor, and role model
  • Students demonstrate greater leadership skills, higher self-esteem, and less victimization by other students
  • Students show greater levels of participation in extracurricular activities
  • Students that consistently outperform traditional middle school assessments

The intimacy of the PK-8 environment and the delay of the transition to a new school until students are more mature can help children succeed.

Teachers have the opportunity to know the student from their years as a child through their transition into a young adult and can be there for extra support and guidance.

Students in our middle school have the opportunity to be leaders in the school. Students in younger grades watch as older students participate in Student Council, Yearbook Club, and Community projects with anticipation that they can do the same as they move forward.

There is so much about our school that is special and unique and allows us to meet all scholars' needs.  With excellent teachers and a great support network, students are challenged at their ability level.

Facts About

Soldier Hollow Charter School is an award winning, free public charter school located in beautiful Charleston, Utah

 We serve around 340 students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade

The school was founded in September of 1999 as the Sundance Mountain School

In 2002, in cooperation with the Soldier Hollow Foundation, the school relocated to the Heber Valley and operated in a facility built for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games

In August 2017, we moved to our new location on 10 acres in Charleston, just two miles from the previous site

We have  been awarded the coveted Blue Ribbon Award (2011) from the United States Department of Education

We keep our class sizes around 20 students with a team of 2 teachers per grade level

Our Pre-K program is private and fee-based. We offer both half-day and full-day options

We offer a full-day Kindergarten program. Mornings are tuition free, and full days are fee-based

Every student in Kindergarten through 8th grade is a member of our cross-country ski program

Beginning in 4th grade, students have the opportunity to participate in a multi-day trip


As a Utah public school, we follow the Utah State curriculum framework to choose our curricular materials.  Our curriculum is thoughtfully designed to maximize lifelong learning in our students.

The purpose of Soldier Hollow Charter School is to create an innovative educational model that nurtures inquiry and creativity. Our students are led through lessons, experiments, and hands-on workshops to bring new discoveries and a passion for learning.

The natural world will be used as a classroom for place-based learning across the curriculum.

Place-based environmental education strives to build a foundation for the young as future citizens who will actively participate in the democratic process, first within the school and ultimately the community and beyond. We believe that children are more engaged in learning when their studies make a connection with their lives.

Our School

Administrative Structure

A board comprised of seven members governs the school. The principal manages day-to-day operations of the school under the direction of the board. Teachers report to and work under the guidance of the principal. The board meets the second Thursday of every month at the school at 6:30 p.m.  It is open to the public; parents are welcome to attend.


About two-thirds of the operating funds come from the State of Utah. The remaining funds are sought through grant writing and fundraising.

Due to these fiscal constraints, there are no school-provided lunches or busing to and from school.

Our Staff

Our staff are qualified for the positions in which they are hired. A number of them have multiple degrees, including master's degrees in education.  All of the classroom teachers hold state certification in grades 1-8 and some also hold a K-3 certification.  Some of our teachers have their reading endorsement and English as a Second Language endorsement.  Our principal has 20 years of experience as a teacher/administrator and is licensed in the state of Utah as a K-12 school administrator.

Our Awards

Soldier Hollow Wins National Blue Ribbon Award

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Soldier Hollow Charter School was one of only two schools in the state of Utah to win the 2011 Blue Ribbon Award, and the only charter school!

The United States Department of Educations National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve at very high levels and/or where the achievement gap in narrowing.

The Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices.

Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.

Learn more about the Blue Ribbon Program

Soldier Hollow Recognized as a High Performing School

SHCS has been recognized for academic excellence.  The award was given to the school in November, 2013 and is the second year that the school has been recognized by the State of Utah as a high performing school.  

School Hours & Tour Information

School Hours

Our 2019-2020 school year will begin on August 19, 2019.

Class begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  School ends at 12:30 p.m. on Fridays.

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Campus Tours

We offer tours on a weekly basis.  Please call the school office at 435-654-1347 to schedule a tour.

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