Sorting through the benefits and drawbacks in choosing the right school for your student can be challenging; however, research has proven that selecting a K through Grade 8 school provides many advantages to students.
Some of the advantages in a K through 8 model include:
The sense of family and community that exists among the students, parents, and staff
The intimacy of the K-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.
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 Board is 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.
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.
Jamie Bennion, 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
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.