Soldier Hollow Charter School is an award winning, free public charter school located at 3444 W, 3000 S in beautiful Charleston Utah.  We serve students in grades Pre-K (fee based) through 8th grade.  Please read the data below on the benefits of a K-8 school model, versus a junior high model.  They are from Harvard University, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Center for Education Reform, Education Next, The New York Times and many more.  Just enter K-8 versus junior high in your browser and see where it leads.

Benefits of K-8 Schools

Why We Should Shift to K-8

The Middle School Plunge

Why K-8 Schools May Be Better for Middle School Students

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

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.

We have  been awarded the coveted Blue Ribbon Award (2011) from the United States Department of Education. All students ice skate during the month of December. In January and February, our students also go to Wasatch Mountain State Park and use olympic facilities to cross country ski twice per week during school. 

We are part of the Green Charter School Network, and have our roots in place-based learning, which encourages children to learn about, learn from and learn in their local surroundings.

Facts About Soldier Hollow Charter School

  • Located within the boundaries of the Wasatch School District
  • Opened September 1999
  • State Board Chartered
  • Full-day pre-k  and kindergarten through grade 8 
  • Our pre-k is private and fee-based.
  • We offer a full day Kindergarten program.  Mornings are tuition free, and full days are fee-based.
  • Free, public charter school
  • School size: approx. 340 scholars
  • Small class size

Our goal is not to compete with the Wasatch School District, but simply provide an alternative option.  We understand that a one size fits all does not work in education and we know that students need to moveā€¦.. a lot. The brain needs oxygen, and the body needs movement.  We know to stay happy and healthy students need strong core body strength. We believe that children learn through playing and exploring and that participating in activities helps most to learn. Our students spend time out in the environment learning how math, science, language arts other subjects are relevant to their lives and the world in which they live.  Here is a great article that exemplifies our philosophy in learning:

Why so Many Kids Can't Sit Still In School Today

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 Tuesday of every month at the school at 6:30 p.m.  It is open to the public; parents are welcome to attend.


  • The Utah State Core Curriculum provides the basis for teaching at SHCS. However our faculty strives to take our students beyond the basics by integrating the arts and environment into the core subjects and emphasizing place-based learning approaches.
  • Physical education is emphasized with the cooperation of the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. We are able to offer a cross-country ski program as part of our winter curriculum as well as snow shoeing and ice skating.  


  • 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.

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

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.

Congratulations to all the students, teachers and faculty of Soldier Hollow Charter School for winning this coveted national award!

Learn more about the Blue Ribbon Award program

Soldier Hollow Recognized as a High Performing School

SHCS was recently 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. Thanks to Lori Christensen, our Title 1 Coordinator, Jennifer Weese, our Special Education Coordinator, the classroom teachers and the outstanding students who have demonstrated that hard work and diligence will produce results.

School Hours

Our 2018-2019 school year began on August 22, 2018.

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.