About Us

We Empower and Liberate Your Family

You see your children’s potential. As a parent, you want to help them fulfill that potential by giving them a great education, but too many schools lack either the academics or values that your children need. Some lack both!

You want:


This is what we do.

We’ve combined strong academics, a leadership-driven curriculum, world-class mentors and a flexible structure to liberate your family to be who you are — and who you are is awesome.

Our parents and students will tell you how effective we are. And our results speak for themselves.

Our vision is to graduate tens of thousands of purpose-driven alumni who think wisely, serve selflessly, and live adventurously.

Is your child one of them? If so, take our Right Fit Quiz!

Giving Your Family an Edge

You’re not satisfied with traditional educational options, but many alternative options simply don’t work. You want the advantages of alternative education—but you also want it to give your family an edge.

Our vision is bold. Our methods are proven. And our results speak for themselves.


Our graduates have been admitted to some of the most selective universities, including Harvard, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Northwestern, Hillsdale, BYU, London School of Economics, Yale Business School, Dartmouth, Harding, Boston College, and more. Many of our students are able to attend their first college of choice. One hundred percent of alumni surveyed said that Leadership Academy prepared them well for college.

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Are you ready to prepare your child for college and for a life of meaning? If so, take our Right Fit Quiz!

What We Believe About You

We believe our students have the potential to change the world. We teach our students how to think, not what to think. We inspire them to live deep values, not worldly trends. Rather than droning along on the conveyor belt, our students learn and practice principles that help them live successful and meaningful lives.

We encourage our students to seek out the best influences, whether it be in literature, media, relationships, etc. We introduce them to the best, most timeless ideas from the greatest minds in history. We show them how those ideas apply in today’s technologically-advanced world.

We provide them with a positive, uplifting, and challenging atmosphere. This results in students who take control of their life, education, and future.

But don’t take our word for it—see what our students say about their experience.

We additionally believe that you are ultimately responsible for your children’s education. We support you and provide your family with education freedom and quality. We believe in the power of intentional parenting, and our program’s flexibility allows you to lead your family the best way you can in order to raise responsible kids in your unique family culture. As your strategic partner, we provide encouragement, ideas, and coaching for you to help support your students.


What is Leadership Academy of Utah?

Leadership Academy of Utah (LAU) is an online public charter school serving students in grades 6-12 from all over Utah. Our program is built on a classical education model and emphasizes leadership, the liberal arts, and adventure.

Is Leadership Academy of Utah accredited?

Yes. Leadership Academy is accredited by Cognia* and the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). Cognia is one of the largest organizations of educational professionals in the world and accrediting partner to over 30,000 schools and school systems. ACS WASC provides assistance to over 5,000 schools worldwide, primarily in California, Hawaii, Guam, Asia, the Pacific Region, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. View our Cognia certificate here.

All credit earned at Leadership Academy of Utah is recognized by all other schools accredited by Cognia and ACS WASC. It is also recognized by most high schools accredited by other organizations. Most public and private high schools do recognize and accept transfer credit from Leadership Academy of Utah.

Our graduates have been admitted to some of the most selective universities in the United States.

*Note: Cognia was formerly AdvancedEd.

What kind of courses do you offer?

All of our courses are online, although students complete hands-on projects and assignments. Students participate from home or any internet connection. We have live courses where mentors and students can see, hear, and share content with each other. We also have self-paced courses where students can study and learn virtually at any time on any day.

We offer all courses required for regular graduation. Our programs include Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing, Fine Arts, PE, etc. We also offer an extremely popular sequence of proprietary leadership courses. Please see our Curriculum page for more details.

Many of our courses are offered as both an Honors and Classics version. Students attend the same live class sessions, but students in Honors courses have roughly 30% more and/or more difficult readings and assignments in Canvas than students in Classic courses, taking them deeper into the subject.

Students can customize their course load from a few classes up to a full-time graduation track. Completing an online course is an accomplishment, and a diploma from LAU is a symbol of many hours of study, service and creative engagement.

Where are you located?

Because Leadership Academy of Utah is online, our students can live anywhere in the state of Utah. Our office is located in Clearfield.

What kind of students do you serve?

We serve students in grades 6-12. We attract bright and dedicated students who want to study the great minds and learn to think critically. Our program is challenging and requires self-discipline, initiative, and hard work.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds including home, public, and private schools. No particular background is necessary to become a successful student. A strong work ethic, eagerness to learn, and a desire to help others are the key ingredients of success at Leadership Academy of Utah.

What are your teachers like?

We call our teachers mentors, because they have the role of helping students develop as leaders, in addition to the traditional teacher role of helping them acquire knowledge. We have  the highest standards and strongest filter in the industry when it comes to hiring talented mentors. And, once hired, our mentors receive unequaled support and professional development. If you ask a Williamsburg student to tell you about their mentors, you are likely to hear words like engaging, fun, inspiring, smart, hilarious, crazy, caring, and talented. For many students and families, our mentors are the main attraction of our entire program.

Are you affiliated with any religious organizations?

Leadership Academy of Utah does not affiliate with or support any faith, church, or religion. Our students come from a variety of religious and political backgrounds. We remain neutral and build a safe environment where students are free to be themselves, learn from each other, and share their ideas and beliefs in respectful ways.