Weekly Parent Update – January 27, 2023

January 27, 2023

As you may know, Leadership Academy of Utah’s educational program is unique because of our Six Mentor Practices. The practice that resonates most deeply with me is Connection. Without connection, we cannot form the bonds that make real learning possible. This is why, as we train our mentors, we focus on connecting with students in meaningful ways. 

The following beliefs about human nature influence how we connect with our students and are directly related to our mission and vision:

The Potential of the Individual

Every individual inherently desires to live a meaningful life, which comes from contributing to a cause bigger than oneself. Each of our students is uniquely talented and can change the world significantly.

The Power of Principled Leadership

All positive change begins with principled leaders. Unprincipled leaders do the worst damage. Tomorrow’s leaders need an education rooted in the liberal arts and technology that gives them the tools and support they need to become principled leaders.

The Necessity of a New Kind of Education

Students who are self-motivated, academically proficient, and yearn for leadership opportunities need programs designed specifically for them. In addition, parents, students, and mentors should work together to challenge, uplift, support, and hold students accountable. 

We love connecting with our students, their families, and our community here at Leadership Academy of Utah. Thank you for being a part of it!

Warm Regards,

John Tripp

Executive Director, Leadership Academy of Utah


Action Items

Sign up for Parent-Mentor Conferences! We sent you an email on Wednesday (January 25) with instructions on how to request a Parent-Mentor Conference or Parent-Mentor Update. We’ll send you another reminder email with instructions this Monday, January 30. We hope you’ll take advantage of this chance to get personalized insights about your student’s progress!

Apply for next year during Open Enrollment: You can now submit an application for your student to join us for the 2023-24 school year! Open Enrollment will run through Friday, February 10. This is the best time to secure a spot for your new or returning student for next year! Visit our How to Enroll page to get started.

The drop deadline is January 30: The last day for students to drop a class is this Monday, January 30. Any classes dropped after this deadline will result in an “F” that can only be replaced by retaking the class.

Important notice for students dropping a class: Students that drop a class must remain enrolled in enough classes to reach the minimum requirements: Five classes for high school students and four classes for middle school students. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kate Chaney.

Returning books for dropped classes: If you need to return books ordered through Amazon, please see our Ordering Books via Amazon page, then click “Returning Amazon Books” on the drop menu, and follow the video instructions.



Rush Funplex in Syracuse: Join us at Rush Funplex on February 11 from 5:30 PM-8:00 PM MT. LAU Students can join in for free, and family/friends can join us for a $5 per person fee. We ask that students limit the number of guests to seven per student. Additional requests can be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited, so sign up today! Registration will close on February 4 or when maximum occupancy is reached.


Upcoming Events

January 23-February 10: LAU Open Enrollment

January 27: Sleigh Riding and Elk Observation at Hardware Ranch

January 30: 28-Day Drop Deadline: Last day for students to drop classes without receiving an “F”

January 30-February 3: Parent Mentor Conferences

February 11: The Rush Funplex in Syracuse Activity