Weekly Parent Update – February 17, 2023

February 17, 2023

There are many educational options available, but many fall short. Some families see online learning as a method of credit recovery or a less challenging option than traditional brick-and-mortar schools. Leadership Academy of Utah, however, believes the opposite to be true. We see our program as a highly flexible, individualized, and innovative method of learning. Since we started as a parent-led charter school, we were able to identify the things that made us special from the very beginning, and we have never let go of “our three uniques.”

1. Inspiring mentors trained to facilitate TLEs:

Our first unique is who we hire. We know nothing is more important in the educational process than the mentor/student connection and the ability to inspire! That’s why we only hire the best and most dynamic people to interact with our students. By partnering with Williamsburg Learning, we can give our students access to inspiring mentors that are trained in how to deliver transformational learning experiences (TLEs). A TLE is a new way of thinking about the world or oneself, whether online or in-person. 

2. Curriculum that teaches how to think, not what to think:

The Williamsburg Curriculum, which we offer in partnership with Williamsburg Learning, was created internally and intentionally to teach students to question and communicate. This curriculum follows the six mentor practices (Connection, the Socratic Method, Engaging Presentation, Project Based Learning, Quality Feedback, and Transformational Learning) to facilitate critical higher-level thinking skills in today’s confusing world.

3. Designed transformational social experiences:

We know that humans (especially teenagers!) are social creatures that crave human connection. That’s why we provide highly curated social experiences that allow our students to bond with one another. Our LAU activities and Student Body Leadership team’s online social activities provide students with a culture of belonging that allows students to feel safe, which brings the whole program together. We hope that your student will join us at our in-person activities as well as the weekly online activities. 

We are grateful that you chose Leadership Academy of Utah for your student’s educational journey and want you to know that we remain committed to “our three uniques.” Just as you want the best for your children, we want to assist you in providing the best education possible for your student.

Warm Regards,

John Tripp

Executive Director, Leadership Academy of Utah


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Important pre-midterm information: Pre-midterm assignments in live classes are due by March 7 at 9:00 PM MT, and pre-midterm assignments in self-paced classes are due by March 10 at 5:00 PM MT. All midterms are also due by March 10 at 5:00 PM MT.

Provo Beach Party: Registration is now open for the Provo Beach Party on March 10, 2023! Want in on the action? Sign up before registration closes on March 3.

Smash Labs & Parking Lot Party: The upcoming Smash Labs & Parking Lot Party will take place on March 31, 2023, and registration is now open! To participate, please sign up here. Registration closes on March 24 or when capacity is met.

Important information on the UVU Wood Scholarship: The Wood Scholarship covers the first year of UVU tuition and fees for prospective UVU students. Recipients must submit a letter expressing their interest in constitutional principles and public service, submit a letter of recommendation from a high school faculty member or school counselor, have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.5, graduate from high school before entering UVU, and intend to minor in Constitutional Studies at UVU. The application deadline is March 1, 2023. Please visit the UVU Financial Aid and Scholarships website to submit an application for this scholarship.

Registration for summer courses through Williamsburg Academy starts in March: If you’re planning to pay privately for summer courses for your student through Williamsburg Academy, you can do so starting on March 27. Please note that LAU does not pay for summer courses.


Upcoming Events

February 20: President’s Day No classes, offices closed

March 7-9: ACT Testing – Clearfield office

March 9-10: Midterms – All midterms are due by March 10 at 5:00 PM MT

March 10: Provo Beach (Provo, UT) 7:00 PM-9:00 PM MT

March 13-17: Spring Break No classes, offices closed

March 31: Smash Labs (St. George UT) 6:00 PM-9:00 PM MT

April 28: LAU Prom (Salt Lake City, UT) 7:00 PM-10:00 PM MT

May 11: Hale Center Theatre (Salt Lake City, UT) 1:00 PM-3:30 PM MT

May 18: LAU Graduation (Lehi, UT) 6:00 PM-8:00 PM MT

Please watch the LAU Weekly Update, LAU Activity page, and Homeroom for details and sign-ups as events get closer.