Admissions & Enrollment Procedures

Leadership Academy of Utah (LAU) is a public charter school that does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, or religion. LAU admissions and transfer policies comply with the Utah Code 53A-1a506.5.

LAU is a full-time program that operates during traditional fall and winter semesters, serving students in 6th through 12th grade. 

Open Enrollment Period

The open enrollment period is a three-week period from the last week of January to mid-February. It is the state-required time set aside for new and continuing students to apply for admission to LAU for the following school year.

Continuing/Returning Students: Currently enrolled LAU students in good standing are required to submit a returning student application during the open enrollment period each year to be guaranteed placement for the following school year. The application can be found under the “My Student” tab in SIS.

Prospective Students: Parents wishing to enroll new students in Leadership Academy of Utah must submit the online Intent to Enroll form, as well as the required documentation for each prospective student. LAU students are required to be official residents of Utah. Please review the Age & Residency Requirements section on our FAQ page for more details.

Transfer Students: Students who wish to transfer from a different Charter School to LAU will follow the same process and timelines as prospective students. Begin by submitting the online Intent to Enroll form, as well as the required documentation.

At the close of the open enrollment period

If the number of submitted applications does not exceed the LAU enrollment cap (490 students), all applications will be accepted.

If the number of submitted applications exceeds the LAU enrollment cap, all continuing students will be accepted, and prospective student applications will be subject to the lottery process.

Note: The number of applications received has exceeded the LAU enrollment cap for three consecutive years. We encourage you to apply early.


LAU has an enrollment cap of 490 students. If the number of applications exceeds the cap, all continuing students will be accepted, and prospective student applications will be subject to the lottery process:

  1. The lottery will be initiated within one (1) business day after the close of the enrollment window.
  2. Applications remaining after prioritization (see below) will be randomly assigned a number and selected to fill any spots that may become available.
  3. As a prospective applicant is selected, that applicant, and any of the applicant’s siblings, will be offered a placement at the school.
  4. Accepted students must respond to placement notifications by the response deadline (see the “Notification of Admission & Response Deadlines” section below). If no response is received, the placement will be offered to the next student.

Prioritization of lottery applications is as follows:

  • Siblings of current students 
  • Children of staff or board members (including founding board members) 
  • Transfers from partner school (active Williamsburg students)
  • Children of active-duty military 
  • As determined for program viability (ILC)
  • All other students

All prospective student applications remaining after the enrollment cap has been filled will be moved to the waiting list. Priority applications that do not receive a spot during open enrollment will be at the top of the waitlist. 

Any applications that come in after the open enrollment period are added to the waitlist in order of submission and prioritization criteria.



Students not admitted during open enrollment will remain on a waiting list, preserving the order as determined by the lottery, giving preference to siblings of attending students, etc. Students currently on the waiting list will be retained for the entirety of the school year until enrolled or they decline their enrollment position.

Information regarding student status on the waiting list or chances of being drawn will not be given out, as staff cannot provide answers to these questions.


Required to Enroll

During the enrollment process, you will be asked to provide the following information as required by school policy and/or state or federal law:

  • Emergency Contact
  • School district of residence
  • Ethnicity\Race
  • Home language\ESL\bilingual education
  • Prior speech and\or language services
  • SPED\IEP\504 history
  • Medical information\history including visual or hearing impairments, ADD/ADHD, etc.
  • Foster child\ward of state
  • Refugee status
  • Juvenile probation
  • Expulsion\suspension history
  • Media consent and release
  • Declaration of household income
  • School directory disclosure


Required Documents

You’ll be asked to provide the following required documents:

  • Parent/Guardian identification, e.g. driver’s license\passport
  • Student’s birth certificate
  • Copy of latest IEP or 504 (if applicable)
  • Immunization record or exemption form (see below)
  • Proof of current residence (utility bill or a notarized letter from homeowner if renting)


As determined by Utah State Law, Leadership Academy of Utah is required to have immunization records or a certificate of exemption from for each enrolled child. Exemptions are available to parents for medical, religious, or personal reasons.


Notification of Admission

Parents will be notified via e-mail and/or phone when students are accepted to LAU.

Note: It is the responsibility of parents to ensure LAU has current contact information for receiving notifications.


Response Deadlines

Parents are required to respond to an offer of admission by the response deadline (see below). Deadlines vary based on the time of year.

Leadership Academy of Utah will attempt to contact parents regarding their child’s admission a minimum of two times. If the parent cannot be contacted or is non-responsive by the deadline, the available space may be offered to another waiting student. Response deadlines are calculated from the first attempted contact as follows:

Time of Year 

Mid-February through the third week of July

The fourth week of July

August 1st through the first day of school

Response Deadline

1 Week

2 Working days

24 Hours

Acceptance Requirements

Parents who accept admission should complete any missing application items including submission of all necessary documents before the course registration deadline. If you do not meet the deadline, the available space may be offered to another waiting student.

If you have any questions about the admissions application or enrollment process, please contact Admissions.