Pre-Start Checklist

Please note that this page will be updated with details for 2020-21 closer to the start of the fall semester.

Welcome to Leadership Academy of Utah! We’re so glad you’re here! We want you to have a smooth start, so we’ve created this checklist to help you work through any potential glitches before you start your coursework. Please make sure to complete each task on the list thoroughly to ensure a smooth start to the semester. Need help? Email or call 800-200-6869.

 Pre-Start Checklist Tasks
1.Register for Courses
Log into SIS using your parent account. Under your student's name, click "Registration." Select your student's courses according to the guidelines on THIS page.

Please note:
  • You can only register for classes if you've submitted a complete application for that school year and it has been approved. Both new and returning students must complete an application each year, although the returning application is shorter in length.

  • Times listed for classes are in Mountain Time.

  • If you need to change your schedule, try the "Drop/Switch" feature in SIS. There may be some limitations though since all enrollments and changes must be approved by the school. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Chaney at

  • SIS is where you can check your student's schedule, grades, and pacing and also communicate with mentors. It may be helpful to bookmark the site. You'll also find a link to SIS at the top right of this website.

2.Perform a Tech Check
Go to the Technology Requirements & Support page and:
  • Read “Technology Tools” together. Be sure you have a computer that will work and has the required software programs.

  • Read “Technical Support for Canvas and SIS” together. Students, be sure you can log in and see your courses in both Canvas and SIS. You should be able to see your courses in Canvas about a week before the start of the semester.

  • If your student needs a laptop for this school year, please read the Laptop Handbook, and email your location and laptop request to Non-full time students and SOEP students will be charged $30/semester for computer rentals.

  • Upon registration approval, you may pick up a laptop at our Clearfield Office, 1366 S Legend Hills Dr. Ste 190, M-TH 9-4pm F 9-1pm or by appointment. 800-200-6869 Ext 146. Laptop shipment arrangements will depend on where you live.

  • Upon receipt of the computer, you will confirm the equipment's condition and return the signature card. At that point the student/parent/guardian will assume custody and full responsibility of the computer, including battery, power brick, and cord. Students/parents/guardians are expected to abide by the terms of the Laptop Handbook at all times.
    If you have any questions about computers, please contact

  • Chromebooks will not work for the following Tech Courses:
  • Become a Digital Artist - requires Inkscape 0.91 download,
  • Digital Media Editing and Graphic Design - requires Gimp 2.6 download,
  • Game Design & Development - requires Fusion download,
  • Game Programming with Javascript and various downloads,
  • Java Programming with minecraft,
  • Sound & Audio Engineering - requires Audacity 2.0.5,
  • 3D Design & Animations - requires Blender 2.7 or higher,
  • 3D Printing & Design - requires blender 2.7 or higher.

3.Obtain Books & Supplies
  • Book Ordering for Winter 2020 semester begins mid- November 2019.
LAU will provide books and necessary science materials for your students. Your list of books and supplies will show in SIS in your "My Students" page. Winter booklist is now available in SIS.
  • Beginning November 2019, go to the Winter Book & Science Materials Request form to indicate whether you would like LAU to purchase books and science materials for your student, or whether you intend to purchase them yourself. SUBMIT ONE FORM PER STUDENT. Please complete the entire form.
Many parents prefer to order their own books and submit receipts for reimbursement. This provides parents the option to order audio books, e-books, and/or use books they already own. Keep in mind books may be reimbursed for up to the maximum amount provided on the booklist, not the full cost of the hardback or audio version you buy. If you would like to go this route, please complete the following steps:
  • Review our Book Reimbursement Policy in our Student-Parent Handbook, page 24.

  • Fill out the books and materials Reimbursement Request Form.

  • Send a copy of your receipts BEFORE February 16, 2020 to or mail them to the following address:

  • Leadership Academy of Utah
    1366 South Legend Hills Drive, Suite 190
    Clearfield, UT 84015

4.Log-in to Canvas
Help your student log into Canvas. Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) where all course syllabi and class assignments are found. Courses are published and available to students on December 20th. That week, please do the following:
  • Parents of New Students: If your child hasn't already created their SIS login, have them check their email. An invitation was sent to create their login when you started their application process. Once they have a login and you have registered them for classes and the courses are published (i.e. after December 20th), SIS will create a "Canvas" account for them within the next 15 minutes. Your child's Canvas username and password will be the same as the login they created for SIS.

  • All Students, login to Canvas, bookmark this link, and then customize your Course menu. Here’s a screencast that shows you how.

5.Complete New Parent & Student Orientation
  • You will receive an email with a recording of our online orientation session.
  • New student orientation assignments are available in the Homeroom course in Canvas. All orientation assignments are due on Monday, January 6.

6.Plan for First Week of School
  • Live classes begin on Monday, January 6.

7.Take Note of the Following
  • Our schedule for RISE and ACT testing this year can be found here.