Pre-Start Checklist

This page will be updated with information for the Fall 2023 semester in July.

Ready to Start the Semester?

Welcome to Leadership Academy of Utah! We want your student to have a smooth start to the semester, so we’ve created the pre-start checklist to catch any potential glitches before they start their coursework. Please thoroughly complete each task listed.


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 student's schedule, email Kate Chaney at for pre-approval. Once approved, use the the "Drop/Switch" feature in SIS.

  • 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, with your student:
  • Read “What are the Main Technology Systems we use?”.

  • Read “Computer and Software Requirements.” Be sure your student has a computer with the required software programs.

  • Read "Technical Support for Canvas and SIS” to become familiar with our systems and learn what to do should technical issues arise.

  • Enrolled students may request a laptop computer for school use. For information on checking out an LAU-owned laptop/Chromebook, please see our Computer Info page. Computers are the property of LAU; therefore, both the student and parent/guardian are responsible to read the Laptop Handbook and electronically sign the Laptop Agreement & Acknowledgement form on the last page. This agreement must be completed every year. You are expected to follow the instructions and terms set forth therein.

Order Books & Materials
  • Online Classes: Parents are responsible for ordering all required student books and materials for online classes.

  • You will find a full list of your student's required books and materials in SIS under My Students > Classes. LAU suggests the purchase of books with the same ISBN numbers as indicated on the book list. LAU will not approve purchases for more expensive editions such as hardcover books when a softcover is available; maximum reimbursement will be indicated on the book list. Book lists for fall and winter semesters are updated and published annually on June 15.

    Note: the LAU book ordering process will open on July 17 for the 2023-24 school year.

  • Order on Amazon through LAU: We've partnered with Amazon to provide easy ordering for families. See our Ordering Books via Amazon page to learn more.

4.Log into Canvas
Before classes begin, help your student log into Canvas. Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) where all course syllabi and class assignments are found. Winter 2023 course details will be published and available for your student to view in Canvas on December 19th, but not before. That week, please do the following:
  • Parents of New Students: If your child hasn't already created an SIS login, they will need to do so. They should have received an invite during the application process, so please have them check their inbox. Once they have an SIS login and you have registered them for classes, our system will automatically generate a Canvas account for them. On the course publish date, students will be notified to login to their new Canvas account. Your child's Canvas username and password will be the same as the login they created for SIS.

  • All Students should log into Canvas, bookmark the Canvas login link, then customize their course menu.

5.Complete New Student & Parent Orientation
  • If your student is new or returning to LAU and you have not participated in orientation, please complete Williamsburg's Asynchronous Orientation. You'll watch a series of videos on various topics including how to submit assignments, where to find class links, how to best support your student, and more! Videos for the upcoming school year are updated in June each year. Whether you're joining our program in fall or winter, please plan to complete orientation prior to the start of classes. If you have any questions, please call us at 800-200-6869.

  • *Note: Asynchronous Orientation videos for the 2023-24 school year will be available July 1 and will remain on the website as a resource for you throughout the school year.

6.Plan for First Week of School
  • Students should log into Canvas and begin orientation assignments when courses open for the semester. See the Academic Calendar for semester start dates!

7.Take Note of the Following
  • Our schedule for RISE and ACT testing this year can be found in the "General Info & Resources" section of the Info Center page.

Have questions?

Call our Support Team at 800-200-6869 or email We’re here to help so your student is ready to begin classes.