General Q&A

Check out these FAQs.

If your questions aren’t answered here, please contact us, so we can help you.

Age & Residency Requirements

What grades does Leadership Academy serve?

We currently serve grades 6 – 12.

Is Leadership Academy available to all students in Utah?

Leadership Academy is open to students anywhere in the state of Utah. Students outside the state cannot attend LAU. However, our sister program, Williamsburg Academy, is a private high school and middle school. Both schools serve students across the U.S. and provide an experience and education similar to Leadership Academy.

Accreditation - Enrollment - Applying

Is Leadership Academy accredited?

Yes. Leadership Academy is accredited by Cognia* and the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). All credit earned at Leadership Academy is recognized by all other schools accredited by Cognia and ACS WASC. Please see our accreditation certificate here.

*Note: Cognia was formerly AdvancedEd.

Does LAU offer NCAA-approved courses?

Yes! Please see our NCAA Accreditation page for a list of approved courses.

What are LAU Enrollment Requirements?

Leadership Academy of Utah is a full-time program that operates during traditional fall and winter semesters.

Students are required to take at least four classes for Middle School (minimum 2 Core classes) and five classes for High School (minimum 3 Core Classes) from LAU. These classes can include ILC’s, Independent Study classes, or Funded Independent Study classes. This allows students to get Middle or High School credit for things they may already be doing.

Please contact our school counselor if you have questions or need help creating your student’s perfect schedule.

Can my student be enrolled in LAU and still take classes from a homeschool or a private school?

Yes. At LAU, we want to provide maximum flexibility while still meeting our state requirements. Therefore, students are not required to take all of their classes in a traditional way. 

Please contact our school counselor if you have questions or need help creating your student’s perfect schedule.

Can my student be enrolled in LAU and still take classes from another public school?

Yes. LAU will allow split enrollment, including extra-curricular activities. Sometimes there are fees involved up to $75, though we will work to minimize these fees as much as possible. The other public school’s administration can either allow it or disallow it, so parents will have to contact their local school or district for permission.

When is the open enrollment period?

Open enrollment starts at the end of January and runs 2 weeks. If the number of completed applications received during an Enrollment Window exceeds the number of spaces available, including by grade, all completed applications received during the window will be subject to the lottery. Any pupil denied enrollment due to lack of space will be offered the opportunity to be added to an enrollment waiting list.

Is there a cap on enrollment?

Yes. Apply for enrollment early for the best chance of securing a spot.

How do I apply for enrollment?

We have a simple online enrollment process. Go to the How to Apply page to learn the details.

Registration Timelines

When do I register my student for courses?

Registration Timelines

Course registration for Fall and Winter semesters opens Monday of the first week of April for the upcoming school year.

Students accepted to LAU must register for classes according to the deadlines outlined in the table below.

Date Accepted to LAU Deadline to Register
During Open Enrollment (January) to the first day of Fall registration 14 days from open of Fall registration
First day of Fall registration to June 30 14 days from date of acceptance
July 1 to July 31 7 days from date of acceptance
August 1 or later 48 hours from date of acceptance

Students that are not registered within the required time frame will be at risk of losing their spot at LAU. Email reminders for class registration will be sent to students after they have been admitted to LAU.

Level of Difficulty - Tutoring - IEP

If my student is finding the courses too difficult, what should I do?

LAU’s performance coach is available to parents and struggling students to help them figure out how to succeed.  In addition, all mentors hold weekly office hours where students and parents can go for help. If your student is struggling, or if you have any questions about a course, visit office hours and ask the mentor to customize the workload for your student. The day and time of office hours are posted on each course homepage in Canvas. You can also email mentors anytime with questions, and they will respond within one school day.

If my student needs help in a particular subject, is there help available?

Tutoring is available 24/7 for math and other core subjects through a company called PAPER (formerly GradeSlam). Students in Math 3 and Pre-Calc will be enrolled in tutoring automatically but may use the resource as needed. Contact our Student Support Specialist for assistance with tutoring needs.

Does LAU offer support to students with an IEP (Individualized Education Program)?

Yes. LAU offers support to students with IEP’s.

School Culture - Parents - Governing Board

What is the school culture like?

Our school community comprises the board, administration, staff, mentors, families, and individual students pulling together in a team effort to build a school culture that is friendly, inviting, accepting, and most importantly—fun! Each member of our community has a clear vision focused on student success and development. They live lives of meaning, purpose, and adventure both in and outside the classroom. Students and mentors are enthusiastic about education and support each other as each student explores their unique abilities and interests. Students build lasting friendships with youth of all faiths and beliefs, forming deep respect for each other. This is our culture.

Is Leadership Academy right for my child?

The following information will give you a feel for our mission, methods, and curriculum.

A liberal arts education at Leadership Academy of Utah is challenging. Students and parents must decide if the student is sufficiently motivated and self-directed to take on the challenge. Our mission is to prepare highly motivated and independent learners for leadership. Consequently, we have high expectations of students.

We use distance learning tools that give students the freedom to guide their own education. We trust our students to use that freedom wisely and appropriately.

We expect each student to:

  • Work, read, and study independently.
  • Set daily and weekly commitments, then exert the effort to meet those commitments.
  • Spend several hours a day in and out of class studying, completing assignments, and thinking about how their learnings apply to their lives and futures.

You should only enroll in Leadership Academy of Utah if you are determined, excited, and prepared to meet these challenges. We invite you to meet with one of our enrollment team members so we can learn about your family’s needs and answer your questions.

Does Leadership Academy of Utah only offer Online classes?

No. LAU is excited to now offer in-person learning opportunities through our Innovative Learning Centers (ILCs) and Outdoor Adventures classes. We also offer a variety of Independent Study options for students.

What is required of parents?

Parents are required to meet with their student for 20 minutes each week and generally be involved and supportive of their students. Students do best when a parent or guardian is home to help them during the day.

What is the role of the Governing Board?

The Governing Board consists of all volunteers––parents, teachers, and professionals in other fields. This group has primary decision-making authority for the school. The role of the board is to ensure that Leadership Academy staff and service providers follow through with the mission, vision, and goals of the school.

Tuition - Supplies

Does Leadership Academy charge tuition?

No. As a public charter school, we do not charge tuition.

What about books, internet, computers, and software for students?

Parents are responsible for providing high-speed internet. Parents will purchase all books and supplies. LAU will reimburse for all REQUIRED books and supplies. LAU provides a loaned laptop computer with the appropriate software that students will need to participate in our courses.