OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will open Utah’s first charter academy authorized by an institution of higher education. The academy will focus on educating children as a whole, using developmentally appropriate and research-supported curriculum and instruction.
Weber State University Charter Academy (WSUCA) will open with a kindergarten in the fall of 2013 and be located next to the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School in the McKay Education Building.
“I am pleased that Weber State is the first university in the state to formally authorize a charter school,” said Provost Mike Vaughn. “The charter kindergarten will provide an applied learning environment for WSU students in addition to being a great asset to the community.”
Jack Rasmussen, dean of the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education said the opening is an invigorating opportunity. “We are pleased to be able to have an on-site kindergarten where our faculty and students can participate in teaching, learning and research.”
The charter academy was created by a group of educators from the College of Education with a vision of faculty, students and families working together to develop children’s academic, social, emotional and physicalcapabilities.
The WSUCA will offer new classroom space that is developmentally appropriate for kindergarteners, including an observation booth where parents, students and faculty can watch students without disruption. The charter academy will consist of two half-day sessions with 20 students in the morning session and 20 students in the afternoon.
“We are looking forward to outstanding collaboration between faculty from multiple departments in planning a unique and exciting curriculum for our kindergarten students,” Rasmussen said.
Parents wishing to enroll their children in WSUCA must submit a lottery application form online prior to Feb. 28. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available seats in the academy, the college will hold a lottery on March 14 at 7 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom. That event is free and open to the public.