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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the cost to attend?

    There are no costs or fees associated with the Charter Academy. It is a free public education.

  • What if I need care for my child for the whole day?

    Extended Day (before and after care) is available onsite for the WSU Charter Academy students through the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School in the McKay Education Building on the WSU campus. For more information, contact Sally West at 801-626-6277 or visit

  • What is the daily schedule?

    A typical morning session will look something like this. Afternoon sessions are similar, except they start at 12:25 p.m. and dismiss at 3:30 p.m.

    • 8:30 a.m. — Arrival: hang belongings, return take-home library book, change to slippers
    • 8:45 a.m. — Journal, Arrival Work Station, Books, Puzzles
    • 9:15 a.m. — Calendar, Large Group Direct Instruction
    • 9:35 — Small Group (Centers)
    • 10:35 a.m. — Clean-up
    • 10:45 a.m. — Read Aloud
    • 11 a.m. — Music & Movement
    • 11:10 a.m. — Gather belongings to go home
    • 11:15 a.m. — Outside Time
    • 11:45 a.m. — Dismissal
  • How many grade levels does the school have?

    The WSU Charter Academy serves kindergarten age students only. There is both an a.m. session and a p.m. session available.

  • What are the age requirements?

    All children must turn 5 years old before September 1st to attend the WSU Charter Academy.

  • Do you offer transportation?

    WSU Charter Academy’s enrollment is open to students from communities near and far, transportation, of any kind, cannot be provided by Weber State University or the Academy. With the exception of field trips, parents will be responsible for the transportation of their children to and from the Academy.

  • Where can I park?

    Thirty minute parking stalls are available for all those enrolled in the WSU Charter Academy. Parking is for drop off and pick-up only

  • What is a Lab School?

    The WSU Charter Academy is a learning lab, providing a setting where WSU students learn about and practice teaching, curriculum development, program management, or gain experience observing children so that they are better prepared for their future professions.

  • How do I apply?

    The open enrollment period for each upcoming school year is January 1 through February 28. Families should submit the electronic application for their child during this period. Application submission does not guarantee admission. Once the open enrollment closes the school administrators determines if a random lottery will be held.

  • How is the teacher licensed?

    The kindergarten teacher is required to have a current teaching license through the State Board of Education.

  • What is the student to teacher ratio in a class?

    Maximum group size is 22 children, classes typically range from 16-20. A teacher and at least one classroom assistant make for a 1:11 ratio.

  • Is the charter academy accredited?

    The WSU Charter Academy is currently seeking accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This accreditation holds the WSU Charter Academy accountable for high-quality teaching through appropriate NAEYC Standards. These Standards include: Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment of Child Progress, Health, Staff Competencies, Preparation and Support, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Environment and Leadership and Management.

  • Do you offer special education?

    Special Education services are available to all individual students who qualify.