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About Us

What makes Advantage Arts Academy (AAA) unique?

There are several major differences between AAA and traditional schools. First and foremost is that Advantage Arts Academy is the only school in Utah that will align with the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) model as a focus and not as a supplemental add-on program. We exceed the Utah Core Standards by integrating arts into the curriculum to support the educational goals and academic success of our students. Visit our Arts Integration page to learn more.

Second, AAA is a public charter school that can accept any Utah elementary student, regardless of where the student resides. Our location in Herriman makes us easily accessible to the surrounding communities.

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are independently run schools created with the intention to improve public education, demonstrate a record of student achievement, and have specific educational missions and focuses. Charter schools are publicly funded, tuition-free, and are NOT private schools. Charter schools are authorized to operate as public schools by the Utah State Office of Education and are open to all students. Similar to other public schools, charter schools may serve students from Kindergarten through to 12th grade.

The Charter Application establishes a specific program for each charter school with the Utah State Board of Education.

Charter schools allow educators freedom to try new strategies to inspire students and to experiment with innovative ways of educating students, such as by integrating the four art disciplines.

Does AAA charge tuition?

No. Charter schools are public schools and may not charge tuition or require students or parents to make monetary contributions (although donations are accepted and appreciated). Charter schools are subject to the same rules regarding school fees as other traditional district public schools.

Do charter schools have the same testing requirements as traditional public schools?

Yes. Charter schools are public schools and have the same requirements as all Utah public schools in regards to student assessments.

Enrollment

How do I apply for enrollment?

Submit an online enrollment application. By submitting an enrollment application you are stating your desire to enroll your child at AAA. This places you in the applicant pool for upcoming lotteries.

Similar to traditional public schools, AAA is open to every child regardless of race, religion, disability, or academic ability. However, Advantage Arts Academy has an enrollment cap, as legislated by the State of Utah, which limits the number of students. Student applications are placed into a randomized lottery if the number of enrollment applications surpasses the maximum enrollment allowed at AAA.

What is a lottery?

Because the number of applicants will likely exceed the school’s authorized enrollment capacity, students are selected through a random lottery. When a student is chosen, siblings of the applicant (within the same household) are also invited for admission, provided openings exist. In subsequent years, students currently admitted are given preference for re-enrollment. Siblings of enrolled students are given preference relative to other applicants. AAA does not discriminate in its admission policies and practices.

We will have enrollment opportunities beginning in January of each year and continuing throughout the year as needed. After the first lottery of each year existing student numbers need to be assessed and siblings given preference, after which the lottery will be continued to fill any available openings. Any additional lotteries will occur in February or March. If your child is selected, you will receive an e-mail or a phone call. Parents/Guardians must either accept or reject the position within the period of time stated in the e-mail. If you choose not to attend, or if you do not contact the appropriate person within the given timeframe, your student will be declined and removed from the lottery database and the position will be offered to another eligible student.

Is my child eligible for enrollment?

Advantage Arts Academy is open to all students and does not have admissions requirements, except in accordance with statute. Children must turn five (5) on or before September 1st of the school year to enroll in Kindergarten. Applications received for children who are not old enough to attend school for the school year they are applying will not be accepted and are encouraged to apply for enrollment the following year.

Additionally, any student who has been expelled from any school, including Advantage Arts Academy, during the preceding twelve months, may be denied enrollment.

What is my child's chance of being accepted?

If you don't submit an enrollment application, we can tell you without a doubt your chances are nada - apply today!

However, we cannot quantify your child's chances due to the number of students applying each day for a limited number of openings. Also, we are unable to predict when and how many student openings may occur based on the number of students who will accept or decline an offer of admission.

Some applicants are eligible to receive preferential enrollment, they include: (1) applicants with a sibling that is already attending the school; (2) an applicant whose parent is a “founding member” of the school; and (3) an applicant whose parent is a teacher employed by the school.

Extra volunteer hours, special favors, services, or donations are not accepted in exchange for special preference.

What if I want to modify my enrollment application?

If you need to update your personal information such as phone number, address, or e-mail address, please log into the enrollment website to make any necessary changes.

If you have forgotten your confirmation number you may click on the "Resend Confirmation Number" link located on the Enrollment page and it will be emailed to the address provided on the application.

What if my student is not accepted in the lottery?

Each student's application will remain in the lottery pool until they are accepted or the pool is closed for the school year. Each year a new lottery pool will begin and student applications will not be rolled over.

What is the enrollment capacity for AAA?

For 2020-2021, AAA’s authorized maximum student enrollment is 784 students.

Operations

Will there be bus transportation for AAA students?

AAA enrollment is open to all Utah students, consequently, transportation is not provided by the school or the local school district. With the exception of some field trips, parents are responsible for the transportation of their children to and from the school and are encouraged to participate in carpools.

Is there a Special Education Program?

Yes! Advantage Arts Academy will have a special education team employed to address the needs of students who qualify for special education services. AAA will comply with all federal special education laws and will strive to accommodate all student’s individual educational needs. For more information, visit our Registration page.

Are board members compensated for their work?

Members of the Board of Directors are volunteers that donate their time to provide a quality education to students and address any unmet needs in the educational system. Board members receive no compensation for their dedication and service.