Q&A about Academics

Is West Ridge Academy an accredited school? 

Yes. We are accredited through AdvancED™ Accredited | NWAC, which is the same accrediting body that accredits public schools throughout Utah, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming and Oregon. Because we are accredited, all of the credits that any student earns at our school is transferable to any school in the United States.

What does the day of student look like? 

All students wake-up at 6:00 am and begin their day. They do home chores followed by a morning group before heading off to school. Once at school they will have breakfast and have study hall for 50 minutes. This is a great time for students to get additional time with individual teachers in subjects that might be a struggle for them. School begins at 10:00 am and runs until 5:00pm. 

What kinds of courses are available for my student? 

We are a small school with a limited amount of classes available. However, we do meet all the core classe guidelines that a student will need to graduate from high school. Click here to see a typical course offering at West Ridge Academy.

What are the class sizes at West Ridge Academy? 

We understand that large classes make it hard for students to concentrate and be involved in the discussion. Our goal is to have all classes with no more than fifteen students per class.

What can I do to stay involved in my student’s education? 

We have several ways that parents can check on their student’s progress. First, PowerSchool is a web based program that allows parents to see what their student is doing in each particular class and if they are keeping up their grades. Second, is parent teacher conference’s which are held quarterly. The are a great way for parents to get to know the educational team at West Ridge and address concerns that either party might have. Third is talking with the therapist for their child. All of these are important tools to assure that all of our students are having their needs met.

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Academics at West Ridge Academy

West Ridge Academy is a fully functional K-12 school, accredited through AdvancED™ Accredited | NWAC. With a student-teacher ratio of 15:1, our certified faculty are committed to preparing students to be successful now and in their future.

Our curriculum follows the Utah State Core guidelines, which is based on nationally recommended curriculum, following a range of social studies, science, math, PE, language, history, art and music classes. Click here for a full listing of classes.

Our students have the opportunity to continue in their education by receiving scholarships to community colleges and universities. Giving our students a well-rounded education is not only critical to their self worth, but essential for their success as adults.

Academic Excellence

Many of our students have struggled with academics previously, which have caused them to “fall behind” in their progress. We are able to provide in-house curriculum packets that are designed to bring students back to their grade level in course credits. 

Our computer lab is located in the Media Center where students participate in technology skills, such as web design, key boarding and research related activities. For those students who qualify for Special Education, our Sp. Ed. Department Instructor is trained and state certified, with class sizes ranging from 2-5 students.

Students begin their enrollment with a test by our Literacy Department. Test results determine their reading level and individual needs. The tests administered are SWIFT & BRIGANCE word recognition skills tests as well as the Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction (ECRI).

Part of the successful program is the ability to communicate effectively. West Ridge Academy provides Parent/Teacher conferences and web site information. Our faculty can be contacted via e-mail and/or telephone during school hours. Our parents and faculty have real-time access to their student’s grades and course work through Power School, the leading educational software. 

On-campus Cafeteria

Our on-campus cafeteria is maintained and managed by an experienced staff of licensed chefs, cooks and dieticians. They provide healthy and nutritious meals to our students and staff members. Our menus are prepared from the basic food groups with the student’s health and well-being in mind.

Leadership Skills

West Ridge Academy is perpetually striving to build leadership skills in our students through service to self, others, and community. We engage ourselves in regular service projects throughout the communities that surround the campus. We believe that a child that “loses oneself in the service of others” gains a valuable understanding of oneself and the contribution that one person can make to society.

Student Council

Our student council is made up of representatives from each homeroom. Every week the council meets to plan activities, discuss concerns within the school, promote a sense of leadership position and make decisions within the school. The student council plans activities and enables better communication between the student body and the faculty. Student council, with it’s dedication, makes school a more enjoyable experience.

Media Center

Our Media Center contains over 7,500 books ranging from modern enchantment to the classics like Harry Potter, Julius Caesar and more. Students have access to 34 computers enabling them to write research papers, do math labs, and learn basic computer skills. We continue to find new and innovative ways to manage the media center more effectively.