Academics

Provo Canyon School has long maintained a tradition of academic excellence within the residential treatment community. Accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools since 1973, we offer direct classroom instruction for students in grades 3-12.

Teachers are certified in their content area, and currently have or are working on a Special Education Licensure. We maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio in order to provide students individualized help in both core and elective classes.

Many students who come to Provo Canyon School have struggled with academic performance in a traditional school setting. We offer students the opportunity to work toward their full potential through a supportive academic environment that includes positive incentives for good grades, two week monitoring of each student’s academic progress, daily study hall time, access to individualized teacher help, and daily feedback on assignment completion. We also offer access to a library, and a career counseling center for high school students.

Provo Canyon School operates on a year-round, three semesters per year system. Providing three full semesters of coursework per year enables students who are credit deficient to work towards earning a high school diploma and provides opportunities for students to overcome learning gaps they may have encountered in their school experience.

Students attend class in a traditional setting: Monday through Friday, 5 ½ hours each day, typically enrolled in six classes and a study hall. Those enrolled in the elementary program will study subject matter in an environment similar to that of a public elementary school setting, yet with the supportive academic atmosphere already mentioned.

Provo Canyon offers a curriculum that is challenging yet attainable. Throughout the school’s history, we have emphasized the belief that students have the ability to learn, change, progress, and grow. We are thankful and proud to have played a small part in the lives of the thousands of students who have made these changes. Since 1971, Provo Canyon School was founded for the purpose of effecting change in the lives of students whose problems were serious to warrant residential placement.  Throughout its forty plus year history, Provo Canyon School has emphasized the belief that a student has the ability to change, progress, and grow.  The school is committed to academic services that are of high standard, individualized to the needs of each student, and that assist students in their achievement of educational goals while providing a safe therapeutic setting in which the student can learn.

Highlights of our Academic Services

Ongoing High Quality Education:

  • All teachers are certified teachers in their subject area
  • All teachers are Special Education certified or are completing endorsement licensure
  • 120 semester course offerings
  • Year round schooling (3 semesters)
  • Daily Traditional school schedule (Traditional Bell Schedule Class Rotation)

Environment that Maximizes Students talents and abilities:

  • Orton-Gillingham instructional method for struggling readers
  • Direct instruction with a focus on reading, writing and classroom conversation
  • Project-Based and Cooperative Learning classroom experiences
  • Small class sizes
  • A two week grading system
  • Competitive sports programs
  • Student improvement recognition
  • Student government opportunities
  • Academic Communication with parents and staff through PowerSchool (web-based access to student progress reports)

Safe Therapeutic Environment:

  • Daily homework list and feedback to encourage students submit assignments accurately
  • Supervised Study Halls
  • Teacher assistance before or after school hours
  • Independent practice with teacher
  • Therapists on campus and in the school area for students to speak to as needed
  • Full nursing and medical staff

Students Learn:

  • Peer tutoring
  • Authentic learning experiences in the classroom
  • School Improvement areas focus on Student Reading, Writing, & increased academic conversation
  • Report cards every two weeks help students track improvement

For additional information regarding our academic services contact one of our expert admissions coordinators who will be able to answer your questions.

Other Academic Information (download):

For information regarding Elementary Course Description (pdf)
For Information regarding Junior & Senior High School Course Description (pdf)
For information regarding Springville Junior High Course Descriptions (pdf)
For information regarding PowerSchool (pdf)
To Access PowerSchool System