July 29, 2020

In Utah, home of Silicon Slopes, most public elementary and middle schools limit the introduction of STEM learning to basic skills. Classes such as introductory computer programming aren’t available until 9th grade!  Other STEM concepts like 3D printing likely aren't even an option.  That is not the case at Arches Academy!

June 10, 2019

Have you ever looked at an Arches report card and wondered what all those numbers and letters mean? Here is a breakdown of all the features you might find on your child’s report card:

1. Grade Key - our K-3rd grade students are graded on a different number scale than you might see on a typical report card:

4 = Excelling above the standard (equivalent to 90% or above)

3 = Achieving the targeted standard (equivalent to 80-89%)

2 = M...

December 13, 2018

Our purpose at Arches Academy is to provide individualized, interactive, whole-child education
to a diverse student body. One of the main ways that we accomplish this purpose is by providing
our students with experiential learning opportunities. Experiential learning is “an active, learner-
centric methodology where learners put knowledge and skills to use in a meaningful and relevant
fashion.” In short, learning through hands...

May 9, 2018

Often, 3rd or 4th grade is when parents start to realize that the education their child is getting is inadequate.

The 3rd/4th grade slump is when students that seemed to be doing fine start to experience a drop in performance that sometimes becomes permanent.  

At this age, lessons and reading assignments transition from “learning to read, to reading to learn.”  Students are now expected to be able to read about history, s...

March 28, 2018

Formative vs. Summative Testing

When your child comes home with information about their upcoming state test at the end of the year, do you ever wonder what exactly this test will tell you about your child? Do you worry about the stress your child feels about it, and the week or two of learning that will be lost due to the testing?

If so, you are not alone! As prospective parents tour Arches Academy, this question about annual te...

March 22, 2018

Every year, Arches Academy puts on a school musical. Shows such as Seussical, Aladdin, and this year, The Wizard of Oz. Whether backstage or center stage, every single student at Arches Academy is involved, from our oldest 9th graders all the way down to our three-year-old preschool students.

The school musical is a huge endeavor, combining the herculean efforts of students, faculty, admin, parents, and other volunteers. Puttin...

February 14, 2018

Here, at Arches Academy, we prioritize the social, emotional, and academic safety of our students. These three “pillars” are absolutely essential for every student to learn and develop in a healthy way.

Social safety, the first “pillar,” means that children feel comfortable around their peers. They feel secure in their ability to make new friends and interact with others. This is an important element in every child’s developmen...

January 29, 2018

The homework question gets a wide variety of responses. Is homework worthwhile? What’s the value of homework, and should students even have any homework at all?

It’s an important question, not least of all because it can involve parents and family time. We believe it’s important enough to look closely at the research, and explain why Arches Academy has the values and policies that we do.

The most comprehensive study is from Duke...

January 16, 2018

Parent: “What do you mean my 4th grader is reading at a 3rd grade level?  His last school told me he is at a 5th grade level.  You must be wrong.”

Sadly, we’ve had this conversation many times with new parents.  While this is frustrating for parents it does give us the opportunity to explain to new parents that reading ability is more than just a number/letter.

There isn’t a standardized testing method used by all schools....

December 13, 2017

We have to interact with various professionals on a regular basis, and the way we go about choosing them is revealing. When we need a plumber, we might choose the one with the best reviews. When we need a hair stylist, maybe we ask our friends who they go to. Sometimes things go well, but sometimes we have that frustrating experience where the job gets done poorly and we realize we could have done it better ourselves.

So what a...