History & Mission

HISTORY

Arches Academy was founded in 2012 by five partner teachers who had worked together for over 10 years. Arches is their vision, a school where students aren’t tossed from grade to grade, but nurtured through their most formative decade by a master team of experts in their craft. 

VISION

Interactive Learning Empowering Kids

MISSION

The purpose of Arches Academy is to provide individualized, interactive, whole-child education to a diverse student body, empowering students to experience the enjoyment of learning, develop into kind responsible leaders, and reach their greatest potential.

Individualized

We believe a school should nurture a climate in which the worth of each individual is continually affirmed, and in which students can have meaningful experiences in a stimulating environment where they feel safe, inspired, challenged, and creative.

 

Each student at Arches Academy is valued as a unique individual whose mental, physical, and emotional capabilities and needs underscore daily learning and overall success. Small class sizes and leveled learning allow for personal interaction and enrichment opportunities in a safe, nurturing, academic environment.

Interactive

We believe that interacting with the world empowers kids. We use gifted and talented learning techniques including project-based learning, field trips, and mini-courses to encourage students to follow their passions and pursue projects that excite them. 

Whole-child

We believe there are essential elements that contribute to the education of a child: namely, attitude and ability of the student, support of home and community, and a nurturing, yet challenging educational environment.

Diverse student body

Students at Arches Academy come from Utah as well as many different parts of the world. We welcome the diversity of talents, perspective, culture and voice that contribute to our unique educational environment.

 

Arches Academy is the only Pre-K through 9th grade school in Utah Valley able to issue  I-20 visas. We have had students from Korea, Japan, Brazil, Australia, The United Kingdom, and many more countries around the world attend our program.

Empowering students

We believe all students are capable of learning and are equipped with innate talents and multiple intelligences. Recognizing, training, and enhancing these talents empower students to achieve their highest potential in core academic subjects and beyond. 

We use Core Knowledge and Singapore Math curriculums which are aligned nationally and internationally and integrated with hands on learning experiences to build bridges of understanding.

Experience the enjoyment of learning

We believe an educational program must be comprehensive, develop critical thinking skills, foster curiosity and a balanced intellectual appetite, encourage practices for a healthy body and mind, and teach how to cope with a changing and global society.  As part of that comprehensive program, special efforts must be made to ensure that students demonstrate competencies in the critical areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, mathematical foundations, and computational thinking.  Students should also have an understanding and appreciation for the impact that arts, science, and technology have on each person’s life and the world.

Develop kind, responsible leaders

We believe a proper education should prepare students to be contributing citizens in our world community in which individuals are constantly engaged in collaboration, problem-solving, and experiential learning.  Educated and prepared students demonstrate a commitment to being positive, involved global citizens who recognize their responsibilities, as well as their opportunities, as a part of the broader community.

 

We use the Leader-in-me program powered by Franklin-Covey education, which aids in every day activities.

Reach their greatest potential

An arch’s beauty and strength are the result of carefully distributed loads satisfying natural laws and scientific principles. It’s intricacy and artistry are built on solid foundations. At Arches Academy, we work together to create a balanced environment where each student can discover these foundational principles for themselves, leading them to erect personal monuments of great achievement.

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"Arches Academy does big things in a small environment.  This is just what my daughter needed after some mediocre years at our neighborhood school.  Large class sizes, combined with her mostly agreeable personality, created an environment where she could quietly slip past the notice of well-intentioned, but overwhelmed teachers.  We needed some tough love and some focused attention on both her strengths and weaknesses.  The teachers and administrators at Arches have been able to provide that attention."

                          -Amy Jackson