Friday, May 19 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – City Academy, a tuition-free public charter school serving students since 2000 in grades 7-12, will participate in their second invited math symposium for the University of Utah College of Education Friday May 19, 2023 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Thirty-five to forty students will participate and discuss how they utilized math skills to describe things like music, stem cells, architecture, formula 1 racing, and more.

City Academy parents and the public are encouraged to come for the event and engage with middle and high school students during the symposium, which will be held at the Sorenson Arts and Education Complex (SAEC) Auditorium located at 1721 Campus Center Drive on the University of Utah campus. Tamales will be served for a light dinner at 5:30 p.m., and students will present their math projects from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to City Academy at 801-596-8489. Free event parking will be available in the Central Parking Garage across from the David Eccles School of Business. More information about City Academy is available at

Thursday, April 27, 2023 for both current and prospective families

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – City Academy, a tuition-free public charter school serving students since 2000 in grades 7-12, will host its annual open house event showcasing student Service Learning Internship Projects. On Thursday April 27th, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., seniors will showcase what was personally meaningful to them during their community-based service internship. The public is invited to attend this event. City Academy students have served and learned with over 160 different organizations to date. The school is located at 555 East 200 South in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The school’s mission is to help students achieve their best possible success and pay close attention to each student’s finest learning progress. City Academy focuses on a strong commitment to personalized, meaningful education, and has also prioritized learning opportunities in the arts within the school’s curriculum for over 20 years. The open house event will additionally highlight the creativity, dedication, ideas, and communication expressed through visual art, as well as vocal and guitar music performances, from the school’s 7th through 12th grade students.

Sonia Woodbury, City Academy Executive Director, said “We are excited to share information with current and future City Academy families about the various personalized possibilities available for prospective middle and high school students. City Academy has earned a reputation for truly helping our diverse student body transition from youth to adulthood. Our students are taught how to think, communicate, and problem solve in ways that aren’t found in most other schools’ curricula.”

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City Academy’s Interact Service Committee lead the school this fall in the Warm Welcome Drive, a benefit for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The IRC in a nonprofit organization that responds to the world’s humanitarian crises, including the conflicts in Ukraine and Afghanistan. Locally, they help serve refugees who have recently moved to Utah survive, rebuild, and recover their lives while integrating into our community.

The IRC Warm Welcome Clothing Drive is designed to help provide necessary winter clothing to many refugees who relocate from climate environments much different from Utah. City Academy students and families collected vital winter clothing resources for donation. The school’s Rotary Interact Club committee members delivered donations and helped with both set-up and clean-up at the Warm Welcome Clothing Drive event which was held at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
Executive Director Sonia Woodbury expressed that City Academy provides students opportunities throughout the school year to explore and learn about civic and current issues in our city. Partnering with the IRC in their warm winter clothing drive was even more important this year during the unforeseen challenging 2022/2023 winter season. The Interact service committee heard from a Ukrainian friend of one of our students who was in the Ukraine when war broke. The friend fled to Utah and arrived in need of warm clothing. City Academy greatly appreciates the on-going support and commitment from its students, faculty, and school community for helping those in need.

City Academy introduced Personal Education Plans (PEP) for their students at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. PEPs are designed to assist students in achieving individually-based objectives with positive results by personally documenting achievements and highlights, class progress, aspirational goals, and citizenship throughout the year. Objective actions are recorded by each student to track what they are working on towards their individual plan goals.

The ultimate goal is to have each student take personal responsibility and own their PEP, which includes updating all content and goals within their document. Each student also receives support for their PEP process from their Advisor who meets with them weekly. The PEP program provides students independence in creating academic paths and monitoring their success while working towards individual goals. Students will then present results to their parents throughout the school year and in conjunction with instructors during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Sonia Woodbury, City Academy Executive Director, said that it is the school’s mission to help students achieve their best possible success and to pay close attention to each student’s personal progress. The PEP is an excellent tool to help students make goals, track their progress, and celebrate achievements with their parents and teachers throughout the school year. City Academy is focused on providing opportunities and new academic measures to help their students attain personal achievement goals and celebrate academic success.

City Academy, through the hard work of our computer science teacher Dennis Pedersen, is 1 of 2 schools in Utah and 1 of only 102 schools across the country that have been recognized by with the Computer Science Leaders award! This award comes with a prize of $10,000 to help the school enhance computer science education for their students.

Sonia Woodbury, PhD, and Executive Director comments “We are proud of Mr. Pedersen’s hard work and commitment that have earned him this very deserved award and we look forward to the educational opportunities in computer science that we will be able to offer our City Academy students”

City Academy is a public tuition-free charter school for grades 7 through 12.  City Academy was founded in 2000 by a group of University of Utah educators who wanted to create a better type of school—a school that actually challenged students to think rather than just memorize facts.

Facts about City Academy – City Academy’s advanced placement program is unlike any AP or IB program in Utah.  In fact, City Academy is the only school in the state offering the Cambridge University International Examinations program for Advanced Placement and pre-advanced classes.  This program is recognized by every Ivy League school in the U.S. and several of the world’s most prestigious colleges and universities, as well as Utah colleges.

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The following information was provided by City Academy Charter High School.

City Academy Charter High School students have been completing service-learning internship projects as a part of their graduation requirements.

On Thursday, April 21st, from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm, students will display something that was personally meaningful to them during their internship. The public is welcome to attend this event.

City Academy students have served and learned with 150 different organizations up to date.

A service-learning internship is much more than just volunteering for something or someone. It is both service and academic research centered around issues the student cares about.

City Academy students choose internships from one of five categories: Human, Animal, Environmental, Civic, and Social Issues.

Each student selects an organization outside their family or school, where they would like to do their service-learning.

While working with Executive Director Sonia Woodbury, they come up with one or two questions that they feel are important. At the end of the service, they are required to answer those questions.

Executive Director Sonia Woodbury said “This event is something we look forward to each year. To witness the passion that our students have at the end of serving is just an incredible thing to be part of. Their passion increases and they realize that serving and caring for others, is important in one’s life. I couldn’t be more thrilled to honor them at this event.”

This event is in honor of Global Youth Service Days, and the exhibition display is conducted each year.

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Charter schools are gaining popularity because of their personalized approaches and students are thriving because of it.

Charter schools are tuition-free independent public schools with the autonomy to build a welcoming culture, and to have smaller class sizes.  This allows students to feel good about school and to get more of the one-on-one attention of their teachers. Students are learning better and seem to like school more.

Charter schools have been effective in bringing about an improvement in the performance of students through placing a greater emphasis on implementing more personalized teaching methods.

City Academy has established a school community of meaningful learning with smaller classrooms and personalized approaches to teaching.

Students at City Academy do interesting and personally meaningful learning each day in classrooms where they feel valued, and with teachers who know them, challenge them, and support their learning growth with hands-on and relevant learning experiences.

City Academy is a tuition-free charter school for 7th-12th grades. Go to

As a parent, you want your child to receive the best education possible. There are many elements that factor in, but at or near the top of every list will be classroom size.

At City Academy, smaller class sizes with personalized meaningful learning opportunities are a foundation of our charter school program. We want our teachers to get the most learning progress from every student, and to us that means limiting class sizes and increasing individual attention from teachers. How can your child benefit from smaller class sizes? Let’s take a look.

One-on-One Attention

The simplest benefit is often the greatest one as well. Fewer students in the classroom naturally means teachers will spend more time with each individual student, time that can be spent enhancing their strong areas and working on their weaker ones. This will benefit the students themselves, but can also have major effects on teachers, who won’t be spread quite as thin and can feel more secure about getting each student the proper attention.

Fewer Disruptions

This is another natural benefit of a smaller number of students: Fewer organizational issues.

Instead of group activities taking 15 minutes to set up and get started while dozens of students use the movement as an excuse to goof off, smaller class sizes makes collaborative activities more doable. There are fewer personality conflicts between students, and the issues that do arise are easier for educators to address.

More Organic Interaction

Many students in huge, crowded school programs will naturally become introverts – so many faces can be intimidating. A smaller class setting, though, offers a bit more comfort with social elements, and a more forgiving atmosphere. Students can get to know each other better, which in turn enhances other learning elements like group work and class discussions.

Tailored Lessons

Beyond simply receiving the one-on-one time they need with teachers and other students, smaller class sizes offer a great way for students to receive the personalized lessons they often need. What works for one child may not work as well for another, and those odds get worse and worse the larger the class becomes.

With a smaller class, teachers can tailor lessons with much more specificity. They can adjust lessons for individuals without worrying about standardization or wasting time, a great way to prevent children who are struggling with certain elements from falling hopelessly behind.

At City Academy, class sizes from middle school through high school are kept small and comfortable for the benefit of your student. Our welcoming staff is standing by to answer your questions today.