City Academy 


June 14, 2021

Salt Lake City—City Academy charter school is restructuring its educational model for the 2020/2021 school year. According to the school’s executive director, Sonia Woodbury (who has a Ph.D. in education), the changes are being made as part of City Academy’s goal to help transform education for the 21st century.

City Academy, located at 555 E. 200 S. in Salt Lake City, is a tuition-free charter school serving students in grades 7 through 12. The school is now accepting applications for the 2020/2021 school year.

According to Woodbury, “I believe that our new school model does a lot more than just offer students a late starting time. For the past few years, I’ve been looking at examples of innovative approaches to public education, and have not found any good, comprehensive models. So, we really are developing a unique, 21st century model of public education. Next year, we’ll be uniting the best of in-person and online learning, personalized for each student.”

Woodbury said that City Academy will work with students to design a daily schedule that can allow for later start times based on their needs and preferences. “We’ll expand on our meaningful issues-based and technology-enhanced curriculum that includes investigations of learning topics, hands-on work in labs or with modeling, virtual and in-person field work that engages students in the real world, and interesting classroom discussion and debate to develop depth of understanding and knowledge. In addition, we’ll integrate in-person learning with online options, allowing students to work at their own pace while earning graduation credits anytime and anywhere.”

Woodbury added that students’ educational experiences will be strengthened by City Academy’s caring teachers, committed school mentors and a vibrant and safe school community.

City Academy’s new direction is the result of work done by school officials, teachers, students and parents.

City Academy was founded in 2000 by Woodbury and a group of University of Utah educators as one of Utah’s original charter schools. City Academy is the only school in Utah recognized as a Cambridge University Cambridge International Centre. As such, City Academy offers an advanced placement program that is recognized by all Ivy League colleges and universities, as well as local and international educational institutions. All City Academy graduates receive up to $4,000 in scholarships for four years of post-high school education. This post-high school education can include colleges and universities as well as trade schools and other alternative educational institutions.