City Academy 


September 29, 2019

Salt Lake City—City Academy, the Salt Lake City college preparatory, tuition-free public charter school for grades 7 through 12, has named Kevin Livesey as its new principal.  City Academy is located at 555 East 200 South.

This marks the first time City Academy has had a principal.  Sonia Woodbury, Ph.D., has been overseeing the charter school as its executive director since it opened in 2000.  Woodbury and some University of Utah education colleagues founded the school.  City Academy was one of Utah’s first eight charter schools.  Woodbury will remain as City Academy’s executive director.  She said she plans on spending more time in pursuing fund-raising and development activities for the school.

Livesey was born and raised in Essex, England.  After graduating from high school, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a P.G.C.E. degree (which is comparable to a master’s in education in the United States) from the University of London.  Livesey began his career in education by teaching biology from 1974 to 1976 at the Ramsden School for Boys in Kent, followed by 18 years of teaching (from 1976 to 1994) biology and mathematics at a British school, Kensington School, in Barcelona, Spain.

From 1994 to 1998, he served as founding principal for the start-up Escaan International School in Barcelona.  This position led to administrative/teaching positions at Montessori School of Madrid, British School of Vila-real in Valencia and Agora Masia Bach International School in Barcelona from 1999 to 2011.  From 2011 to 2015, Livesey was the academic vice principal at Bin Ham School in Abu Dhabi.

During his professional career, Livesey established high school programs that included the Cambridge International Examinations.  City Academy is a Cambridge University Cambridge International Centre—and it was the first school in Utah to achieve this accreditation status.  As a result, City Academy is able to offer Cambridge International Examinations courses.  When students pass Cambridge International exams, they may receive college credit (similar to that given for AP and IB exams) or advanced placement or scholarship opportunities.  The Cambridge International courses are geared specifically for 9th and 10th grade students, and cover mathematics and sciences, languages, and arts and humanities.

According to Woodbury, “City Academy offers small class sizes, a dedicated faculty and staff, and programs designed to help students flourish in their education while becoming involved citizens of our communities.  Every City Academy graduate can be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship to any post-secondary educational institution (colleges, universities, trade schools, etc.) upon completion of his or her senior year.   At City Academy, we’re building the future one student at a time.”

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