Instead of classes where children spend hundreds of hours per year in the same classroom, there are several enriching programs, each set up with the lessons, technology, and materials to handle onsite and offsite learning.
One on-campus option in Pleasant Grove is the 5-day a week Adventures program. Another program has students attend just once a week to get in-person instruction and hands-on projects at learning centers from Springville to Logan.
Canyon Grove provides an expertly designed flexible curriculum that includes pre-recorded lessons and at-home learning kits to promote self-directed learning. One parent who just started with the home learning materials enthusiastically reported, “We just did our first lessons with the kits. We love them, they are so fun!!! The only problem is my 3 year old was wanting so much to have his own stuff.”
Schools like Canyon Grove recognize that teachers and administrators are experts in children’s education, but they’re not experts in a specific child’s education. “Our model is trying to bring the two together,” says Goates. “Parents who know kids, and licensed teachers who know education. We design the tools, but the parents have flexibility in how and when to use them.”
“We never really pictured this,” Goates continues. “COVID-19 has taken us by surprise just as much as anybody. But I do find it ironic—for years, we’ve worked with partners in government and the community to create a distance/blended school with engaged students and happy parents. We’ve gotten some skepticism. And now suddenly, that’s the sort of school that’s being recommended across the country. Kids are needing this educational model. We’re just glad that we are here to fill that gap.”