Frequently Asked Questions

What is Canyon Grove’s educational philosophy and what is Gender Differentiated Instruction?

Canyon Grove teachers use gender-differentiated instruction. This is a focus on teaching boys and girls in the different ways they each need.  Teachers teach the same curriculum, but tailor the instruction methodology to the needs of the student, with a focus on teaching core subject like Math, Science and Reading differently to girls and boys.

All teachers are formally trained in gender-differentiated instruction and and use research-based curriculum materials.

Canyon Grove Academy has a strong academics and arts focus and uses cross-curriculum reinforcement. For example, if students are learning about the Civil War in History, they might create a project in their Art class about Abraham Lincoln.

This instruction method is supported by hands-on activities and multi-sensory experiences. Students participate in outdoor class periods and field trips. Teachers use project or place-based lesson plans and incorporate both fine motor and gross motor activities.

Click here to read more about gender-differentiated instruction.

Where is Canyon Grove Academy located?

Our beautiful school is located at 588 West 3300 North in Pleasant Grove, Utah’s City of Trees. Our campus sits at the base of the mountainside just south of American Fork Canyon. Murdock Trail, a walking and biking trail, borders the school to the north. To the south, Mill Creek, a natural stream, winds through a hundred-year old grove of trees where students can participate in outdoor classroom study.

This new charter program will be located in the old Quail Run building. The facility is healthy for students. There are large daylight windows in each classroom and the building is a certified low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) environment.

The school has a full playground, gymnasium, a school garden and greenhouse and classrooms designed specifically for Theater, Music, Dance, Art and Science. We have a full, on-site kitchen serving hot, fresh, healthy meals for breakfast and lunch each day.

Our bus service picks up students from Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills, American Fork, Highland and the surrounding areas, including Lindon, Orem and Lehi. Visit the Bus Service page for more information.

What grades do you offer?

Canyon Grove Academy offers classes for kindergarten through 8th grade. We offer both a half day and full day kindergarten program. There is a $200 monthly fee for the full day kindergarten program.

Are you accredited?

Yes. Canyon Grove is accredited through NWAC– Northwest Accreditation Commission, formerly the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS). The Northwest Accreditation Commission is one of the nation’s six acknowledged accreditation agencies. The geographic territory of the Association consists of the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

What curriculum do you use?

Canyon Grove students study Reading, Writing, Mathematics, History, Science, World Languages and Cultures, Visual Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, P.E., Health, and Technology through an integrated curriculum.

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All programs at Canyon Grove meet or exceed State requirements and also support the Common Core Standards.

Do students wear uniforms?

Yes, Canyon Grove has a common dress policy. The intent of this policy is to minimize distractions in the learning environment, promote a sense of community among students, and increase campus safety and security.

Students wear solid white, navy blue or forest green collared shirts with pants, shorts or skirts that are solid khaki, blue or school plaid. Please read the Common Dress Policy for full details.

What is your school schedule and school calendar?

Canyon Grove students begin their school day at 8:30 am and are released at 3:00 pm.

The Canyon Grove school year begins on Aug 15 with a half day of school and ends on May 28.

Visit the School Calendar for events and details throughout the year the School Schedule for holidays and important dates.

Do you participate in the Federal School Lunch Program?

Canyon Grove Academy has a full service, on-site kitchen and staff who prepare breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks each day.

Free and reduced price meals are available to qualifying students. Students perform better when they eat nutritious meals and we endeavor to provide meals that include whole grains, lean proteins, and organic fruits and vegetables but that limit preservatives, food colorings, added salt, refined sugar, trans-fat and high fructose corn syrup.

How do I sign up for the bus?

We will determine the official bus routes and stops prior to the fall school year beginning, based on where we have the most students boarding the bus. We expect to have three bus routes serving Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills, American Fork, Lindon and Highland, with collector points serving Orem and Lehi.

Visit the Bus Service page to sign up and for more information.

How can I get involved?

We ask each family to contribute 40 hours of volunteer time each school year. Parental involvement is critical to student success. We provide many different ways for you to reach the recommended hours, including volunteering in your child’s classroom or even volunteering before or after school, during the summer or at home in your spare time.

We have many opportunities for individuals, parents and businesses to become involved in the development of this new charter program. We are seeking potential sponsors and donors who share our principles and philosophy. For more information on volunteering at the school, or becoming a classroom sponsor, please email:

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How do I set up my Compass Account?

Each family needs to set up an account in Compass to access important information about their student’s schedule, fees and grades.

Click here for the instructions to set up a Compass account.

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