About our school
At Career Academy of Utah (CAU), your child can learn in the ways that are right for them—at home, on the road, or wherever there's an internet connection. But the benefits of online school extend far beyond convenience and can make a big difference for your student.
Benefits of Online Schooling with CAU
While the benefits of a personalized education experience will be different for each student, some of the main advantages CAU families enjoy are as follows:
- Public school at home empowers families to control their school environment.
- Students work at their own pace, adjusting the amount of time they spend on topics based on their rate of understanding.
- Online school allows families to balance learning with other commitments such as work, extracurricular activities, or family responsibilities.
- Learning online helps students expand their understanding as students from various backgrounds come together in virtual classrooms to exchange ideas and perspectives.
- Online learning hones digital literacy skills, a crucial competence in the modern workforce.
CAU at a Glance
Open to full-time, Utah residents in grades K–12*
Relevant, mastery-based K12 curriculum
The Board has spent substantial time drafting academic learning goals that are challenging yet attainable based on anticipated student demographics. The Board is committed to serving all students at CAU, regardless of whether they enter the School at grade level or are working to catch up to their peers. Schooling online is often a short-term solution for families, resulting in high mobility rates. Research shows that there is a strong negative correlation between graduation rate and mobility rate – the higher the mobility rate, the lower the graduation rate. Often, students enter online schools behind in grade level skills and credit deficient.
Middle school career exploration courses
Career pathways in engineering & technology, health science, manufacturing, and industrial construction for high school students
Preparation for industry certification exams**
An analysis of Utah’s workforce by the US Chamber of Commerce shows that there are fewer than three available workers for every four open jobs in Utah, the 5th lowest ratio in the country.1 CAU will prepare its students to fill that talent pipeline. In doing so, we will democratize access to high-quality career readiness education. Many students in rural and transitional counties do not have access to the kind of program CAU proposes although employers in those areas have available jobs. Rural and transitional counties in Utah accounted for approximately 25% of the state’s population in 2016 and their unemployment rates are significantly higher (5.9%) – more than double--the rate in urban communities (2.9%). The School’s flexible model and innovative approach will prepare those students for technical, high-paying jobs, especially in the fields where CAU’s board members have expertise.
Online student and career-focused clubs
College preparation courses*
Dual credit opportunities*
Honors and AP® Courses*
Foundational learning proficiency will be the focus of early grades, equipping students with the skills they need to develop deep content knowledge in upper grade levels. Career and interpersonal skills will be delivered through PBL and will allow students to engage in learning experiences that are relevant to their futures.
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The Support You and Your Student Need
Our teachers are committed to helping your family succeed with online learning. They provide instruction and support as your child works through the curriculum. And they keep the lines of communication open through:
You'll also receive textbooks and other hands-on education materials delivered right to your door! These offline materials complement the interactive online elements of the lessons and vary by grade and course.
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*Career Academy of Utah is enrolling students in grades K–9 for the 2023–2024 school year. Grades 10–12 will be added in subsequent years. Enrollment is limited. If the number of applications received during the open enrollment period exceeds the number of available spaces, Career Academy Utah will hold a lottery immediately following the open enrollment period. Students whose applications are not selected by the lottery may opt to be placed on an enrollment waitlist.
**Many Microsoft®️ Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.