Here are answers to some commonly asked questions. If there are others you think we should add to the list, please email info@monticelloacademy.net.


Does Monticello Academy charge tuition?

No, we are a free public charter school.

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are authorized by the state as public schools independent from school districts. They use taxpayer funding and follow most of the same laws that district schools follow. Charter schools’ independence from districts allow them to innovate and offer curriculum and programing options not available in other public schools

What differentiates Monticello Academy from other charter and public schools in the area?

Through our Core Knowledge Curriculum, which exposes students to a content-rich, cross-disciplinary curriculum starting in kindergarten, and our focus on the arts, music, physical education, students receive more than just a skills-based education.

The mission of Monticello Academy is to prepare students for higher education by providing a well-rounded, rigorous liberal arts education and developing the traditional American traits of hard work and strong moral character that lead to academic and life success.

Why does Monticello Academy teach students Chinese?

The benefits of learning a second language have been well documented: increased memory, cognitive ability, ability to multitask, and even improvement in first language skills. Benefits compound the earlier children start learning, so we start in kindergarten, with children learning Mandarin Chinese every year.

In addition to having more native speakers than any other language, Chinese is growing in importance in an interconnected world. The language itself also provides students with unique learning opportunities. Not only do students learn the language in classes, but also the culture surrounding the language. Students learn to appreciate cultural differences as they study Chinese customs and manners, festivals, and traditional stories.

Does Monticello Academy offer full-day kindergarten?

Monticello Academy currently offers half-day kindergarten.

Does Monticello Academy have an athletics department?

Unlike many charter schools in the state of Utah, Monticello Academy does have an athletics department. Currently Monticello Academy fields teams in boys and girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, cross country, and track and field. To find out more about our athletics department and our club sports program, click here.

What does Monticello Academy ask of parents?

All parents are asked to donate at least 40 hours of volunteer time per family. This can be accomplished by helping teachers, volunteering during carpool, participating in the Parent Organization, and many other opportunities.

Why do you have a school uniform?

Multiple studies (here and here, for example) have found that school uniforms help improve academic performance. Uniforms can contribute to a more focused learning environment with fewer student discipline problems, increased attendance, and even better teacher retention.

How many new students does Monticello Academy admit every year?

Monticello Academy Highbury enrolls 78 students for grades 1 through 8 and 80 students for kindergarten. The total enrollment is 704 and openings each year are dependent on transfers and the number of kindergarten students that are enrolled.

On the other hand, Monticello Academy West Point’s enrollment is expanding as the school grows, bringing in new kindergarten students every year and opening more elementary level spots on a year-by-year basis. For more information about the specific amount of openings at the West Point or Highbury locations, contact us at 801-417-8040.


2782 S Corporate Park Dr
West Valley City, Utah 84120


West Point

3110 W 300 N
West Point, UT 84015

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