Academics at West Ridge Academy

What makes West Ridge Academy’s Residential Program unique?

West Ridge Academy is a fully functional K-12 school, accredited through AdvancED™ Accredited | NWAC. With a student-teacher ratio of 15:1, our certified faculty are committed to preparing students to be successful now and in their future.

Our curriculum follows the Utah State Core guidelines, which is based on nationally recommended curriculum, following a range of social studies, science, math, PE, language, history, art and music classes. Call (801) 282-1000 for a full listing of classes.

Our students have the opportunity to continue in their education by receiving scholarships to community colleges and universities. Giving our students a well-rounded education is not only critical to their self worth, but essential for their success as adults.

Academic Excellence

Many of our students have struggled with academics previously, which have caused them to “fall behind” in their progress. We are able to provide in-house curriculum packets as necessary that are designed to bring students back to their grade level in course credits.

Our computer lab is located in the Media Center where students participate in technology skills, such as web design, key boarding and research related activities. For those students who qualify for Special Education, our Sp. Ed. Department Instructor is trained and state certified, with class sizes ranging from 2-5 students.

Part of the successful program is the ability to communicate effectively. West Ridge Academy provides Parent/Teacher conferences and web site information. Our faculty can be contacted via e-mail and/or telephone during school hours. Our parents and faculty have real-time access to their student’s grades and course work through Power School, the leading educational software.

On-campus Cafeteria

Our on-campus cafeteria is maintained and managed by an experienced staff of licensed chefs and cooks. They provide healthy and nutritious meals to our students and staff members. Our menus are prepared from the basic food groups with the student’s health and well-being in mind.

Leadership Skills

West Ridge Academy is perpetually striving to build leadership skills in our students through service to self, others, and community. We engage ourselves in regular service projects throughout the communities that surround the campus. We believe that a child that “loses oneself in the service of others” gains a valuable understanding of oneself and the contribution that one person can make to society.

Media Center

Our Media Center contains over 7,500 books ranging from modern enchantment to the classics like Harry Potter, Julius Caesar and more. Students have access to updated laptop computers enabling them to write research papers, do math labs, and learn basic computer skills. We continue to find new and innovative ways to manage the media center more effectively.

Yes. We are accredited through AdvancED™ Accredited | NWAC, which is the same accrediting body that accredits public schools throughout Utah, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming and Oregon. Because we are accredited, all of the credits that any student earns at our school is transferable to any school in the United States.

All students wake-up by 6:30 am and begin their day. They wash, dress, do home chores and group, then head off to breakfast at 7:30 am. School starts at 8:00 am with 1st and 2nd period classes—each lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. Study hall follows at 10:40 am. This is a great time for students to get additional time with individual teachers in subjects that might be a struggle for them. Lunch happens from 11:35 am – 12:15 pm. After lunch, students attend 3rd and 4th period classes and finish their school day at 2:55 pm. 

We are a small school with a limited amount of classes available. However, we do meet all the core class guidelines that a student will need to graduate from high school. Click here to see a typical course offering at West Ridge Academy.

We understand that large classes make it hard for students to concentrate and be involved in the discussion. Our goal is to have all classes with no more than fifteen students per class.

We have several ways that parents can check on their student’s progress. PowerSchool is a web based program that allows parents to see what their student is doing in each particular class and if they are keeping up their grades. School advisors send parents an academic update every week. These updates are a great way for parents to get to know the advisors and address concerns that either party might have. Talking with the therapist for their child. All of these are important tools to assure that all of our students are having their needs met.