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A k-9 public charter school.

Early Light Academy is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through ninth grade.

At full capacity, ELA will have 1030 students. In kindergarten through ninth grade, there will be four classes per grade with approximately 26 students in each class. Junior high class sizes vary, but typically average about 26 students per class. ELA runs on a modified traditional school year schedule. There is not a year-round track option.

History Focus- We are what history books are made of!

At ELA, we strive to improve student learning by creating a learning environment that stimulates inquiry, supports comprehension, and encourages mastery. History is our chosen curricular emphasis. In the strictest sense, history is the study of specific events, persons, and places of the past. ELA curriculum emphasizes historical inquiry, which fosters active thinking and engages students in the journey of education. Students also become familiar with significant events and individuals of the past, identifying patterns of change over time, and analyzing the relationship of the past to the present. One way ELA students are able to connect to the past, is by reciting the pledge of allegiance each morning. By reciting the pledge each morning students are taught to respect the flag and understand the great cost of our freedom. Careful consideration of historical facts promotes critical thinking skills. Such engagement encourages each student to take responsibility for learning, providing ELA students with the skills for a smooth transition to high school as well as motivation for life-long learning and responsible citizenship.

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The mission of the Early Light Academy is to deliver a high-quality education with a deep, rich, and engaging curriculum utilizing effective instructional techniques and emphasizing history, taking our students from the Stone Age to the Space Age, the Information Age, and beyond.

"Understanding history sheds light on our future. Our actions today will impact our tomorrow."

Desired Results of Student Learning

  • ELA students will be responsible leaders
  • ELA students will show consistent proficiency and growth in core subjects.
  • ELA students will be proficient with technology

Read our Metadata Dictionary. After you click on the link, select “Early Light Academy” from the drop down menu under the “Districts” tab on the left side of the webpage.  

The Governing Board oversees the financial health of the school and reviews budgets regularly.  All budgets are approved by the Board and publicly posted on the Utah Public Finance Website.

  • ELA is a targeted assistance Title I school.

  • Title I: A federal allocation of funds for public schools for the purpose of supporting students identified as below grade level in math and reading.
  • Statewide Online Education Program

Teacher Qualifications:  Parents have the right to request and receive information on the qualifications of their child’s teacher. If you have any questions or want more information please contact the school’s principal or you can refer to the student information system.

Early Light Academy employs individuals holding LEA-specific educator licenses, license areas, or endorsements in accordance with Utah Admin. Code R277-301-7.  Additional information on educator licensing can be found at: 

The following designations or levels apply to educator licenses, license areas (i.e.-elementary, secondary, special education), and content endorsements (i.e.-mathematics, music, Spanish, social studies).

Professional: The educator has completed an educator preparation program that includes content and pedagogical knowledge.  This program may have been completed at a university or in an alternate pathway that was supported by school districts/charters and the Utah State Board of Education.

Associate: The educator is currently completing an educator preparation program, but has not yet completed all requirements for a Professional Educator License, license area, or endorsement.  The educator is enrolled in a university-based or Local Education Agency (LEA)-based program.  When the educator completes the program, they will have a professional level.

LEA-Specific: The educator has not completed an educator preparation and is not currently enrolled in one.  

  • Professional: 80.4%
  • Associate: 13.6%
  • LEA-Specific: 6.0%

Early Light Academy is committed to making compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. At this time we recognize that not all areas of our website are compliant. We are currently in the process of redesigning and creating new website content to be compliant with the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines.

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