Looking to Transfer Schools? Join the Growing Number of Families Who Choose Canyons

Canyons continues to be the school district of choice for a growing number of families.

For the second consecutive year, Canyons District has seen a slight increase in the enrollment of transfer students who reside outside the District. About 23 percent of Canyons District’s 33,000 students attend the school of their choosing, or a school other than the one assigned to them by geographic boundaries. Of those, nearly 1,254 come from outside the District, a 2.3 percent increase over the number of out-of-district students welcomed by Canyons the year prior.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 marks the start of the window for applying to attend a school other than your neighborhood school in 2022-2023. So-called School Choice transfers, or Open Enrollment permits, are allowed under Utah law, and CSD families can apply for these transfers online through Friday, Feb. 18, 2022.

Canyons strives to be the school district of choice, and there are plenty of reasons to choose to enroll in one of our schools, from the dual language immersion programs we offer in Chinese, French and Spanish to our Canyons Online program and Step2theU partnership through which students can earn two semesters of college while still in high school.

School transfers are approved when space is available and on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a school administrator approves a transfer permit, the permit will renew automatically every year thereafter as long as the student remains at the same school and their permit is not revoked.

To guide families through the process, the Department of Planning and Enrollment has created tutorials in EnglishSpanish, and French. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Department’s website. The Main Office at your local school also is a good resource for information.

Questions? Please contact the Office of Planning and Enrollment, 801-826-5181.

Apply Online for CSD’s Popular Dual-Language Immersion Programs

Did you know that Canyons District has some of the most extensive language immersion offerings in Utah? Twenty-one elementary and secondary schools offer dual-language immersion programs in Spanish, French, or Chinese — and it’s nearly time to apply to enroll for the 2022-2023 school year.

The start of October signals the opening of the window to apply for CSD’s popular Dual Language Immersion Programs. Parents and guardians can apply online anytime from Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 to Nov. 23, 2021.

In addition, families interested in learning about these programs are invited to attend an informational meeting for parents. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. in the Canyons Center at the Canyons District Office, 9361 S. 300 East in Sandy.

Please note: Students with siblings who are currently enrolled in one of CSD’s DLI  schools must still submit applications by the Nov. 23, 2021 deadline. A lottery will be held to determine entrance into the programs if the number of applicants exceeds the 56 seats available per entering class.

On the application, parents will be asked to list their top three choices for placement. Parents will be notified of their children’s offer for placement into a program or placement on a waitlist by Jan. 7, 2022. All, but the program offered at Midvale Elementary, are for students entering first grade in 2022-2023.

The program at Midvale Elementary starts in kindergarten. Due to the fact that enrollment at Midvale Elementary is at-capacity, that school’s program is only open to students who live within the school’s boundaries.  Applications for Midvale’s Dual Language Immersion program will be handled through the school.

Spanish is offered at Alta View, Altara, Midvalley and Silver Mesa. French is offered at Butler Elementary and Oak Hollow. The schools offering Mandarin are Draper Elementary, Lone Peak, and Ridgecrest.

Immersion programs, a model of bilingual education dating back to the 1960s,  are surfacing in classrooms around the globe as an efficient path to proficiency in a world language. Elementary students in dual language immersion programs spend half the day learning core subjects in English and the other half learning in a target language.

CSD’s first immersion classes opened in 2009, the same year that the District was founded. More than 10 percent of CSD’s 34,000 students are now learning a world language through the program, which extends through high school. Students who pass an Advanced Placement exam in the 9th or 10th grades can start taking college-level courses for early college credit.

Questions? Call the Instructional Supports Department at 801-826-5026.

What’s a Typical Day Look Like in the Life of a School Psychologist?

School psychologists, as most people probably assume, work directly with students, but they also consult and collaborate with teachers and parents.

They evaluate students for special education services, but also for mental health supports and referrals. They help build positive school climates where all students feel safe and welcome. They ease the minds of worried parents, calm anxious students, and work with teachers to find creative ways to keep students interested in learning.

Every day is different, which means they have to expect the unexpected and recalibrate their day at a moment’s notice. In other words, there is no such thing as a typical day for a school psychologist.

Join us for National School Psychology Week, Nov. 8-12 as we tip our hats to these consummate professionals in recognition of the many hats they wear and the support they offer families and schools.

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