The Deseret News and KSL-TV have announced winners of their premiere "Best City Ever" writing contest, piloted in Canyons School District middle schools. About 350 students submitted their work in the contest. Canyons is grateful for the opportunity the news organizations have provided to our students, and thanks participating teachers for helping students stretch their writing skills and learn more about the communities in which they live. View the article and broadcast about the winners here: Read the winning essays here:
In addition to the groundbreaking advanced-diploma proposal, the Canyons District Board of Education voted Tuesday night for a grade reconfiguration that will affect every school in the District. As a result of the Board’s stamp of approval, sixth-graders will move into middle school and ninth-graders will move into high school. The Board also approved changing the names of the middle schools to “preparatory schools” to better reflect their academic mission.The aim of the grade reconfiguration is to provide ninth-graders with the full college- and career-prep high school curriculum, middle school students with a nurturing, rigorous and high school preparatory focus,…
Students in Canyons School District soon will be able to choose to pursue a Standard, Honors or Advanced diploma, as well as content-specific Endorsements, under a revised proposal approved by the Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Canyons becomes Utah’s first school district to offer differentiated diplomas to students in efforts to ensure each child is ready for college and the workplace by the time they graduate high school.“The overarching goal of Canyons School District is to prepare every student for the demands of college and the workplace,” Canyons Superintendent David Doty said. “We have proposed that the…
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 00:47

Utah Technology Center Endorsement

The Utah Technology Council has released a  Letter in support of Canyons School District’s academic plan, which provides students an opportunity to earn advanced diplomas by successfully completing courses of study that are aligned with the expectations of colleges and employers.  According to the proposal, students who choose to participate in the advanced-diploma program would be asked to complete a rigorous set of classes above and beyond what is currently required by the state to earn a high school diploma.  This includes additional math and lab-based science courses, plus two years of foreign-language training.
The Salt Lake Chamber on Tuesday, Feb. 16 issued a press release supporting Canyons School District's advanced diplomas proposal because it will better prepare students for the demands of college and the workforce. “A highly educated workforce is the most critical long-term strategy for a vibrant economy and healthy society,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “Canyons School District is on the right path to create an advanced diploma that boosts academic rigor.”To read the full press release, please visit
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