BY TOM BUSSELBERG
KAYSVILLE — A new charter school housed at the Davis Applied Technology College will be showcased during an open house 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23.
The open house will be at Davis Applied Technology College, 550 E. 300 South in Kaysville. The charter school, Career Path High School, will operate in partnership with the college. It is for grades 9-12.
A flexible schedule, ability for students to work at their own pace, and a technology base are among the school’s aspects highlighted by several incoming students.
“I like how its flexible and not having to rely on a teacher” were cited by Ryan Young. He and his sister Caitlin, of North Salt Lake, have enrolled for fall semester.
Ryan is interested in web and graphic design, but said the charter school he attends offered graphics design only via web sites.
At Career Path, each student will have his or her own computer, said Jay Greaves, who will be the school’s principal.
Caitlin, meanwhile, is interested in the school’s culinary arts program.
Christian Udy of Centerville has enrolled for a summer program in graphics and drafting and will continue at Career Path during the regular school year.
“He didn’t want a break” said Christian’s mother, Jennifer Udy. “This way he doesn’t have to wait to get his feet wet.”
Christian is restoring a 1965 Mustang and his father, Clair Udy said “automotive engineering is a huge part of his life. It’s what he likes. He can focus what he wants to do” at Career Path.
Clair agreed that it’s good for many students.
“It gives kids a clear focus early on,” she said.
That compares with more traditional settings where students often “lack focus and interest. There are typically some electives, but they lack the fuel to ignite the imagination,” Clair said.
“With this high school, kids can literally graduate into a career,” said charter school board president Robyn Bagley.
The school will emphasize hands-on training and the potential a 12th grader could graduate with an associate degree and good-paying job on the docket, Greaves said.
He has many years experience at DATC, having previously worked as vice president of instruction.
A target of 175 students is planned for this fall but that could be expanded to 300 by the following year, Greaves said.
Designated space is being remodeled to house the school, where core courses will be taught, including math, English, science and social studies. Chinese is among classes that will be offered.
Student schedules and frequency of attendance will vary, he said, emphasizing that “it’s not about shortcuts. It’s competency based (education) so kids can move faster.”
“This is really next generation learning for next generation learners,” Bagley said. “There is nothing like this in the state.”
DATC is the first applied technology college in Utah with a charter school, Greaves said.
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