An early college high school working in partnership with WSU.

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are independent public schools open to all students and authorized by the State Board of Education. They operate on public funds without tuition. The goal of charter schools is to provide additional educational options for students and parents.

Are charter schools subject to the same laws and regulations as other public schools?

Yes, charter schools are subject to the same laws and regulations as any Utah public school, including laws regarding: religion, school fees, health and safety, and civil rights. In addition, charter schools are required to participate in standardized testing and meet and report yearly progress goals. Charter schools are also required to employ educators who meet all State requirements.

How is a charter school financed?

Charter schools are funded on the principle that state funds follow the student, just as in traditional public schools. A charter school may not charge tuition or require students or parents to make donations.

May a charter school limit its enrollment to certain students?

No. A charter school is part of the public education system and is open to all students, without discrimination, on the same basis as other public schools.

What is the lottery?

A lottery is what occurs if the number of applicants exceeds the available capacity of any grade within the school. NUAMES will give siblings preference in the enrollment process. However, due to the varying demand among grades, it is possible that not all children of the family will be concurrently enrolled.

How are charter schools held accountable?

A charter school must make the same annual reports as other public schools, including an annual financial audit and monthly budget report. Additionally, the charter school must participate in statewide testing programs. Charter schools submit all reports to the Utah State Board of Education.

In addition, like public schools, we are accountable to the parents and families that support and attend NUAMES. We look at parents as our clients and work hard to make NUAMES a school to be proud of. We also believe that students are responsible for their learning and achievements and teach them to participate in their education and accountability.

Additional information can be found on the Utah State Board of Education web site at the Utah Charter Schools website.

Is NUAMES private?

No, NUAMES is a public charter school. Charter schools have a charter, or a contract, between the school, school districts, and the Utah State Board of Education. The charter sets forth the conditions under which the school will operate. Additional information can be obtained through the Charter School's Homepage on the Utah State Board of Education website at the Utah Charter School's website.

How much does it cost?

NUAMES has the same costs as other public high schools. There is no special tuition. We may require fees for some coursework or textbook rental fees. Generally, such fees are similar to other high schools in the Ogden, Weber, and Davis school districts. Any school fees will be reduced or waived for qualified parents, guardians, and students in accordance with state law.

How is NUAMES funded?

As a public school, NUAMES is funded primarily by state funding. In addition, we are actively pursuing contributions from a variety of sources including businesses and foundations.

Who can attend NUAMES?

Any student who has completed Algebra I successfully may apply to NUAMES.

How do I enroll?

You can enroll online or by contacting the school.

How will you select students?

Any student who resides in the Weber, Ogden, Davis, or Morgan school district areas is welcome to apply to NUAMES. We want students who are eager, interested, and motivated to apply themselves in this endeavor.There is no entrance examination. After acceptance, students' interests and abilities will be assessed in conjunction with staff and parents to determine course readiness and placement. Summer and after school assistance will be provided for students who require or request any additional support as they pursue the course requirements.

Why is a school like NUAMES needed?

There is a major shortage of qualified young people going into math, engineering, and science and related technical fields. NUAMES will help prepare students to pursue careers in these fields.

What if I'm already enrolled elsewhere?

Even if you already are enrolled in another high school, in a private school, or are home schooled, you may apply to NUAMES.

Can my credit be transferred from/to another high school?

Yes, all credits from accredited high schools are transferable.

What extracurricular activities are available?

Clubs and activities will be readily available, and anyone in the NUAMES school community can start a club addressing their particular interests, goals, and the school's curriculum.

What type of sports will be available at NUAMES?

Students have the opportunity to participate in intramural sports. NUAMES will not have separate teams that will qualify for participation in the Utah High School Activities Association. Students may also try out for sports teams at their neighborhood high schools.

Is school lunch offered?

Yes. NUAMES provides a bus to transport students to/from Northridge High School for lunch. Lunch costs $2.25 per day. You may pay per day or prepay any amount ahead of time.

Who are the educators?

Students will learn from Utah State Board of Education licensed high school teachers. We have a full teaching staff that is highly qualified in their fields with the majority having advanced degrees and having experience working in a private industry. In addition, faculty from Weber State University will instruct 11th and 12th graders as they participate in university courses. Visiting professionals will also offer specialized seminars and extended exploratory sessions.

Can parents be involved?

We see parents active in the success of their children. There will be a variety of opportunities for parents, including an active parent-teacher-student organization, a parent resource center, and a volunteer organization.