New charter school coming to Daybreak
Utah’s first computer science high school, The Wasatch Institute of Technology, will break ground on a new state-of- the-art facility this fall and open its doors to students for the 2014-15 school year.
“We are in the final stages of plan approval. As such, we do not have an exact groundbreaking date set yet. We will have that set once we have cleared the remaining hurdles. We are shooting for early September,” David Moss, school director, said.
The school will be located next to the Trax stop on South Jordan Parkway to allow access to the school from Ogden to Provo.
“The facility will be unique. It doesn’t look like a traditional school,” Moss said.
It isn’t just the facility that is unusual with the new charter school. The school will have a different approach to education from most other schools.
“Rather than a traditional eight-period day, we will have a much more holistic approach. Our teachers will teach across all areas with an interdisciplinary approach, rather than ‘It’s 9 a.m. and time for math,’” Moss said.
Subjects at the institute will be united by a theme, and students will demonstrate mastery at the end of units. They will also work in teams to design and implement projects.
“They learn teamwork and leadership as they take responsibility for a project’s success, and in the process, gain skills not normally achieved until college or in the workforce,” Moss said.
More than 76,000 people are employed at more than 7,100 technology companies in Utah.
“Salt Lake City in 2011 was ranked the fifth-best city in the U.S. to get a tech job, but Utah is failing to provide tech education,” Moss said.
This is a gap that Moss hopes to fill with the Wasatch Institute of Technology.
By its fourth year of operation, the institute will have up to 923 students who will study network engineering or software engineering, and graduate from high school while doing so. The difference the Wasatch Institute hopes to make will be in preparing a student for life with job-ready skills and not just a diploma.
The institute is now accepting applications for enrollment through its website, www.wasatchinstitute.net.