Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tuition?

There is no tuition. Student fees apply in middle and high school grades similar to all public schools.

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are state funded and are subject to the same laws and regulations as other public schools. Charter schools provide innovative school options for parents and students. 

Who can attend a charter school?

Charter schools are open to all students, regardless of race, religion, gender, status, or other preference just as any other public school.

Are teachers certified?

Yes.  Teachers maintain proper Utah licensure, and follow all state requirements. Additionally, Venture teachers receive further professional development and training on a regular basis.

How does the enrollment process work?

Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis.  Students are randomly chosen through a monthly lottery process and are placed on the waitlist.  As seats become open, students are contacted according to their order on the waitlist. Siblings of currently attending students are placed on a priority wait list.  The wait list is carried over from one year to the next so there is no need to reapply. We ask that parents reply to our annual request to re-assert their interest in staying on the waitlist. Parents may contact the school to find out their student’s position on the list.

Is Venture’s curriculum aligned with the Utah State Core?

Yes.

What is EL Education?

EL Education is a national organization that provides professional development, curriculum development resources, and other school support resources organized around a set of "core practices" that support the mission of Venture.   

Are Venture Academy and Venture High School the same school?

Yes. The official name of the K-12 school is Venture Academy. For practical purposes grades K-8 are often referred to as “the Academy” and grades  9-12 “the High School”.

What can I expect as a Venture High School student?

You can expect to be known well by teachers, students, and staff; valued for your individual strengths; challenged to stretch your mind and ability through deep questions and purposeful projects; prepared with the skills, knowledge, and attributes necessary for success in college and life, and able to take charge of your own learning.

Does Venture High have “released time?”

Yes.  Released time is available to students for individualized learning experiences for a variety of reasons that fit under the State released time option.  The Church of Jesus Christ has placed a building adjacent to Venture’s property and provides seminary instruction as a released time option.

Are the arts important at Venture?

Yes.  In addition to the arts being integrated into other subject areas, Venture students also learn from master art teachers K-12.  Music is taught and performed with excellence.  Venture’s band has repeatedly been invited to perform, by audition, at the State Band Festival with the State’s top bands.  Venture High is establishing a record of high quality performance in the arts and has performed productions such as Into the Woods and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Do you have sports at Venture?

Venture recognizes that skills, abilities, and characteristics gained through physical engagement are valuable and important.  Our Adventure program develops skills and characteristics that create a foundation for lifelong enjoyment and physical fitness. Students at Venture can expect opportunities to engage in sports such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking and more. Students have hiked and camped to the top of Ben Lomond, kayaked through the red rock cliffs of Lake Powell, backpacked through the Grand Canyon and experienced rock climbing at City of Rocks. Students in grades 6-9 may participate in competitive basketball. The high school has a competitive dance team. Through all of this, students learn to accomplish more than they thought possible while modeling leadership skills and developing habits of success. Students can attend Venture and play sports in their home districts as well. 

Can I join a club?

Venture has a variety of quality curricular and non-curricular club opportunities. Venture’s debate team has created a strong foundation for excellence in competition within the UHSAA. Venture’s Vanguard Theatre Company is very active and travels to compete at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Adventure club and student government provide more opportunities to be involved. 

Do Venture students wear uniforms?

Venture K-8 students wear red, white or navy collared shirts and tan or navy pants.  High School students follow a professional dress code. 

Is there bus service?

No.  Charter schools draw students from a wide area (4 counties for Venture) which makes daily bus transportation impractical.  Parents are responsible for transporting their students to and from school each day.  Our office staff may be able to connect you with a carpool in your area.

Is lunch available?

Yes.  Venture Academy participates in the National School Lunch Program including offering free and reduced priced meals for qualifying students.  We offer healthy food choices for breakfast and lunch daily.

Are parents welcome to visit and volunteer?

Yes! Parents are a vital part of each student’s education and our thriving learning community.  Families are encouraged to volunteer 30 hours each school year to contribute to the success of Venture. There are many ways to be helpful that can fit any schedule. 

I have a lot of questions. Can I talk to someone?

 Absolutely! Send an email  (contact us), or call 801-393-3900 to ask a question or schedule a tour.