Academics Program

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It is our Mission to enable students to experience academic achievement in a safe, sober, and positive environment, with an emphasis on improving behavior. We believe our academic mission can be accomplished through the following belief statements:

Conduct always matters.

All students deserve a safe and sober learning environment.

We are committed to continuous improvement of our instructional craft.

Students are given an opportunity to learn and mature at their own pace.

Learning is most effective when positive behavior has been promoted.

Positive behavior, accountability, daily attendance, punctuality, appropriate dress, time management, and a strong work ethic are attributes of a successful person.

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Participating in a mastery-learning program provides academic success and enhances students' self-esteem.

We are supporting students experiencing academic success.

All staff model polite and ethical behavior.

A variety of methods are used when assessing and teaching students.

The competency-based curriculum provides all the courses necessary for the student to earn a High School Diploma. Accreditation by The Northwest Association of Accredited Schools assures that credit will transfer anywhere in the United States. Classes are based on mastery of skills; thus, the School features no quarter or semester system.

The educational program is designed to give students the proper guidance and counseling to learn at their own rate. Since credit is awarded when students master course objectives -- 90 percent is an A, and 80 percent is a B, grades lower than 80 percent are considered incomplete -- students earning below this percentile are tutored until they master the material. Small classes averaging 6-12 students are taught by caring teachers who model such values as honesty, integrity, trust, self-esteem, and concern for others.

Athletics and sports are both competitive and non-competitive and include football, wrestling, volleyball, softball, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, skiing, and ice-skating.


Students must earn a total of 24 credits for Utah graduation. Credits equal Carnegie units with one credit equaling one year long class.

  • Language Arts (4.0 units of credit from courses below):
    • Ninth grade level (1.0 unit of credit)
    • Tenth grade level (1.0 unit of credit)
    • Eleventh grade level (1.0 unit of credit)
    • Twelfth grade level (1.0 unit of credit)
    • Literature (1.0 unit of credit)
    • Creative Writing (1.0 unit of credit)
  • Mathematics (3.0 units of credit from courses below)
    • Pre-Algebra (1.0 unit of credit)
    • Algebra I (1.0 unit of credit)
    • Geometry (1.0 unit of credit)
    • Algebra II (1.0 unit of credit)
    • Pre-Calculus (1.0 unit of credit)
    • Business Math (1.0 unit of credit)
  • Science (Any 3.0 units of credit from the courses below)
    • Earth Systems Science (1.0 units of credit)
    • Biological Science (1.0 units of credit)
    • Geology (1.0 units of credit)
    • Physics (1.0 units of credit)
  • Social Studies (3.0 units of credit)
    • Geography for Life (1.0 units of credit)
    • World Civilizations (0.5 units of credit)
    • U.S. History (1.0 units of credit)
    • U.S. Government and Citizenship (0.5 units of credit)
  • The Arts (1.5 units of credit from the courses below)
    • Art Foundations I-II (0.5 units of credit)
    • Drawing I-III (0.5 units of credit)
    • Guitar (0.5 units of credit)
  • Physical and Health Education (2.0 units of credit)
    • Health (0.5 units of credit)
    • Participation Skills (0.5 units of credit)
    • Fitness for Life (0.5 units of credit)
    • Individualized Lifetime Activities (0.5 units of credit)
  • Career and Technical Education (1.0 units of credit from courses below)
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
      • Clothes I-II (0.5 units of credit)
      • Food and Nutrition (0.5 units of credit)
      • Life Management (0.5 units of credit
    • Trade and Technical Education
      • Welding Tech. (1.0 units of credit)
      • Woods (1.0 units of credit)
      • Fire Science (1.0 units of credit)
      • Horsemanship (0.5 units of credit)
      • Leatherwork (0.5 units of credit)
  • Computer Technology (0.5 units of credit)
  • General Financial Literacy (0.5 units of credit)
  • Foreign Language (Two 1.0 credit classes for college prep.)
  • Electives (3.5-5.5 credits) Any credit received after above state requirements are satisfied.
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Sorensons Ranch School is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.