K-6 Utah Charter School

A free public K-6 charter school located in East Salt Lake City.

About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of Canyon Rim Academy is to cultivate a school environment centered on achieving for each student their maximum academic, social, and emotional potential.

Vision Statement

The vision of canyon Rim Academy is for all leaders, educators, and staff to focus on promoting the learning, achievement, development, and well-being of each student. This is accomplished by 
1) developing and supporting intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment enhanced by Core Knowledge and the arts;
2) cultivating an inclusive, caring, and supportive school community that promotes the academic success and welfare of each student; 
3) fostering a professional culture of collaboration, mutual accountability, and continuous individual and organizational learning and improvement.

Things to Know about CRA

  • Canyon Rim Academy is a public charter school.  We opened in August of 2007.
  • We receive public funds to operate our school and must adhere to all the requirements that the state stipulates for public schools.
  • As an elementary school we are not allowed to charge school fees or tuition.
  • As a charter school, state law requires us to hold a lottery to fill available positions.  Applications will be accepted regardless of a students' abilities.

Academic Excellence Within Reach

Academic excellence is within reach at Canyon Rim Academy, a public K-6 charter school located below Parley's Canyon. Canyon Rim Academy is nestled in the quiet Canyon Rim community of Salt Lake County, adjacent to a twelve-acre county park and within easy access to and from I-80 and I-215. Canyon Rim Academy is located at 3005 South 2900 East.

Our History

Immediately after Granite determined to close Canyon Rim Elementary, a group of parents living nearby began the arduous process of preparing a charter application, competing with over 15 other applicants for one of the three remaining charters available from the State Board of Education. Erik Olson, President of Canyon Rim Academy's Board of Trustees, attributes the school's success to the top-notch education plan in its charter application, together with the commitment of parents to make the school a reality: "Based on our education plan centered on E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge Sequence, complemented by individualized math programs, together with numerous other curriculum enhancements and programs, we consider Canyon Rim Academy to be the premier Utah elementary school."

Liberal Arts Education

With Core Knowledge at the heart of the school curriculum, together with courses in math, art, music, P.E., computer technology, and programs to enhance student literacy, Canyon Rim Academy is able to provide a well rounded liberal arts education to students that will prepare them for intermediate and secondary education. The curriculum at Canyon Rim Academy meets and exceeds the state core curriculum requirements.

Service Learning Emphasis

Canyon Rim Academy has a service learning emphasis that is based on the concept of applied learning. Through service with various community partnerships, students are given the opportunity to apply learned concepts directly.


Please visit the schedules and lottery pages of the website for more information about enrolling your child at Canyon Rim Academy. Please direct any questions to info@canyonrimacademy.org.