K-6 Utah Charter School

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

About Us

  • Canyon Rim Academy is a public charter school.
  • 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, we are required by state law to take applications for students to attend and hold a lottery and must accept students regardless of their 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 from I-80 and I-215. Canyon Rim Academy occupies the former Canyon Rim Elementary property located at 3005 South 2900 East, which it leases from Granite School District.

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.