AISU’s Charter

Download a PDF copy of AISU’s charter application here: AISU-Charter-Application-Final

Purpose

To personalize, accelerate and enrich learning…

using a technology-facilitated, student-centered blended learning model…

within a flexible, creative, and inspiring school environment that encourages students to be personally invested and globally engaged.

Board of Directors

Taylor Halverson:

Dr. Halverson is a Faculty Consultant at BYU’s Center for Teaching and Learning. He consults with faculty across campus on teaching and instructional design improvements and on designing and developing teaching and learning products for use at BYU. His experience in designing and presenting ranges from short “Tips & Tricks” documents to full-fledged curriculum roll-outs for multiple courses, using blended learning approaches. He also teaches “History of Creativity” and various religion courses, using his knowledge of the Hebrew, Greek, French and Spanish languages. He is also a part-time faculty member at Capella University teaching Ph.D. level courses in instructional design and theories of teaching and learning. Dr. Halverson has worked as an instructor in various religion courses at Indiana and Yale Universities. He received a B.A. from BYU in Near Eastern Studies in 1997, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Yale University in 2001, and an M.S. in Instructional Technology from Indiana University in 2004. He then achieved Ph.D.s in both Instructional Technology and Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity from Indiana University in 2006. Along with his research interests in literary and comparative studies of ancient literature, kingship and authority, he pursues research on instructional design and instructional technologies that enhance teaching and learning.

Greg Jackson:

Mr. Jackson is Director of Grants and Development for School, College and University Partnerships at Utah Valley University and is currently in a Ph.D. program at Buckingham University. He earned a Master of International Management majoring in Finance and Accounting, High Honors from American Graduate School of International Management in 1975, BA in Chinese Mandarin and Asian History, Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors from Brigham Young University in 1973, and a Legal Degree in Master of Law – Chinese Legal Studies from University of East Asia, Hong Kong in 1987. He holds a Master of Project Management degree from Villanova University. Greg has over twelve years of non-profit administration including program, treasury, and project management. Mr. Jackson has ten years of experience administering major projects and grant programs for UVU, during which time he has written and successfully funded federal and state grants, and established strategic local, national and international partnerships for the university. Mr. Jackson began his professional life in the field of international banking, serving as an executive for 16 years. He also has six years of additional experience in telecommunications, Internet, e-commerce, distance learning consulting and project management.

Dr. Richard Maxfield:

Dr. Maxfield served on the Utah State Board of Education for eight years in the 1980s, including a term as Chairman in the wake of the “A Nation at Risk” call for educational reform. With expertise in educational improvement and educational technology, with particular emphasis on the benefits of a learner-based approach rather than the dominant teacher-based approach to education, Dr. Maxfield served for many years as an educational consultant to the Utah Legislature. He received his B.A. in Physical Science from the University of Utah, and then continued his education at BYU earning an M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Dr. Maxfield has served as a consultant for the full spectrum of education—from pre-school to post-graduate studies. He served as Superintendent of the Applied Technology Center in Richfield, Utah (now Snow College–South), and gained international experience as the lead consultant for Thailand’s system of seventy tech schools. Dr. Maxfield is currently active in supporting efforts to close the achievement gap for minority populations in Utah’s schools as well as to increase access to quality education in developing countries throughout the world. He has received the “Honored Alumni Award” from BYU.

Elizabeth Webster:

Ms. Webster taught at Merit College Preparatory Academy for four years, from the school’s inception in August 2008 through June 2012. At Merit, her courses included German I & II, English literature (LA 12), Financial Literacy, World Religions, Junior Seminar, and Senior Capstone. As one of Merit’s first teachers, she designed the curricula for the Junior Seminar and Senior Capstone classes, both of which are college prep courses. Her strong interest in global awareness and international education led Ms. Webster to petition for Merit’s SEVP certification, qualifying the school to host F-1 exchange students, and she has been the exchange student coordinator for J-1 students for the past three years. Beyond her teaching duties, Ms. Webster also coordinated all fund raising efforts for Merit’s sister school in Mtulu, Kenya, including acting as race director for an annual 5K to build classrooms in Mtulu. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in German Literature, and continued her studies to receive an MA in Language Pedagogy. While attending graduate school, Ms. Webster taught undergraduate German courses, both in Utah and as a teaching assistant in Kiel, Germany. During her studies, she served on the Graduate Student Advisory Committee and was president of the German Honors Society. Ms. Webster now teaches part-time on-site at a charter high school as well as serving as an online teacher for “K-12.”

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Our desire is for students to gain a global awareness that empowers them to seek their true identity as a “world citizen.”  This goal can be attained through an innovative learning model that inspires students and teachers to use personalized learning technologies.  Students feel empowered over their learning and are more capable of leading successful lives.

 

School Admission Goals

AISU Admission Goals (PDF)

AISU Policies and Procedures

AISU – Policies

Student Acceptance Timeline

AISU Open Enrollment Period: January 1 – March 16, 2014

American International is a public charter school that does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, or religion. AISU admissions and transfer policies comply with the Utah Code 53A-1a506.5.

AISU Lottery Policy

AISU fills its student enrollment based on the following priority:

1. OPEN ENROLLMENT – 
Once a student has been admitted to the school through an appropriate process, he or she may remain in attendance through subsequent grades. A new applicant for admission to the charter school, however, would be subject to the lottery if, as of the open enrollment closing date, the total number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available at the school. Open enrollment dates will be publicly announced and will adhere to Utah state statute.

2. LOTTERY SELECTION – 
A lottery is a random selection process by which AISU admits applicants. AISU will use a lottery if, during the open enrollment period, more students apply for admission to the charter school (in any grade) than can be admitted. During a public meeting, an accepted lottery process will be used to select students. The random drawing will begin with twelfth grade, proceeding down through kindergarten, and each student is assigned a number identifying the order in which they are drawn. Following the lottery, preferential enrollment is addressed and classes are filled to capacity using the sequence obtained from the lottery drawing. When a student is admitted to the school through the process, all siblings of that student are admitted immediately, if space is available. If space is not available for a particular grade, that sibling will be placed on the waiting list. Students not selected will remain on a waiting list, preserving the order as determined by the lottery, giving preference to siblings of attending students. AISU will notify applicants of the lottery results within two weeks. Students placed on the waiting list will be given the opportunity to attend the school if openings become available during the school year. Families will be notified and students have three school days to accept the opening. Students who apply after the enrollment period will be admitted as space allows or will be added to the waiting list, with the opportunity to participate in subsequent lotteries.

Student Application

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Procedures for Transferring Students

AISU TRANSFER AND WITHDRAWAL POLICY

Utah State Law governs student transfers between Utah’s public charter schools and school districts.

Before June 30, 2014: 
If a student has accepted enrollment to AISU for the 2014-15 school year and the parent wishes to withdraw the student from AISU for enrollment in his or her school district of residence for the 2014-15 school year, the student’s parent must submit a notice of intent to enroll to AISU administration no later than June 30, 2014.

If a student has accepted enrollment to AISU for the 2014-15 school year and the parent wishes to withdraw the student from AISU for enrollment in another Utah charter school for the 2014-15 school year, student’s parent must submit a notice of intent to enroll to the school along with their letter of acceptance from that charter school to the AISU administration no later than June 30, 2014.

If a student’s application for registration at AISU has been approved and the student wishes to enroll but has already accepted enrollment at another Utah charter school for the 2014-15 school year, the student’s parent must inform the other charter school of their intent to enroll at AISU and must also submit the letter of acceptance from AISU to the other charter school no later than June 30, 2014.

After June 30, 2014: 
If a student has accepted enrollment to AISU for the 2014-15 school year and the parent wishes to withdraw the student from AISU for enrollment in another Utah charter school or school district, the parent of a student enrolled at AISU must obtain approval from both the AISU administration and the Utah school district or charter school in which enrollment is sought. The AISU administration will provide such approval once notice of approval by the new school as been received.

If a student wishes to enroll at AISU but has accepted enrollment to another Utah charter school for the 2014-15 school year, the student’s parent must obtain approval from both the AISU administration and the Utah charter school in which the student is already enrolled. Student records will be released as soon as all appropriate paperwork is completed.

AISU Fee Policy and Fees

Available here: fees PDF

Medical Authorization From

Medical Authorization Form