About Us

Canyons School District, the first new school district to be created in Utah in nearly a century, began offering educational services to the neighborhoods of Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale, Sandy and the town of Alta on July 1, 2009.

From the time of the District's founding, both the elected Board of Education and Administration have maintained a fierce dedication to building a district of national distinction. To that end, Canyons District focuses its attention on four major tenets: student achievement, innovation, community engagement and customer service

The District, which covers roughly 192 square miles in the southeast part of the Salt Lake Valley, serves approximately 33,000 students in 29 elementary schools, eight middle schools, four high schools and four special programs.


2009 2010 2011 

July 1

Canyons begins operations as Utah’s first new school district in nearly 100 years.


Board of Education approves a collegeand career-ready academic plan. The plan includes reconfiguring grades to better address students’ academic needs and Utah’s first college- and careerready diplomas, supported by the Utah System of Higher Education, the Utah Board of Regents, the Utah Technology Council, and the Salt Lake Chamber.


A facilities assessment identifies $650 million in building needs districtwide.


Canyons becomes Utah’s first school district to approve ACT EXPLORE, PLAN and collegeentrance tests for all eighth-, 10th- and 11thgrade students, respectively.


Moody’s Investors Service assigns Canyons the highest possible underlying bond rating of Aaa at the District’s first bond issuance.



On Nov. 6, 2007, voters in Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale, Sandy and a handful of unincorporated portions of Salt Lake County cast ballots in favor of creating a new school district from a portion of the old Jordan School District.

The new district was officially created when the Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office issued a Certificate of Entity Creation on Dec. 18, 2007. Since July 1, 2009, Canyons District has operated as a fiscally independent entity governed by an elected Board of Education. One of the Board's first major decisions was to hire Dr. David S. Doty, who at the time was serving as an Associate Commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education, as the District's first-ever Superintendent.

In the first two years of operation, Canyons, while navigating the complex logistics of launching a school district, successfully conducted a $250 million bond campaign to build and renovate schools, including a new high school in Draper, and became the first school district in Utah to begin offering differentiated diplomas to students who go above and beyond the state's requirements for high school graduation.

Our Mission

All children who attend Canyons District schools will graduate college- and career-ready. To realize this goal, we pledge to:

• Promote school and community engagement that supports students in becoming college- and career-ready.

• Create and maintain a comprehensive public educational system that aligns high-caliber curriculum, instruction and assessment.

• Recruit, develop, support and retain high-quality and dedicated educators and support staffs that are committed to preparing students for college and careers.

The Canyons Credo

We encourage and help every student become college- and career-ready and find a meaningful purpose in life.

We recognize that Canyons schools belong to the public, and therefore we strive to provide superior customer service to all patrons and stakeholders of the district.

We build public confidence and trust by conducting ourselves according to the highest standards of professional, ethical and civil behavior.