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Policy 600.18 – Middle School Education Requirements



Board Policy

  1. The Board of Education believes in setting high expectations for middle school students that will enable them to increase their capacities and further prepare them for high school, college and career. The Board of Education acknowledges and accepts its duty to implement core standards for instruction and graduation requirements as outlined in Utah state law (See, U.C.A. §53G-4-402).  Specifically, the Board of Education claims and exercises its statutory authority to firmly establish high expectations for Canyons students in the form of course-taking patterns, and programs of study to encourage excellence and academic achievement.  
  2. The Board of Education exercises its statutory authority to determine courses and programs of study for progress towards high school.
  3. To assist CSD Middle schools in meeting these objectives, the Board directs the District Administration to develop course description and materials for use by school administrators, counselors, and other guidance personnel to supervise course selection.
  4. The Board of Education authorizes the District Administration to develop Administrative Regulations consistent with this policy, subject to review and approval by the Board of Education.



Middle School Education Requirements - 600.18-1

  1. A student in grades 6-8 is required to complete the core standards and general core requirements for a middle school student (See, R277-700-5 (3)).  
  2. In addition to the state core requirements, the District may offer additional elective courses. For a list of courses, please refer to Canyons School District’s 2018-2019 Secondary Course Catalog.  
  3. The District will use evidence-based practices, technology, and other instructional media in middle school curricula to increase the relevance and quality of instruction.
  4. The District shall use State Board-approved summative adoptive assessments to assess student achievement.



Request for a Course Substitution; Course Determination; Appeal - 600.18-2

  1. Request for a Course Substitution: A parent or student, with parental consent, may request to substitute a course requirement with a course, extracurricular activity, or experience that is:
    1. Similar to the course requirement; or
    2. Consistent with the student’s plan for college and career readiness.
  2. Course Substitute Determination: A course substitute determination is a decision for the local school based on an analysis including, but not limited to the following factors:
    1. A student’s preparation for high school core (math, language arts, science, social studies) content and skill requirements;
    2. A review of the substitute course standards;
    3. Elective course availability at the school; and
    4. Enrollment in a district magnet program.
  3. Appeal: A course determination appeal may be submitted to a three-person Course Determination Appeal Panel appointed by the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee.
  4. Appeal to the Board of Education: The decision of the Course Determination Appeal Panel may be appealed in writing to the Board of Education only for procedural error or to submit any new evidence.
    1. The written appeal must be submitted within ten (10) business days of receiving the decision of the District’s appeal panel.
    2. The Board of Education shall review written appeals submitted at the next available Board meeting.



Document History

Adopted – 6.12.2018

This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

Specialty Schools

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

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