Do you charge tuition? What is a charter school?

As a public school, charter schools do not charge tuition. Learn more about charter schools here.

Do students wear uniforms?

Yes, we are a uniform school. Students wear blue, khaki or the school plaid bottoms with no outside pockets and red, white or navy blue polo shirts. Monday uniforms consist of blue bottoms with a white button up shirt. Click here for the entire uniform policy.

Does the school have a school lunch program?

No. Students must bring their own sack lunch daily. We do have a few microwaves for students to heat up items that take less than 3 minutes to cook.

I heard there is a music program.

All students have music at least twice a week. We have a strings/orchestra program and all of our students learn a strings instrument. The school provides the instrument and students can check them out to practice at home. We believe there are many benefits to learning to plan an instrument and read music. According to Bob Gillespie, ASTA past president and professor of music at Ohio State University, research proves that music students are:

  • scoring significantly higher on the SAT than the average general student body population; string students have the highest among music students,
  • leaders in classes and activities,
  • members of academic honor groups,
  • in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class, and
  • less likely to abuse alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs.
What are the school hours?

A normal school day runs from 8:30 am-3:00 pm M-Thursday and until 2:00 for most students on Friday. Students are invited to participate in small group instruction on Fridays based upon teacher recommendations from 2:00-3:00 pm.
Kindergarten students attend school from 8:30 am-12:15 pm M-F. Early release days only happen four times a year and school is released at 12:30. See the school calendar for early release days.

What is the school calendar? Does it follow Alpine School District calendar?

We follow the Alpine School District Calendar as close as possible. We start one day before them and have different professional development days. However, all major holidays are the same. You can see the school calendar here.

Are the teachers licensed by the State of Utah?

Yes. We are a public school and follow all the same federal and state laws regarding education. All of our teachers are licensed through the State of Utah.

How many students are enrolled on the Pleasant Grove Campus?

John Hancock Charter School enrolls approximately 185 students on its Pleasant Grove Campus. The October 1st (2021) count of students on the PG Campus was 186. The actual chartered number of students is 190 on its PG Campus (CLICK HERE for CHARTERING DOCUMENTS). In its Charter Conversion Document – 2005, JHCS may enroll up to 205 students.


We were first exposed to John Handcock Charter School when we moved here 6 years ago my Stepmother in law, she raved about this school as her children had gone here. We applied and were fortunate enough to get into our first year. We have been so impressed since that point. JHCS thinks of kids first. They pay attention to what each individual student needs. They pay attention to their academic needs and use math coursework that better prepares students for higher education. They use music, and art to produce a better well-rounded student. It has been proven time and time again that having music and art is just as important as other education. When the pandemic hit we were blown away by the method in which they handled themselves. Each student had completed assignments and daily teaching by the teachers not just handed a chrome book and said good luck. JHCS focuses on getting and maintaining phenomenal teachers. From Kindergarten on every teacher we have had is amazing. JHCS keeps recess this is so big in a world where kids need movement along with education they do not sacrifice exercise instead they incorporate it and use it. They work to teach students in a way that makes them excited to go to school. The teachers are frequently communicating what is going on with my individual students, and what is going on in the school overall. My older children that have graduated from JHCS have lifelong friendships that have continued despite going to a different school because JHCS encourages kindness. They also focus on mental health to help students progress and move forward. They are truly learning lifelong healthy skills.

Stacy Hawks

I have had kids at John Hancock Charter School for 12 years now, and I have been consistently impressed with the high levels of caring and dedication from everyone there. The teachers truly care about the kids in their classes and ensuring their success. The small size creates a real feeling of family at the school, and my kids feel like they know their teachers before they even step into their classrooms. The curriculum at John Hancock goes well beyond reading and math. My kids are conversant with ancient and modern history, principles of science, art history, and even music. John Hancock is a school that has high expectations for kids, and then gives them the tools to meet those expectations.

Erika Nelson

John Hancock Charter School has been the best school for my kids! This is the eighth year I've been at JHCS and I can say that no other elementary school- charter or not- can provide a better experience, a better team of teachers and staff members, a better curriculum for their students, or a better environment to learn in. Those who are lucky enough to get into John Hancock Charter School feel as if they are part of one big family. The director and Principal of the school- for fifteen years now- has done an outstanding job making John Hancock Charter School one of the best schools in all of Utah!

Jeanie C.

I love John Hancock Charter School. They have amazing teachers and staff, small class sizes, and really inspire a love for learning. While not the most aesthetically pleasing campus, they use all resources and money to go directly back to help the students which is obviously most important.

Jess P.

Joining JHCS has been one of the best decisions my husband and I have made for our children. They are receiving a top notch education and are growing and flourishing in their schoolwork. What doesn’t show up in their test scores are the extras that make JHCS stellar. The emphasis on a growth mindset and the encouragement to learn beyond the classroom will help them throughout their entire lives.

Nicole M., Parent