Why JHCS?

At JHCS, we provide students a challenging curriculum in the cultural and fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. We seek to instill a love of learning in all students and prepare them for a lifetime of achievement and enjoyment.

A number of factors set us apart from other schools in the area

Experience:
We have an approved charter from the Utah State Office of Education and opened our doors in 2002, making us one of the most experienced charter schools in Utah. Our Board of Directors has diverse backgrounds and talents, and the core of the board has been with the school for over 15 years. We have high-quality teachers who seek out professional development and personal improvement and we were recognized by USCB for high teacher retention rate. Our teachers are often presenters at state and national conferences including: National Core Knowledge Conference, SDE Differentiated Instruction Conference, Utah Charter Network Symposium, UCET Conference and State English Language Arts trainers.

Strong connection between home and classroom:
Teachers conduct home visits each summer and make regular contact with parents, which allows for excellent communication between home and school. We also have an active PTO organization which gives caregivers opportunities to serve and connect with the school in meaningful ways. We have a high parent/teacher conference participation rate of over 96% of parents attending. We have received several grants and community support and donations.

Excellence:
We were recognized for our educational excellence by the Core Knowledge Foundation and received a designation of Official Core Knowledge Visitation Site. Several staff and faculty members have been recognized with Charter School Teacher of the Year, Charter School Trail Blazer, Charter School Business Administrator of the year and more. We were recognized as the Utah Charter School of the Year in 2007, as well as the top performing middle school in Utah County by the Sutherland Institute in 2007. We were recognized in 2019 by the Quantum Learning Foundation with a Krystal Key Award.

We are also continually recognized for our student performance. Our students typically score high in both reading and math according to the state assessments. We consistently have students represent the school at state level competitions such as the Central Utah Science & Engineering Fair, the National Geographic Bee, and the Scripps Spelling Bee. Parents, students and staff rank our school as “Superior” for the following categories: Parent Support, Teacher Excellence & Instructional Quality, Student Commitment, and School Leadership.

Testimonials

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