Amber Jensen

A HUGE shout out to this inspired Distance Education program!  This inspired program has made it possible for us to take the huge leap of faith to  Distance Education this year! We are extremely grateful for all the support and amazing resources Kim Goates and her incredible team provide!  Kim knows parents know best what their children need to learn, and she provides the support and resources we need to succeed! They also facilitate fabulous field trips! We are truly grateful for this inspired program! It is fluid and shifts based on the needs of our children and the families involved. We are immensely blessed and so grateful to be a part of this amazing program!his program is exactly what I had been looking for in my children’s schooling experience. I love the balance it gives me and my family as we get to learn so much together both at home and on the wonderful family field trips set up through the Distance Program.  This program also allows me to provide one on one time so my kids can learn at their own speed and discover things that interest them.  I love the small weekly classrooms with hands-on learning. It is wonderful to be able to teach using the abundance of resources and know my kids are learning everything they need to learn.

Amber JensenParent
Brindie Bishop

This past year has been a great experience. The distance program has provided the perfect balance for our family.  My children have learned some amazing and interesting things with their teachers at school, while still allowing me to guide their education and be with them a good portion of the week. The program has also planned many great field trips that I have brought all 6 of my children to for a reasonable price and very little planning on my part. Thank you,  distance program!

Brindie BishopParent
Lauralee Altice

When we found out we were moving Utah last year I was really nervous about feeling isolated with homeschooling. We were living in Texas where we had a large homeschool support group that we loved so much didn’t want to move away. Before we moved or knew exactly where were going to live I started researching homeschool Facebook groups in Utah and was hoping to find people we could become friends with and do actives with. Never did I imagine we would have found something as incredible as the Distance Program. When I found the program I told my husband I sure hope we get to move to the northern Utah County area because I had signed our kids up for a Distance program. The Distance program has far exceeded all of my expectations (all of our Texas homeschool friends are now jealous). The staff is amazing and have worked so well with my kids. I recommend the program to everyone I talk to. My kids love going to Epic Day each week and have learned so much!

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Becca Crookston

The Distance Program has been a great experience for our family.  I have been slowly transitioning to doing Distance Education with my kids full time.  It was nice to have 3 days with them at home and two days with them in class.  I loved the ability to go to the resource library and change curriculum when it wasn’t working for us and all the extras that are there too.  We moved with 2 months left in the school year.  We loved this program so much that we chose to drive all the way from Mount Pleasant to finish off the school year.  My boys also loved going to the space center once a month.

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Sarah Johnson

My daughter was just showing her younger siblings the lapbooks she made about the Constitution and Frederick Douglass and teaching them everything she learned. What a neat project! I’m thankful for all that you teachers, administrators, and helpers are doing. I’ve been homeschooling for 8 years and discovering this Distance Education program that comes alongside you to help you accomplish your goals is such a blessing.

Sarah JohnsonParent
Julie Sharp

This program is exactly what I had been looking for in my children’s schooling experience. I love the balance it gives me and my family as we get to learn so much together both in out home and on the wonderful family field trips set up through the Distance Program.  This program also allows me to provide one on one time so my kids can learn at their own speed and discover things that interest them.  I love the small weekly classrooms with hands-on learning. It is wonderful to be able to teach using the abundance of resources and know my kids are learning everything they need to learn.

Julie SharpParent
Melinda Miller

We kept going back and forth between public and homeschool options. We saw the benefits of both choices and didn’t want to compromise with our kids’ education… we wanted to have our cake and eat it too! Then we found the Distance Education Program. I was finally able to stop second-guessing myself and really felt good about our kids’ schooling for the first time. They offer the best of both worlds. Curriculum  for each child, a resource library full of supporting materials, an educational specialist to answer our questions and make meaningful recommendations, enriching elective courses, a chance to learn teamwork skills, have fun, and interact with peers, a chance to be home learning in our family-centered environment, a chance to move at their own pace with lessons tailored to their interests and abilities. I have complete control over what and how my children are learning and they still get to experience a peer group setting once a week where they have made friends and learned independence and confidence. Literally everything I wanted in training my children and preparing them for the future.

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Brooke Bryner

This is our 2nd year and I can not say enough good about the program. We love it! I love the support from staff and the teachers are so amazing. My kids count down the days between class days because all of their classes are so fun and exciting. The teachers do such a great job. Class sizes are small, everything is hands on, not a lot of paperwork, and nothing is repetive. The teachers do lots of crafts and acting out what they are learning. There are so many curriculum choices to fit the needs of each child so it has made teaching at home 100x’s easier and so much fun. I was new to Distance Education last year and the staff helped get us on the right track and continue to help us make things new and exciting. My kids have made more friends there then they ever did in regular school and they have so much more in common with them. All of the parents are great to talk to because we all have the same common goals for our kids. I really can’t say enough good about it. I 100% recommend it.

Brooke BrynerParent
Catherine Reed

When I first met Kim Goates, I felt her heart and passion and just knew my children were meant to work with her. So when she started working with the Distance Education program, we followed her there! And we have been grateful for that prompting ever since! Distance Ed is a community, a family, a tie of parents who all want the same outcome for their children–something different, something better.

Many parents, including myself, have said that we may not have taken the leap to Distance Education if there weren’t this wonderfully balanced program. Half the week, they’re with friends in classes and field trips and half the week, they’re working on curriculum and hands on learning experiences at home. It’s the best win-win I’ve ever discovered in education, and we can’t imagine our life with out it. Our children are thriving cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially thanks to our partnership with this amazing program!

Catherine ReedParent
Meka Hilton

The Distance learning program has been a great blessing for our family! As a first year mom, I have found the support from the director, education specialists, and other mothers to be so incredibly helpful! I’m not sure I could educate without their support. From the resource library to the field trips and everything in between, we love the program and look forward to continuing our journey with them!

Meka HiltonParent
For years I searched for a program that would meet my family’s unique needs, in the areas we required support, and also allow us the flexibility to do the things we were quite equipped to do on our own!  About a year and a half ago I met Kim Goates, the director of the Distance Education Program, and was immediately impressed by her.  She is an experienced mom herself and has a perfect understanding of the vision I have for my kids’ education.  While the distance program is a new one, I have been so amazed by the execution of the plan and immediate success of this program.  Kim and her staff are incredible!
My children have nearly completed their first year we could not be happier!  The kids absolutely loved their classes and fantastic, handpicked teachers and I am thrilled to have had the best of both worlds!  Keep up the good work!  We look forward to many fulfilling school years to come through your Distance Program.
Melonie Packer
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Jessica Ward
This year has been my first year of schooling.  I felt really strongly that I needed to educate but I had no idea what that would even look like.  I was really struggling with how to even start or where to look.  I thankfully stumbled into The Distance Education program.  Kim Goates is one of the most loving and supportive people I know.  Her knowledge of methods and curriculum options are unparalleled.   The drive she has for you to succeed and the support that she so freely gives is like non-other,  I have felt so comfortable and validated in my quest to find my place.  Distance Ed has offered more support than I ever imagined was out there.  I have had access to explore and experiment with so many different types of curriculum. Through  Distance Ed I have been able to meet the diverse needs of my children and myself.  Their support and love is like none other. I am so thankful, there aren’t words for my gratitude.
 Jessica Ward
Jessica WardParent
Life is sure changing.  I am going to miss having my kids home with me, and being involved in their education.  I feel like have learned more about myself and things about my children in that one year in Distance Education than I have in all my 13 years of being a mom.  I feel I owe that to you at Distance Ed.  More than I can express, I will miss you guys.  I have loved working with you, having your continual guidance, support and your ability to cheer us on and keep us going when days got long and hard.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!
Melody Hadfield
I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for the Distance program. I really love that I can help choose the curriculum that I feel is best for my children and I have support from the Educational Specialist in teaching them those concepts and principles. My boys love the elective days. It gives them a chance to interact with other children and to be in an environment that encourages the love of learning.
I have been very impressed with our Educational Specialist. She leads and guides us so well. She is a wonderful mentor and always very helpful. She responds quickly to my concerns and questions. She truly has been a great example to my boys and myself. I really hope that someday soon you will have junior high and high school grades available. You have been an answer to my prayers. I felt that I needed support with guiding my children and this program was my answer. With much love and gratitude,
Melody HadfieldParent
I just can’t believe how easy you guys are making things! I feel like I am a cheater! These packets you are making available are AMAZING!!!!!!!! What the what!!??? What am I going to do all summer? I don’t have to plan out ANYTHING! You have done it all! WOW, can you tell I am seriously impressed. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
Russin HowesParent
I wanted to let you know that my son just had 30 standardized tests done to see where he was at to determine if he needed an IEP for school.  They took his test scores and compared them to were he was at when we took him out of public school. He scored ABOVE average on more than 2/3 of his testing and average in everything else except one.  The area he scored lower in, he was just below the line and its the area he has always struggled with.  He is well above where he was at when he left public school.  All of his testing has shown that this program works!!! This program is successful!  My son may have autism, but autism does not have him because of what this Distance program offers!  The program has allowed us to give him some control in his education and has allowed us to work with him at a pace that he can handle.  By doing this he has now excelled in all areas of study.  I spoke to the public school he is going to be in and they were surprised that a “Distance Ed student” could test so well.  Not only that, but his one day a week classes have allowed him to learn in a hands-on environment and between that and field trips he has been able to work on his social skills.  I just wanted to thank you for all of your hard work and for putting this program together.  You have made my child a success story!  This program is empowering both parents and children.
I have three students who attend the Canyon Grove Distance Learning Program. We’ve been with them since their first year, 3 years ago and love the Epic day, Discovery Day, discounted or free field trips and the other activities that are available. My kids made friends and learned lots of new and interesting things. We appreciate the support we’ve been offered as far as making the learning process personalized, the help with curriculum purchases and the friendships that we formed over the years. The staff feel more like family than acquaintances. If you’re looking for a happy medium between homeschooling and traditional, CGA is your answer.
Dahlee Johansen

We’ve had such a wonderful experience with the Canyon Grove distance education program. We’ve had access to so many great resources-curriculum, online subscriptions, fun school programs and activities. The most important thing to me, however, is that we’ve been able to maintain a lot of independence and I’ve felt like the educational decisions I’ve made for my children have been respected. For example, my kids have been late readers and I’m ok with that. The school offered reading assistance but was respectful and understanding when I declined. My kids have loved discovery days. It’s well organized and always fun!

Whitney King

I love this school. My 6th grade son has ADHD and was so severely bullied at his public school by his peers and the staff that I finally took him out and did the distance education through Canyon Grove. It was perfect for what we needed at the time. But half way through the year he felt ready to go back to school and so we enrolled him into their 6th grade class. His teacher was so kind and amazing and a great teacher. The staff at the school is amazing also, everyone there seems to really want what’s best for the children. I was terrified to send him back, but he’s doing amazing and he’s caught up from a 4th grade level to testing into the ALL program at the junior high. Another bonus is they have the space center there, they do a lot of hands on learning, and they have their own busses and go on a lot of field trips. I plan on sending my 4 year old there for kindergarten. We will always be grateful to this school, they’re changed my son’s life.

Amy Stoddard

I’m a homeschooler, and I’ve been very grateful for this charter schools impressive distance education program. My kids are able to attend school one day a week (if I want them to) with other kids doing the distance education program. They get to have a classroom experience, and the valuable experience of being taught by a different teacher. Furthermore, what they learn about at school stays there! I don’t need to worry about homework, or carrying on my part of a specific curriculum at home. What is taught at school is self contained so we can get on with the curriculums we’ve chosen for our family. I’ve loved Canyon Groves curriculum library! They have tons of different curriculum options, as well as other resources! We currently have a rock tumbler that we’ve borrowed, as well as a couple Lego Knex building sets. I’m looking forward to the dissection kits they have available when my kids are a bit older. As for curriculum, at times they haven’t carried, or possibly even heard of, what I’m looking for. They’ve been very willing to look into what I’ve been interested in and see if they can make it work. So far, they’ve been able to help me out. They can’t do any religious based curriculum, as this is a government funded school, but that’s been fine. I love that my tax dollars are actually working for my kids. Homeschooling can be expensive, and this school has helped me out a ton! Mind you, I’ve had one time where a request fell through the cracks and I didn’t get what I needed at the expected time, but human error happens! I feel that their system has become more and more efficient, and that they sincerely appreciate feedback. On top of the optional one day of school per week, they also have what’s called Discovery Day. For three or four weeks, one afternoon per week, you can sign your kids up to participate in a class. It could be bowling, painting, leather working, acting, coding, ice skating, kayaking, etc. They’ve done tons of different stuff. My kids have loved the ones we’ve opted to do, and I’ve truly appreciated that this hasn’t been required. Sometimes life has been too busy, and we haven’t been up for it, or it hasn’t been something we’re interested in. Wow, I’ve rambled on! To sum up, Canyon Grove has been great. I’ve loved the support I’ve gotten from them, and that I’m still being given the freedom to choose what I want and what works for my family.

Casey Smith

Canyon Grove Distance Education is wonderful! For those families who want the flexibility homeschooling offers with the educational support, fun outings, and activities you may not have time to offer your children this hybrid system is an excellent option! Class is once a week with an option to sign up for fun outings (Discovery Days) once a week as well. Discovery Days change every month to make things new and exciting for the kids to experience. In the past such outings have included: ice skating, indoor rock climbing, snow shoeing, indoor trampolines, book binding, martial arts, Discovery Space Center, programing, and more!

Ruth Lowe

I absolutely LOVE Canyon Grove! The distance education program is wonderful. I’ve homeschooled for years and this is the best of both worlds. The kids go for one day a week and do the rest from home. They can participate in a school play and many other fun activities. You get support and you have tons of choices for curriculum. The resource library is heavenly, filled with curriculum, science activities, foreign language programs, art activities, anything you could want to make school at home fun and engaging.The staff is amazing, the director Kim really cares about the families. I wish that there had been a school like this when my oldest was younger. I felt like I struck the gold mine when I found Canyon Grove 2 years ago and the school just keeps getting better and better each year!

Sarah Millward

This is my second year homeschooling and 1st year at Canyon Grove Academy! We LOVE CGA!!! It offers the perfect program for our needs offering a full day of education at a local campus and a day of discovery- where my daughter can learn from other teachers and interact with her peers sometimes while rock climbing, cooking, snow shoeing, kayaking or crafting!! My daughter thrives with a one on one education at home the rest of the week (music, swim, theater we supplement) where all the curriculum we choose has been provided by CGA. They offer education specialists to work with you throughout the year. They also offer several online programs which we choose to supplement with. My daughter is happy, educated and socialized. She has made great friends this year. CGA is a school/program I plan to stick with and I’m grateful we found them. Thank you CGA!

Nina F

I’m so glad to have found Canyon Grove distance education. We have been with them from the start and even though there have been some changes and speed bumps, it is what I expect of a totally new concept and educational system. Canyon Grove has succeeded in delivering their vision where so many other schools I have been following have failed. I am a hard-core homeschool purist and was wary at first but my kids absolutely love the once a week onsite class and the extra curricular “discovery days” are amazing and very valuable to me. The resource library is really great and helpful although I will admit that I don’t use it as much as I would like to. I also love the online resources that Canyon Grove offers, my kids use them everyday. My favorite thing about the resource library is being able to borrow the high quality expensive items that I would be reluctant to come out of pocket for, such as telescopes, microscopes, rock tumblers, etc. etc field trips have been really fun and it’s been so nice getting to do various activities for free or for a heavy discount. Our Educational Specialist is always eager and ready to help me with any struggles we may be facing or (which I value) isn’t in my face if I don’t need anything. I’m putting my third child into canyongrove next year and I’m excited for them to be able to go together.

Micki C
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