It is Utah's first K-8 IB school. The teachers and the administrative staff are excellent and share a great rapport with all the students and parents.
The curriculum is wholesome and it is given in a nurturing environment. The Middle school faculty is highly qualified and have been instrumental in getting the middle school students 100% ready for the educational rigors of high school.
It has been a great choice for my kids and my family.
Bullying is addressed many times throughout the year in general and is also not tolerated on a daily basis. Students are taught skills to stop the bullying behavior when they see it or if they are experiencing it at school or at home.
Mr. Marsden us a very caring and understanding assistant principal. He is strict and he is consistent. Mr. Kurt, the school counselor, is great with kid: getting them to talk about their challenges and to learn social skills that they may be lacking. Mrs. Kartchner in the tutoring department is great with the students and families with special needs and the head of the school, Miss Heather, is effective at keeping everything running smoothly at the school level as well as at the school board level.
Having seen so many kids complete the MYP program at Channing Hall and then go on to 9th grade more than prepared for honors and AP classes speaks volumes about the team of teachers at Channing Hall and their effectiveness.
Homework is only given if it is to reinforce concepts being taught in class. It is never "busy" work. Kids have too many extracurricular activities to attend to and studies have shown that homework has to be meaningful and graded in order for it to be effective.
Eleven years and counting. Channing Hall is home. All of my kids attended this outstanding IB K-8 school. They learned to read, write and speak Spanish; they were challenged by the math curriculum, they learned to make pottery, prints, paintings and paper; they absorbed rich history lessons, learned how to play the ukulele and recorder; played on the middle school competitive sports teams; learned how to cook, balance a budget and be responsible for flour babies and egg babies; they got to do science and participate in not only the school fair, but the district charter fair and the state level too. They went to the state math competition in middle school and also played laser tag to learn about the reflection of light. They got dressed up all fancy to try out etiquette at the Grand America and then go to the symphony, a ballet and a museum. They spent the night at The Museum of Ancient Life for Dinosnorzz and they dug up their own buckets of geodes in Dugway. They dressed up as their favorite hero from history for a wax museum and they attended Daddy Daughter dances. Simply put, there is always something new that this "agile learning" school has up their sleeve to keep the kids engaged. The school has so much technology and the students learn to use it correctly: kindergarteners making a slides how presentation, for example. The teachers and staff truly care about the well-being of all of the students at Channing Hall. Take a tour and see for yourself. The kids are happy, having fun and learning. Most kids that leave the school to go on to 9th grade will take all honors and even AP classes with ease. See the school in action and compare it to any other school around. Channing just feels right.
The small size creates an atmosphere where students will get a very personalized education. The teachers know and care about the students. The students learn the state curriculum exceptionally well and are also taught how to be organized, how to learn effectively, and how to interact with peers and adults properly. When they leave Channing Hall to go onto high school they are beyond prepared academically and socially. Students also can participate in extra-curricular activities such as student leadership and competitive sports.
Channing Hall provides an exceptional IB World school community for parents, staff, and students. As a teacher, I not only teach Utah History Core Standards, but I am given flexibility to teach concepts through a global lens. Students are engaged in relevant and rigorous learning activities on a regular basis. Our middle school community is close-knit and caring. I love Channing Hall!