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Academic Studies

Hayden Canyon Charter (HCC) provides core academic curriculum aligns with Idaho State Standards and includes studies in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Students also enjoy classes in Music, Art, STEM, and Physical Education; all students at Hayden Canyon Charter hike at least once a week.

HCC utilizes a hands-on, project based learning model that allows them to gain problem solving skills through real life experiences and community service opportunities. HCC’s curriculum also includes enrichment through learning expeditions that further enhance the lessons being learned in the classroom.

Projects and expeditions are designed to have a positive and tangible impact on the student, our school community, and the community at large. Further, community engagement is fostered through partnerships with professionals who are able to provide expert knowledge relevant to the curriculum. The unique structure of HCC’s model provides opportunities for students, beginning at an early age, to explore and discover their unique interests, gifts and abilities, and develop a life-long love of learning.

Three Dimensions of Student Achievement

At HCC we know that a student’s success as an adult will be determined by their character and the quality of their work, not by their performance on tests of basic skills. This is why our vision of student achievement has three dimensions: Mastery of Academic Skills and Content, High-Quality Work, and Positive Character Traits.

Master of Academic Skills: 

  • Demonstrate proficiency and deeper understanding: Students show mastery in a body of knowledge and skills within each discipline.
  • Apply their learning: Students transfer knowledge and skills to novel, meaningful tasks.
  • Think critically: Students analyze, evaluate, and synthesize complex ideas and consider multiple perspectives.
  • Communicate clearly: Students write, speak, and present ideas effectively using a variety of media within and across disciplines.

High Quality Work: 

  • Create complex work: Students demonstrate higher-order thinking, multiple perspectives and transfer of understanding.
  • Demonstrate craftsmanship: Students create work that is accurate and beautiful in conception and execution.
  • Create authentic work: Students demonstrate original thinking and voice, connect to real-world issues and formats, and when possible, create work that is meaningful to the community beyond the school.


  • Citizenship: Being a helpful, engaged member of a community (Class/Crew, HCC, My Community, America)
  • Resilience: Facing and working through difficulties with a positive attitude
  • Exploration: Seeking answers through discovery, questioning, and investigation.
  • Workmanship: Putting forth excellent effort that produces high-quality work.

High Quality Work Examples

Please click on each of the images to learn more about the projects displayed below.

8th Grade Term 1 High Quality Work

8th Grade Idiom Project

6th Grade Science | Hayden Canyon Charter

6th Grade Science Project

2nd Grade Dino project

2nd Grade Paleontology Project