Our Focus: Spanish Language & Culture
North Davis Preparatory Academy (NDPA) is a public charter school in Layton with a Spanish language focus for students in grades K-9. Every NDPA student studies Spanish and experiences learning with international teachers.
NDPA is Utah’s first International Spanish Academy. The Ministry of Education of Spain awarded this prestigious honor to us in 2010. The criteria to receive this designation are very high, and NDPA is proud of our commitment to the high standards of Spanish language and culture instruction required for this honor.
Our Educator Licensing Information
Within the state of Utah there are three types of educator licenses, these consist of Professional, Associate and Local Educational Agency (LEA) specific licenses. NDPA employees educators of all three types of licenses and a variety of educational endorsements. For the SY2020-21 the breakout of our licensed educators is 70% Professional licenses, 20% LEA licenses and 10% Associate Licenses. For more information about Utah educator licensing visit the following https://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/licensing; and to look up an educator use the following link https://cactus.schools.utah.gov/PersonSearch.
NDPA is a Public Charter School
All NDPA teachers hold valid Utah Educator Licenses or equivalent as authorized by the Utah State Office of Education and are highly qualified for their teaching assignments.
Admission to NDPA is done through a lottery system. A charter school is part of the public education system and must be open to all students without discrimination. If the number of students applying to enroll in a charter school exceeds the capacity of the school, those students are chosen at random from among the applicants.
Parents are expected to provide 30 hours of volunteer time annually. One of the greatest differences between a charter school and a public school is the relationship between the families and the school. Our parents provide special activities, assistance in the classrooms, and extra help with school activities. Parents are the backbone of NDPA.
The parent organization at NDPA is "POET." Just like a PTA or PTO, our POET helps organize special activities for our school and advocate for our students. All parents of NDPA students are members, and no dues are required.
NDPA has a dress code policy. Parents are notified of uniform requirements prior to enrollment.
Additional Information About Charter Schools:
North Davis Preparatory Academy students develop a love of learning, experience high academic achievement, and enjoy high bi-literate proficiency.
Our Core Values
- We prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.
- We nurture curiosity, self-discipline, and the courage to act on our own thoughts and dreams.
- All interactions between students, teachers, staff, and parents are based on honesty, trust, and respect.
- We are a community that embraces differences in our languages, cultures, religions, and abilities.
Our End Statements
- All students will produce exceptional work.
- All students will utilize autonomous learning skills taking responsibility for their own learning.
- All students will demonstrate personal and social responsibility.
- All students will fluently communicate in the Spanish language with a native speaker.
Our Agreement with Spain
We have been designated as an International Spanish Academy by the Ministry of Education of Spain because of our commitment to teaching the Spanish language and the quality of our instruction.
North Davis Preparatory Academy was authorized by the Utah State Charter School Board and the Utah State Board of Education in March 2007. The Charter Application describes the program of instruction, school goals, and academic offerings while enjoying high bi-literate proficiency.
Please note, the policies and bylaws contained in NDPA’s original charter application are subject to change by the governing board. To view the school’s current policies, go to the Policies & Procedures page.