We pride ourselves on having students who are successful performers and outstanding academics as well. Though our charter focuses on the richness of the performing arts, many of our students go on to successfully study a variety of subjects in college including mathematics, engineering, science, and business. It is our goal to prepare our students to be successful in any subject of their choosing and to be responsible, upstanding members of the community.


The courses offered at SPA  focus on teaching more than the basic principles of a particular art form. Our students learn a variety of skills for adulthood such as time management, self motivation, responsibility, oral communication skills, creative problem solving, cooperation, confidence, skills in analysis/investigation and perseverance.

We hold SPA students to high academic standards, requiring all students to maintain their academic performance while they participate in shows, conservatories and extra curricular activities. In fact, our graduating class of 2015 had an average GPA of 3.4 and collectively our 42 graduates generated over 2.1 million dollars in scholarship offers. 

Our charter enjoys a unique relationship with the Salt Lake City School District and close association with Highland High School where SPA students are able take the majority of their CORE  academic classes. Because of this relationship SPA students are able to attend classes both at SPA and Highland High school, where our students have access to a wealth of traditional academic, athletic, and enrichment opportunities, including, but not limited to:


  • Twenty-one AP courses allowing students a chance to earn college credit when they pass the AP exams. Highland ranks in the top ten schools in Utah with over 600 AP exams taken each year.

  • Forty Eight Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways, offered to prepare students for the transition to the professional community. Courses include: welding, auto mechanics, wood shop (both Campuses), drafting, biotech, television broadcasting, early childhood care center, pre-school and day care internship, ProStart culinary, interior design, and fashion (HHS), in addition to the Costume Design, Digital Media, Advanced Digital Photography, and Film Making courses taught at SPA.

  • Honors Classes are offered in math, language arts, geography, world languages, science, and history.

  • Credit Recovery Classes, that allow students to make up credits in order to fulfill all graduation requirements.

  • Free After School Tutoring in a variety of subjects at both campuses.

  • Free Summer School is offered through Highland enrollment.

  • A variety of Athletic opportunities. Highland High has 19 different athletic teams and traditionally competes at the highest level winning many state titles. Our partnership with Highland gives SPA students the opportunity to participate on these athletic teams.

  • Student Clubs: Both Highland High and Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts offers a variety of student clubs including that help students feel included and learn time management skills for college success.


Students who choose to attend SPA are offered a unique opportunity receive some of Utah’s best performing arts instruction, from qualified and gifted teachers. Equally, our charter allows students to live the “high school experience.” By attending our school students get the best of both worlds academically and creatively.


SLSPA meets or exceeds the Utah CORE standards in all of our classes. Utah's CORE Standards can be found here:


Educating. Guiding. Inspiring.

Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts has implemented an Individualized Learning Program (ILP) that is based in a digital curriculum, in a "blended learning environment" with a full-time, certified teacher in each classroom. Students are able to study all of their High School CORE subjects in Math, English/Language Arts, and Social Studies (US History, Geography, World History, etc) in a self-paced, supported learning environment with a LIVE teacher, who is readily accessible, in the classroom with them. Students are able to access their curriculum in class and at home and can move through that material as quickly as they master the content.


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ILP English & Social Studies Teacher

Ashley Bond is the department head for the Individualized Learning Program (ILP). Her areas of expertise include English Language Arts and the social sciences. She graduated from the University of Richmond in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education. Since then, she has taken courses in special education, English Language Arts, and the social sciences from various local institutions.



CTE Apparel Design Teacher

Charrisse Furhiman is an amazing professional costumer and seamstress. She is highly sought after for her awesome costuming skills from schools to professional theaters and all points in between. She brings years of experience in the field and a passion and energy that is palpable and intoxicating. Ask any of her students in her third year entrepreneurship course and they will tell you just how awesome it is.





Chris Wright is excited to transition into this position in the SPA community as the new School Counselor! His role at SPA combines multiple passions of his: working in education; helping performers find and trust their voice, and facilitating a culture of collaboration and creativity. Chris was drawn to SPA not just for its unique program, but also because of its stellar reputation in the state as a public charter school.



Iris Gonzales, LCSW, is our new school therapist at SPA. She is passionate about supporting and encouraging others to achieve their goals and overcome life’s obstacles. She loves enhancing the positive strengths and values in everyone through different modalities using evidence-based approach. She is a graduate of the University of Utah where she earned her degree in Master of Social Work. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and working towards getting fully certified. She also holds a Crisis Worker Certification through the State of Utah. Iris has worked at the Utah State Prison, UNI Crisis and is currently with Odyssey House of Utah. She values good self-care; from spending quiet time alone, watching movies, spending time with family and friends. Although, more than likely, you will find her at a softball field enjoying the fresh air and watching her twin girls play competitive softball.