History

In 2010, The Colby School merged with Park City Academy to form the new Park City Day School. Incorporating the best aspects of the two former schools, Park City Day School provides small class sizes, dynamic curriculum, and a creatively inspired education for preschool through 9th grade.

At the Park City Day School, our students get the comprehensive academic grounding they need for educational and career success, an active co-curricular program that takes full advantage of the unique locale, and a warm, supportive community environment in which close relationships can develop among teachers, students, and parents.

About the former Park City Academy

Park City Academy began as Carden Academy in 1989. Mrs. Frances Johnson and Mrs. Patricia Russell founded the school in memory of David Johnson, a fourth grader at Carden Memorial School in Salt Lake City, who was killed while standing on a street corner by an intoxicated driver. Beginning with 30 students in rented hotel space, the Academy engaged eager students and dynamic teachers with relevant, challenging curriculum in a supportive environment to provide the very best preparation possible for the students’ academic and professional success, as well as their personal happiness.

In 2007, Park City Academy realigned its mission from an affiliation with the Association of Christian Schools International to a more secular one as Candidate Member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS). In the spring of 2009, PNAIS evaluated both The Colby School and Park City Academy, which were both on course for full accreditation. Additionally Park City Academy is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS).

About the former Colby School

In 1998 The Colby School was founded by seven teachers from the Park City school system who shared a different vision: a school that challenged students academically, provided them with a safe learning community, and taught children to treat each other with respect. The founders named the school Colby, in honor of a student who overcame immeasurable personal challenges, improved his academic achievement and became a classroom leader.

From the outset, beginning with 22 students, The Colby School curriculum emphasized integrating curriculum units across subject areas to present students with multiple ways of learning academic concepts. The educational environment encouraged cooperative, active, experiential learning. Outdoor education outings and service learning programs provided Colby students with a sense of place within their school, local and global communities.

A New Era of Education
“I’m inspired by the unique educational experience we’re creating for our children, and for future generations of Park City children.” –Kristi Cumming, Board Chair
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