Our Beginnings

Paradigm was founded in 2006 by a group comprised of twenty-five families, most of whom homeschooled their children. This group, led by Val and Celia Johnson, founded the school on principles of freedom and on classical educational philosophies. We value education more that schooling.

Paradigm was one of the first stand-alone charter high schools (not on a college campus) in Utah, serving grades 9-12, starting with 200 students in two warehouses, located in Sandy, Utah.

In 2008, we moved to our current location in South Jordan and grew to our student count of over 500, an ideal size for smaller, individualized learning experiences.

In 2013, the school became Paradigm Schools when it expanded to include the Paradigm Preparatory, serving grades 7-8.

Paradigm has created a strong curriculum comprised of original works, primary source documents, and classic books; we don’t utilize textbooks. Paradigm continually finds ways to look and think “outside the box” to accommodate the needs of different kinds of scholars and their families.

Our program provides all of the necessary credit requirements for a high school diploma and college advancement, but most importantly teaches scholars how to think not just what to think.

Definition of “Paradigm”:

par·a·digm /ˈperəˌdīm/

The lens through which we see; A worldview;
A model or pattern; to set as an example

We invite you to experience a Paradigm shift and look at education through a different lens. Come grow with us! You can also learn more about Paradigm with our podcast!

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  • I love Paradigm. My children have never been happier, and have found a love of learning that was missing in their previous education!

    Julia H.

    I went to Paradigm all through high school. Best experience ever. Not only did it help me focus on my strengths, but it also prepared me for college with its challenging curriculum that makes you think outside the box. The mentors there care about each of their students individually, and want nothing more than the students’ success.

    Jennifer L.

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