Here are some additional resources that play a part in our program and may be useful in understanding our therapeutic and practical approach to working with our staff, students and families. We wish you the best and please let us know how we can assist you!




Outdoor experiential education extends far beyond recreation. It is a critical element of our therapeutic approach. The discoveries our students make about themselves in therapy – lessons of self-confidence and capability — are reinforced in adventures on the weekend and on week-long excursions. For some boys, outdoor experiences are key to unlocking the door to their resistance and self-doubt.

Physically and metaphorically, we believe in getting outside, getting outside of the limits we set on ourselves. This is the premise of outdoor experiential education.

There’s nothing like rafting the rapids of a river for teaching students how to think quickly and work together. Or finding the next handhold on a rock climb for overcoming fear. Outdoors, our students become aware of what they’re capable of. They discover new depths of resilience and confidence and take their potential to new heights.

Expeditions = Education

Activities that build self-confidence

Facilitate therapeutic healing

Pushing physical and mental limits

Practice cooperation and connection

Safely balanced risk-taking


The expedition program provides boys with opportunities that challenge them within safe, non-threatening limits. Our outdoor experts are skilled not only in outdoor sports, but in creating experiences that intentionally foster growth. Weekend activities and extended trips include rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding and river running. Each adventure is carefully designed, offering a mix of personal therapeutic opportunities and activities that build connection and cooperation.

Often, physical outdoor challenges free boys up to admit fears more readily. Most experiences also hold lessons that can readily be extended to “real life.” Climbing, for instance, is a great metaphor: It’s scary. You can come off the wall – but be caught. It involves teamwork, trust,

communication, and problem-solving. And when you succeed, you have other people cheering for you at the top.

It’s important to note that SCA expeditions are low-risk in nature, but carry a high perceived risk, which is a great recipe for building confidence and self-esteem. They are adventures that require both physical and social risk taking. Learning to ask for support from one’s peers – and accept it – is an important and valuable skill. At the same time, each student can see firsthand how his choices and behavior influence the goals of the group, and how his support might be just the thing that helps another student succeed.


As an integral part of Sundance Canyon Academy, our music curriculum aims to develop each student’s musicianship, provide hands-on experiences in music performance and theory, and nurture musical artistry through carefully selected materials and sequenced instruction. Students learn through a music education approach called Orff Schulwerk. This approach combines singing, movement, poetry, and playing instruments. Improvisation and composition are emphasized as students work on projects which extend and develop their understanding of musical concepts.

Based on the Music Standards from the National Standards for Arts in Education, our curriculum provides students with age-appropriate skills and a conceptual understanding of composing, performing, reading and writing music, music analysis, and links music to history and culture.

Our students can sign up for beginning or advanced band, and stay involved through graduation, skillfully honing their talents under the direction of professional musician-teachers Christian and Ian Hooper.

SCA musicians have the opportunity to perform during multiple concerts and at various school functions. Upon hearing one of our band performances you may think you’ve enjoyed a concert of professional musicians well beyond their teenage years.

The SCA music program was designed to help students, no matter their level of technique or years of experience, develop a better understanding of music through both performance and study of music styles and musicians. During practice, band members are provided the opportunity to improve their skills in reading and interpreting music notation, improvisation, and articulation of musical notes and phrases. Best of all, our students have the opportunity to develop their talents and expand their creativity.

For those about to ROCK, we SALUTE you!


Sundance Canyon Academy is proud to offer a Culinary Arts Program to all our students. The Program teaches students food preparation, management, and hospitality. The program may also include available internships. This program is affiliated with several reputable restaurants and enjoys partnerships with National Restaurant Associations and Culinary Institutes nationwide. Many of our students are also afforded opportunities to interact with professionals in the business.

Our commercial culinary kitchen is structured to teach culinary arts to students as well as to provide a team building environment. We focus on technique while teaching our students to prepare culinary works of art. Our students learn to work together while creating delicious meals.

Our hands-on culinary courses at SCA are rewarding and effective in developing organizational skills, sharpening communication skills, and promoting group work.

Within your first few weeks at Sundance, YOU ARE COOKING! Whether you are preparing pizza, baking cookies, sautéing vegetables or grilling steaks, you are gaining the necessary knowledge to enter the culinary field WHILE HAVING FUN!

Our culinary instructors are well trained. Executive chefs, Allen Saena, Boyd Hooper, and Nate Stoddard have a combined fifty (50) years’ experience in cooking and kitchen management. Completion of the SCA culinary program gives many of our students the opportunity to prepare for a lucrative career while fulfilling academic requirements.

Field trips will be made to Downtown Salt Lake City and Park City restaurants along with other culinary themed educational trips.

Students will learn about the following topics while enrolled in the SCA Culinary Arts Program:


Kitchen and Food Safety

Culinary Terminology

Cooking and Baking





Knife Skills