John Hancock Charter School (JHCS) was founded in 2000 by a group of dedicated parents and administrators who saw a real need and demand for a K-8 charter school in Utah County. 

JHCS is a public charter school, chartered by the Utah State Office of Education.  We use the “Core Knowledge Sequence” curriculum developed by E.D. Hirsch Jr. 

The basic philosophy of Core Knowledge is that learning builds on learning and children gain new knowledge only by building on what they already know.  It is essential to begin building solid foundations of knowledge in the early years, when children are most receptive.  Research has shown, for the vast majority of children, academic deficiencies from the first six grades permanently impair the success of later learning. 

The mission of JHCS is to provide that core foundation and make our students successful learners for life.

Charter schools provide:

o Accountability: Charter schools are held accountable for how well they educate children in a safe and responsible environment, not for compliance with district and state regulations. They are judged on how well they meet the student achievement goals established by their charter, and how well they manage the fiscal and operational responsibilities entrusted to them. If they fail, they are closed.

o Choice: Parents, teachers, community groups, organizations, or individuals interested in creating an alternative educational opportunity for children can start charter schools. Local and state school boards, colleges and universities, and other                    community agencies interested in fostering innovation and excellence in schools sponsor them. Students choose to attend, and teachers choose to teach at charter schools.

o Autonomy: Charter schools are freed from the traditional bureaucracy and regulations that divert a school's energy and resources toward compliance rather than excellence. Educators can focus on setting and reaching high academic standards for their students.

o Parental involvement: Parents are required to be involved in their children's education in a variety of ways that can include:

Governing board: Comprised of parents, educators, community leaders.

Curriculum: This school will have a sound educational base using the Core Knowledge Sequence by E.D. Hirsch Jr.


Our Mission Statement:

In partnership with parents and the community it is the mission of John Hancock Charter School, to provide a continuously challenging curriculum in a safe and nurturing learning environment. Our primary goal is to instill the love of learning and to prepare students to become responsible citizens and productive members of the community.

Belief Statements:

  • We believe all students can learn.
  • We believe education is the shared responsibility of students, parents, school staff and the community.
  • We believe that a school should be a safe, nurturing environment.
  • We believe that the cultural and fine arts are necessary and important to the growth of a child.
  • We believe all children are entitled to an education that is challenging and gives them a feeling of success.
  • We believe teachers with high expectations affect student performance.
  • We believe that learning is a life-time process and it is our responsibility to build a strong foundation based on academic and social skills.
  • We believe that students have the right to learn something new every day.



  • Foster the growth and development of children to their full potential.
  • Inspire the heart, mind and soul.
  • Develop self-esteem and self-motivation in our students.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility and respect in our students.
  • Provide a small school setting which allows for a more intimate learning environment.
  • Provide a small classroom size, that will allow teachers to address individual learning styles and provide more one-on-one instruction time.
  • Provide parents with an unprecedented opportunity for hands-on involvement in the structure and operation of their children's education and school.



  • Instill the love of learning.
  • Prepare students to become responsible citizens and productive members of the community.
  • Provide a solid academic foundation for future learning.
  • Instill an appreciation for the cultural and fine arts. 


Links to More Information about the JHCS Curriculum and Educational Elements

Core Knowledge Foundation

The Core Knowledge Sequence is a grade-by-grade sequence of specific content guidelines in history, geography, mathematics, science, language arts, and the fine arts. This sequence is the result of a long research process developed by the nonprofit Core Knowledge Foundation and E.D. Hirsch Jr. 

Spalding Education International

8 Keys of Excellence Character Education Program

Easy Ways To Pay 2014-2015 School Fees

Use these links to pay your 2014-2015 school fees:

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 16 - Barnes and Noble Book Fair and Art 330 East University Parkway, Orem UT  from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  This is our fundraiser for the library.  Be sure to mention you support JHCS at check out and use the following book fair ID if purchasing online:  11517752.

Dec. 20-January 4th - Winter Break

Science Fair - Grades 5-8th.  Your child should be working on their science fair project.  Contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Adamic if you have any questions.

2014 15 Inspirations Contest

The theme is "What A Wonderful World."  Entires are due to the school the week of Dec. 15 - 19, but no later than 2:00 pm on the 19th.   Students can submit one entry per category.  

Age divisions are:
Kindergarten - 2nd grade
3rd grade - 5th grade
6th grade- 8th grade
9th grade - 12th grade

Categories are:

Visual Arts
3D Art
Digital Art
Musical Composition

Rules can be found at 

JHCS Featured On BYUtv News

JHCS was featured on BYUtv news February 15th, 2012. The feature included an interview with Mrs Adamic, in which she discussed that JHCS is proud of the fact that we have offered a choice within the public education system for parents, teachers and students for the past 10 years.

You can see the interview here.

Volunteer Opportunities @ JHCS

John Hancock Charter School uses Volunteer Spot to help us organize our volunteers.  Please check here often to see current needs at the school.  You do need a FREE account, so log on today and get signed up.  

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Contact Information

John Hancock Charter School
125 North 100 East
Pleasant Grove, UT  84062
801-785-4934 fax

Principal: Julie Adamic