Wednesday , September 06, 2017 - 6:00 AM
OGDEN — Weber State University and the Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering and Science are expanding their partnership next fall.
NUAMES, a charter school for students in 10th through 12th grades, is opening another site at Weber State’s Ogden campus in the fall of 2018.
Principal Kelli Booth said the classes will be housed in various locations around campus until the Noorda Building for Engineering, Applied Science & Technology is built.
“They’re just going to place us in pockets,” she said. “I know the Lind Lecture Hall has been tossed around”’
Bruce Davis, the Weber State vice provost and dean of continuing education, said the new engineering building will take roughly five years to come to fruition.
“We haven’t even started on the design phase,” he said.
NUAMES already holds classes at the Weber State University Davis campus, serving 750 students. The new site will serve up to 550 students.
The new location, Booth said, will allow them to serve the many more students who want to attend. This fall the waiting list had 250 people on it.
“Really, NUAMES has outperformed everyone and part of that is this great partnership with Weber State,” she said.
Davis said NUAMES opened in 2002 and has been housed at Weber State’s Davis campus since 2007. Booth said the expansion to Ogden was approved by the Utah State Charter School Board about a year ago.
The Noorda Building has been funded in part by the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation but NUAMES will also contribute $7.5 million.
“NUAMES is the best charter school in the state, period, and it’s a delight to have them on our Davis campus, but it’s also going to be important to have the best charter school on our Ogden campus as well,” Weber State President Charles Wight said.
According to data provided by Booth, NUAMES was named Utah Charter School of the Year in 2017 by the Utah Charter Network. It is also one of two schools in Utah to receive an “A” letter grade from the state for four consecutive years.
Booth said about half of their graduates — including her own son — earn an associate's degree along with a high school diploma.
Booth said on average, 63 percent of their students go on to attend Weber State University.
“They’re getting a lot of college completed while they’re in high school, which is a great program,” she said.
Wight said NUAMES has promised community involvement and a diverse student body at their second location. Booth said they’re also participating in the Ogden Community Action Network to revitalize central Ogden.
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