Student Support Services

Athlos Academy of Utah provides a comprehensive program with a continuum of services for our students. All of our services are developed to facilitate each student in reaching his or her potential.

Special Education

The following underlying assumptions guide the organization and provision of special education services in our school:

  1. Special Education is a service that should be delivered to students in the least restrictive environment possible to meet their academic and social needs.
  2. Students with disabilities should have exposure to the rich curricular, instructional, and social opportunities that their non-disable peers receive.
  3. Students with disabilities should be held to high expectations and rigorous academic pursuits.
  4. Families are essential partners in making educational decisions for students.
  5. Accountability and evidence of progress is an essential component of our special education services.

Students receive a full range of appropriate special education and related services, in the general education setting and/or in pull out small groups or individual instruction. A small number of students are educated in specialized programs in the school. The goal of Athlos is to be able to provide a rich system of inclusive education.

Athlos SPED Resources & Policies

State SPED Resources

English Language Learners (ELL)

Athlos Academies of Utah provides a comprehensive language development program for English Language Learners (ELL) with a focus on academic English language development in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Athlos ELL Resources

State ELL Resources


The mission of the school counseling program at Athlos Academy of Utah is to provide a safe learning environment for every student. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of career and college readiness and counseling services. We focus on supporting students academically, socially, and emotionally to gain the necessary skills to be successful in life.

Counseling services include:

  • Communicate required and elective courses
  • Register students for elective courses – visit the jr. high page for more information
  • Offer group support through the counseling program – see below
  • College and career readiness counseling – see the next tab
  • Offer counseling to students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan
  • Support the Athlos student leadership program

A Message from Athlos Counselors

If your student needs help with a personal or academic issue, we are here for them. Our job is to listen to student and parent concerns and do our best to help in whatever way we can. Our goal is to ensure that each and every student reaches their fullest potential in school and life.

One of the things we are excited about doing for the 2019–2020 school year is facilitating small groups for students who need help with things like building better friendships, handling anger, learning better social skills, and managing stress and anxiety. Watch for these groups and let us know if you think your child would benefit from one. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for your student.

– Jennifer Saderholm, Guidance Counselor

– Jessica Winward, Social Worker

Group Support

Athlos counselors facilitate small groups for students who need help in the following areas:

  • Building better friendships
  • Handling anger
  • Learning better social skills
  • Managing stress and anxiety

Local Classes

Classes are offered through the Jordan Family Education Center.

In October and November, the Jordan Family Education Center is offering a free seminar for parents entitled Youth Protection: A seminar for parents addressing bullying, internet safety, child sexual abuse, substance use and abuse and suicide prevention. To register, call (801) 565-7442. The seminar will be held on:

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7–9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7–9:00 p.m.

The Center also offers Suicide Prevention Training for Educators. Learn more about offered services and classes.

SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line

  • SafeUT smartphone app is available for both Apple and Android devices
  • Two-way communication with a licensed SafeUT staff member as well as a school tip line
  • Through the app, you can text or call a SafeUT counselor
  • If you are a student/parent/educator, you can submit a tip to your school about a concern for a friend, a school safety issue, or other related topics

SafeUT answers crisis calls, texts, and chats—about yourself or someone else—24/7. These free services, provided by University of Utah Health, are confidential. Counseling topics include:

  • Depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues
  • Suicide prevention
  • Loss and grief
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Drug and alcohol problems
  • Self-harm
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Any life challenge

College & Career Readiness

Our school counselor provides counseling and information to students to make appropriate educational and career choices, including:

  • Assisting students in college and career development (job seeking/finding skills);
  • Focusing on post-high school placement; and
  • Recognizing and addressing the needs of diverse students.

The school counselor is responsible for meeting the immediate needs of students and informing and involving parent/guardian(s) through the following means:

  • School guidance curriculum;
  • Individual student planning (i.e. SEOP/Plan for College and Career Readiness);
  • Responsive services and dropout prevention activities to address the needs of students; and
  • System support focused on managing the program and addressing the needs of the school.

Misc. Resources