News & Media

All press inquiries should be directed to:

DeLaina Tonks, Director
Mountain Heights Academy


KSL, July 23, 2020: Online learning is a perfect fit for some students, says online school principal

Utah Business, July 7, 2020: Adapt to Remote Work or Die

Ascend Math, May 22, 2020: Mountain Heights Academy Named a 2020 Ascend Math Gold Medal Recipient, May 1, 2020: Top Tips for Online Teaching from Educators Doing it Now

West Jordan Journal, April 15, 2020: Water Quality Education Creates Ripple Effect

Scholastic, April 1, 2020: Innovators of Tomorrow National Winner, April 1, 2020: eLearning Teaching Tips; Support for Educators During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Samsung Solve, January 2020: Samsung Solve for Tomorrow State Winners 

West Jordan Journal, February 2020: Mountain Heights Academy Students Create Virtual Buddy Bench

National History Day, June 2019: State Winner

Best of State, May 2019: k-12 Online Education

eCybermission, April 20, 2018: eCybermission Competition State Winners 1st & 2nd Place

Daily Herald, March 1, 2018: Utah charter school students celebrate Read Across America Day by reading around state, December 13, 2017: Students Collaborate with Digital Tools to Support Bee Populations, December 7, 2017: Mountain Heights Academy, Beyond the Basics of CS, November 1, 2017: 2017 Student Voices Winner, October 25, 2017: Students from Utah’s Mountain Heights Academy Address National Education Leaders at SETDA Event in Washington D.C

SETDA, June 28, 2017: SETDA Announces Utah’s Mountain Heights Academy 2017 Student Voice Award Winner

USDLA, May 2, 2017: Mountain Heights Academy Teacher Awarded USDLA Excellence in Teaching

eCybermission, April 27, 2017: Mountain Heights Academy Team Wins eCybermission Challenge, April 18, 2017: PBS Announces Educators Selected for the 2017 Digital Innovators Program, February 7, 2017: How this Local School is Revolutionizing the Way Teens Learn

Education Matters, February 2017: Innovation through Technology

eSchool News, September 16, 2016: How these 5 schools sustain innovation through technology

Herald Extra, May 27, 2016: Orem Violinist Named Presidential Scholar in the Arts

Moab Sun News, May 26, 2016: Backus to Compete for Rodeo Queen Title, April 20, 2016: Going Open

E-Learn Magazine, April 19, 2016: Mountain Heights Academy; a 100% Digital School, March 21, 2016 :3 Ways the education system in the US must evolve, March 8, 2016: Utah Launches Statewide #GoOpen Initiative

Studio5, March 1, 2016: Revolutionizing the education system via

Fresh Living, February 12, 2016: Four dealbreakers to look for in an online education experience

The Insider, July 9, 2015: Local Utah Teacher Selected to Attend Prestigious Leadership Academy in Tokyo

The Standard, May 13, 2015: Mountain Heights Student Dominates State Tennis 4A Tournament

abc4News, May 7, 2015: Online Academy Focuses on Giving Students Individual Attention

abc4Utah, May 7, 2015: Mountain Heights Academy, April 3, 2015: 6 myths about online schooling debunked

Good Things Utah, March 10, 2015: Online School Offers Real Life Learning, March 10, 2015: 5 Ways Online Education Benefits Students

YouTube, December 1, 2014: Mountain Heights Academy Student’s Winning Go-Pro Challenge Video

The Spectrum, December 1, 2014: Mountain Heights Student Wins Scholarship to Big Ideas Fest in San Francisco, September 3, 2014: An Alternative to Traditional School

KUTV Fresh Living, August 11, 2014: Mountain Heights Academy

Utah Business, June 26, 2014:  People on the Move

LearnZillion, June 16, 2014: Three Utah Educators Participating in National ‘Dream Team’

Utah Business, May 23, 2014: Director DeLaina Tonks, 30 Women to Watch

Good Things Utah, March 3, 2014: Why a Mother and Daughter Love Mountain Heights Academy

The Davis Clipper, March 1, 2014: Reading Help Includes Tech

KUTV Fresh Living, February 20, 2014: Mountain Heights Academy

Deseret News, January 24, 2014: Hawthorne Elementary Students Treated to Storytime, Ipods

The Spectrum, January 24, 2014: Students Celebrate National Reading Day

Scholastic, December 2, 2013: Are Textbooks Relics of the Past?

Utah Business, October 8, 2013: Sara Layton, Highlighted Players in Utah Business

The Spectrum, September 1, 2013: Teacher Earns Accolades for Role in Digital Classroom

American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, August 15, 2013: College Professor Moves to High School Classroom, Receives American Board Utah Teacher of the Year Award

Salt Lake Tribune, August 11, 2013: Z’s to A’s: Do Utah students suffer from lack of sleep?, June 20, 2013: A Day in the Life of a Mountain Heights Academy Student

iNACOL, June 19, 2013: Open Educational Resources and Collaborative Content Development: A Practical Guide for State and School Leaders

Salt Lake Tribune, May 21, 2013: Mountain Heights Academy Student and Utah Video Contest Zooms in on Clearing the Smog

Standard Examiner, April 16th, 2013: Mountain Heights Academy Student Receives National Recognition for Baseball; Credits Online Classes with Increasing Motivation in Schooling.

Tooele Transcript-Bulletin, April 14, 2013: Local students work toward graduation-Without Going to the Classroom

Fox 13 News, April 12, 2013: Utah High School Students Attend Virtual Prom

The Spectrum, March 9, 2013: Sara Layton named Teacher of the Year Finalist

Building Creative Bridges, March 8, 2013: Open Introductions, Open Education Week, Wikinomics, and Murmuration

American Journal of Education, February, 2013: The Nature of Parental Interactions in an Online School

Wayne and Garfield County Insider, February 28. 2013: Local Curriculum Writer Recognized for Talent, Teaching Ability

Studio 5, February 8, 2013: Studio 5 Explores Mountain Heights Academy

Daily Herald, February 7, 2013: Utah’s Online Public School Expanding to 7th, 8th Grades

Salt Lake Tribune, February 5, 2013: Online Education Celebrated For Expanding

Salt Lake Tribune, January 6, 2013: Mountain Heights Science Chair Wins Prestigious Governor’s Medal of Excellence Award

Education Week, October 17, 2012: Open Ed Resources Encourage Teachers to Tinker

Studio 5, August 27, 2012: Open High School

Brigham Young University McKay Today Magazine, Spring 2012: Open Education

Deseret News, June 19, 2012: The 50 Best-Scoring High Schools in Utah (Open High School of Utah #31 in the State), May 30, 2012: College Courses to be Made Available through Open High School

Standard Examiner, May 21, 2012: Online Charter School Now Offers Dual Credits for Weber State University, High Schools

The Journal, May 16, 2012: Who Will Vet the Textbooks of the Future?

The Journal, May 9, 2012: Running a School on Open Educational Resources

Utah Business, May 7, 2012: Open High School of Utah Partners with Weber State University to Provide College Classes

Iterating Towards Openness, May 5, 2012: Open High School of Utah Keeps Winning Awards

USDLA, May 1, 2012: USDLA 2012 International Awards Presented for Excellence in Distance Education and Teaching

Davis County Clipper, April 19, 2012: Online School Provides Option for Local Students

Education Week, February 8, 2012: Picking and Choosing Digital Content

Deseret News, January 19, 2012: Utah Teachers embrace School Choice

The Washington Times, January 18, 2012: School Choice gives Teachers Options

Forbes, January 2, 2012: Digital Classrooms: Is the Investment Paying Off?, December 20, 2011: Socialization for the 21st Century, December 14, 2011: Association of American Educators Foundation Announces Fall 2011 National Teacher Scholarship & Classroom Grant Winners

EduTech West Central Region, December 2011: Open High School of Utah, November 2011: Building Online and Blended Learning Environments with Free, Open Resources, October 2011: Utah’s Open High is Making a Difference Around the World, September 2011: Are Women Opting Out of Science Careers

PAEMST Recognition Program: Amy Pace Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Iterating Toward Openness, September 14, 2011: Open High School of Utah Curriculum Release 2.0

Emerging Ed Tech, September 14, 2011: Educators use Cloud-Based Solutions to Take Learning to the Next Level

Association of American Educators, Education Matters, August 2011: The Next Innovation, Open Educational Resources

KQED, MindShift, August 2, 2011: What Would the Freedom Riders Have Tweeted?

KQED, MindShift, July 27th, 2011: 5 Ways Teachers are Getting Inspired this Summer, July 25, 2011: Radical Curriculum Sharing at the Open High School of Utah

Online, July 13, 2011: The 5 Best Online Teachers in America

Salt Lake Tribune, June 9, 2011: Open High School wins Tech Award

Association of American Educators, June 8, 2011: Open High School and DeLaina Tonks Winners of 2011 AAEF Teacher Scholarship and Classroom Grants

Daily Herald, June 5, 2011: Online Education  may be Utah’s Future

eSchool News, June 7, 2011: eSchool of the Month Open High School of Utah shares its ed-tech success with others

Huffington Post, February 12, 2011: Open High: A Great Choice and Contribution

edReformer, February 2, 2011: Open High Blazing New Path

Parents for Choice in Education, January 13, 2011: Is This the Revolution We Have Been Waiting For?

The Deseret News, December 11, 2010: Bicknell Teacher Also Earns D.C. Honor

edReformer, December 9, 2010: Open High Teacher to Receive Presidential Award

Association of American Educators, December 2, 2010: One Utah School Ahead of the Digital Learning Pack

edReformer, November 17, 2010: Open High School of Utah Mentioned by Arne Duncan

Iterating Toward Openness, November 14, 2010: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Talks about the Open High School of Utah

Open Ed Conference, November 2-4, 2010: Barcelona, Spain

Sliderocket, September 21, 2010: Back to School with Sliderocket and Google

edReformer, September 20, 2010: Utah Champion Skater is an Online Student

NetworkWorld, September 16, 2010: Open High is a school built entirely on Open Source, September 10, 2010: (Video) Open Source Goes to High School, September 7, 2010: Open Source Goes to High School

Iterating Toward Openness, September 7, 2010: OHSU OCW Opens

edReformer, September 7, 2010: Open HS Launches Open Resources Project, September 7, 2010: The Open High School of Utah Releases Open Educational Curriculum Under CC BY

Creative Commons, August 23, 2010: CC Talks with Open High School of Utah’s DeLaina Tonks: Open Education and Policy

Salt Lake Tribune, November 23, 2010: U.S. Secretary of Education Praises Utah School

The Daily Universe July 14, 2010: Grad Receives Charter School Educator Award

Society for Mathematical Biology July 6, 2010: OHSU Math Teacher Rebecca Swank Receives 2010 Lee Segal Prize for Best Paper

Salt Lake Tribune July 5th, 2010: No Chalk in This Algebra Class, Just Digital Ink

KCSG Television July 1, 2010: Santa Clara Online Teacher Named Charter School Educator of the Year

edReformer, June 29, 2010: Math that’s Fast, Flexible, and Great for Kids June 29, 2010: Online math teacher is top charter school educator

White House, June 7, 2010: OHSU Science Teacher Amy Pace Receives the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Red Meat Radio, May 28th 2010: Inaugural Year Recap with DeLaina Tonks  

Virtual Learning, March 26, 2010: Open Source Learning

Education Next, March 25, 2010: What We Can Learn From Utah’s Open High

Salt Lake Tribune, February 18, 2010: Students All A-Twitter in Their Virtual Capitol Tour

Fordham Institute, January 20, 2010: Open Source Education

Iterating Toward Openness, January 5, 2010: Enjoying the “Unaware/Unaware” Critics of OHSU

Salt Lake Tribune, January 2, 2010: Charter School Breaks Ground in Open Education

eSchool News, December 31, 2009: Open Course ware Gains Momentum