The Salt Lake Arts Academy, a public charter school for students in grades five through eight, has received an Ernest L. Boyer Best Practices Award for 2008.

The $10,000 award was presented to principal Amy Wadsworth during the National Association of Elementary School Principals national convention in Nashville, Tenn.

The award recognized schools for their accomplishments in character education. The arts academy has developed a leadership program designed to help students learn and understand their leadership potential and their role in society.