What Educational Opportunities Would Students Lose in a District Split?

The big losers in a district split are the children. South Jordan City students would lose access to many Jordan School District programs and courses available to its students. In addition, there are many programs supported by the Jordan Education Foundation such as The Leader in Me, mini-grants for teachers, scholarships, Arts for Education and music program support. Replicating or replacing these programs could take years. The potential educational program losses, should a district split occur, have been broken into three categories: Curriculum, Special Education, and Career and Technical Education (CTE), including classes provided by the Jordan Applied Technology Center.

Curriculum
South Jordan City students would lose access to dual-immersion language courses offered in schools outside of South Jordan City. They would also lose the secondary ALPS magnet school. South Jordan City schools would lose the support the Jordan District Curriculum and Staff Development Department provides in the areas of Gifted/Talented programs, science programs, mathematics programs, history programs, music programs, etc., as well as District support for staff training and evaluations.

Special Education
South Jordan City students would lose access to dozens of resources, programs, and self-contained support classes. These include the Kauri Sue Hamilton School, the Child Development Center, South Valley School, and services provided in the self-contained support classes and programs:

  • Elementary School Level
    • High-functioning Autism Support, primary and intermediate
    • Functional Multiple Disability/Autism Academic Support, primary and intermediate
    • Diagnostic kindergarten support
    •  Social-Emotional-Behavioral Support, primary and intermediate
    • Intellectual Disability/Multiple/Autism Functional Academic Support, primary and intermediate
    • Intellectual Disability/Orthopedic Impairment Academic Support, primary and intermediate
    • Academic and Communications Support, grades 1-6
  • Middle and High School Levels
    • Intellectual Disability Functional Academic Support, grades 7-9
    • Academic and Communications Support, grades 7-9
    • Intellectual Disability/Orthopedic Impairment Functional Academic Support, grades 7-9
    • Social-Emotional-Behavioral Support, grades 7-9
    • Social-Emotional-Behavioral/Autism Support, grades 7-9
    • Intellectual Disability/Multiple/Autism Functional Academic Support, grades 7-9
    • High-functioning Autism Support, grades 10-12

Career and Technical Education (CTE)
While the argument has been made that many CTE courses could still be offered in schools located within South Jordan City, most, if not all, receive District funding and professional support from the Jordan Applied Technology Center and District CTE Department. These specialty course offerings could take many years to replicate. South Jordan City students could also lose access to the courses offered at the Jordan Applied Technology Center, including: