Riverton Elementary is located in the heart of Riverton City in south Salt Lake Valley. The school serves students living between the Jordan River and 2300 West from 12600 South to Bangerter Highway. Many of the students’ parents and grandparents have also attended Riverton Elementary since it originally opened in 1926. While our school was created in 1926, the building we currently occupy was constructed in 1995.
Excellence in academic achievement is a tradition at Riverton. The school enjoys strong support from the community and a high degree of parent involvement. The school motto is “More Students Doing Better Work.”
- Riverton Elementary serves 875 students in grades kindergarten through six. The school uses a modified 45-15 year-round calendar. Students are assigned to one of four attendance groups. Each group attends school for about 45 days and then has 15 days of vacation. The school closes for a common vacation during July.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 22.00 in first grade, 1 to 23 in second grade, 1 to 25 in third grade, and 1 to 27 in grades four, five and six. The actual class sizes vary.
- The curriculum meets all District and state requirements for elementary students. The personal learning needs of each child are addressed through team planning, teaching and evaluating. The team includes the student, parents, teacher, principal, and resource staff as needed. All teachers are Utah certificated and regularly attend in-service classes at the District and school level.
- Special programs are provided for students with special needs. The school has the services of one and one-half special education teachers, and also houses three cluster units for students with a variety of disabilities who live in the southwest area of the School District. A full-time guidance specialist, two full-time speech therapists, and itinerant OT/PT services are available to special needs students.
- A nutritious school lunch is provided, but there is no federal breakfast program. To help assure safety, parents who pick up or drop off students are asked to cooperate with the School Safety Patrol. Students are encouraged to use the established safe walking routes. Thousands of volunteer hours are donated at Riverton each year. Parents and other interested adults are encouraged to apply for the many rewarding service jobs at the school which range from helping teachers prepare materials to listening to children read.
- An active PTA supports the school in a variety of ways. For example, the PTA pays for school assemblies, field trips and many fun and educational activities. A School Community Group meets regularly to address local concerns and become more aware of the school’s programs and needs. The group, comprised of patrons from each geographic area within the school boundaries, also serves as an advisory group for the principal. Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit the school whenever they wish. However, visitors are asked to check in at the office upon arrival. School volunteers have logged more than 5,000 hours of service in tutoring, activities, special programs, and curriculum areas.
- Our school has hosted the Governor of Utah, Mayors of West Jordan and Riverton, members of the State Legislature, the Jordan Board of Education, and many professional athletes and other local celebrities. Several of our teachers have graduated with honors from their universities or received other state and District educational honors. Grade levels prepare special programs for parents during the year.
- Riverton Elementary is also one of three ALPS elementary schools in the district, which serves as a magnet for accelerated students who qualify for advanced placement. We are proud of the fact that all teachers are trained in strategies that help them differentiate instruction to meet individual learning needs of students.
The Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) is a collection of computer-adaptive assessments given to Utah students beginning in grade 3. SAGE assessments provide questions that assess students’ ability to apply higher-order thinking skills and better emulate real tasks students may encounter in education and in life.
SAGE assessments were developed through a joint effort on the part of Utah teachers, parents, test development experts, and the Utah State Office of Education. SAGE assessments provide information to assist in determining students’ educational progress towards being ready for college and careers upon completion of secondary school.
PACE is an acronym given to Utah’s 2013 ten-year education and economic development plan. The plan includes four main components: Prepare young learners, Access for all students, Complete certificates and degrees, and Economic success (PACE). PACE Accountability Reports provide information regarding a school’s progress towards achieving components of the Governor’s education and economic development plan.
In lower and middle grades, PACE Accountability Reports display information regarding kindergarten readiness and SAGE assessment results for grades 3, 6, and 8. At the high school level, SAGE reports include graduation rates, ACT results, and college credit earned concurrent enrollment, advanced placement (AP), career and technical education (CTE), and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
Begin at Utah-Salt Lake Canal (approximately 2250 W.) and 12600 S.; east along 12600 S. (south side) to the Jordan River; south along the Jordan River (west side) to Bangerter Hwy.; west along Bangerter Hwy. (north side) to 2500 W.; north along 2500 W. (east side) to 13640 S.; west along 13640 S. (north side) to 2700 W.; north along 2700 W. (east side) to 13400 S.; east along 13400 S. (south side) to the Utah-Salt Lake Canal; north along the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (east side) to 12600 S.