Southland Elementary

About Southland Elementary

LogoSouthland Elementary is located in Riverton City about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City extending from 12200 South to 13400 South and from the Utah Lake Distributing Canal near 2200 West to the Utah Salt Lake Canal near 3200 West. The Southland community strongly supports education and parents are highly involved with the school. Southland teachers are dedicated to see that their students develop academically, socially and emotionally.

  • Southland Elementary serves 790 students from K-6 grade in an established neighborhood.
  • The school operates on a traditional schedule with a short day on Friday.
  • The building, which opened in 1974, features self-contained classrooms. Classrooms are equipped with the latest technology.
  • The Southland faculty is comprised of state certificated teachers with diversified backgrounds and experiences.
  • A resource team, speech clinician, and guidance specialist provide help for students with learning disabilities, physical handicaps, or emotional problems.  Southland has two high-functioning autistic cluster units on site.
  • The teachers and administrator are formally evaluated on a regular basis to assure the quality of classroom instruction.
  • The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 22.15 in kindergarten, 1 to 22.30 in first through third grade, and 1 to 26.30 in grades four, five and six. The actual class sizes vary.
  • Our teachers actively participate in job embedded professional development.  Professional Learning Communities are a core part of our school culture where student learning and growth is discussed weekly.
  • Southland offers a full curriculum with emphasis on reading, math and language arts with a liberal sprinkling of arts and science. Gifted and talented classes are also offered on a regular basis
  • All students at Southland enjoy small group instruction in their Guided Reading group with their teachers five days a week.  Extra help is available for students who need it.  Instructional assistants work with the classroom teacher using the Houghton Mifflin Soar to Success program along with learning other strategies to help them succeed.  An inclusion or push in model for reading is used where all students receive instruction in the classroom.
  • Southland’s computer lab has 32 iMac computers used for writing, production activities, keyboarding practice, and research. There is also at least one computer in every classroom. Portable Alpha Smart labs are used for teaching and practicing keyboarding skills.   Several portable laptop labs are available for student use in the classroom.  Each classroom has a document camera and a projection unit.
  • Southland offers band and choir for students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.  Students in third through sixth grade may also choose to participate in the school musical.  Students in first through sixth grade may sign up for Science Club, which meets monthly.
  • A nutritious hot lunch is offered daily. Free or reduced price lunches are provided for qualifying students.
  • Standards on dress, attendance, and discipline are maintained as outlined in the school handbook.
  • An active PTO and School Community Council assist with school activities and regularly give input on important school issues.  Volunteers are often found in the building assisting teachers and students.
  • Southland is a BYU Partnership school. Intern teachers and principals as well as student teachers and cohort students come to work and learn from our expert staff.
  • Southland supports the  Gold Medal School program and encourages students to be fit and eat right.
  • Our staff is working to make Southland a welcoming, positive, safe, respectful, caring place where learning is a focus. School visitors are welcome at any time. All visitors are asked to check in at the office before visiting our classrooms.
Student Achievement

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.

Boundary Description

egin at the Utah Lake Distributing Canal (approx. 3250 W.) and approx. 12200 S.; east along approx. 12200 S. (south side) to the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (approx. 2500 W.); south along the Utah-Salt Lake Canal (west side) to 13400 S.; west along 13400 S. (north side) to the Utah Lake Distributing Canal (approx. 3250 W.); north along Utah Lake Distributing Canal (east side) to approx. 12200 S.