Jordan Hills Elementary serves the community located between the new Bingham Highway (approximately 8000 South) and 9000 South. Jordan Hills neighborhoods are comprised of established subdivisions, with currently no new growth. Our school population is best described as being stabilized, but slightly decreasing as children grow older and move on to secondary schools. Families in the area are very supportive and involved in our community of learners.
The goal at Jordan Hills Elementary is to help students become useful, contributing members of society by teaching academics and responsible citizenship. Students at Jordan Hills are the main focus of the staff who work together to provide a warm learning climate where students excel in a fun and safe environment.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 22 in kindergarten and first grade, 1 to 23 in second grade and third grade, and 1 to 26 in grades four, five and six. The actual class sizes vary.
- The curriculum follows state and District guidelines and provides students with a solid foundation of basic skills as well as many opportunities for enrichment experiences. A team of highly trained professionals with diverse talents and interests provides a broad range of learning experiences for gifted education and interactive learning.
- Teachers are formally evaluated on a regular basis. Improvement in teaching skills, student achievement and self-concept development are emphasized.
- Students in first grade through sixth have one to one access to a Chromebook for technology integrated learning throughout the day in all subject areas. Kindergarten has two to one access to Chromebooks.
- Special Education, speech/language and guidance services are available for students who require these services.
- Literacy Facilitators and literacy assistants provide direct services to students who require additional help with reading goals. The school staff are trained on a regular basis by the Literacy Facilitators in research-based practices and strategies.
- Students rotate through special classes; STEM, art, music, PE, library, and social skills, weekly.
- Jordan Hills students participate in drama classes provided by the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Grant.
- Jordan Hills students are expected to share responsibility for learning by attending school regularly and maintaining a positive attitude toward self, others and the school.
- School breakfast and lunches are prepared on-site each day. Reduced rate or free breakfast and lunches are available for qualifying applicants.
- Jordan Hills has an active PTA organization which meets monthly to coordinate school programs and volunteer services. Parent volunteers provide individual tutoring for children and help teachers with classroom needs.
- A School Community Group, comprised of parents, PTA and school staff representatives, is organized to provide insights and direction on important school issues.
- Parents and community members are encouraged to visit the school at any time.
- Teachers voluntarily participate in many hours of inservice to improve teaching techniques.
- We have a positive student behavior program where students are continually recognized for making good choices within the school community.
- We are a Golden Gate Movement school where students learn pro-social behavior.
In 2018-19, the name for the statewide grades 3-8 assessment was changed from SAGE to RISE (Readiness. Improvement. Success. Empowerment). In all other aspects, the assessment remains the same. RISE is a collection of computer-adaptive assessments given to Utah students beginning in grade 3 (science in grade 4) in English language arts (ELA), math and science. RISE 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.
RISE assessments were developed through a joint effort on the part of Utah teachers, parents, test development experts, and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). The RISE assessment, together with the state’s suite of assessments in grades K-12, provide information to assist in determining students’ progress towards being prepared for college and careers upon completion of secondary school. Due to the school soft closure in March 2020, scores are not available for the 2019-20 school year.
School Accountability Report Cards
School Accountability Report Cards are issued for each public school once a year by the State of Utah. The 2017-18 school year marks the first report card under this new accountability system. Elementary and middle school report cards have four main grade categories: achievement, growth, English learner progress, and growth of the lowest 25%. High schools have one additional grade category entitled postsecondary readiness. For the 2017-18 school year, achievement and growth scores are calculated from the statewide end-of-year SAGE assessment. In future years, achievement and growth will be calculated from the new Readiness. Improvement. Success. Empowerment. (RISE) assessment for grades 3-8 and the Utah Aspire Plus assessment for grades 9-10. The English learner progress category score is calculated from the annual administration of the WIDA test, which assesses students’ language proficiency in English. For high schools, the postsecondary readiness score is calculated from 11th grade performance on the ACT, advanced coursework performance, and graduation rates. The state’s School Accountability Report Cards are intended to inform educators, parents, and community stakeholders about school performance as they work collaboratively to improve student outcomes. Due to the school soft closure in March 2020, scores are not available for the 2019-20 school year.
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