Jordan Ridge Elementary is located in a stable community with low mobility rates. The school is working to provide students with a learning climate that will enable them to grow academically, physically, socially and emotionally. Our goal is to help each student master the basic skills and develop a life-long appreciation for learning.
- General Information
- Jordan Ridge is designed to serve 1130 students from kindergarten to sixth grade. The school opened in 1987. Current enrollment is 990 and stable.
- The school features all self-contained classrooms with exterior windows and interior hall skylights. A media center, multipurpose center, cafeteria, office suite and specialty areas complete this modern, attractive facility. Portable classrooms have been erected to meet enrollment demands.
- Jordan Ridge is a year-round school with four attendance tracks. Each track is in session for 45 days followed by a 15-day vacation. In most instances, families may select the track with the vacation schedule they prefer. The school takes a common vacation in July.
- The school colors are silver and blue and the mascot is an eagle.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 23.00 in Kindergarten, 1 to 22.50 in first grade, 1 to 25.33 in second grade, 1 to 21.00 in third grade and 1 to 28.00 in grades four, five and six. The actual class sizes vary.
- A delicious hot lunch is prepared in our kitchen daily.
- Jordan Ridge Elementary staff includes 37 certificate teachers and specialists. In addition, 22 classified employees serve in various other capacities.
- All Jordan Ridge teachers hold current teaching certificates. Several teachers have earned advanced degrees and educational endorsements beyond the regular teaching certificate.
- All staff members are formally evaluated on a regular basis for the purpose of improving performance. Teachers continually participate in in-service classes to improve instructional skills.
- One full-time resource teacher is available to help students who are struggling academically. Part-time guidance and speech specialists are also on staff.
- Teachers work together in teams to meet individual student needs. Flexible grouping strategies and collaboration among teachers aid in this process.
- Jordan Ridge is home to the Accelerated Learner Program (ALPS) for academically gifted students. ALPS is designed to accelerate the curriculum, to infuse creativity and critical thinking into curriculum, and to provide appropriate learning experiences for academically talented students.
- The curriculum meets or exceeds all Jordan School District and state requirements. Teachers utilize Balanced Literacy strategies to teach reading and writing in all subject areas in conjunction with the Houghton Mifflin Reading series. Math is taught using a combination of Investigations as well as the Scott Foresman/Addison Wesley curriculum. Science and Social Studies curriculum are taught using both district and teacher-designed guides and materials utilizing a hands-on approach. Curriculum is individualized and differentiated to meet the individual needs of students.
- Technology training in the school’s newly updated computer lab is available to all students in all grades.
- Special programs have been designed for students with learning disabilities, speech and communication difficulties, and behavioral disorders. These students are served through a special education program.
- The STAR reading program, as well as our school Literacy Facilitator, are used to tutor students who are struggling in reading.
- Community Involvement
- A School Community Group meets regularly to discuss local school problems, review District and state problems, and make recommendations for action to the principal.
- The Parent Teacher Association is an active organization at Jordan Ridge. Volunteers spend hundreds of hours annually, assisting teachers and students in the classrooms.
- Parents and community volunteers are encouraged to participate at Jordan Ridge. Volunteers help teachers with clerical tasks and small group instruction.
- Visitors are always welcome at Jordan Ridge. Please make arrangements with the office before entering classrooms.
- We are a relatively new school with a good faculty and outstanding school spirit. We enjoy parent and community involvement, and student progress in academics and self-discipline is exceptional.
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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