Oakcrest Elementary recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Currently, Oakcrest operates on a traditional calendar. Oakcrest Elementary is located in West Jordan on the west of Salt Lake Valley extending from 6600 South to 9600 South and from 5600 West to the West County line.
The vision of Oakcrest Elementary is to ensure success for all students. Our mission is to foster safety, respect, responsibility, and leadership; to prepare students for college and careers; to develop creative and critical thinking skills; and to stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity.
- Oakcrest Elementary serves 830 students in grades K-6, and is still growing.
- The school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:35 p.m. except on Fridays when school is dismissed at 1:55 p.m. to provide time for teachers to plan curriculum and receive training.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 22.65 in first grade, 1 to 22.95 in second grade, 1 to 24.50 in third grade, and 1 to 26.70 in grades four, five and six; however, individual class sizes vary.
- Our staff is working to make Oakcrest a warm, friendly, caring place for learning. The Oakcrest staff is happy to assist visitors and anxious to help new students feel at home. Visitors are asked to check in at the office before visiting our learning centers.
- Oakcrest Elementary students follow the Jordan District dress standard that requires clean, neat, modest clothing. Students are expected to learn self-discipline. If serious problems arise at school, the student, teacher, parents, counselor, and principal work as a team to find the best solution for the student.
- Basic subjects are taught in self-contained classrooms. Teachers work in teams to provide instruction in basic subjects, arts, physical education and music. The classwork in each grade follows the State and District Core Curriculum Guidelines.
- The Oakcrest faculty is comprised of state certificated teachers with diversified backgrounds and experiences. The professional staff is competent and trained to give students an excellent education.
- Our teachers actively participate in many hours of in-service each year to improve and enrich classroom teaching such as Six Traits of Writing, Balanced Literacy, and USU Core Academy.
- Teachers are evaluated regularly with the aim of maintaining high quality instruction in every classroom.
- Oakcrest has a resource team, speech clinician, and guidance specialist to provide help for students with learning disabilities, physical handicaps, or emotional needs.
- Our school has an excellent Instructional Media Center, which offers students a variety of materials for academic study and personal enjoyment. Students are encouraged to go to the center and use the materials for class assignments, independent study, and reading for pleasure
- Nutritious, well-balanced lunches are served each day. Free or reduced price lunches are provided for qualifying students.
- Bus service is provided for all students who live 1.5 miles or more from the school.
- An active PTA and School Community Council assist with school activities and regularly give input on important school issues.
- Oakcrest Elementary has a school choir “Melody” that allows students in grades 2-6 to experience the joy of vocal music and performing as a group. They meet before school once a week. We also have an Orchestra program that meets twice a week.
- STAR (Student Tutoring Achievement for Reading) is a program which has been implemented at Oakcrest Elementary. Students will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a trained volunteer to achieve their ideal reading levels. This program is dependent upon volunteers from our community to tutor and read with these children.
- Student Recognition: Principal Pride is held Monthly. Students are picked by their teacher and submitted to the principal. A letter is sent home and parents and family are invited to attend the recognition ceremony.
- The Soaring Eagle Award is given at the end of the year to students who best exemplify excellence in scholarship and citizenship.
- Good Health and Physical Fitness are emphasized.
- Technology: Oakcrest’s computer lab has iMac computers used for writing, production activities, keyboarding practice. Student assessments include timed drills, research projects, and student produced multimedia presentations. There is also at least one computer in every classroom. The school also employs the latest technology. The school has ipads for students’ use and Apple TV’s in each classroom.
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 Board 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.
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.
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