Oakcrest Elementary School opened in 2004 and currently operates on a traditional calendar. The school is located in West Jordan, Utah. The community it serves is bounded by 7800 South on the northern end, 8600 South on the southern end, 6400 West on the eastern side and the Bacchus Highway to the west.
Our vision is to ensure success for all of our 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’ curiosity.
- Oakcrest serves about 630 students in grades K-6.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is roughly 1:22 in grades K-3 and 1:26 in grades 4-6. Individual class sizes vary.
- The school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:35 p.m., with the exception of the final day of a school week. On the last day of a school week, students are released at 1:55 p.m. to allow time for teachers to plan curriculum, collaborate as teams and engage in professional development.
- The school’s Code of Conduct can be found on our website. We adhere to district policies and hold high expectations for our students and staff members.
- Our instructional staff is comprised of state-certificated teachers with diverse backgrounds and experience who continually engage in professional development to grow and hone their skills.
- Instruction takes place in self-contained classrooms. Teachers work in teams to provide research-based instruction in the core academic subjects as well as the arts, technology, civic responsibilities and physical education.
- Teachers are evaluated, both formally and informally, on a regular basis with an eye toward growth as well as recognition of quality instruction in every classroom.
- An excellent team of special services providers assist identified students with specific learning, physical and emotional needs.
- Our media center offers students a variety of materials for academic study and personal enjoyment. Students participate in a weekly media center rotation where they learn how to access available resources, listen to a story, and check books in and out.
- Nutritious, well-balanced lunches are served daily in the cafeteria. Free and reduced-price meals are provided for qualifying students.
- Parent engagement figures heavily in our success. Active PTA and School Community Council organizations assist with school activities and provide invaluable input and support on issues of interest to all stakeholders.
- The arts are alive and well at Oakcrest. We have a show choir for students in grades 2-6 as well as an orchestra. Students of all ages participate in a visual arts program sponsored and coordinated by our PTA. Students at Oakcrest work with a drama specialist twice a month and have the opportunity to audition for and perform in fall and spring plays/musicals.
- Community volunteers work one-on-one with our students to achieve their ideal reading levels through a program known as STAR Reading. Paid STAR staff provide training to volunteers, monitor student progress, and send books/materials home for parents to support this collaborative effort.
- Oakcrest has two dedicated technology classrooms: an iMac lab used for multi-media learning/projects and a STEM lab supplied with Chromebooks and other resources dedicated to creative learning and problem solving. All students in grades 2-6 are assigned a Chromebook for research, writing, and access to online lessons/learning resources. Students in grades K-1 use iPads to access digital programming.
- We love to celebrate great students in our school! Students caught doing great things are awarded Project 200 tickets for weekly drawings. Monthly Principal’s Pride ceremonies are held to recognize nominated students who’ve shown exemplary character, effort or citizenship. The Soaring Eagle award is given at the end of the year to students who’ve gone above and beyond to complete various academic and civic goals over the course of the school year.
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 was 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 and the 2020-21 school years.
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