Oquirrh Elementary, located on West Jordan City’s northwest side, is a neighborhood school in a beautiful residential area. The school serves about 500 families who are strong Oquirrh supporters.
The Oquirrh staff is committed to providing students with a safe and caring learning environment where students are given a good foundation in basic skills and then are encouraged to achieve high levels of academic performance. Students receive many opportunities to enable them to grow academically, socially and emotionally.
- Oquirrh Elementary serves approximately 750 students from kindergarten through sixth grade.
- The school features self-contained classrooms, a centrally located media center, a spacious gym with a stage area, and up-to-date computer labs. Each classroom is equipped with audio enhancement, a document camera, Apple TV, and a digital projection system. Mobile writing labs (laptops) and/or iPads are also available for student use in each grade. This school was originally opened in 1979. Because of a fire, it was rebuilt and reopened in February 1995.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 22.2 in kindergarten, 1 to 22.4 in grades one, two and three, and 1 to 26.4 in grades four, five and six. Actual class sizes may vary from year to year.
- Oquirrh houses three cluster units: Diagnostic kindergarten (two half-day classes) and two classrooms for students with behavior disorders.
- Instruction in each grade follows the Utah State Core Standards.
- Oquirrh is able to access Title I funds, enabling the school to provide additional resources and programs to meet the needs of our students.
- Our computer labs give students opportunities to learn keyboarding and word processing skills and opportunities for individual and project-based activities in technology. Our labs also offer supportive software in language arts and math as well as software specifically designed for English language learners.
- Oquirrh offers a nutritious breakfast and hot lunch program each school day. Free and/or reduced rate breakfast and lunches are available to students in need.
Staff and Students:
- The faculty includes both new and experienced highly-qualified teachers and professionals. Many staff members also have advanced teaching degrees and special endorsements beyond the required teaching certificate. Teachers continually participate in professional development courses to improve instructional skills and are evaluated on a regular basis to maintain and encourage high quality instruction. Teachers also collaborate weekly in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to ensure that all students’ learning needs are being met by providing additional support, intervention, and enrichment. Resource/special education teachers, a speech-language pathologist, and guidance counselor are available to offer a variety of services to our students with special learning needs. In addition, many classified employees serve in various positions in the school to provide students with the support services that promote learning and maximize student success.
- Oquirrh is a “Leader in Me” school that teaches leadership principles to students. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are included in classroom instruction. Students are given opportunities to develop leadership skills in their classrooms and in school-wide leadership roles. Monthly assemblies are held to recognize our students’ efforts and growth in these areas.
- Additional activities offered include participation in Student Council, Safety Patrol, PTA Reflections, Spelling Bee, Science Fair, Presidential Physical Fitness Program, Literacy Night, Math Night, and Cultural Day.
- Oquirrh has established a positive school-wide behavior plan that focuses on the prevention of problem behaviors, and supports positive behavior. “Be a buddy not a bully” is one of our catch phrases.
- The school adheres to Jordan School District dress, attendance, and discipline standards.
- Most Oquirrh students live within walking distance of the school. One bus is provided for students living 1.5 miles or more from the school with a few space-available bus passes available to students near this area.
- Oquirrh has an active PTA; these parents/volunteers are important assets to the school and provide many hours of valuable service to the school each year and help provide much appreciated enrichment activities for the students.
- Oquirrh’s School Community Council (comprised of parents/guardians of students, teachers, and the principal) assists with planning school-wide projects and regularly gives input on important school issues including use of school trust land money from the state.
- Visitors and school volunteers are welcome at Oquirrh and are required to check in at the office upon arrival. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.
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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