Riverside Elementary is located in the central west area of West Jordan City. The school serves children who come from suburban and rural homes. Residents support the school and are committed to public education. Riverside opened in 1979, is a modern, totally air-conditioned school. The Riverside staff is working to foster the individual growth of students and is strongly committed to their academic and emotional needs.
- Riverside Elementary is a traditional school serving approximately 750 students from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade.
- All teachers and the principal are evaluated on a regular basis to help assure educational quality and professional development.
- The teachers are experienced, devoted educators. Our staff are graduates from all of the major universities in Utah as well as graduates from noted universities in other states.
- Each grade level has established special traditions and activities which students look forward to from year to year.
- The teachers work in teams, sharing strengths as they provide educational programs for the students.
- Riverside students are expected to follow the district dress guidelines and come to school in neat, clean, and modest clothing. When children come dressed appropriately, the learning climate is enhanced and student achievement is increased.
- The school provides resource, guidance, and speech programs for students who qualify for these special services.
- A New computer lab for the students to use while learning to use computers through drill and practice in basic skills as well as technology training.
- A nutritious, hot lunch program is provided. Riverside also provides a breakfast program.
- Our school has hosted the Governor of Utah, Mayor of West Jordan, members of the State Legislature, the Jordan Board of Education, and many professional athletes and other local celebrities.
- Several of our teachers have graduated with honors from their universities or received other state and District educational honors.
- Students have the benefit of extra curricular programs such as: choir, morning announcements, safety patrol, buddy classes, geography bee, and Name that Book program.
- PTA and School Community Council organizations enrich school programs, give input on school issues and provide many service and volunteer hours.
- Student achievement recognition on the Wall of Fame.
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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