Riverton Elementary is located in the heart of Riverton City in south Salt Lake Valley. The school serves students living between the Jordan River and 2300 West from 12600 South to Bangerter Highway. Many of the students’ parents and grandparents have also attended Riverton Elementary since it originally opened in 1926. While our school was created in 1926, the building we currently occupy was constructed in 1995.
Excellence in academic achievement is a tradition at Riverton. The school enjoys strong support from the community and a high degree of parent involvement. The school motto is “More Students Doing Better Work.”
- Riverton Elementary serves 700 students in grades kindergarten through six. The school uses a traditional calendar beginning in late August and ending in early June. Typical holiday breaks are scheduled throughout the year. Summer break extends from early June to late August.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 22.00 in first grade, 1 to 23 in second grade, 1 to 25 in third grade, and 1 to 27 in grades four, five and six. The actual class sizes vary.
- The curriculum meets all District and state requirements for elementary students. The personal learning needs of each child are addressed through team planning, teaching and evaluating. The team includes the student, parents, teacher, principal, and resource staff as needed. All teachers are Utah certificated and regularly attend in-service classes at the District and school level.
- Special programs are provided for students with special needs. The school has the services of one full-time special education teacher, and also houses three cluster units for students with a variety of disabilities who live in the southwest area of the School District. A half-time guidance specialist, 1.5 speech therapists, and itinerant OT/PT services are available to special needs students.
- A nutritious school lunch is provided, but there is no federal breakfast program. To help assure safety, parents who pick up or drop off students are asked to cooperate with the School Safety Patrol. Students are encouraged to use the established safe walking routes. Thousands of volunteer hours are donated at Riverton each year. Parents and other interested adults are encouraged to apply for the many rewarding service positions at the school.
- An active PTA supports the school in a variety of ways. For example, the PTA pays for school assemblies, field trips and many fun and educational activities. A School Community Group meets regularly to address local concerns and become more aware of the school’s programs and needs. The group, comprised of patrons from each geographic area within the school boundaries, also serves as an advisory group for the principal. Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit/volunteer at the school whenever possible. However, all visitors/volunteers are asked to check in at the office upon arrival. School volunteers have logged more than 5,000 hours of service in tutoring, activities, special programs, and curriculum areas.
- Our school has hosted the Governor of Utah, Mayors of West Jordan and Riverton, 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. Grade levels prepare special programs for parents during the year.
- Riverton Elementary is also one of three ALPS elementary schools in the district, which serves as a magnet for accelerated students who qualify for advanced placement. We are proud of the fact that all teachers are trained in strategies that help them differentiate instruction to meet individual learning needs of students.
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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