Southland Elementary is located in Riverton City about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City extending from 12200 South to 13400 South and from the Utah Lake Distributing Canal near 2200 West to the Utah Salt Lake Canal near 3200 West. The Southland community strongly supports education and parents are highly involved with the school. Southland teachers are dedicated to see that their students develop academically, socially and emotionally.
- Southland Elementary serves 820 students from K-6 grade in an established neighborhood.
- The school operates on a traditional schedule with a short day on Friday.
- The building, which opened in 1974, features self-contained classrooms as well as 8 portable classrooms.
- The Southland Faculty is comprised of state certified teachers with diversified backgrounds and experiences.
- A resource team, speech pathologist, and guidance specialist provide help for students with learning disabilities, physical handicaps, and emotional problems.
- The teachers and administrators are formally evaluated on a regular basis to assure the quality of classroom instruction and school administration.
- Our teachers actively participate in job embedded professional development. Professional Learning Communities are a core part of our school culture.
- Southland offers a full curriculum with emphasis on reading, math and language arts with a liberal sprinkling of arts and science.
- Southland offers a Chinese Dual Immersion Program for grades 1-6.
- All students at Southland enjoy small group instruction in their Guided Reading group with their teachers, five days a week. Additional reading instruction is also available to students using Lexia and Power Up supplemental programs.
- Southland has one iMac Computer Lab used for writing, production activities, keyboarding practice, and research. There are also computers available in every classroom for student use. Second grade through sixth grade have a Chromebook or Mac Book Aire Computer for each student. Kindergarten and first grade have multiple iPad and Chromebook labs available for students.
- Southland offers the opportunity for students to participate in various arts programs. There is an Evening of Arts each Spring to showcase student talent. Southland also has a Christmas Choir, a full-time Music Teacher, and sponsors a school musical for upper-grade students, every other year.
- Southland students may participate in Math Team, Chess Team, Science Team, and many others. Teams are held during and after school hours and teachers and PTO Volunteers staff these teams.
- Standards of dress, attendance, and discipline are part of Southland’s culture. Southland is a Leadership school and has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying.
- Southland partners with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program to bring art into the classroom.
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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