Elk Ridge Middle School is located in South Jordan, Utah. South Jordan is a sprawling suburb of Salt Lake City, which offers its residence a clean, safe, well-planned community.
The mission of Elk Ridge Middle is to provide a rigorous academic environment, while providing a social and emotional atmosphere that promotes lifelong learning and character guidance.
The three main goals of our school are to instill: a commitment to learn, confidence to succeed, and courage to make a difference.
- The school serves approximately 1400 students in grades seven, eight and nine.
- Elk Ridge Middle, which opened in 1994, is an attractive, modern building featuring clusters of 4 classroom areas. The building is completely accessible to handicapped students and provides a very pleasant air-conditioned climate for students to learn.
- The teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 26.30 in Grades 7 and 8 and 1 to 27.00 in Grade 9, but actual class sizes vary.
- All staff members are certified to teach in their assigned area of expertise. Teachers and administrators are evaluated on a regular basis.
- The curriculum follows guidelines set by Jordan District and the Utah State Board of Education. In addition to basic subjects, students are offered a variety of classes in music, art, career and technical education and foreign language.
- A qualified staff provides resource education for students who require a more individualized program of study.
- A gifted education/honors program is provided for students who meet strict academic criteria.
- Students are expected to maintain dress, attendance and discipline standards.
- A hot lunch is provided daily. Students are offered a choice of two menus.
- Bus service is provided for students who live more than 2 miles from school. In addition, special bus service is also provided for students living along a hazardous walking route.
- An active PTSA and School Community Group give continuous input regarding community needs and concerns. Both groups meet regularly.
- Community volunteers are always welcome. Volunteers provide a variety of support services to the school.
- Parents may visit the school at any time. All visitors are required to check in at the main office upon arrival. Visits from students who are enrolled in other schools are not encouraged.
- Our school maintains a monthly program to honor students who exhibit good citizenship skills and who strive to do their best academically. Student of the day and several reward programs encourage the students of Elk Ridge to strive for excellence.
- Our school encourages student involvement and provides many opportunities for students to develop leadership ability.
- Our school participates in science fairs, model UN, instrumental and vocal festivals, Math Counts, and MESA math program, and supports a variety of other activities to promote student growth, interest and talent.
Utah Aspire Plus
The Utah Aspire Plus Summative assessment is administered to students in grades 9-10 as an end-of-level assessment. Operating under a legislative mandate, the UA+ test provides a predictive ACT score range to individual students as well as a proficiency score at the school level and for individual students in English, Math, Reading and Science as they prepare to take the ACT college entrance exam in 11th grade. UA+ question items assess students’ capacity to think analytically, make inferences, and connect learning and concepts across subjects. Utah Aspire Plus assessments provide information to assist in determining students’ educational progress towards being ready 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.
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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