- Kelsey Peak Virtual Middle School serves 7th and 8th-grade students throughout Salt Lake County, with most enrollment coming from Jordan School District.
- Kelsey Peak offers synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (recorded) options for each course.
- The school offers flexibility and predictability concerning student and family schedules.
- Students attend school on a regular nine-month, 180-day calendar with the summers off.
- The curriculum meets or exceeds District and state core curriculum standards and includes a range of required and elective courses.
- The pupil/teacher ratio is 1 to 42 in grades 7 and 8, but actual class sizes vary.
- The 12-member faculty includes a mix of veteran and new educators. All are state certificated and well prepared in their teaching fields. Both teachers and administrators undergo formal evaluations regularly. Many of the teachers have advanced degrees and experience teaching in virtual settings.
- A complete resource team, counselor, and teachers for students with cognitive and emotional concerns are on staff to serve students with special needs.
- Computer science classes and a specially equipped computer classroom provide students with opportunities for technology training.
- Students have separate computer accounts accessible at any computer located throughout the school.
- Kelsey Peak teachers and students are also encouraged to meet in person when the activities and
- Two physical buildings, Hidden Valley Middle School and Majestic Elementary, are used as learning centers where students can come and work on their online work or participate in class projects, science labs, art projects, or in-person activities.
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. 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. 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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