Sunset Ridge Middle

Sunset Ridge Middle
About Sunset Ridge Middle

Sunset Ridge Middle School is one of Jordan District’s newest middle schools, located in one of the fastest growing areas in the Salt Lake Valley. The school’s architectural design lends itself to an atmosphere of cooperative teaching and learning.  Administrators, teachers, community members and students come together in effort to provide students with educational and social experiences conducive to meeting and mastering basic skills essential to productive living and good citizenship.

  • The school is implementing research based practices that best meet the needs of students in the middle grades.
  • Teachers work collaboratively to create educational experiences that are rigorous and relevant.
  • The school focuses on being academically excellent, socially equitable and developmentally responsive.
  • Sunset Ridge currently serves 1575 students in grades seven, eight and nine.
  • School is in session for 180 days a year on a traditional nine-month calendar with the summers off.
  • The curriculum meets or exceeds district and state core curriculum standards and includes a wide range of required and elective courses.
  • The faculty includes a mix of veteran and new educators.  All are state approved and well prepared in their teaching fields.  Both teachers and administrators undergo formal evaluations on a regular basis.  The standards of excellence are high throughout the faculty and staff
  • A full resource team, school psychologist, counselors, and teachers are on staff to serve students with special needs.
  • Students are expected to attend classes regularly and to comply with the school’s Code of Conduct.  A computer tracking system helps monitor attendance.
  • Character education and excellence programs encourage students to do their best by rewarding academic achievement, good citizenship, exemplary attitudes, exceptional effort, and improvement.
  • Hot lunches and breakfasts are provided daily.
  • School volunteers are an important asset to our school.  Visitors are always welcome. Please check in at the main office for a visitor’s pass before going to classes or moving through the building.
  • Parents and students have 24-hour access to current grades and attendance through Skyward grading program.
Student Achievement

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.

Test Subject 2018-19 2019-20
English Language Arts 46.9% N/A
Mathematics 37.2% N/A
Science 28.9% N/A

RISE
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.

Test Subject 2018-19 2019-20
Language Arts 44.8% N/A
Science 47.2% N/A
Mathematics 42.5% N/A

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.

Category 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Achievement 25 26 N/A
Growth 26 27 N/A
ELL Progress 7 4 N/A
Growth of the Lowest 25% 16 18 N/A
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