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South Davis Jr High School

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Posted August 5, 2013

Parents in my neighborhood had long told me that the school didn't involve or utilize parent participation (the PTA there does very little). I found it hard to believe considering there was so much involvement at the elementary school level. But I have found it to be true. The administration uses the student council labor for everything and doesn't really want parent involvement or input. The plus period thing they do is only as good as the teachers make it. When my child was forced into a plus period class because he was failing, and I asked the teacher what they would be doing she said he could do whatever he wanted because she had to re-teach other students. Really?!?! What is the point of forcing a failing child to go to a class where the teacher has no interest in helping them?!?! And the counselors - wow. When my child had a problem with a particular class/teacher, their suggestion was to let them fail since they weren't in 9th grade and the grades didn't count. There are some people there that try - but not a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

I came across this site while browsing and felt I needed to submit my opinions. I was surprised to see a low community rating, but then remembered that it's often the ones who have a complaint that take the time to voice their negative opinions. I have 4 kids who all went here, one of whom required and received a lot of extra help, and I found the faculty and staff very willing to go above and beyond the call of duty - a complete turnaround from what my first child experienced at a neighboring junior high. My last two kids loved the plus period thing, and it made the other two wish they'd had it. Between the 4 kids they pretty much had every teacher there and I think there were maybe two or three that they didn't like. When I talked to other parents in my neighborhood or at church, I would maybe hear one complaint out of 20 or 30, and usually it was more a matter of a child saying a teacher lost assignments which were never turned in (though we did have one teacher who lost assignments quite regularly - glad we had that copier), or else not making the play or some team because they said the teacher has favorites. Overall we loved this school and know that most in the area do too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

This is a great school. Good teachers, especially in PE and art. And there are good clubs, like ski club and NAL.


Posted May 26, 2011

worst school ever! the vice pricipal is a (insert word of choice) the staffs horrible. there are some good teachers but other then that this is the worst school ever.


Posted May 14, 2011

This school is good academically, but the staff fails to stop any bullying. I, myself, was mildly attacked by a student while a staff member was IN THE ROOM. I feel like going to my fifth period class is not as safe as it should be, and even when i try to complain, i get no response. Also, it somewhat perturbs me that when my lunch account runs out of money, they refuse to charge my account into the negatives and i cannot eat. Overall, I am not pleased with this school at all. the students, teachers and staff are mostly rude.


Posted April 7, 2011

This is a horrible and overcrowded school. The lines are long for everything.... including simply trying to meet at parent/teacher conferences and entrance into ANY honors classes... Everything is full and they pick favorites of who gets to move forward. LIMITED CLASS offerings!!!. I had two kids that 'had' to attend because of no other choices. They described the place in these ways: " I felt like I was in a herd of cows and no one really cared if I learned anything." " I felt like I was living in the Lord of the Flies with no opportunities. I completely agree. They have huge nepotism and bias along with bullying problems. The administration is part of the problem and doesn't keep control of a general cliquey grossly mormon prejudice place. The DSD bullying policies only protect the bully and not much for the victim at all... and the kids know it too! The gym teachers are the very best teachers in the whole school and desperately try to build self esteem. They are wonderful and counter the huge negative and stuffy old mean prejudice choir lady experience. I agree with the other parent rating... I would move AND DID before I had to put another child of mine in that horrid place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2010

I don't know how in the world this school received a 9 rating. SDJH has poor administration and very few outstanding teachers. I can count on 1 hand the number of good teachers. I would move before I put another child at that school. Millcreek Junior High is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

This is a great school. There is a great mix of everything here. The counselors were great in helping my student get his grades up. They offer a Plus period that is kind of like a study hall, where kids can get caught up on missing work or have a little fun if they are doing well. I feel like this helps a great amount for kids who have a hard time. They have a very strict discipline system to keep the school safe. This is my first middle school student and I feel great about sending all of my kids here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2008

I have attended South Davis Junior High for all three junior high years. I enjoyed my classes and teachers, but the pupils were a little overwhelming. This school is one that is full of cliques. Popularity is overrated in this school. The students who attend there feel like they have to be something they aren't just to fit in. I really do not think that is neccesary and that students should be themselves, but overall there were many preppy acting girls. I really enjoyed this school though academically. The honors and pre- AP classes were great, and the arts classes are great for preparing you for future music programs. I highly suggest it for a junior high. It does have a huge problem with peer presure though, that could improve.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2008

Overall my school is da bomb! i love it! the sports are great, the food is.... food and most of the teachers are the best! the only thing that i dissagree with is the cell phone policy!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2003

I enjoyed this schools overall enviornment. My daughter was there for only one school year, but she loved it. I was pleased with the teachers, the disapline was wonderful, she learned alot and was able to take a get a love for learning. Unfortunatly we had to move so she was moved to another school during the middle of the 3rd quarter. We are not very happy with this new school. Thankyou for helping my daughter find a love for learning. Maryanne Gustafson


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Pre-Algebra

The state average for Pre-Algebra was 67% in 2010.

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 2 through 11 in Language Arts, in grades 2 through 8 in Math, in grades 4 through 8 in Science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Utah Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 77%
Hispanic 8% 15%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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  • French
  • Spanish

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Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

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  • Drama
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Bountiful, UT 84010
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