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Orem School

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Posted February 16, 2011

My child went to Orem Elementary for preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade. I think the teachers are good, but there aren't enough other staff to supervise the kids during lunch and recess. The lunchroom is pretty crazy. I watched an older kid take my son's lunch dessert right in front of me one day and apparently that is pretty common. I also saw some bullying. Teachers said they couldn't do anything unless they saw it themselves. We've since moved to Suncrest Elementary and it's much better. The rules they have and enforce prevent bullying in the first place. For example, talking in the halls is not allowed at all, so bullying is not going to happen there. For lunch, kids sit with their class. They can't wander around and bug other kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2008

I've had two children go through Orem Elementary, and my third will begin kindergarten there this fall. My children have had exceptional experiences at Orem Elementary. The teachers there are extremely dedicated and caring. I've heard parents say that Utah schools are 'behind' when it comes to national standards. If you take a moment to see how Utah's high school graduates do on their SAT and ACT scores you will discover that such notions are quite incorrect. Orem Elementary School is fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

Our family recently moved to Utah. The past few months at school have not taught my children much of anything. The curriculum in this school district seems to be far easier than the school system we just moved from. This is disappointing to us. My children have also struggled with bullying. It is really bad during recess. There only seems to be one monitor out there watching hundreds of children in an area that is not easy to watch, and is open to the street. I worry about their safety. I am looking for a Charter school to send my children to. The principal seems friendly here, and the special ed director is great too! Kids seem to get lost in the system though....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2006

My child attended Orem Elementary and it was a very disappointing experience. This website lists their math and language arts scores, respectively at 65 and 69 - among the lowest five schools in the district! Their math program is a complete disaster. I had serious safety concerns about the school. There was one playground monitor for 400 children and numerous hidden, isolated areas that were out of the monitor's view. Children ran into the street at recess. I pulled my child out and put him in private school. In addition, Alpine School District is extremely unresponsive to the concerns of parents. Orem has an excellent choral and music program. The teachers seem competent and dedicated but they are hampered by the dictates and curriculum demanded by Alpine School District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2005

I attended this school from 1990-1995 (grades 2-6) and loved it. I would also gladly send my own children there. There is an excellent library, wonderful after school programs and a great playground. There are also teriffic school carnivals, field trips, activity days and assemblies. The sixth grade program is excellent with a good student council, high expectations and alot of preparation for junior high. Parent involvement is strong, and the kids are a good 'mix' as far as economic and family diversity. The teachers are wonderful and very dynamic in their teaching methods and my principal was great and very involved. Overall, this is probably one of the best public elementary schools in the state.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 3, 2005

I went to this school for all of kindergarten to sixth grade. It is seriously a great school. The teachers were great when I went there, don't know about now. There are great activities like the school carnival and plays and stuff. There are great teachers like Mangum, Herman and a few others. There is a great reading program so the kids learn to read very well, and there is a large library too. The principal (at least when I went there) was good. I would recommend this school and I would go there again if I could. Overall quality is highly recommended.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 1, 2004

My son went to Orem Elementary a few years ago. The teacher was very nice and the office staff were beyond wonderful, however; my son was very behind after moving to Northern Virginia (Fairfax). Educationally it was poor. But I think it is an overall Utah problem, not just Orem Elementary. I've learned the parents have to do much more at home in Utah to keep their kids up intellectually with national standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2004

With the exception of 2 third grade teachers, the teachers are caring and cooperative. As a parent of children struggling with ADHD, my major problem has been that the teachers I have dealt with have discounted the severity of the problem; denied the problem altogether, claiming the children just need to apply and control themselves more; or were very ignorant about the symptoms of and classroom management for ADHD. Some bullying is tolerated. But the principal loves the kids. Good choral and after school programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

This is the best elementary school with nice students and teachers.


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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 79% in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
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 79% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
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 78% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

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 80% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
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 82% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

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

Algebra I

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

2010

 
 
n/a
Pre-Algebra

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

2010

 
 
n/a
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 84% 77%
Hispanic 10% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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450 West 400 South
Orem, UT 84058
Phone: (801) 227-8727

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