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South Hills Middle School

Public | 7-9 | 1147 students

 

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Posted January 7, 2013

I was a student at South Hills for all three years (7th to 9th grade). While I did have a few great teachers, the majority of the school's teachers were not that great and the administration was off and on. To be completely honest, it felt more like a juvenile detention center than a school. It was as if the administration expected every student to be rebellious, and their top priority was rule enforcement. Not allowing students to leave the lunchroom during lunch, not allowing students to chew gum, monitoring the halls, and handing out "After-School Detentions" and "In-School Suspensions" all seemed to be more important than ensuring the best education for students. We all know how middle schoolers are; they're trying to fit in, but I feel like, if they would've been less obsessive with rule enforcement, that students would be more likely to follow the rules. Extracurricular opportunities are slim, and classes offered are almost all general education. In the end, though, I still had some good times at this school, with some good teachers, and learned enough to still make it a decent school.


Posted July 19, 2009

this school is amazing i think it gives my chirldren a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

South Hills Middle School has some of the best teachers my child has had the privledge of being taught by. I have been there many times, trying to stay involved with my childs learning.. Middle school is hard, it takes somebody special to teach it, I have no complaints..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2008

I came to So Hills from Oquirrh Hills MS whose exec staff were a dissapointment. I noticed a difference right away. The principal was a 'get r done' type. She & her staff are very conscious about every student & their feelings. The Vice Principals do their jobs very efficiently (discipline.) 90% of the teachers are fabulous! (No school has 100%) They email me weekly if my students have issues. The counseling staff & the special needs staff are wonderful & involved! There are extra curricular activities: girls & boys sports; The Green Team; PTSA school & evening events. The new online grading system, Skyward, is awesome! Parents can view students' daily work & missing assignments & lunch account. Of course, I involve myself as a parent in the school too. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2007

Powerschool was a big issue for me; it was always about 2 weeks behind. My son struggled a lot, and yes he was talkative in class but when I asked one of his teachers if he can be moved to a different seat I was told there is nothing they can do. This was the case with other teachers as well. I was left with the impression that they don't want to have any control over their class, or help anyone who is struggling. In my opinion a teacher's responsibility is to help and make sure their students are understanding the work. In my experience, this was definitely not the case with this school.
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Posted July 31, 2007

This school has been a great disappointment. Our son struggled throughout the year and was not successful at all. We met with the teachers several times and walked out feeling like we just wasted their time.Powerschool was rarely up to date. We are definitely looking for a new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2007

South Hills Middle School boasts that it is one of the best schools in the state. The staff spends so much time worrying about whether or not their students are courteous enough, that they forget their main purpose. There are absolutely no extracurricular activities. Mostly, the children are left to fend for themselves. South hills Middle is a very dry, unbecoming place, which is not good.
—Submitted by a student


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Language Arts

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

436 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

436 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

379 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

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 88% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
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

 
 
64%
Pre-Algebra

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

2010

 
 
58%
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 88% 77%
Hispanic 6% 15%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
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 33%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • French

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13508 South 4000 West
Riverton, UT 84065
Phone: (801) 412-2400

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