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Open Classroom

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Posted January 30, 2014

The idealistic approach of "The OC" is a great concept. It is however just that idealistic. The countless hours required of "co-oper's", (parents in the classroom) and the endless meetings and committee assignment are the equivalent of a full time job. The open aspect of the community is again a great idea, but if you don't fit the "hippie" lifestyle, YOU ARE OUT! Carolyn the head teacher is the bright shinning star here. The counselor Rose is great too. The rest of the staff claims compassion, but fall short. It's not a complete failure, but a very different method. It did NOT prepare my 9th grader for the rigors of high-school. This was a disappointment to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

This is my 3rd year at the OC, and I think it's a great fit for a certain type of parent/child team. It's wonderful for our family, because I am involved in his work, know his friends and know all of the teachers, the principle, the janitors, the lunch ladies at his school. It's a community, and you get out of it what you're willing to put into it. And sometimes, instead of griping about the quality, you have to use the 'Open' nature of the OC to improve the quality in the places you see a need. I am a biologist, and the science curriculum in my son's class is heavily influenced by me. If you're a writer, and you don't like the level of literacy instruction, you can campaign to change it. As a matter of fact, if you don't, I think you're a passive consumer of education, and this school requires participation. The kids are confident and capable, and will rise to meet the rigor. This is a special place, but it won't fit the type A, early entrance to Harvard at all costs, parent. It's a community-based, whole child education. That said, my 2nd grader reads at the 7th grade level and is doing multiplication and division in his head.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

We are in our 6th year at the Open Classroom and love it. It truly is a partnership between parent, teacher and child. Both of my children are excelling in reading and math. They love school! They have opportunities to do independent research projects and teach their peers. How many schools give your child the autonomy to create their own projects? I am in the classroom 3 hrs/wk per child. I know their classroom, friends and the school community. We've had a few obstacles, but since I am there, I was able to address them head on. They have an amazing full time school counselor, and the teachers have been great about making themselves available. The OC isn't for everyone, and the time commitment is huge, but if you are looking for a place to give your child an excellent education while still letting them be children, this is the place for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

The OC is a great leaning environment for all (kids, Parents and teachers). The commitment is well worth it for your child's education .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

The O.C.(Out of Control) My wife and myself have been extremely disappointed in the Open Classroom as a whole. The interaction with parents, teachers, and students is an amazing idea. The social skills kids learn is great and all but the actual learning is non-existent. No homework, no actual constructive interaction with teachers and students. The co-oping parents couldn't care less about any kid aside from their own.....it's a joke really. Teachers using the entire day as social hour among themselves. It is basically not worth the effort from a parents perspective....1 day a week in the school....constant meetings....and for what? Our 8 year old daughter has asked us on numerous occasions why they don't actually do anything at school like her other schools? why haven't i been learning anything at school? why do we only play and mess around? Anyways hope people read this and choose the way we did.....look for your house based on the school districts....it's a pain here in the SLC valley but the only way:-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

The OC fell short of my expectations. I liked the pre-school but it was pricey for all the time I had to put in and the kindergarten was not great. My child basically learned nothing during the school year. The teaching methoud was very traditional (worksheets, talking and writing on the board ect...) which didn't work for my very creative daughter who was bored and tuning out. a lot of the parents were very apathetic and not helpful in actually teaching the kids (for example not correcting mistakes ect...) There was a lot of bullying on the playground, and since the mostly apathetic parents were the playground monitors, very little if nothing was done about it. There was also a lot of subtle girl type bullying. In the end I left when the crazy semi-permanent sub was letting the class turn to chaos and losing kids (for hours and not caring about it). I hope my experience was atypical, so I still give it three stars because I did like the pre-school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

The Open Classroom is a Child directed learning program. Parental involvement is compulsory. Co- oping once a week per child and parent meetings is a bit of a commitment but very rewarding. It is a great community to be a part of and I would recommend it to anyone who has the time to be heavily involved in their child's learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Both my children attended the OC for elementary grades and I couldn't have been happier. Fantastic school community of learners and a great way to be involved in your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

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 84% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

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

 
 
35%
Pre-Algebra

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

2010

 
 
65%
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 86% 77%
Hispanic 6% 15%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Black 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A48%
Female 43%N/A49%
Male 57%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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