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Cottonwood High School

Public | 10-12

 

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Posted August 22, 2014

i have had two kids go to this school and i do not like it at all! the lunch is so crowded they cannot eat at school, lunch is not long enough to feed that many kids in that amount of time! the teachers do not email me back, i have asked question after question and nothing for a whole year from some! i go to teacher nights and they say i never got that email, im sorry then still never answer emails! the office ladies are never in a good mood, the attendance office acts as if your child is in trouble for being sick or if you forget to call and excuse it...look out! Good luck on getting into the counseling center and once you do they tell you all kinds of great ideas and ahve no idea who your child is and never check in with them again. good luck in high school at cottonwood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Was worried about great school ratings but found this school to be far better than neighboring high schools with high ratings. Moved here from a top 50 nationally ranked hs and switched to cottonwood after two years at Olympus which was a very toxic environment with kids who think they have a lot of money and behave like spoiled brats above the law with no manners. Cottonwood has a ton of diversity, great honors and ap teachers, a phenomenal principal and counselors. Much more like the real world at this school which better trains our kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

This school is amazing! The Administration, teachers, and students are wonderful! Its very diverse, but everyone gets along. It isn't a clicky school and the great majority of students feel accepted. Its a come as you are school, everyone is just chill. The academics, sports, and all other activities are top in their game! Go Colts! <3
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2007

Cottonwood is a great school. The students are all so friendly and nice. The sports are great. The drama program is amazing. The Music department is also amazing. Better than most high schools you would see. The teachers are great and there is a wide selection of classes to take. The assemblies are cool and really fun. I had a blast while I went ot this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2007

I think Cottonwood High is a great school. The teachers really care about these kids and put everything into teaching them. The school has a lot of diversity, this helps these kids to be more accepting of other ethnicities. The principal and staff are incredible and very accessible and will do whatever they can to help when needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2005

I just graduated, and this is a great school. The teachers are excellent, and all of the academic programs are great. The teachers are some of the best, and some students even came from other schools to take classes with the teachers. The teachers are very helpful, and know what they are doing. The AP classes are well taught, and the college credit (CC) classes make it possible to be even more prepared for college. I entered college with 30+ college credits and 30+ AP credits. The teachers work with you to make sure you pass the AP tests, including many optional after school sessions as the test nears. Athletics are good, and the football team is getting better. Extracurricular opportunities are plentiful. The teachers make the class more interesting with their stories/experiments/jokes/ and occasional date tips that deal with physics.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2005

The quality of academic programs is great. The students have oppurtunities to take many upper level classes. Art, music and sports are readily available to any student--upper levels or lower levels.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2003

This is a good academic school. But the students are not taught basic interaction skills.
—Submitted by a former student


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Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 87% in 2013.

506 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

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 86% in 2013.

486 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

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 40% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
23%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 40% in 2010.

2010

 
 
31%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
51%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 58% in 2013.

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
40%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 68% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 42% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
29%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 75% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
46%
Pre-Algebra

The state average for Pre-Algebra was 73% in 2013.

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n/a

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n/a
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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 61% 77%
Hispanic 23% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 2%
Black 5% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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5715 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Phone: (385) 646-5264

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