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Oakridge School

Public | K-6 | 546 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted yesterday

Oakridge is an amazing school. Our current principal is very inter-active with all students and parents. She has taken the time to get to know our community and supported us in a very positive way. Our teachers are nothing but top notch! If you have any concerns, I suggest that you talk with them, it has always worked for me. The only way that wouldn't work for you if is you have your own personal agenda. If so, take advantage of the open enrollment and find a better fit for your child. You would be doing all of us a favor!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2014

Part I: Regarding the September 4th comment and those addressing it: I am a "drop-off" parent who selected Oakridge (thank goodness for open enrollment!) for my children starting at kindergarten because I was so impressed with the combination of strong academics and arts programs. I am distressed to see art, music, dance, drama and physical education programs disappearing from our schools and am thrilled that the Oakridge parents, teachers and administration still value these for our students. I was nervous about the change in principal and it's potential effect on these programs. I've been pleased to see that she is supporting the unique programs we value. I have also been very impressed with the warm relationship she's formed with students as well as her maturity and diplomacy with parents. She has my full support. She stepped into some awfully large shoes and I hope the community will continue to support her as she gains more experience. (continued in Part II...)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2014

Part II: While involved parents would like all things to be to the advantage of their children, and I include myself in this, the reality is that they need to face challenges, including a less-than-perfect school teacher or peers with different challenges than their own, to become the independent, wise, resilient, kind adults we want them to be. I hope I can teach my children how to address challenges in constructive ways and help support the people with whom we share the school experience so it can be a positive, growing experience for everyone. If there are issues or areas that need to be improved how can we address them in a respectful, transparent way? The schools already have an overwhelming task requiring much sacrifice from those who choose education as their occupation. We should be asking how we can provide them with more support so that the exceptional ones will remain at Oakridge and those who have room for improvement will be motivated to become better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2014

Oakridge is an amazing school with dedicated and caring teachers, administration, parents and students. The arts and music programs are integrated into each classroom providing a balanced education between creativity and academics. We have lived in the school boundaries for 10+ years and are happy with the open enrollment. My children have made friends from all over the city and this diversity just strengthens the school. The new principal and the old principal both support the arts/music programs and the volunteers in the school, which contributes to the great learning environment at Oakridge. As a parent, if you are unhappy with a school, then volunteer in the classroom and make a positive change for your children, the school and yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2014

If you think pressing a button on a copy machine or stapling paper to a bulletin beard earns you the right to judge the faculty or principal of a school, you are surely giving yourself much more credibility than you deserve. How dare you try to evaluate the merits of teachers when you are clearly not nor ever have been an educator. You frankly sound like an entitled parent that hasn't gotten their way and so therefore needs to use a forum like this to sheepishly express your unfounded, ignorant feelings. As you stated, this is an open enrollment school, so obviously you are aware that many other schools are also open enrollment. If you have such extreme complaints about Oakridge, one would question why then, would you ever subject yourself or your child to such a toxic environment? Please, do everyone a favor, and take advantage of the open enrollment and take your complaints elsewhere. You'd certainly be much happier somewhere else and the Oakridge population will undoubtedly be much happier without such a negative influence on an amazing school! Good riddance to you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2014

Oakridge Elementary is a GREAT school!! I disagree with the parent's comment of September 4, 2014. My kids have been at Oakridge for 6 years and we have loved every teacher and both the new and old principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2014

I am responding to the post from September 4th. Oakridge is a fabulous school that offers more than any other public school. We have orchestra, band, dance, drama, visual arts, and general music. Do we really need choir? We have a large % of students that are not within the boundaries and are grateful for the open enrollment because we lack the numbers to sustain the school. Our PTA numbers are up and we received an award for having the highest PTA membership in the district. The special resources that we have are very much needed for several of the students that are within our boundaries. Our principal did not hire any of the new teachers coming into the school last year. They were already hired or sent to us from the district. Our principal has worked tirelessly with Community Council by coming up with ways to build our community. She fully supports the PTA, and welcomes all of the "extras" that we have. This quality is hard to come by in many principals. No matter what school, teacher, or principal one has, it is the parents responsibility to "supplement their child's learning experience". If you are not happy at Oakridge, there are plenty of other schools that you can go to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2014

Oakridge used to be a quality school. Unfortunately over the years, the open enrollment has turned it into a "drop off" school. Each year as the open enrollment permits increase the PTA memberships and volunteers decrease. The majority of students in need of special resources are from outside the footprint. These resources take away from funding other worthwhile programs such as choir. Instead of a behavioral specialist we could have a math specialist. A new principal who does not connect with or relate to the community has added to the deterioration of the school. There is a lack of transparency and accountability. Her leadership style is one of avoidance and dismissiveness. She has hired teachers who lack experience in the field in lieu of highly qualified teachers. What is saving the school right now is the core of parents who diligently prepare their children and supplement their children's educational experience through enhanced learning experiences in the home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Oakridge Elementary is an outstanding school with a highly organized administration and very caring teachers. Everyone I know that has had it as part of their own or their children's lives has nothing but glowing remarks. They offer before school language classes, incorporate music on a regular basis and do many different types of art competitions and programs. Last year my son's Kindergarten class performed an Opera to a children's classic literature book. We haven't been at Oakridge long, but already I can see that parents are very involved in their child's lives with homework and volunteer positions in the classrooms and schools beyond even the PTA. I look forward to many years at Oakridge with my two sons and wish all children could have such a wonderful learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

We moved from Cottonwood to Oakridge for my childs 4th grade year. What an improvement!! (WOW) I wish I had changed sooner. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

I agree with all of the reviews here. My child has attended Oakridge for 6 years. We have never had a 'bad' teacher. Most of them are amazingly dedicated professionals who are fun, challenging, and highly skilled in motivating kids to do their best. Parent volunteerism is a tradition at Oakridge. Music is hands-down exceptional. The arts and PE also add to a well-rounded curriculum. There is no question that Oakridge is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

They integrate the arts with every day learning. They encourage parental involvement. So far, I've only experienced motivated, caring teachers. My child really enjoys it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

Oakridge is one of the best public school in the Granite school district. Lots of parents involvement and excellent, qualified teachers. We love the arts, drama and music the school provide in their curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2006

Oakridge is the best public elem. we could find in SLC. The expectations are high and the school culture is academic, yet accepting of all levels. The Art Works for Kids program is an integrative-cross curriculum program that is excellent. The school and parents work hard to maintain the grants and funding needed to keep Oakridge on top. My three kids love it there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2004

Our children transferred from private school and we have been amazed at the teacher quality, the emphasis on the arts and the dedication of the administration to making Oakridge the finest of learning institutions. Like any public school in the state, the school suffers from a lack of funding with regard to the 'extras.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2004

Excellent school with a lot of involvement from parents. Great experienced teachers who geuninely care for the kids.
—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

 
 
88%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
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 89% 77%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
Hispanic 3% 15%
Black 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 5%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4325 South Jupiter Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
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