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Salt Lake Arts Academy

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Posted March 27, 2014

I am currently in my fourth and final year at the Salt Lake Arts Academy and have had an amazing experience. I do get a large amount of homework, but then again I am such an overkill on work and I think that if students don't fall behind it is easily doable. Class sizes are small, teachers are totally AWESOME, and the arts and core classes are well taught. Despite what some other reviews have said I have quite a lot of trouble finding bullying in our school and the thievery problem ended two years ago. In one instance of bullying that I witnessed, it was the only one I have ever seen, the bullying was minor and as it turned out the kid getting bullied had done something first. I love this school and am super sad to leave it. SLARTS IS SO AMAZING!!


Posted November 12, 2013

I have two children Salt Lake Arts Academy. The teachers are caring and kind. The curriculum is engaging. The arts are fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

My daughter just started at Salt Lake Arts Academy this school year. We have been overwhelmed with the creative and academic energy of this school. I love that they understand that kids can get lost in a middle school environment. They have created groups made up of a teacher advisor and students. They've eaten lunch together for the first few weeks. They talk about social issues and watch out for each other. The school is academically challenging as well as focusing on the arts and social issues. I appreciate that she can also take a foreign language after school while she is still young and excited. We are very happy with our decision to have our daughter enter as a 5th grader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

We have thoroughly loved having our kids at this school. Our kids have progressed so much in their education. My daughter went to West High School and was so far ahead of the other kids. We had to put her in Honors classes just so she would keep busy. I wish all schools were this good. Parents and facility have been awesome. Before our kids started at SLARTS they were in another title one school and the parents didn't care didn't come to parent teacher meetings. The only time the parents came was when an activity fed them or gave away something for free. At SLARTS, almost every parent comes to the meetings with teachers. Parents want to be involved and helpful in their kids education. Again the Teachers and the Principle have been very supportive and helpful. They want to see your kid succeed as much as you do. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

Unfortunately my child received relentless bullying at this school. We have taken my child out of the school. The administration and faculty have blinders on and dont want to see the reality of what was happening. There is a very much " not at this school" attitude. The Arts Academy is not as progressive and culture tolerant as they would like you to believe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2012

I love how much attention my daughter is able to receive--she's not falling through the cracks like she was in our neighborhood school, and the teachers and principal are more than willing to work with her, and her emotional and metal developmental levels, to ensure her success. My right-brained, creative daughter is thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

The Salt Lake Arts Academy is a wonderfully vibrant and diverse community with teachers, staff, and leadership, and therefore students, who consistently embrace individuality and the human quest to learn. The school is the best I have seen with respect to embracing and implementing progressive thoughts and applications of learning and teaching style. Combined with a philosophy that embraces the community in which we live as an integral part of education, this school is second to none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2012

Our son started at SLARTS in the fall. He chose to leave his great elementary school because he was so enthused about what SLARTS had to offer and was ready for a middle school experience. He is absolutely thrilled. He loves his teachers and is doing well academically. We are excited for him and from most of what we've seen so far, the school has a wonderful mix of strong academics, many creative outlets and a wonderful community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

This is our fourth year with Slarts. Our family has enjoyed every year. The teachers, staff, and administration are professional, compentent, and compassionate. The atmosphere at the school is positive, inviting and a safe enviroment to try new things and have an experience with all the arts. The teachers are wonderful in the methods they use to teach the core consepts in exciting and engaging ways that challenge their student to look beyond the fact and figures of memorizing the needed information to pass a test. Thanks Slarts for giving us a choice in education our students have benefited from your vision to have the arts as an important and vital part of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

Our child is in his 2nd year at SLARTS and we have been very happy. The academics have integrity, but also integrate creativity; I also love the student involvement in the SLC community for cultural, service, and educational experiences. The smaller size creates a stronger sense of community. Our child was doing fine in the public school but he has a much greater sense of belonging at SLARTS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2012

My daughter started at SLARTS last year for 5th grade and is back again this year. I couldn't believe that week after week she'd come home thrilled with her day and excited for the next. Her teachers are excellent at using a variety of mediums to teach their material - language arts uses music to learn poetry, history uses arts, etc. It's great for engaging her active mind! The staff is always looking for new opportunities for the students and I love their monthly community service days. They really get the kids out and involved in the local community! Driving her across the valley is worth it for this great school :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

SLARTS has kept my child engaged and looking forward to going to school each day. I love that my child can experience music and other arts, while being academically challenges in humanities, math and science, and still have time for PE 2-3 times each week. The school's teachers and leadership are outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

Our family has been at SLARTS for 2 years and both kids have been challenged to learn in such creative ways that keep them excited to go to school every day. Teachers know their students which in today's overcrowded schools, is invaluable. Their test scores are some of the best in the Salt Lake Valley. A great choice for your 5th-8th grader!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

Office Manager of the Salt Lake Arts Academy is on top of EVERYTHING. 7th Grade Humanities teacher, Legate, leads and cares for the kids as if they were all hers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

My wife and I have been very pleased with SLARTS. It has exceeded our expectations. I like the after school activities too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

The Salt Lake Arts Academy is certainly an oasis in the world of middle school education. The teachers care about the students and the students treat their faculty like rock stars. We fell lucky to be enrolled - what more can be said!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

My daughter really appreciates the art experience and the opportunities to go into the community. I appreciate the high accademic standards and the low teacher to student ratios that let the teachers know their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

The teachers are passionate and it shows. I am grateful to have found such an amazing school. My 5th grader loves school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

We are so fortunate to be a part of this special school. The involvement with the arts mixed in with a day of core classes has been so wonderful for my kids. And the teachers clearly feel passionate about what they are doing and are happy to be at work at this great school. Yay for SLARTS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

This school is great!!! This is my daughters first year attending SLArts, and she is the happiest she has ever been in school. This last semester she made the high honor role for the first time ever, and tells me all the time how much she loves it there!!!! The classes are very involved, and the teachers make it fun for the kids to learn! I haven't regretted once putting her in SLArts
—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 80% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

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 84% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
96%

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 90% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

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

 
 
100%
Pre-Algebra

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

2010

 
 
94%
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 83% 77%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 2%
Hispanic 6% 15%
Black 3% 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 21%N/A48%
Female 55%N/A49%
Male 45%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Amy Wadsworth
Fax number
  • (801) 531-7726

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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