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Dixie Sun School

Public | PK-5 | 575 students

 

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Posted March 31, 2014

I have a kindergartner and 3rd grader at this school, and love the dual immersion opportunity. Both children read and write and speak Spanish without an accent despite their parents only knowing a little Spanish. Both are better readers in English than their peers at other schools. I was surprised that learning the Spanish seemed to help their English reading as well. We love the music program, violin, conga town (percussion group). The family center on-site to check out bilingual books, games, learning kits, dvd's and parenting materials is also wonderful. The preschool teacher is amazing. Although started with some controversy, Dixie Sun has worked out many of the initial challenges of dual immersion. I've been impressed with teachers willing to help parents before school know how to help in Spanish (as we parents were just learning). One of the secretaries is a little less than friendly, but still does her job. The new principal has been adding greater consistency and test scores have continued to rise since changing to dual immersion. The "intervention" groups seem to be a good thing, challenging those who understand, and helping those who need it. Love the small class size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

Awesome bilingual program. I have five children who attend Dixie Sun and we love the program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

My daughter has learned so much this year! I am amazed at how much Spanish she already knows for just being in kindergarten! Her teacher is so kind and supportive! The staff is so caring. I am glad I made the decision to take my daughter to Dixie Sun Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

Love this school! My red headed boys have been speaking Spanish since kindergarten and they have so many fun activities to help them learn. The music program is amazing and was paid for in part due to the PTA! We won the national board of education blue ribbon award which NO school in Utah has received in over 8 years! Great positive go getter principles and wonderful teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

My daughter has been going to this school for 2 years already and i love the fact that they are bilingual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

I am very pleased with my child's education at Dixie Downs. He is currently in 2nd grade but started in Kindergarten. I couldn't believe how advanced he was compared to my friend's children who attend another school. He is reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish already. I am so excited about his future possibilities because he will be bi-lingual. I look forward to when he enters the 4th grade and he can start learning the violin. It surprised me to read comments about people not being friendly, everyone seems very friendly and cooperative. They want your child to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

I have my son who is attending this school. He started the dual language program since Kinder. He is now in first grade. I am profoundly astounded to see his mental growth. He is able to speak, read, and write fluently in both English and Spanish. Besides learning so much, there is so many extracurricular activities going on in the school. They offer after school programs until 6pm. Many teachers teach intervention to students who need the help. I haven't heard of a school in St. George that offers this free help. This school is the only school in the district to offer a full time music and violin instruction. I appreciate the many different programs going on in this school. The teachers are very well trained and are dedicated. Most of the comments I have read are from parents who are giving false reviews, please read the principal's comments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

Dixie Downs is a great school. My son is in kidergarten. It is the only school in the district that has full day kindergarten. My child is starting to read, not only in English but in Spanish! I've noticed my son's alertness increase. I speack two languages from serving on a mission in a different country. I know first hand how learning a new language broadens the mind and helps in making connections with other languages. The teachers at this school care a great deal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

My children attended this school a year and a half. The secretaries never smiled and ignored me every time I walked into the school. The principle ignores any concerns you have about education, and yes, it seems his only concern is the Spanish program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

This School has many poblems that are not reaching resolution. The main problem for my family is the 'dual immersion' program. It forces students to recieve 50% of their education in spanish. This would not be a huge problem for some people, even an advantage, but is not right for everyone. If it were optional, it would be best for everyone! I can't even get teachers to include english instructions so I can help my children with their homework! My son is struggling with this program (my daughter too). One of the reasons we picked this location to buy a home was it's proximity to the school. At the time they didn't have this program. The first year was optional but the next year they made it required! They say you can opt out but that means enrolling them ina different school with no help with transportation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2007

I'm the PrincipaL of Dixie Downs Elementary. I would like to clarify a comment made by someone regarding Dixie Downs School. We do participate in field day and science fair. and many other extra curricular programs. We are the only school in the District that has a full time music specialist. We run after school programs, summer school, all day kindergarten, safety patrole, and this coming year we will offer violin instruction for all 4th and 5th graders. In addition to these many enriching programs, we teach children to speak fluently in two languages. :)


Posted May 8, 2007

my kids are just finishing their 2nd year at Dixie downs. this school is now implementing the 'dual immersion' program where 1/2 the day is taught in spanish and half in english. for now this only affects the K & 1st & next year will move up to the 2nd graders. it seems as though this program is the administrators and some teachers main focus. Their plan is to make this a spanish magnet school. This has proven to be very controversial. It seems like this is the principals largest priority. There seems to be more extracurricular activities offered to the older classes. Activities like a track and field event where most neighboring schools participated Dixie downs did not. The PTA seems to be trying really hard to get more parent involvement whether or not the principal will assist them or be pre-occupied with the dual immersion will be seen.
—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.

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The state average for Math was 79% in 2010.

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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

Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

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64%

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58%

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Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

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62%

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55%

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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
63%

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67%

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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

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64%

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Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
36%

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38%

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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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

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83%

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Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
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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
Hispanic 73% 15%
White 25% 77%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
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 99%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1795 West 1230 North
St George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 673-8978

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