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Sunset Jr High School

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Posted December 26, 2013

Sunset Jr. High is a great school. It's an older building but very well kept. The teachers and administration are great! My older 2 kids have both gone through Sunset and have done great. They offer many accelerated/honors classes and also have many sports, clubs, and activities. The new principal is so great. Really cares about the kids well being and their academic endeavors!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

I am a ninth grader at Sunset Junior High School and have gone there since seventh grade. When I was about to go into seventh grade I had heard some bad things about it, but I know better now! It is a great school with excellent staff and administration. It also has great programs to help children who are struggling, and school wide programs to improve reading, writing, etc. I have also been wowed by the math teachers. I have learned so much and the teachers are to thank. They teach you well, and give you assignments to learn, instead of just busy work. I am so grateful that I chose to go to sunset, because it has truly helped to grow intelectully.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2009

I am a ninth grade student at Sunset Junior High, and I very much agree with the parent that commented first. Some of the teachers here aren't very 'fun' with their teaching. I always seem to do better in the classes that have the teacher that makes it fun. They are very large in the musical departments, which is something I'm happy for. They have recently canceled the drama class, something which upset me beyond words. (And many others, trust me). I have a friend that is sitting with me who just got VERY angry just because I brought it up again. I don't like the dress code on 'ripped-jeans', which aren't a distraction to the learning process at all. Them making it a rule and a big deal is a distraction. Anyways, there's your review. I know from first-hand experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2007

I am so impressed by the staff and administration. I had heard very mixed reviews about this school before we moved but have been pleasantly suprised. I appreciate the band and foreign language departments so much. My son is thrilled to be able to take German. I think they have worked very hard to be aa good, hard-working, safe school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 6, 2005

I am a ninth grade student at sunset junior high and I love it, most of my teachers are fun and easy to talk to, they look at you as a person, not as someone who sits in a desk for 48 minutes a day, and are people I go to for advice. I am going to be sad to leave the teachers that I have had for 1-2 years, they are so fun! I love going to school every day, the availability of extracurricular programs is great, lots of clubs for any student, even the struggling ones, however I don't think there is a lack of parent involvement. I would like to explain to the South Weber parents that without your great kids our school wouldn't have enough students. It just wouldn't be the same without the South Weberans!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2004

There are a some teachers (not all) at this school that do not make learning interesting for the students. Some seem to follow a simple regmented method of teaching and won't vary their instruction to meet students needs. The result is students don't seem to care if they learn, make good grades, or even turn in their assignments. Parents usually don't find out there is a problem until parent/teacher conferences. Which usually makes it too late to correct the situation. Some of the teachers also seem to have lost (or maybe never had) the passion that is required to be a teacher. I have witnessed many examples of both students and teachers alike that don't respect each other. Parents in our community (South Weber) have been very involved in the school but don't seem to be getting any support from the school's staff or leadership. Many suggestions have been made as to how to improve the school without much response from the school or the school district. They have given us many excuses as to why our suggestions can't be implemented. Our children have to travel 10 miles to get to school. This is a long bus ride for a metropolitan area and there are many schools closer than this one. This is especially frustrating since the instruction has been mediocre at best.
—Submitted by a parent


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Language Arts

The state average for Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
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 88% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Pre-Algebra

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

2010

 
 
68%
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%
Hispanic 12% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
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 49%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1610 North 250 West
Sunset, UT 84015
Phone: (801) 402-6700

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