What school your student will attend is most often decided by where you live. Reviewing the district boundary map will help you. However, state law also says you have the opportunity to attend a school outside your neighborhood boundaries. Whether this school is across town or in another district, you may apply to attend that school. You can find information about filling out a school choice application in our Student Services Department.
The best way to find registration information is to contact the school your student will be attending. The school will be able to give you the appropriate forms and applications. Please be aware, you will need your student’s birth certificate, social security number and immunization record.
The district optional programs available to students are:
In addition, many schools offer special programs or areas of emphasis. Special Education are available for students who need extra help. High Schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses and West High School offers classes in the International Baccalaureate program.
The number of students in each class will vary. Classes such as choir or band will have the largest numbers of students. Core classes many also have higher enrollment, especially at the middle and high school level. There are also several ways to compute class size. The following numbers are the Average Daily Membership (the number of students in class on an average day) divided by the number of certified teachers (not counting principals, reading specialists, librarians, etc.):
|1-6||K-6||7-12||1-12||K-12||Special Ed.||K-12 & Sp Ed.|
|Avg. Daily Membership||24,443||18.73||20.86||20.67||22.40||21.53||21.39||5.09||18.99|
Please see the Child Nutrition Department.
To apply for free or reduced price meals, households should fill out an application and return it to their school or the Child Nutrition Office. Eligibility and information is located at the Child Nutrition Department site.
Most schools in Salt Lake City School District have a website created and maintained by the school itself. General school information can be located in the listing for all school websites.
Several schools in the district have uniform policies. If you are unsure if your child's school requires uniforms, please consult the school information page.
Please see the district calendar.
Many people base their answer to this question on test scores. Yet, there are many variables to consider, such as school boundaries, demographics, and more. In Salt Lake City there is great deal of diversity. Some schools are surrounded by rich, affluent neighborhoods. Other schools have over 90% of students living in low income homes. The number of students who don’t speak English or those who move frequently varies greatly by school.
While test scores may be the easiest and most popular number to use in comparing schools, they do not show the whole picture. Is it fair to say that one school is better than another without knowing the lower scoring school may have 90% poverty, 35% of its students are English Language Learners, or many students come from single parents families? Finding the best school for your student should be based on numerous considerations and, if possible, a personal visit or phone call with the principal or teachers.