About the Salt Lake City School District

The District

The Salt Lake City School District serves the children and community of Utah’s capitol city. The boundaries for the district are contiguous with the boundaries of Salt Lake City. Inside the district you will find a great amount of diversity. Some areas of the city feature multi-million dollar homes, while in other areas, over 90% of the children and families live in poverty. The district serves approximately 24,000 students, and over 80 languages are spoken in the halls of Salt Lake City schools.

Our Schools

There are 36 schools in the district: 27 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 3 high schools and one alternative high school. In May 1999, voters in Salt Lake City overwhelmingly approved issuing $136 million in bonds to help pay for the renovation or reconstruction of elementary and middle schools. The 10-year construction program is building schools that are safer, brighter, and can be used as community centers after school hours.

Our Students

Students in the Salt Lake City School District hail from around the world. Ethnic minorities make up 53% of our students, and the district serves a significant refugee population from Eastern European or African countries. Approximately 60% of our students come from low-income families, and just over 33% of them are learning English as a second language. We celebrate this diversity and believe it adds value as students learn first hand about other cultures.

Our Employees

The Salt Lake City School District employs approximately 2,840 people, including 1,250 teachers. Thanks to an aggressive Professional Development program, our teachers are some of the best trained in the state. The extra hours of training in best teaching practices are focused on improving student achievement.

Our Community

Salt Lake City is the perfect location for the outdoor enthusiast or for someone looking for a nice evening out on the town. Nearly a dozen world class ski resorts are just minutes away. Local canyons offer opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, and more. Salt Lake City is home to professional basketball, baseball, hockey and indoor soccer teams. Residents looking for a bit of culture can attend the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, Utah Opera Company, or the many theatrical productions at Capitol Theater. Utah is home to 45 state parks which offer a host of recreational activities.

Mission Statement

The Salt Lake City School District advocates for all students, provides the highest quality education, and prepares students for a future of opportunities.

Vision Statement

Salt Lake City School District sets the standard for excellence in education.


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