Salt Lake City School District

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The Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) is the oldest public school district in Utah. Boundaries for the district are identical to the city limits for Salt Lake City. Employing about 1,300 teachers who instruct about 25,000 students K-12, the district is the ninth largest in the state, as of 2009, behind Granite, Davis, Alpine, Jordan, Canyons, Weber, Nebo, and Washington.[1] Two of the district's high schools, East and West, are over 100 years old.

High schools[edit]

All high schools in the Salt Lake City District serve grades 9-12; the district operates three high schools: East High School near the University of Utah serving the southwest and central-east part of the city, West High School in western downtown serving the north and west area, and Highland High School near Sugar House Park serving the southeast. Additionally, the district runs an alternative/adult education school, Horizonte High School, located on Main Street in the south central city, and the new Innovations High School, a "student centered, personalized education" school that will focus on learning through digital technology, located in the south-central part of the city attached to Salt Lake Community College South City campus.

A high school no longer extant, South High School, located at State St. and 1700 South, once served the southern part of Salt Lake City. The district built this school during the Great Depression to accommodate about 1000 students from the private LDS High School, which closed in 1931. South High was located in some of the poorer areas of Salt Lake City with a population increasingly devoid of school age children by the 1980s. Falling enrollment throughout the school district prompted the district to close the fledgling South High in 1988. Schools with older facilities, such as East and West, as well as Highland High School received students from portions of the former South High school boundaries; the district donated the South High School school building to the Salt Lake Community College, where it currently serves as its South City campus.

East High School[edit]

East High School serves grades nine through twelve. East High School was founded in 1914 and currently has an enrolled student body of 2,109, it is located at 840 South 1300 East in the East Bench neighborhood. The current principal is Greg Maughan; the school mascot is the leopard, and the school colors are red and white.

Highland High School[edit]

Highland High School opened in 1956 and has a student body of about 1,546. It is located at 2166 South 1700 East, next to Sugar House Park; the current principal is Chris Jenson. The school mascot is the ram, and the school colors are black and white. Highland also has a long-standing rivalry with East High School.

West High School[edit]

West High School is located at 241 North 300 West in Salt Lake City. Founded in 1890 as Salt Lake High School, West High is the oldest high school in the Salt Lake School District and the second oldest in Utah, it is the highest-ranked high school in Utah according to Newsweek. West High has a student population of 2,559 under principal Ford White. In addition to students in grades nine through twelve, West High School serves a group of 7th and 8th graders in an Extended Learning Program (ELP); the school mascot is the panther, and the school colors are red and black.

Middle schools[edit]

There are five middle schools in the Salt Lake City School District. All middle schools in the district teach grades 7-8, except Glendale which teaches 6-8.

Salt Lake City middle schools
School Enrollment Neighborhood
Bryant Middle School 540 Central City
Clayton Middle School 610 Sugar House
Glendale Middle School 786 Glendale
Hillside Middle School 519 East Bench
Northwest Middle School 787 Rose Park
Olympus Jr. High School 000 Holladay

In addition, West High School offers grade 7 and 8 for some students as part of the "Extended Learning Program" (ELP).

K-8 schools[edit]

Salt Lake City middle schools
School Enrollment Neighborhood
Nibley Park School 474 Sugar House

Elementary schools[edit]

The district operates 27 elementary schools. Almost all elementary schools in the district serve grades K-6. Riley, Edison, and Mountain View serve grades K-5 (these 6th graders attend Glendale Middle). Most elementary schoold offer preschool services.

Salt Lake City elementary schools
School Enrollment Neighborhood
Backman Elementary School 604 Rose Park
Beacon Heights Elementary School 486 East Bench
Bennion Elementary School 267 Central City
Bonneville Elementary School 523 East Bench
Dilworth Elementary School 581 Sugar House
Dual Immersion Academy
Edison Elementary School 579 Poplar Grove
Emerson Elementary School 530 Sugar House
Ensign Elementary School 362 The Avenues
Escalante Elementary School 575 Rose Park
Franklin Elementary School 430 Poplar Grove
Hawthorne Elementary School 483 Sugar House
Highland Park Elementary School 596 Sugar House
Indian Hills Elementary School 430 East Bench
Jackson Elementary School 535 Rose Park
Lincoln Elementary School 535 Central City
Meadowlark Elementary School 554 Rose Park
Mountain View Elementary School 596 Glendale
Newman Elementary School 478 Rose Park
North Star Elementary School 687 Rose Park
Parkview Elementary School 429 Glendale
Riley Elementary School 423 Glendale
Rose Park Elementary School 488 Rose Park
Uintah Elementary School 542 East Bench
Wasatch Elementary School 471 The Avenues
Washington Elementary School 333 Capitol Hill
Whittier Elementary School 674 Sugar House

In 1999, the district approved a bond that would reconstruct 20 of the elementary schools as well as Northwest Middle School. In addition, two elementary schools were closed for the 2002–2003 school season (Rosslyn Heights in Sugar House and Lowell in The Avenues) while serving as temporary campuses for the reconstructed schools, they were originally going to choose two schools off of a list of eight to be closed, and eventually the school board decided to close Lowell and Rosslyn Heights (the latter of which was not on the list). This aroused considerable protest from parents, teachers, and even board members, and lawsuits were filed against the district. However, they failed to keep the schools open.

Charter schools[edit]

Public charter schools in the district include Open Classroom, an elementary and middle school that has been part of the district since 1977 and is currently housed in the building that once was Lowell Elementary[2] and Open High School of Utah, established in 2009.[3]

Uintah Elementary School lunch controversy[edit]

In January 2014, approximately 40 students at Uintah Elementary School had their lunches removed from them and thrown in the trash. According to the school district, the students' lunch accounts were in arrears, and the district's child-nutrition manager visited the school and decided to take away the students' lunches;[4] the issue received national attention and school district officials were accused of "bullying" and "humiliating" students.[5]


  1. ^ USOE School Finance and Statistics
  2. ^ Shumway, Larry K. (October 9, 2012). "State of Utah Education Address". Utah State Office of Education.
  3. ^ McCrea, Bridget (May 9, 2012). "Running a School on Open Educational Resources". THE Journal.
  4. ^ Lunches seized from kids in debt at Salt Lake City elementary, Salt Lake City Tribune. January 29, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-30
  5. ^ Utah school district apologizes for seizing kids' lunches for unpaid bills, NBC News, January 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-30

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