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Learning Option Descriptions

Each of our schools has different learning options for students. Here are descriptions for some of the options with which you may not be familiar. 


Advanced Placement classes offer college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. At the end of the school year, students may take an exam for each AP course and can earn college credit based on their scores for each exam. The amount of college credit awarded may vary for each college or university.

After school, a fee-based program, is available to Kindergarten through 8th grade students. After school provides academic support and promotes healthy youth development through enriching activities in a safe, inclusive and caring environment. Community Education provides after school programs in all elementary and middle schools.

AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination)
AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID is designed to help under-served, first generation college–bound students with high academic potential participate in rigorous coursework in preparation for entrance to colleges and universities. Students receive support through tutoring by trained tutors and a proven curriculum based on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading. AVID is used in 10 of our schools: Bennion Elementary School, Jackson Elementary School, Parkview Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School, Glendale Middle School, Northwest Middle School, Nibley Park K-8 School, East High School, Highland High School, and West High School.

The Utah State Legislature funds the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, which brings the Art Works for Kids integrated teaching model to classrooms across the state. This program provides arts instruction to students in grades K-6. Schools choose one art form (visual arts, dance, music, theater) for a minimum of five years. The integrated model supports content area instruction by providing students with multiple ways of representing their learning through the arts.

Career and Technical Education pathways provide students access to high-quality, rigorous career-focused programs that result in attainment of credentials with labor market value. CTE pathways allow a student to earn an industry certificate in any number of career pathways, including IT, skilled trades, computer programming, CNA, medical assistant, family and consumer science, etc. CTE classes may be offered at the high school campuses or at the district’s Career and Technical Center (CTC). Bus transportation is available for classes at the CTC.

Every school in SLCSD has a Certified Teacher Librarian. This means that every one of our school librarians is a certified teacher. As a certified teacher, this person collaborates with members of the learning community to analyze learning and information needs, to locate and use resources that will meet those needs, and to understand and communicate the information the resources provide.

Community Learning Centers are a gathering place for SLCSD families and community members. Our CLCs house after-school programs; medical, dental, and vision clinics; adult education classes; and more. CLCs are available in SLCSD next to Rose Park Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, and Glendale Middle School.

Concurrent enrollment courses offer high school students the opportunity to earn college credit for courses taken during high school, giving students the opportunity to get a head start on college. Concurrent enrollment classes may be taught at the high school or at one of the local colleges.

Curriculum and Assessment Lab is an exemplary program for students in grades 1-8. C&A classes are taught in multi-age configurations that combine 1st and 2nd grades, 3rd and 4th grades, 5th and 6th grades, and 7th and 8th grades.  The C&A classes are unique settings for the research and development of interactive teaching practices. C & A classrooms are available at Ensign Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, and Clayton Middle School.

Dual immersion programs provide two language groups - English and Spanish - with an opportunity to become bilingual and biliterate. The students’ first language is used to support the acquisition of their second. Students learn to read, write, and speak both languages. Our dual immersion schools are Emerson Elementary School, Jackson Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School, Bryant Middle School, and West High School.

The Extended Learning Program of the Salt Lake City School District provides instructional services for students in grades K-8 who are identified through a testing process as academically gifted and talented. ELP services are available for eligible students at all district elementary and middle schools through a continuum that ranges from general classroom support to full time gifted instruction at a district ELP magnet site. All elementary and middle schools have neighborhood ELP classes, and magnet ELP programs are available at Emerson Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Clayton Middle School, Hillside Middle School, and West High School.

The IB program is designed for academically able students who desire a curriculum that presents subject matter from a worldwide perspective. Students who are highly motivated and productive will benefit from this course of study. Students are admitted for 9th grade through an application process, which begins in November of their 8th grade year. International Baccalaureate programs are available at West High School and Highland High School.

SLCSD middle schools do not offer UHSAA sanctioned sports, but some of our schools offer students opportunities to participate in after-school intramural sports.

The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is a federal program sponsored by the U.S. Armed Forces in secondary schools. In the Salt Lake City School District, JROTC is available to all high school students and is housed at West High School. JROTC provides students with opportunities to learn about leadership development, citizenship, community service, and physical fitness. Extracurricular teams and activities such as air rifle marksmanship, drill team, color guard, etc. are also available through JROTC.

STEM education is the purposeful integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to create a student-centered learning environment in which students investigate and engineer solutions to problems and construct evidence-based explanations of real-world phenomena. In addition to traditional classes, a STEM focus school puts added emphasis on STEM curriculum through additional instructional time and innovative teaching practices. Learning at a STEM focus school is collaborative and project-based.