Traditional High Schools
Jordan School District supports seven traditional high school locations and programs. Each of those high schools operates within a two semester academic year. Each semester runs on a block schedule (an eight-period schedule composed of two four-period blocks, with each block meeting every other day).
All traditional high schools offer regular, accelerated and special education levels of coursework, with an ample selection of elective course options.
All traditional high school locations offer a wide variety of student activities and athletic programs. All athletic teams and competitions are sponsored by the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA). A listing of the athletic opportunities is available on each individual high school website and at http://www.uhsaa.org.
Online Courses for Grades 9-12
Jordan School District students have been afforded the opportunity to utilize online education as part of their schooling experience. Students may enroll in online courses during the school day for original credit (not credit recovery or make-up credit).
- After meeting with a school counselor to make sure that the courses the student wants to take will fulfill graduation requirements, high school students may register for online classes through Utah Students Connect/Jordan Connect and/or the Statewide Online Education Program. Courses taken online reduce the number of courses taken at the student's Primary School of Enrollment, unless the student has a Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) for early graduation, which will allow the student to exceed full-time enrollment.
- Middle school students may take no more than 7 overall credits per school year and high school students no more than 8. Students may enroll in up to two credits beyond the 7 middle school or 8 high school credits per school year only if there is a clearly-defined and well-articulated plan for early graduation and this is recorded in their individual Plan for College and Career Readiness.
Courses taken for original credit during the regular school year are tuition free to the student, except for certain fees (e.g. Driver’s Education).
Classes are available through Utah Students Connect/Jordan Connect or other accredited providers.
Final exams must be supervised by an approved proctor.
- Final exams for Utah Students Connect/Jordan Connect courses will be taken at a proctored location within the boundaries of the Jordan School District. Because Utah Students Connect/Jordan Connect is a Jordan District program, there are no proctoring fees for final exams.
- Final testing through out-of-district providers will need to be arranged through those online providers. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the out-of-district provider to find out requirements for taking a proctored final exam and to find out which testing locations and proctors are approved by that provider. The decision as to whether to charge a proctoring fee is the decision of each online provider.
- Jordan District employees may sign up to be a proctor for BYU Independent Study. If a student wants a district employee to proctor a final exam for a course taken through either of these providers, the test must be taken after contract hours, and the student will need to pay a proctoring fee of $35 to the school secretary/cashier in the main office at the high school where the test will be taken.
Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers (JATC)
JATC is part of the Jordan School District Career and Technical Education Department.
JATC offers programs which provide a capstone experience for programs available at the district’s traditional high schools as well as programs which are not available at the district’s traditional high schools.
In order to enroll in a JATC program, students must be enrolled in a Jordan District high school or a traditional high school in one of the Wasatch Front South Consortium districts, or Real Salt Lake Academy. A charter or online school student’s enrollment at the JATC for extracurricular or co-curricular activities is limited to WFS (Wasatch Front South) CTE Consortium students only. Consortium students may enroll under the conditions outlined in the Jordan School District’s Planning & Student Services Manual.
Students enrolling in JATC programs have these options for their schedule:
- Enroll in courses taught at their boundary high school and JATC.
- Enroll in courses taught at their boundary high school combined with zero to six Utah Students Connect/Jordan Connect online courses and JATC.
- Enroll in courses taught at their boundary high school combined with zero to six Statewide Online Public Education Courses and JATC.
- Be a registered homeschool or private school student living within the Jordan District or one of the Wasatch Front South Consortium districts. (Utah Code 53A-11-Part 1102.5 (2).
(Note: Preference will be given to students living within Jordan School District boundaries.)
Valley High School
Valley High School is Jordan School District’s alternative high school. It is designed to meet the needs of high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school. These students are typically deficient in credits and face the possibility of not graduating on time or at all.
Valley High School is available to Jordan School District students and to any student seeking registration on a limited enrollment/percentage basis. Students must be referred to this school by an administrator of their current traditional high school. The Valley administration reviews referrals and then decides if the student is eligible for enrollment based on a variety of risk factors.
Valley High School students must adhere to a strict attendance policy to maintain enrollment. To remain at the school, students must pass a minimum of four core academic classes per quarter.
Valley High School is fully accredited. Students are required to earn 24 total credits to graduate as stipulated by the Jordan School District and Utah State Board of Education.
Note: Special education enrollment is limited to Jordan District students who complete the enrollment process. (For details, check with your special education department). Seats are limited.
Teen Parent Program
The Teen Parent Program is an alternative high school program for students who are pregnant or who have children. This program is part of Valley High School.
High School students who qualify for the Teen Parent Program can attend Valley High School on its regular four-day per week schedule.
Valley High School provides an on-site child care nursery to students eligible for the Teen Parent Program. Nursery hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. There is a fee of $50 per semester, per child, for use of the nursery.
A teen parent who wishes to graduate from Valley High School will stay in the Teen Parent Program until graduation day. A teen parent who wishes to graduate from his/her boundary high school will need to attend his/her boundary high school the entire second semester of his/her senior year. A teen parent with extenuating circumstances, which may prohibit him/her from attending his/her boundary high school the second semester, must meet with his/her boundary high school principal and appeal the attendance requirement. Should the boundary high school principal wish to allow the student to continue in the Teen Parent Program and still graduate from the boundary high school, he/she should declare such in writing and send their letter to the coordinator of the Teen Parent Program no later than the end of the first semester of the senior year.
River’s Edge School
The River’s Edge School is a self-contained, special education program that serves students with severe behavioral, social and emotional disorders who reside within the boundaries of the Jordan School District.
Individualized educational programming is provided for middle and high school students with a special education classification. Students are placed by a formal committee (Least Restrictive Environment - LRE) process. River’s Edge School is the most restrictive special education placement in Jordan School District for students who have serious emotional and/or behavioral problems.
The main goal of the River’s Edge School is to assist students in learning new behaviors and alternative ways to deal with their emotions enabling them to become successful in their educational and personal lives. Educational opportunities include regular middle/high school curriculum, vocational training, social, life and community access skills. The River’s Edge School provides students with academic instruction in core curriculum and also offers a high school diploma through this program.
South Valley School
South Valley School provides training for special education students in independent living skills, character education and career preparation in full-time and part-time programs.
- Students receiving Special Education services in grades 9-12 may apply to South Valley School's Greenhouse or Woodshop programs.
- For 1 1/2 to 2 hours daily, students receive career instruction by certified instructors.
- Students must qualify for special education services and be between the ages of 18-22.
- The program is for students who have not yet received a high school diploma after completion of their senior year in high school.
- Full-time students receive services in the following areas: Functional Academics, Career Preparation, Community Access/Service, Recreation and Leisure.
- Students have the option of earning an adult high school diploma at completion of the program.
Southpointe High School
Seniors who do not have enough credits to graduate with their high school class in June are invited to earn their adult high school diploma at Southpointe High School. It is recommended that students stay at their home high school until the end of the senior year and then encouraged to register at Southpointe High School. Credit at Southpointe may be earned through attending classes, directed studies and/or online courses. Students that complete their graduation credit while attending the Southpointe program will receive a Southpointe Adult High School Diploma (see special provision Section 1-D-2 for high school seniors).
Southpointe High School accepts senior students who may be refused registration at the traditional high school (e.g. seniors who are new to Jordan District/ seniors that transfer from another Jordan District school, who do not qualify within the residency guidelines). See Section I, Residency Requirement.
Southpointe also accepts out-of-school youth (16, 17, 18 years of age whose class has not graduated), who are officially withdrawn and released from the day school program. The completed Adult Education and GED Testing Application Form for 16-18 Year-Old Non-Graduates with requisite signatures is required for the student’s acceptance into this program.
Southpointe High School registration is by appointment and the cost is $25 per quarter. Registration and orientation will take about 3 hours and includes a Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) assessment. When registering, students will need to bring the following:
- A copy of their high school transcript from the school they last attended.
- A letter from their parent or legal guardian giving permission for the student to attend Southpointe.
- A completed Adult Education and GED Testing Application Form for 16-18 Year-Old Non-Graduates with required signatures.
Students attempting to leave Southpointe High School and return to the traditional high school program should be advised as per the 2009 Southpointe High School Recommendations drafted by high school administrators.
GED Testing: Students, both current and those returning, should have the Adult Education and GED Testing Application Form for 16-18 Year-Old Non-Graduatescompleted prior to taking the GED tests. NOTICE: Passing the GED Tests results in a Utah Completion Diploma based on the GED Tests and as such the person cannot seek a Southpointe Adult Education Carnegie Diploma and may not be able to enlist in the military or qualify for certain levels of rank advancement.