Jordan School District

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Jordan School District
7387 S Campus View Drive
West Jordan, UT 84084-2998

Southwestern part of Salt Lake County, Utah
Coordinates 40°36′22″N 111°56′10″W / 40.606°N 111.936°W / 40.606; -111.936 (District office)Coordinates: 40°36′22″N 111°56′10″W / 40.606°N 111.936°W / 40.606; -111.936 (District office)
District information
Grades K-12
Established 1905 (1905)
Superintendent Patrice Johnson
Schools 53 (2012-2013)
Budget 397,300,000 (2012-2013)
District ID 4900420[1]
Students and staff
Students 52,300 [2]
Teachers 2,687 (2012-2013)
Staff 2,578 (2012-2013)
Other information

Jordan School District was the largest of Utah's school districts (before splitting in 2009). It now employs 2,631 teachers and other licensed personnel who educate more than 52,300 students. An additional 2,610 employees provide support services for the system. Boundaries include the communities of Bluffdale, Copperton, Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and West Jordan in the southwestern part of Salt Lake County, from the Canyons School District on the east to the Oquirrh Mountains range on the west.


One of the fastest-growing districts in the state, Jordan School District consists of 55 schools: 34 elementary, 10 middle, and 6 high schools, 2 technical schools, and 3 special schools.

High Schools[edit]

Middle Schools[edit]

Elementary Schools[edit]

Technical Schools[edit]

Special Schools[edit]

Educational Programs[edit]


The district was created in 1904 with 3,354 students.[6] Its name and original boundaries were taken from the Jordan Stake of the LDS Church, which at the time spanned the breadth of the Salt Lake Valley from east to west, and the length of the valley from roughly Midvale to the south end of the valley.[7]

To the north was the Granite School District, named after the Granite Stake of the LDS Church, which was divided predominantly from the Jordan district along 6400 South from the Wasatch Mountain Range to the Oquirh Mountains. A number of older students in Bennion (now Taylorsville) elected to attend high school at Jordan High during the period of 1920-60 or later.


When Jordan's east-side communities voted to break from the district and form their own, Jordan lost 44 of its 84 schools and a large part of its property tax base. This split caused a loss in property tax revenue; together with $16 million in state budget cuts, this created budget problems for the district. As of August 13, 2009, the district faced a $33 million shortfall. Jordan teachers lost nine days' pay, and were paid an average of 4.5 percent less in the 2009-2010 school year than they were paid in 2008-2009, and taxpayers faced a large property tax increase.[8][9]

Continuing budget fallout[edit]

In early 2010, the Jordan district school board announced a $20 million shortfall caused by the loss of taxable property, and announced cuts that could slash teacher ranks, increase class sizes and impact extracurricular activities.[10] On February 22, 2010, the board of education of the district had a meeting that turned into a protest, with hundreds of students saying "save our teachers!" Hundreds of students from several Jordan district schools walked out of their classes on February 24, 2010, to demonstrate at district headquarters over the announced budget cuts.

In 2015, the Washington Post reported that of the nation's largest school districts, the Jordan School District spent the least per student, $5,708. Utah is the state with the lowest spending per student, $6,555.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. 
  2. ^ "Jordan School District". Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Hayden Peak Elementary (Year-round)". Jordan School District. 2011. Archived from the original on 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "JATC North – Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers". Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  5. ^ "JATC-SOUTH – Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers". Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  6. ^ Fairclough, W. Glen Jr. "Jordan School District Agency History". Utah Department of Administrative Services, Division of Archives and Records. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Plewe, Brandon S. (2014). Mapping Mormonism: an atlas of Mormon history (2nd ed.). Provo, Utah: BYU Press. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-8425-2879-5. 
  8. ^ Stewart, Kirsten (2009-08-13). "Jordan school board to rethink tax hike - Salt Lake Tribune". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Public Employee Salaries - Jordan Schools". Utah's Right To Know. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  10. ^ Smart, Christopher; Drake, Katie (February 26, 2010). "Hundreds of Jordan students protest over cuts". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  11. ^ Brown, Emma (2 June 2015). "The states that spend the most (and the least) on education, in one map". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 

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