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The board of education has approved measures to increase school security.

All parents want to feel assured that their children are safe when they are at school. In recent years the designs of new school buildings have incorporated safety measures that are becoming much more commonplace. Thanks to the Ogden School District board of education, some of our school buildings constructed prior to these new safety standards will also be receiving upgraded security measures.

The following schools will be equipped with a secure entry; a system that, when engaged, allows school leaders to control who is allowed to enter the building.

  • Bonneville Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • James Madison School
  • New Bridge School School
  • Odyssey Elementary School
  • Shadow Valley Elementary School
  • Wasatch Elementary School
  • Highland Junior High School

The safety of our students and employees is critically important. Ogden School District routinely evaluates the safety conditions in our schools and we will continue to make improvements where they are needed. We also promote a culture of school safety by encouraging our employees, students and parents to embrace the motto "See Something, Say Something." If you ever see or hear something unusual or something concerning, please say something. Notify a school employee immediately or report your concern anonymously through the SafeUT mobile app or by calling (833) 372-3388.
Learn more about our standard response protocols at https://www.ogdensd.org/community/emergency-response.

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A public hearing regarding the 2021-2022 fiscal budget and proposal and adoption of the 2022-2023 fiscal budget will be held on June 16,  2022.

Notice of Budget Hearing and Adoption

As provided by law, the following notice is hereby given:

The Board of Education of Ogden City School District will conduct a hearing at 7:00 p.m., June 16, 2022 in the District Office Board Room, Educational Service Center, (1950 Monroe Blvd., Ogden, Utah) for the purpose of adjusting and closing the 2021-2022 Fiscal Budget.

Immediately following, a public hearing regarding the proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Budget will be held. After said public hearing, the Board of Education proposes to adopt the tentative budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

Interested patrons may review the proposed budget at the District Office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or on our website, www.ogdensd.org

Board of Education
Ogden City School District
Zane K. Woolstenhulme
Business Administrator
 

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A public hearing regarding the 2021-2022 fiscal budget and proposal and adoption of the 2022-2023 fiscal budget will be held on June 16,  2022.

Notice of Budget Hearing and Adoption

As provided by law, the following notice is hereby given:

The Board of Education of Ogden City School District will conduct a hearing at 7:00 p.m., June 16, 2022 in the District Office Board Room, Educational Service Center, (1950 Monroe Blvd., Ogden, Utah) for the purpose of adjusting and closing the 2021-2022 Fiscal Budget.

Immediately following, a public hearing regarding the proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Budget will be held. After said public hearing, the Board of Education proposes to adopt the tentative budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

Interested patrons may review the proposed budget at the District Office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or on our website, www.ogdensd.org

Board of Education
Ogden City School District
Zane K. Woolstenhulme
Business Administrator
 

Why Choose Ogden School District in 2022

Ogden School District’s rich history lends itself to its uniqueness as the district of choice for many Utah families.

 

Why Choose Ogden School District in 2022

Since the mid-1800s, Ogden School District has paved the way for educational standards in Utah, from multi-cultural diversity to academic excellence. Our district was also the first to institute the idea of free schools, which The Standard reported in 1889, “no other place in the Territory can boast of.”

Along with its rich history, Ogden School District boasts of many other notable achievements and milestones, signifying a first in many categories within Utah.

Also read: About Ogden School

Accreditation 

In 2021, Ogden School District became the second district in Utah to become fully accredited.

What does this mean?

All the schools in the district have achieved full standards verified by an independent accreditation board. And Ogden School District is committed to maintaining those standards in continuous improvement. 
 

This achievement came through years of hard work, an outstanding school board, and teams of school administrators, staff, and teachers who work to impact the lives of our students in a positive way.

What Sets Ogden School District Apart?

Ogden School District implements many different elementary school programs and practices to ensure our schools provide a welcoming, safe, and educationally enriching space for our children.

International Baccalaureate 

Ogden School District is the first district in Utah to offer the IB Program to students from Kindergarten to 12th Grade.

As one of the most highly respected academic programs in the world, the International Baccalaureate program is broken down into grade-appropriate courses before students take official coursework in the 11th and 12th Grades. 

The programs for elementary and junior high school students, known as the Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program respectively, are implemented into the students’ full-time curriculum at Liberty Elementary and Mount Ogden Junior High School

This allows students to determine for themselves if they want to continue with the program once they enter a high school where it is offered as an elective option for students. 

Learn more about Ogden School District’s efforts with the International Baccalaureate Program here.

Welcoming Schools

We recognize that students attending Ogden School District come to us at different levels. This includes academically, economically and emotionally.

The success of the Ogden School District in recent years has been a focus on establishing a common language and a common system to encourage student success. 

As a school district categorized as inner-city and minority-majority, we take great care to hire teachers who are uniquely equipped to help students. These educators will meet students where they are at, ensuring a common baseline of academic achievement and offering a challenging educational environment that encourages excellence.

We recognize that no one person, or school, can do it alone. The combined efforts of our teachers, staff, administrators, and school board have ensured that the high school graduation rate is at 90% as of 2020, and the elementary schools within Ogden School District rank in the 90th percentile for Student Sense of Belonging.

Specialized Programs

Ogden School District prides itself on the specialized academic programs available to students. From the Advanced Learning Academy at Liberty Elementary and Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program at East Ridge Elementary to state-leading career pathways and extracurricular options, our programs are designed to challenge students and increase their love of learning.

The district is home to two of just eighteen Utah schools that have earned Platinum STEM school designation. These programs at New Bridge Elementary and Shadow Valley Elementary explore scientific themes that empower students to think critically, collaborate with partners, and solve real-world challenges. 

To learn more about these and the other specialized programs Ogden School District offers, click here.

Attention Given to Individuals

As many schools within Utah, and the rest of the country, experience a teacher shortage and oversized classes, Ogden School District has been able to maintain an average class size of roughly nineteen to twenty students per teacher in our classes. This number is less than most schools in Utah, including many area charter schools. 

These smaller class sizes create an environment where teachers can meet their students where they are at and bring them closer to a higher academic standard. This establishes a better relationship between teacher and student so that everyone’s goals are met.

1:1 Technology

Ogden School District believes that modern education requires modern tools. That means a personalized device for each student. But those devices need access to information and programs.

In addition to issuing each student their own laptop or tablet at the beginning of each school year, the district has created Ogden SD LTE; a broadband network  to ensure that every student can gain access to free, high-speed internet access specifically for education.. 

This aims to eliminate inequities that might affect student literacy and graduation goals due to limited internet access.

Your School District of Choice

The goal of Ogden School District has always been the educational success of your child through the formative years of elementary, junior high, and high school. Our efforts to maintain that standard of success will continue as we implement new goals and initiatives to assist our students and improve our city and state.

Contact any of our fantastic schools to learn how you can choose Ogden.

How to Find the Best Local Elementary School

Choosing the right elementary school can be difficult. Ogden School District provides tips on choosing the right school for your child.

How to Find the Best Local Elementary School

When it comes to your child’s educational needs, it helps to know what would be the best elementary school to choose. Admittedly, this can be a stressful and emotional time for a parent as this is a clear indication that your child is growing up, and you want to propel them to a successful future.

But the question remains: Which elementary school will be the best for my child? 

Here are some tips to consider when choosing the right elementary school.

Understand Your Child

When it comes to your child’s educational needs, it helps to know their personality. More accurately, their educational strengths and weaknesses. This is a good indicator of what kind of student they will be once placed in a classroom environment. 

Do they need an extra challenge outside of the standard curriculum? Consider dual-language immersion or International Baccalaureate.

Do they have a creative spirit that you want to foster? Consider an elementary school with an arts or music program. 

There are plenty of elementary schools in Ogden to choose from that can fit your child’s needs, whether they need something more structured, need individual attention, like seeing how things work, or even learning through physical activity. 

Also check: Ogden School Canvas

Research Early

When you begin looking into the different elementary schools that best fit your child’s needs, it helps to look into what schools offer at least a year before your student begins kindergarten. 

What to Research

Here are a few things to consider when looking into the different options of elementary schools for your child.

  • Location - Typically, the closer you live to your child’s school, the easier to participate fully and be as involved as possible in your child’s education. If the school closest to you doesn’t fit your standards, then look at the next closest option. 

  • Curriculum - What kind of program does this particular school focus on? These programs are there to help your child through their particular learning style. This would also include programs that are geared toward gifted students, such as STEM classes, etc.

  • Educational Approach - This deals with how the teachers typically lead their class and how they implement the curriculum. This is also an indicator of how your child and their teacher will interact with each other. Since they will be spending a considerable amount of time together during the day, knowing that they are a good fit will provide your child the best possible educational outcome throughout the school year.

  • Academic Performance - How well have children tested due to going to this particular elementary school? Are test scores trending up or down? Are the students who move from one grade to the next performing better or worse than students at other schools in the area? What kind of recognition has that school received and when?

  • Behavior Policy - Children are going to make mistakes. However, knowing the policies of how good behavior is rewarded and how to discipline and support when a child misbehaves is an important factor in understanding how the school operates. However, this would also include their policy on absences and how much daily attendance is encouraged. 

  • Safety - As a parent, you want to know that your child will be safe at all times, whether they go to school for four or six hours. How is bullying handled? What is the plan for an emergency, whether it is a natural disaster or a situation where the police are required? What kind of emergency drills are performed, and how often do they occur? What is the school’s policy about when an actual emergency takes place?

  • Facility - What kind of resources are there on campus? What is their library like? If they have access to computers, do those computers have access to the internet and is it monitored? What about before and after-school options? 

  • Registration - What kind of application and registration process is there? Is there something more required for an additional program, such as dual-language immersion, advanced learning academy or International Baccalaureate programs?

The Right Elementary School For Your Child

Once you have done all the research you need for your child’s elementary school needs, you can set your child on the right path.

Also check: Ogden High School


Ogden School District offers various programs that feed your child’s passions and personality, from our schools that offer dual language immersion to our Advanced Learning and International Baccalaureate programs. Check out our full program list here and choose the right program and school for your child today.