School Details

Dixie Sun School

1795 West 1230 North, St. George, UT 84770
(435) 673-8978
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 518 students 16 students/teacher (UT avg is 26)

Test Scores by grade

63%
81%
79%
63%
77%
77%

Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT)

In 2009-2010 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 1 through 11 in language arts, in grades 1 through 7 in math, in grades 4 through 9 in science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for all grades combined for each subject. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Washington District average
  • Utah state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
83%
78%
68%
81%
79%
57%
77%
69%

Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT)

In 2009-2010 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 1 through 11 in language arts, in grades 1 through 7 in math, in grades 4 through 9 in science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for all grades combined for each subject. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Washington District average
  • Utah state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
84%
80%
74%
82%
80%
53%
80%
77%

Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT)

In 2009-2010 Utah used the Utah Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 1 through 11 in language arts, in grades 1 through 7 in math, in grades 4 through 9 in science and upon completion of certain courses in grades 8 through 11. The results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for all grades combined for each subject. The CRT is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Utah. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Washington District average
  • Utah state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dixie Sun School is a public elementary school in Saint George. 518 students go to Dixie Sun School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 80% of the 518 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Dixie Sun School is 16:1. Sunset School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 71% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 83%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 0.8%
Asian 0.6% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 37%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I have a kindergartner and 3rd grader at this school and love the dual immersion opportunity. Both children read and write and speak Spanish without an accent despite their parents only knowing a little Spanish. Both are better readers in English than their peers at other schools. I was surprised that learning the Spanish seemed to help their English reading as well. We love the music program violin conga town (percussion group). The family center on-site to check out bilingual books games learning kits dvd's and parenting materials is also wonderful. The preschool teacher is amazing. Although started with some controversy Dixie Sun has worked out many of the initial challenges of dual immersion. I've been impressed with teachers willing to help parents before school know how to help in Spanish (as we parents were just learning). One of the secretaries is a little less than friendly but still does her job. The new principal has been adding greater consistency and test scores have continued to rise since changing to dual immersion. The "intervention" groups seem to be a good thing challenging those who understand and helping those who need it. Love the small class size.

  • (8 months ago)

    Awesome bilingual program. I have five children who attend Dixie Sun and we love the program.

  • (8 months ago)

    My daughter has learned so much this year! I am amazed at how much Spanish she already knows for just being in kindergarten! Her teacher is so kind and supportive! The staff is so caring. I am glad I made the decision to take my daughter to Dixie Sun Elementary!

  • (1 year ago)

    Love this school! My red headed boys have been speaking Spanish since kindergarten and they have so many fun activities to help them learn. The music program is amazing and was paid for in part due to the PTA! We won the national board of education blue ribbon award which NO school in Utah has received in over 8 years! Great positive go getter principles and wonderful teachers!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has been going to this school for 2 years already and i love the fact that they are bilingual.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very pleased with my child's education at Dixie Downs. He is currently in 2nd grade but started in Kindergarten. I couldn't believe how advanced he was compared to my friend's children who attend another school. He is reading writing and speaking in Spanish already. I am so excited about his future possibilities because he will be bi-lingual. I look forward to when he enters the 4th grade and he can start learning the violin. It surprised me to read comments about people not being friendly everyone seems very friendly and cooperative. They want your child to succeed.

  • (5 years ago)

    Dixie Downs is a great school. My son is in kidergarten. It is the only school in the district that has full day kindergarten. My child is starting to read not only in English but in Spanish! I've noticed my son's alertness increase. I speack two languages from serving on a mission in a different country. I know first hand how learning a new language broadens the mind and helps in making connections with other languages. The teachers at this school care a great deal.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have my son who is attending this school. He started the dual language program since Kinder. He is now in first grade. I am profoundly astounded to see his mental growth. He is able to speak read and write fluently in both English and Spanish. Besides learning so much there is so many extracurricular activities going on in the school. They offer after school programs until 6pm. Many teachers teach intervention to students who need the help. I haven't heard of a school in St. George that offers this free help. This school is the only school in the district to offer a full time music and violin instruction. I appreciate the many different programs going on in this school. The teachers are very well trained and are dedicated. Most of the comments I have read are from parents who are giving false reviews please read the principal's comments.

  • (6 years ago)

    This School has many poblems that are not reaching resolution. The main problem for my family is the 'dual immersion' program. It forces students to recieve 50% of their education in spanish. This would not be a huge problem for some people even an advantage but is not right for everyone. If it were optional it would be best for everyone! I can't even get teachers to include english instructions so I can help my children with their homework! My son is struggling with this program (my daughter too). One of the reasons we picked this location to buy a home was it's proximity to the school. At the time they didn't have this program. The first year was optional but the next year they made it required! They say you can opt out but that means enrolling them ina different school with no help with transportation!

  • (6 years ago)

    My children attended this school a year and a half. The secretaries never smiled and ignored me every time I walked into the school. The principle ignores any concerns you have about education and yes it seems his only concern is the Spanish program.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm the PrincipaL of Dixie Downs Elementary. I would like to clarify a comment made by someone regarding Dixie Downs School. We do participate in field day and science fair. and many other extra curricular programs. We are the only school in the District that has a full time music specialist. We run after school programs summer school all day kindergarten safety patrole and this coming year we will offer violin instruction for all 4th and 5th graders. In addition to these many enriching programs we teach children to speak fluently in two languages. )

  • (7 years ago)

    my kids are just finishing their 2nd year at Dixie downs. this school is now implementing the 'dual immersion' program where 1/2 the day is taught in spanish and half in english. for now this only affects the K & 1st & next year will move up to the 2nd graders. it seems as though this program is the administrators and some teachers main focus. Their plan is to make this a spanish magnet school. This has proven to be very controversial. It seems like this is the principals largest priority. There seems to be more extracurricular activities offered to the older classes. Activities like a track and field event where most neighboring schools participated Dixie downs did not. The PTA seems to be trying really hard to get more parent involvement whether or not the principal will assist them or be pre-occupied with the dual immersion will be seen.

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