Who We Are
Alta High School serves a mainly middle to upper-middle class community of professional and semi-professional people who reside in the southeast region of the Salt Lake Valley.
Alta High School is a public, four-year comprehensive high school that opened in 1978. The Northwest Accreditation Commission, an accreditation division of AdvancED, accredits Alta High School. Alta has an enrollment of approximately 2314 students. Students are served by a comprehensive guidance and counseling program, focused on college and career readiness.
Alta High school has a total enrollment of 2303 students. Graduating class is 516. The student population by percentage is: White: 80%, Hispanic-Latino: 10.5%, American Indian: >1%, Asian: 2%, African American: 1%, Pacific Islander 1.4%, Multiracial: 4.4%
We are an inclusive learning community with a tradition of inspiring, supporting, and collaborating with students as they prepare to be engaged citizens in their pursuit of continuous success.
- Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP)
- Literacy Goal:
- Raise SRI Lexile scores by 30 growth points from fall to spring assessment
- READ 180 – Reading Intervention Platform and Curriculum
- ELL / 504 Coordinator
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Goal:
- Maintain our current percentile of students scoring on math and science ACT benchmarks at 30% over next three years.
- Continue to build and support our FIRST Robotics Team and Engineering Pathway
- School Culture and Climate, MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports):
- Have 70% of all Alta faculty demonstrate a 4 to 1 positive feedback ratio on CTESS (Canyon’s Teaching and Educator Support System)
- Increase student SOAR card recipients by 3,000 cards earned
- Maintain 20% of students earning the Hawk Medallion award each year
- Earn an 80% score on our spring C-TFI I and II (Comprehensive Tiered Fidelity Inventory), which assesses school culture and climate.
- Maintain an effective MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) with a check and connect mentor system, and appropriate Responses to Intervention (Rti) for all faculty members.
- Social, Emotional, and Mental Health learning supports (including and suicide prevention/intervention).
- Lowering counselor to student ratios.
- Support grade level “Advisory Leads” to support ongoing soft-skills (motivation, resilience, study skills, time management, test taking strategies, and ACT Prep) with our ongoing Advisory Class.
- College and Career Readiness (CCR):
- Start a new measurement metric and foundation for Aspire test outcomes
- Advanced and Honors Diplomas (monitors number of students taking advanced coursework during high school)
Regents’ Scholarship qualifiers
- USHE post-secondary enrollment, retention, and graduation rates
- Maintain at least a 90% high school graduation rate
- AP, CE, and Step2TheU Participation
Advanced Placement Distinction
Alta High School has one of the largest AP programs in Utah. AP courses are offered in American Government/Politics, Art History, Studio Art 2D & 3D, Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science, English Language Composition, English Literature & Composition, European History, French, German, Human Geography, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, US History, World History
Through Concurrent Enrollment, students may earn college credit through Salt Lake Community College. Alta students earned 3,158 Concurrent Enrollment college credits during the 2019/2020 school year. 726 Concurrent Enrollment college credits were earned at the Canyons Technical Education Center and Jordan Technical Education Center during the 2019/2020 school year.
Alta is the only high school in the state of Utah to offer a learning partnership with the University of Utah. This program allows juniors in high school to apply for and participate in an early college experience by taking 30 semester hours between summer after junior year through summer after senior year of high school. Students are accepted through a holistic admissions application process which takes into account a student’s GPA, rigor of classes, student achievements, personal attributes, and other characteristics.
Career & Technology Education
Through Career and Technology Education, students can get the training and education they need to create a successful career path. CTE courses include Business and Marketing, Engineering & Technology, Digital Media & Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Health Science, and Woodworking and Technology. Other CTE programs include: Career Internship Program and many classes offered through the Canyons Technical Education Center and Jordan Applied Technology Center.
Advanced Placement courses: 25
Honors courses: 13
Concurrent courses: 16
-Percent of Students meeting ACT Benchmarks: English 65%, Math 38%, Reading 55%, Science 40%, Met All Benchmarks 49%
-Number of students taking Advanced Placement Classes: 621
-Advanced Placement Exams passed at 3 or above: 64%
-Diplomas: 161 Seniors earned the Advanced Diploma and 165 Seniors earned the Honors Diploma.
-College Attendance: 56% went to a four-year institution and 25% went to a two-year institution.
-Scholarship Offers: $6,819,671
Alta is a 5A-size school which offers team sports at the Sophomore, Junior Varsity, and Varsity levels. They include: football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, softball, tennis, soccer, track, cross-country, golf, drill team, wrestling and lacrosse. Alta has a long tradition of State Championships.
Alta art students have earned many awards and have been involved in numerous art shows. In 2011 the Utah State Sterling Scholar for Visual Art was awarded to an Alta student.
HOPE Squad is Alta High School’s suicide prevention and peer support program that allows a group of student advisors and representatives to be the eyes and ears of our school. Alta’s HOPE Squad works every month with students in their advisory class by utilizing activities and lessons on enhancing student health and safety. In addition, these students are trained to recognize suicidal ideation, as well as, be a support for their peers.
Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Alta’s Link Crew program trains mentors from our junior and senior classes to be Link Crew Leaders. As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.