Notices

ACCREDITATION


Paradigm Schools has met the criteria for educational quality established by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission and is hereby presented this “Certificate of Accreditation” by the NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the Northwest Accreditation Commission, and the SACS Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Valid through 6/30/2021

PARENTAL RIGHTS

As a parent of a public school student, you have certain rights and can make requests of the school that we will try to accommodate, if the request is reasonable. Our school values parental involvement and input – we are on your team when it comes to the education of your child. Let’s work together to help your child be successful.

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NON DISCRIMINATION & ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

Paradigm High School prohibits discrimination of the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, or handicap as cited in Utah State Rule R277-112. The School’s policy on handling any related issues regarding claims of discrimination, of any kind, is to address every concern individually on a case-by-case basis, in cooperation with families and other parties involved, rather than considering the creation and implementation of school-wide policies to address the needs of one or a few. We work to balance the needs of individuals and the needs of the school.

Additionally, Paradigm endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations and to ensure equal access to qualified persons with disabilities. Inquiries concerning perceived discrimination or requests for disability accommodations may be referred to the administration.

DISCLAIMER

All information provided in official Paradigm Web sites is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between the school and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Information on official Paradigm websites is subject to change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, the school makes no guarantees of any kind.

Paradigm website may contain information that is created and maintained by a variety of sources both internal and external to the school. These sites are un-moderated forums containing the personal opinions and other expressions of the persons who post the entries. Paradigm does not control, monitor or guarantee the information contained in these sites or information contained in links to other external websites, and does not endorse any views expressed or products or services offered therein. In no event shall Paradigm Schools be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resource.

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR PERSONAL AND SCHOOL ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
EMERGENCY DRILLS

Paradigm High School has implemented an emergency response plan, which is practiced at the school level during the school year (see below) and is presented and reviewed by its staff, administrators, students, parents, and local safety representatives. This plan includes running several drills throughout the school year – (4) fire drills, (1) earthquake drill, (1) active shooter drill, and (1) gas leak/chemical spill drill; placing evacuation maps and emergency binders (complete with student rosters) in each classroom; emergency supplies placed in each classroom; emergency food storage; and, a reunification site is in place for parents to pick-up their students after an emergency has occurred. Local safety representatives (South Jordan Police and Fire) have been notified of this emergency response plan.

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TEACHER AND STUDENT SUCCESS (TSSA) FRAMEWORK

Pursuant to UCA 53G-7-1304 and the Teacher and Student Success Act, Paradigm Schools adopts the following framework within which school administration may develop a Teacher and Student Success Plan (“Plan”). Upon approval from the Board, the Plan will become the school’s’ Teacher and Student Success Plan.

The school plan’s goal shall be to improve school performance or student academic achievement and may contain any number of the following strategies:

  1. personnel stipends for taking on additional responsibility outside of a typical work assignment;
  2. professional learning;
  3. additional school employees, including counselors, social workers, mental health workers, tutors, media specialists, information technology specialists, or other specialists;
  4. technology;
  5. before- or after-school programs;
  6. summer school programs;
  7. community support programs or partnerships;
  8. early childhood education;
  9. class size reduction strategies;
  10. augmentation of existing programs; or
  11. any other strategy reasonably designed to improve school performance or student academic achievement.

Funding received pursuant to the school plan may not be used:

  1. to supplant funding for existing education programs;
  2. for board or school-wide administration costs;
  3. for capital expenditures.

The TSSA Plan will be found in the School Policy Handbook beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

SCHOOL LAND TRUST PROGRAM

Land Trust Allocations for FY 2018-19 are as follows:

$31,598.00 – Salaries and Wages

$6,635.00 – Employee Benefits

$19,000.00 – Computers

$57,233.00 – Total

U-PASS POLICY

In reference to Board Rule R277-604

Homeschool or private school students who wish to take the 11th Grade ACT test provided by USBE: The deadline to register through Paradigm Schools is the first day of the 2nd semester (please refer to school calendar). Please contact our Assessment Director, Alicia Griffin, to register. There are no requirements, other than to be in 11th grade, to register for this exam.

Homeschool or private school students who wish to take other U-PASS assessment tests: Students must have an SSID number in order to take these assessments. A student has an SSID number if they have previously been enrolled in a Utah public school. If the student has not been enrolled in a Utah public school, the student will need to officially enroll at Paradigm, following our enrolling guidelines and policies (see school handbook). Please contact our Assessment Director, Alicia Griffin, to register.

EDUCATOR LICENSING

The Utah State Board of Education issues three types of educator licenses: Associate, Professional and LEA-Specific. Associate licenses are for anyone who wants to become a Utah teacher, but has not completed an educator preparation program (university-based or alternate program). Associate license holders can then move up to Professional license after they have completed the appropriate training. Paradigm Schools was approved as an Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License (APPEL) Program in July 2020. There is also an eminence designation available. The purpose of an eminence designation is to allow individuals with exceptional training or expertise to teach or work in the public schools on a limited basis (R277-301-8).

Paradigm Schools has adopted a policy regarding the requesting of LEA-specific educator licenses, which includes:

  • Educator preparation and support, which has been established by Paradigm Schools and aligns with the Utah Effective Teaching Standards described in R277-530.
  • Educators should meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for an LEA-specific license in a core subject
    • hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution; and
    • pass the appropriate Board-approved content knowledge test (Praxis II).
  • Educators should meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for an LEA-specific license in a non-core subject:
    • hold an associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or professional skill certification relevant to the teaching assignment;
    • skills, talents or abilities specific to the teaching assignment, as determined by the LEA.

Paradigm employs individuals who will hold an LEA-Specific educator license. For the 2020-2021 school year, 13 individuals will hold an LEA-Specific educator license. 8 of the 13 educators on the LEA-Specific license will begin the APPEL program with Paradigm Schools in the 2021-2022 school year (this year was delayed due to COVID-19). All of our LEA-Specific licenses are held under the secondary education license area with endorsements in the following areas:

Chemistry
Dance (K-12)
English
Math Endorsement 2
Math Endorsement 3
Middle Level Science
Physical Education (K-12)
Physics
Science – Biological
Social Studies Composite
Visual Art (K-12)
Family and Consumer Science Basic
Robotics
Technology

Percentage (based on FTE) of types of licenses, license areas, and endorsements held by educators at Paradigm:

Licenses
Associate: 10%
Professional: 47%
LEA Specific: 43%

License Areas
School Counselor (K-12): 4%
School Leadership: 4%
Secondary Education: 82%
Special Education: 10%

Endorsements
American Sign Language: >1%
Chemistry: 1%
Computer Science Level II: 1%
Dance (K-12): 2%
English: 14%
English Language Learners: >1%
Family and Consumer Science Basic: 4%
French: 2%
General Financial Literacy: >1%
Health Education: 4%
History: 4%
Library Media: 4%
Math Endorsement 2: 4%
Math Endorsement 3: 2%
Math Endorsement 4: 4%
Middle Level Science: 3%
Mild/Moderate Disabilities: 7%
Music (6-12): 7%
Ornamental Horticulture: >1%
Physical Education: 4%
Physics: 2%
Psychology: >1%
Robotics: >1%
Science, Biological: 1%
Science, Earth: 1%
Science, Environmental: 1%
Social Studies Composite: 11%
Spanish: 2%
Technology: >1%
Visual Arts (K-12): 4%

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