American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

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American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans is a public charter school located in West Valley City, Utah, serving 615 students from kindergarten to 9th grade. The school has a predominantly Hispanic student population, with significant representation from White, African American, and Pacific Islander students as well.

While the school is part of the American Preparatory Academy district, which is ranked 60 out of 100 in the state, it faces some unique challenges. The school has a very high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 59.6% to 66.99% over the past three school years, significantly higher than nearby schools like American Preparatory Academy - Accelerated School (51.14%) and Vista School (49.52%). This suggests that the School for New Americans serves a lower-income student population. Additionally, the school's academic performance, as measured by RISE/ASPIRE assessments, is generally lower than the state and district averages, as well as the nearby schools. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, the percentage of 3rd-grade students proficient or better in English Language Arts was 24.4%, compared to the state average of 46.2% and the American Preparatory Academy district average of 36.7%.

Another factor that may contribute to the school's lower academic performance is its higher student-teacher ratio of 22.3 in the 2022-2023 school year, compared to 19.6 at American Preparatory Academy - Accelerated School and Entheos Academy Kearns. The diverse range of student populations in the nearby schools, such as majority White or Hispanic student bodies, may also provide families with more choices to find a school that best fits their child's needs and preferences.


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Public, Charter K-6

 1255 W Crystal Ave.
       West Valley City, UT  84119


(801) 839-3613

District: American Preparatory Academy

SchoolDigger Rank:
522nd of 561 Utah Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,890 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  22.3 Help
Number of students:  615

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
59.5%
White:
16.7%
African American:
9.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  67% Help


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Compare Details American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans ranks worse than 93% of elementary schools in Utah. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 9.66. (See more...)
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Compare Details American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans ranks worse than 90.3% of middle schools in Utah. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 11.05. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans has the smallest elementary school student body size in the American Preparatory Academy School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (59.5%), White (16.7%), African American (9.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 67% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the American Preparatory Academy School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans is 22.3, which is the lowest among 3 elementary schools in the American Preparatory Academy School District! (See more...)
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Compare American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans employs 27.5 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans is $7,890, which is the highest among 3 elementary schools in the American Preparatory Academy School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans:

SchoolDigger ranks American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans 522nd of 561 Utah public elementary schools. (See American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans 195th of 216 Utah public middle schools. (See American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks American Preparatory Academy 60th of 100 Utah school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

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Rank History for all elementary school students at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 21.26 498th 563 11.5%
2012 22.61 495th 579 14.5%
2013 21.81 497th 576 13.7%
2015 18.56 456th 537 15.1%
2016 28.27 405th 533 24.0%
2017 20.14 439th 526 16.5%
2018 8.16 497th 528 5.9%
2019 6.35 555th 572 3.0%
2021 6.48 530th 559 5.2%
2022 5.73 536th 551 2.7%
2023 9.66 522nd 561 7.0%
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Rank History for elementary school English Language Learner students at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 34.61 18th 26 30.8%
2023 46.26 15th 25 40.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 22.23 97th 111 12.6%
2023 31.73 100th 132 24.2%
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Rank History for elementary school Hispanic students at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 23.34 38th 44 13.6%
2023 34.25 31st 45 31.1%
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Data source: test scores: Utah State Board of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

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Rank History for all middle school students at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 21.07 200th 222 9.9%
2012 29.15 196th 238 17.6%
2013 26.01 208th 243 14.4%
2015 15.81 184th 210 12.4%
2016 54.89 101st 209 51.7%
2017 42.67 132nd 206 35.9%
2018 17.04 143rd 172 16.9%
2019 7.41 211th 222 5.0%
2021 5.96 205th 213 3.8%
2022 7.03 195th 209 6.7%
2023 11.05 195th 216 9.7%
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Rank History for middle school English Language Learner students at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 59.58 13th 46 71.7%
2023 45.29 24th 46 47.8%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 29.53 99th 133 25.6%
2023 34.39 101st 138 26.8%
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Rank History for middle school Hispanic students at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 28.73 76th 100 24.0%
2023 38.90 58th 99 41.4%
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Data source: test scores: Utah State Board of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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by a parent
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Open Quote I love this school!
my 6 year old is a very active boy and at first it was hard for him to sit still and participate in class. but his teacher took the time to help him be a better student and she even help me .
another thing that I love is the after school program. they teach kids about music . not only how to play a instrument but also general music, composers ect .
teachers and school staff really care for the kids. Close Quote


by a student
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Open Quote American Preparatory Academy is a great school! The staff offers great incentives to encourage students to work harder and be the best they can be. Students are separated into smaller groups for math, reading, and spelling so they can all learn at their own pace and grasp the concepts better. Also, the lunches are healthier than the usual. As oppposed to greasy pizza or frozen burritos, we eat delicious meals such as chicken salad and strawberry yogurt. The school offers an amazing Ambassador Program where children learn things from how to use manners in a formal setting to fun things such as the foxtrot and waltz. The school has no holiday events so students from different backgrounds and cultures do not have to feel uncomfortable. In the past two years, American Prep has organized an event called "The Giving Store", where students can choose out one item to give to each of their family members. This shows them the importance of caring and sharing.
I am past the third grade and I have not struggled at all. Teachers are always available for my peers and I whenever we need help. One of the classes or periods that junior high students have in their schedule is Study Skills. This allows them to have a head start on homework for as much as an hour on a regular day. There is also extended day for the whole school where students who need or even think they need extra help on their homework may stay in a classroom and ask questions. Parents ARE required to participate every night with homework, in order to know the progress their kids are making in all aspects.
Parents drive their children all the way to our school for a reason. Because American Prep isn't just any school. Its a great charter school. There is transportation for students who live far from the school or who cannot get there otherwise. School traffic rules are there to prevent parents from getting stuck in traffic and receiving tickets. If everyone followed these rules, children would find their vehicles faster and parents would not have to wait so long. I am glad to be part of the American Preparatory student body and I will always reccomend it as a great school. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Open Quote This school is very over rated. My children's grades declined over a 2yr period. They have to many kid's per classroom. They have no cafeteria, and have food delivered from a deli and it is unacceptable. The school has no social activity's, and no holiday events. They have no attendance personnel to call if your kid does not make it to school. If a child is put into this school any later than 3rd grade it is really hard for them. Even the smartest child struggles, with the homework up to 2 hours worth each night, in which parents are required to participate nightly also. And there is no school offered transportation you are responsible for taking them to school, and the residents in the neighborhood are quite displeased with the school traffic. And will not allow parking or stopping in front of their home. If you do not follow the school drop off rules you may be stuck in slow traffic a while, and or ticketed. I have taken both children out of this school for this year. And I will not put the back in even tough I live in viewing distance from this school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2010 169 38 45 148 1 n/a n/a 176 577
2011 199 63 34 237 0 27 9 0 569
2012 254 51 33 205 1 22 2 0 568
2013 192 18 43 278 1 30 12 0 574
2014 156 22 40 315 1 24 11 0 569
2015 131 28 41 342 1 22 7 0 572
2016 131 33 41 343 0 23 4 0 575
2017 130 40 44 318 0 42 10 0 584
2018 124 31 49 336 0 47 13 0 600
2019 116 33 42 368 0 40 13 0 612
2020 114 42 33 370 0 37 18 0 614
2021 127 44 46 346 0 26 13 0 602
2022 100 57 39 359 2 29 13 0 599
2023 103 61 36 366 1 34 14 0 615

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 577 21.2 27.1 107.5
2011 569 18.5 30.6 77.9
2012 568 26.6 21.2 84.5
2013 574 25.5 22.4 99.5
2014 569 26.7 21.2 77.7
2015 572 n/a n/a 70.3
2016 575 n/a n/a 69.9
2017 584 26.7 21.8 71.4
2018 600 n/a n/a 71.2
2019 612 33.0 18.5 69.1
2020 614 28.1 21.8 65.6
2021 602 n/a n/a 66.9
2022 599 27.5 21.7 59.6
2023 615 27.5 22.3 67

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 577 21.2 27.1 107.5
2011 569 18.5 30.6 77.9
2012 568 26.6 21.2 84.5
2013 574 25.5 22.4 99.5
2014 569 26.7 21.2 77.7
2015 572 n/a n/a 70.3
2016 575 n/a n/a 69.9
2017 584 26.7 21.8 71.4
2018 600 n/a n/a 71.2
2019 612 33.0 18.5 69.1
2020 614 28.1 21.8 65.6
2021 602 n/a n/a 66.9
2022 599 27.5 21.7 59.6
2023 615 27.5 22.3 67

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $278 (3.5%) $7,612 (96.5%) $7,890

Data source: Utah Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 555th of 572 Elementary schoolsRanks 522nd of 561 Elementary schools
 4%
Ranks 211th of 222 Middle schoolsRanks 195th of 216 Middle schools
 4.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)16.724.4
 7.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (American Preparatory Academy)42.436.7
 5.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Utah)46.846.2
 0.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)13.330.7
 17.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (American Preparatory Academy)3948
 9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Utah)50.249
 1.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)18.821.8
 3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (American Preparatory Academy)43.141.4
 1.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Utah)47.344.2
 3.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)20.321.8
 1.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (American Preparatory Academy)43.550.2
 6.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Utah)49.350.1
 0.8%
4th Grade Science (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)23.427.8
 4.4%
   4th Grade Science (American Preparatory Academy)48.949.6
 0.7%
   4th Grade Science (Utah)51.149.6
 1.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)2530.8
 5.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (American Preparatory Academy)45.649.7
 4.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Utah)47.949
 1.1%
5th Grade Mathematics (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)26.714.1
 12.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (American Preparatory Academy)43.744.8
 1.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Utah)4945.3
 3.7%
5th Grade Science (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)2529.5
 4.5%
   5th Grade Science (American Preparatory Academy)50.154.4
 4.3%
   5th Grade Science (Utah)51.951.2
 0.7%
6th Grade English Language Arts (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)25.825.6
 0.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (American Preparatory Academy)48.645.1
 3.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Utah)48.945.3
 3.6%
6th Grade Mathematics (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)14.517.1
 2.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (American Preparatory Academy)4239.2
 2.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Utah)39.235.4
 3.8%
6th Grade Science (American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans)35.535.4
 0.1%
   6th Grade Science (American Preparatory Academy)55.655.9
 0.3%
   6th Grade Science (Utah)57.755.5
 2.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students612615
 0.5%
African American3361
 84.8%
American Indian01
Asian4236
 14.3%
Hispanic368366
 0.5%
Pacific Islander4034
 15%
White116103
 11.2%
Two or More Races1314
 7.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients69.1%67%
 2.1%


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Students at American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans are 60% Hispanic, 17% White, 10% African American, 6% Asian, 6% Pacific Islander, 2% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 615 students attended American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans.

American Preparatory Academy - The School for New Americans ranks in the bottom 7.0% of Utah elementary schools.


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