Willow Canyon School

Summary:

Willow Canyon School is a public elementary school in Sandy, Utah, serving 356 students in grades K-5. It is part of the Canyons School District, which is ranked 26 out of 100 districts in Utah and has a 4-star rating.

Willow Canyon School consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Utah, with students outperforming district and state averages in RISE assessments for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. The school has a relatively diverse student population, with 79.21% White, 10.39% Hispanic, 3.93% Asian, and 5.06% two or more races. Compared to nearby schools like Brookwood School and Glacier Hills Elementary, Willow Canyon School has a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (20.51%) and a lower student-teacher ratio of 20.3.

The consistent academic excellence at Willow Canyon School suggests a strong curriculum, effective teaching practices, and a supportive learning environment. Despite its diverse student population, the school has been able to achieve high academic outcomes across different racial/ethnic groups, indicating that it has implemented strategies to support the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds. While Willow Canyon School outperforms the district and state averages, some nearby schools like Park Lane School also demonstrate strong academic performance, reflecting the Canyons School District's focus on educational excellence.


Detail:

Public K-5

 9650 S 1700 E
       Sandy, UT  84092


(801) 826-9625

District: Canyons District

SchoolDigger Rank:
22nd of 561 Utah Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $9,543 Help


Students who attend Willow Canyon School usually attend:

Middle:    Eastmont Middle
High:    Jordan High

Student/teacher ratio:  20.3 Help
Number of students:  356

Racial breakdown:

White:
79.2%
Hispanic:
10.4%
Two or more races:
5.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  20.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Willow Canyon School ranks better than 96.1% of elementary schools in Utah. It also ranks 6th among 26 ranked elementary schools in the Canyons District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 92.26. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (79.2%), Hispanic (10.4%), two or more races (5.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 20.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Willow Canyon School is 20.3, which is the 12th best among 26 elementary schools in the Canyons District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Willow Canyon School is $9,543, which is the 9th highest among 26 elementary schools in the Canyons District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Willow Canyon School:

SchoolDigger ranks Willow Canyon School 22nd of 561 Utah public elementary schools. (See Willow Canyon School in the ranking list.)

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Canyons District:

SchoolDigger ranks Canyons District 26th of 100 Utah school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Willow Canyon School

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Rank History for all students at Willow Canyon School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 73.62 135th 563 76.0%
2012 64.55 229th 579 60.4%
2013 71.32 156th 576 72.9%
2014 87.92 37th 509 92.7%
2015 87.24 47th 537 91.2%
2016 93.09 17th 533 96.8%
2017 95.44 7th 526 98.7%
2018 94.81 11th 528 97.9%
2019 97.93 2nd 572 99.7%
2021 95.97 7th 559 98.7%
2022 95.82 9th 551 98.4%
2023 92.26 22nd 561 96.1%
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Rank History for White students at Willow Canyon School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools UT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 95.55 7th 435 98.4%
2023 90.50 17th 428 96.0%
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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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Data source: Utah State Board of Education

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by a parent
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Open Quote Amazing school! Such professionalism with all of the staff. Nice teachers and staff. Very family friendly and a great curriculum. Never had any issues. Would highly recommend this school to anyone. Very willing to work with you and your family with any issues you have. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Willow Canyon School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2010 402 3 15 28 0 n/a n/a 84 532
2011 451 4 11 35 0 1 0 0 502
2012 442 6 9 38 4 1 8 0 508
2013 428 4 6 58 2 1 22 0 521
2014 333 1 6 42 0 2 10 0 394
2015 354 1 9 43 0 3 8 0 418
2016 315 3 4 38 1 3 16 0 380
2017 316 2 3 41 1 3 19 0 385
2018 325 2 4 42 2 3 20 0 398
2019 327 4 9 46 3 2 19 0 410
2020 311 8 8 60 2 3 28 0 420
2021 306 1 10 55 0 2 24 0 398
2022 298 2 8 39 1 2 22 0 372
2023 282 1 14 37 1 3 18 0 356

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 Willow Canyon School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 532 21.5 24.7 26.8
2011 502 20.0 25.1 24.1
2012 508 21.3 23.8 32.5
2013 521 22.0 23.6 40.9
2014 394 18.5 21.2 22.8
2015 418 n/a n/a 26.6
2016 380 n/a n/a 22.4
2017 385 18.5 20.8 20
2018 398 n/a n/a 24.1
2019 410 18.9 21.6 19.5
2020 420 19.9 21.0 20
2021 398 n/a n/a 19.6
2022 372 19.0 19.5 21
2023 356 17.5 20.3 20.5

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 Willow Canyon School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 532 21.5 24.7 26.8
2011 502 20.0 25.1 24.1
2012 508 21.3 23.8 32.5
2013 521 22.0 23.6 40.9
2014 394 18.5 21.2 22.8
2015 418 n/a n/a 26.6
2016 380 n/a n/a 22.4
2017 385 18.5 20.8 20
2018 398 n/a n/a 24.1
2019 410 18.9 21.6 19.5
2020 420 19.9 21.0 20
2021 398 n/a n/a 19.6
2022 372 19.0 19.5 21
2023 356 17.5 20.3 20.5

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 Willow Canyon School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $633 (6.6%) $8,910 (93.4%) $9,543

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Willow Canyon School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2nd of 572 Elementary schoolsRanks 22nd of 561 Elementary schools
 3.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Willow Canyon School)77.870.1
 7.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Canyons District)55.653.4
 2.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Utah)46.846.2
 0.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Willow Canyon School)88.977.6
 11.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Canyons District)5957
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Utah)50.249
 1.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Willow Canyon School)73.471.5
 1.9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Canyons District)58.351.6
 6.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Utah)47.344.2
 3.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Willow Canyon School)81.371.5
 9.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Canyons District)61.258.5
 2.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Utah)49.350.1
 0.8%
4th Grade Science (Willow Canyon School)79.762.5
 17.2%
   4th Grade Science (Canyons District)58.954.5
 4.4%
   4th Grade Science (Utah)51.149.6
 1.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Willow Canyon School)88.574.1
 14.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Canyons District)61.961.3
 0.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Utah)47.949
 1.1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Willow Canyon School)93.477.8
 15.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Canyons District)62.259.2
 3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Utah)4945.3
 3.7%
5th Grade Science (Willow Canyon School)90.272.2
 18%
   5th Grade Science (Canyons District)6360.9
 2.1%
   5th Grade Science (Utah)51.951.2
 0.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students410356
 13.2%
African American41
 75%
American Indian31
 66.7%
Asian914
 55.6%
Hispanic4637
 19.6%
Pacific Islander23
 50%
White327282
 13.8%
Two or More Races1918
 5.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients19.5%20.5%
 1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Willow Canyon School

In the 2022-23 school year, 356 students attended Willow Canyon School.

Yes! Willow Canyon School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 22nd of 561 Utah elementary schools.

Students at Willow Canyon School are 79% White, 10% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 4% Asian.

Students who attend Willow Canyon School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Eastmont Middle
High : Jordan High


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Utah State Board of Education.

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