Hillcrest High School was one of eight Utah high schools to be designated as a Utah High School of Excellence. To qualify for the award, the schools were required to have more than 800 students enrolled, with 25 to 50 percent of the students being economically disadvantaged. The award also targeted schools with multilingual learners comprising 10-15 percent of the school population, and 25 to 45 percent of students achieving their annual growth goals.
To best support students at the school who are learning English as a second language, including refugees, Hillcrest created two specific math and English Language Arts classes with additional supports for the students. The classes have been effective at giving students the tools they need to stay on task and receive additional attention that is difficult to provide in a regular classroom, Hillcrest High School Principal Greg Leavitt said.
“We appreciate Canyons School District for providing funds that we could expand our ELL programs and our secondary language expansions,” Leavitt said. “Now that we have those resources, I think we can see that those resources have created results. If good resources are applied, we can make some progress.”