Ogden, UT Schools Have a History of Success

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 10:58

Established in 1849, Ogden City School District encompasses 15 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, one alternative high school and one youth-in-custody school.

Ogden High School, built under the New Deal as a Works Progress Administration project, is one of the state’s premier examples of art deco style architecture. The rotunda walls are made of Tennessee marble, and the wood trim is made of black walnut, shipped from the hardwood forests of the Midwestern United States.

The school district’s historic campuses also include Polk Elementary School, which first opened its doors in 1927. Ogden Preparatory Academy, a charter school program, offers kindergarten through ninth-grade students a bilingual education designed to help them achieve literacy in English and Spanish.

St. Joseph Catholic Schools administers Catholic education for preschool through high school students. The system’s website outlines the “mind, body, spirit” program of education. According to the site, the system’s elementary school students’ standardized test scores are 40 percent above the national average, and high school graduates receive more scholarship money than schools 10 times their size.

Students at Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College may choose from 300 technical skills courses designed to help them reach their career goals. The college serves 10,000 students a year, including 5,000 local employees seeking customized training. Technical training programs include the medical or dental assistant program, computer-aided drafting and information technology.

Weber State University has 215 certificate and degree programs, flexible scheduling and degree plans for those working toward an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree. About 16,000 students attend the Ogden campus, which also offers an Early College program where high school students can earn college credit. The Ogden campus houses the Ethel Wattis Kimball Visual Arts Center whose Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery organizes six exhibits a year designed to complement the center’s curriculum.