Award Year: 2013

Central Elementary School

95 North 400 East
Pleasant Grove, UT, 84062-2899

(801) 785-8711

Vicki Carter, Principal at time of Nomination

Alpine District

School Website


We will educate and inspire students to achieve their academic and social potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 86%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Central Elementary has a rich heritage. The first school built here was built in 1893 - three years before Utah was granted statehood. Throughout its 120-year history, Central has undergone several renovations and generations of students have walked through its halls and learned from its teachers. We are proud to continue the tradition of offering an exceptional education to all students who come here.

One of the greatest strengths at Central Elementary is our dedicated staff and their willingness to effectively collaborate. Each grade level has a strong team of teachers who put student needs first. They collaborated six days this summer focusing on curriculum maps, identifying best teaching practices, creating common assessments, and integrating curriculum to make better use of teaching time. Teams also collaborate every Monday afternoon throughout the year. The discussions focus on student data and how to improve student learning. Teachers at each grade level provide double dose opportunities for students who need extra support in literacy and math either before or after school.

Central Elementary is also home of the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center. Students from all around Utah and some surrounding states come to the Space Center to learn about space science and gain a love for space exploration. Students in our fifth and sixth grades are able to volunteer in the Space Center based on their citizenship, academics, and attendance. Students are motivated to work hard in their classrooms to earn this privilege. The students gain a lot of confidence and self-assurance as they provide a valuable service to the program. The Space Center makes Central Elementary School a unique learning environment that benefits our community.