Award Year: 2015

Ensign Elementary School

775 12th Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT, 84103-3228

(801) 578-8150

Ms. Bobbie Rita Kirby, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Salt Lake City School District

School Website


Ensign advocates for all students, provides the highest quality education, and prepares students for a future of opportunities. We foster academic success, self-esteem, and creativity.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 77%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students participating in library sponsored Beehive  Book Award activities.

Students participating in library sponsored Beehive Book Award activities.

Ensign Elementary is a small school that overlooks the Salt Lake Valley. We are bounded by a park, the foothills, and groves of lush trees. We consider ourselves to be a community school. We host soccer and golf practices on our fieldsí after school and during the summer months. Ensign Elementary is a polling site for local and national elections. We are also a Red Cross certified intake center for emergencies.

Teachersí deep intellectual knowledge base of core content, their implementation of proven pedagogical practices, and grade level collaboration are the keys to our studentsí increased academic achievement. For math instruction, we use the Houghton-Mifflin Math Expressions curriculum. We adopted the McGraw-Hillís Wonders program for language arts. To supplement our writing curriculum, we use Lucy Calkins Units of Study. Science, social studies, health, physical education, fine arts, and technology are integrated into our daily instruction.

At Ensign Elementary, we believe that the success of each child is strengthened by a partnership between the school and the home. The basis for this partnership is open communication so that everyone understands their responsibilities for increasing student learning. We have strong parent involvement. Our Parent Teacher Association raises funds to support our music, art and field trip programs. Our School Community Council is instrumental in helping our school obtain community volunteers and tutors.

Our students come from a variety of neighborhoods; some of them are bused to Ensign. But when they arrive, they are respectful, responsible, and ready to learn. We are the mighty Eagles!