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Paradigm High School is a charter high school in South Jordan, Utah, United States.[3][4]

Paradigm was organized as a charter school under the Utah State Department of Education. It received its charter on July 13, 2005, and opened in September 2006.[5]

2 years ago The Utah State Board Of Education gave Paradigm High School an F grade (based on a 38% proficiency on the SAGE test) for its performance in the 2015-2016 school year.[6] These rankings are based primarily on the SAGE test scores.[6] Coincidentally, Paradigm also has one of the highest opt out rates for the SAGE test at 54%[7] testing in the state.[8]

Due to the high SAGE opt-out rate by parents, Paradigm uses the ACT for internal performance tracking. The school has administered the ACT to all High School grades twice per year since the 2014/2015 school year. For those years, the student ACT opt out rate has been below 5% and average ACT scores have been equal to or slightly better than state averages.[9]

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Paradigm High is in the bottom 1/3 of schools for ethnic diversity.[10] At 14%, Paradigm has a slightly higher ethnic diversity than the city in which it operates (South Jordan),[11] which has an ethnic diversity of 9.1%.

Paradigm offers a variety of courses in addition to standard courses, such as Novel Writing, AP Environmental Science, and taekwondo.[12] Among its wide variety of English courses are one on the writings of C.S. Lewis, and classes about Western and Eastern World, French, Gothic, and British (including Shakespeare) literature. It also offers Latin, ASL, German, Spanish and French.

Unique to Paradigm High School is a class called Leadership, which is offered in three levels:[12] Foundations, Transitions, and Scholar. Its focus varies at each level:

This course is now integrated into the Seminar Course, which is a classics-based blend of English, Leadership, History that meets in a double block class.

As a small, liberal arts high school, Paradigm is not a member of UHSAA and therefore does not participate in the high school athletics program. Students can choose to participate in their local District high school athletics programs while attending Paradigm in order to get the best of both worlds.

Paradigm does support a strong intramural sports program, with the basketball teams receiving second place (girls') and first place (boys'), and the girls' volleyball team winning second place.[citation needed]

Paradigm offers Standard PE classes as well as Dance, Yoga, and TaeKwonDo,

and .[14] Extracurricular activities[edit]

Paradigm has many extracurricular activities and competitive teams. The Paradigm Chess Team (PCT) took third in the 1A-3A division in the Utah High School Chess Championships two years in a row,.[15]

Paradigm also supports an excellent Academic Decathlon team. In March 2011, they beat reigning state champions Park City High in Super Quiz, one of 10 categories, and the most competitive, by 5 points out of a possible 6,000.

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