South Salt Lake
Cottonwood High Community School
Cottonwood High School has seen many changes and continues to grow in diversity. Since Granite High School closed its doors in 2009, Cottonwood became the "neighborhood" high school for South Salt Lake teens. Cottonwood has become a crossroads where cultural, economic, and diverse geographic communities meet. Approximately 39 percent of Cottonwood students are eligible for free and/or reduced lunch and nearly 44 percent of students are on fee waivers. There are 40 languages spoken at Cottonwood and currently 260 English Language Learners (ELL) enrolled, which continues to grow each year. Cottonwood's Language Academy serves 120 students, mostly refugees, who have been in the US for less than three years. Cottonwood is the first high school in Utah to adopt the community school model in order to better serve students by developing Collective Impact partnerships.