Vibrant neighborhoods and successful schools contribute to the benefits of living in a community like Daybreak. Daybreak schools are strategically located in the neighborhoods to make it possible for the vast majority of kids in our community to walk to school. There are two K-6 public elementary schools — Daybreak Elementary and Eastlake Elementary — and a K-9 public charter school called Early Light Academy. The plan for Daybreak includes additional schools as the community grows, like the recently purchased school site in Creekside Village that is designed to accommodate both an elementary & Daybreak’s first middle school. Middle school and high school students currently attend schools that are less than 10 minutes from Daybreak by car: Copper Mountain Middle School and Herriman High School.
Planned on a 5-minute rule, Daybreak places all kinds of good stuff within a 5-minute walk of your home–including schools. According to a University of Utah study more than 70% of Daybreak students walk to school at least once a week, which cuts down on emissions from idling cars in the drop-off line at school and promotes a healthy lifestyle starting at an early age. Kids can safely walk and bike to school and parents aren’t stuck waiting in long carpool lines–this saves time and money.
The proximity of home and school integrated into a tight-knit community also promotes an increase in parental involvement at school. It is easy for parents to volunteer in classrooms, participate in special programs and engage in a healthy dialogue with school staff when schools are located within walking distance of home. In fact, it is the Daybreak community and countless hours of parental involvement that have helped schools in Daybreak not only succeed, but flourish.
“With our community and parent involvement in the schools, the students in Daybreak always do well,” said Kyle Hansen, Principal of Eastlake Elementary.
Schools within Daybreak consistently rank higher than surrounding schools for test scores and overall satisfaction. GreatSchools.org is an excellent resources for future Daybreak residents who want to review ratings for our schools. Daybreak Elementary and Eastlake Elementary both score an 8 out of 10, with Early Light Academy scoring 7 out of 10.
Daybreak Elementary School, located in Founder’s Park Village, is one of the first elementary schools in Utah with an attached recreation center (Daybreak Community Center). The school has a curricular focus in Literacy, Writing and Language Arts and is part of the Jordan School District. Students in grades K-6 are on a modified year-round track. Learn more about Daybreak Elementary.
Located in Eastlake Village, Eastlake Elementary has a unique two-story design with large windows in every classroom, collaboration kivas, a beautiful media center, a spacious gym with stage area, and computer lab. The school is situated adjacent to a large park with vast play areas and facilities for soccer, tennis, basketball and swimming. When designing the Eastlake neighborhood, the school was centrally located so that as many children as possible could walk to school eliminating the need for parents to drive their children to school, and reducing strain on the district’s bus program.
Eastlake Elementary has a global approach to learning. Beginning in first grade, students have the opportunity to participate in the Chinese Immersion program. This program offers select students the opportunity to receive instruction for half of the day in Chinese and half of the day in English. Registration for this program is by application only with participants selected each spring. While space is limited for this program, all students in the school learn about Chinese culture and traditions.
Learn more about Eastlake Elementary.
Early Light Academy
Early Light Academy, located in South Station Village, was developed by a group of Daybreak residents. The K-9 public charter school accommodates both elementary and junior high and has 750 students. The school has plans to add an additional class per grade level for the 2015-2016 school year, which will allow the school to accommodate 1000 students. Every January, Early Light Academy has open enrollment and students are selected based upon a lottery system. Learn more about open enrollment, here.
Early Light Academy has a modern campus which features include a regulation-size soccer field, spacious gymnasium/multipurpose room and large library/study hall. The school has breakout rooms for each grade level, mobile computer labs, and classrooms with the latest technology.
This school provides a liberal arts education with an emphasis in History. All students receive a full year of History (including Art History) in addition to Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. Learn more about Early Light Academy.