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Academic Programs

Student at desk writingFreedom Traditional Academy accelerates a grade level in Math and offers acceleration opportunities in English Language Arts (ELA). Sequential curriculum is used in Math and ELA where all material builds upon previous skills and concepts.

Language Arts
Freedom Traditional Academy’s language arts program is based on the Spalding Method using The Writing Road to Reading. As a total language arts program, Spalding integrates direct instruction in listening, speaking, spelling, writing, and reading. The Spalding mission is to develop skilled readers, critical listeners, and accomplished speakers, writers, spellers, and lifelong learners.  Open Court and Pearson are the foundation texts for the reading program. The language arts program has the following components:

Spelling
Spelling will be a phonics-based program with emphasis on daily written and oral phonics drill. Phonics with Spalding manuscript and/or cursive handwriting will be directly taught.

Vocabulary
Vocabulary development will be implemented during spelling and in other content areas. Dictionary skills will also be taught.

Composition
In accordance with grade level expectations, each student will participate in creative writing experiences as well as writing book reports and/or research papers.  Teachers will encourage students’ creativity while maintaining high expectations for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and neatness. Rubrics will be used as a scoring tool to evaluate students’ composition pieces.

Reading/Literature
Reading skills will be developed using quality literature and the classics along with the phonic skills learned in spelling and handwriting.

Oral Communication
Grade level appropriate listening, speaking, and memorization exercises shall be required at each grade level. Students will memorize and recite approved material. The teacher may select quality poetry or prose, or sections from the Constitution or other patriotic memory pieces.

Mathematics
Since Freedom Traditional Academy accelerates in math, all students will be taught one grade level ahead using Saxon Math.  Saxon Math scaffolds instruction of each concept and continues to review information introduced earlier. This allows students the time and practice to retain math concepts to the level of mastery.  The use of calculators to complete class work or homework shall occur only when directed by the teacher.

Science
Freedom Traditional Academy will utilize the Discovery Education Science program adopted and approved by the Dysart Unified School District.  

Social Studies/History/Geography/Government
Freedom Traditional Academy will utilize social studies materials adopted and approved by the Dysart Unified School District. The history/government program will consist of world history, U.S. history, Arizona history, and geography.  Citizenship and patriotism will be emphasized in the study of history, geography, and government.
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Special Area Classes

Kinder through 4th grade
Spanish, Music and Physical Education are taught by certified teachers and are required for all K-4 students.  Students will receive 40 minutes daily instruction in each area, twice every six days. Library is also available for student use and will be incorporated into instruction by the classroom teacher.  Art will be infused into Social Studies and ELA lessons and aligned with state standards.

5th through 8th grade
Spanish, Music, Orchestra, Band, Art, and Physical Education will be offered for 5-8 students.  Spanish will be required and offered 2 to 3 times a week. 8th grade students will be given the opportunity to take a competency test at the end of their 8th grade year to obtain high school credit in Spanish.  Band will be optional. Orchestra, Music, Art, and Physical Education will be elective options.

Technology
Technology will be utilized as a resource that offers the student quality practice or for reference or communication as related to a specific subject. Computer skills, such as keyboarding will be taught where developmentally appropriate.