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K-8 Academics

In the Dysart Unified School District, students in Kindergarten through 8th grade have four core subjects: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.  Each student has classes each day in those subject areas.  Additionally students have special area classes that supplement the day.  Special Area classes include Fine Arts, Physical Education, and the iExplore Lab.  Special area class rotations and option vary, so check with your school to find out what is available.


Mathematics
In Kindergarten through 8th grade the Dysart Unified School District has adopted Singapore Math in Focus.  Problem solving is at the heart of the Singapore Math curriculum with five key aspects of instruction supporting that goal, including attitude and metacognition. This program empowers students to develop critical-thinking skills, positive attitudes, and the confidence to persevere—setting the stage for achievement.
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Language Arts (K-6)
In Kindergarten through 6th grade the Dysart Unified School District has adopted Journeys ~ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Journeys is built on a deep foundation of scientific research but treats students as young people who need to be encouraged—and to have fun. Journey’s allows teachers to scaffolded instruction and immerse students in small group sessions that fit like a glove.  Journeys provides opportunities for thoughtful analysis and problem solving using texts that can be read and re-read for multiple purposes. Lastly, Journeys prepares students for today’s rigorous standards
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Language Arts (7th - 12th grade)
In 7th - 12th grade Dysart Unified School District has adopted myPerspectives by Pearson as our English Language Arts curriculum.  This program is a student centered learning environment where they will analyze texts, cite evidence, and respond critically about their learning.  Students will take ownership of their learning through goals setting, reflection, independent text selection, and activities that allows students time to collaborate with peers.
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Science (K-8)
In Kinder - 8th grade the Dysart Unified School District has adopted Discovery Education.  Discovery Science Techbook is a digital science textbook that changes the way students and teachers experience real-world science phenomena and igniting interest in the exploration of cross-cutting science concepts.  Built on the 5E model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate), this digital textbook is a one-stop shop, providing a mixture of resources that teachers need to bring science to life.  From STEM project starters, interactive tools, and hands-on labs, to model lessons and real-time student data, Science Techbook transforms classrooms into rich ecosystems that open students’ minds and inspire them to learn.
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STEM/STEAM
Many K-8 schools in the Dysart Unified School District , including Canyon Ridge, Mountain View, and Thompson Ranch, are dedicated to the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) throughout daily instruction and interaction.  STEAM incorporates all the elements of STEM, but adds art to the mix.  These approaches are meant to be a comprehensive approach; instead of teaching each subject separately, educators aim to incorporate some or all elements of STEM/STEAM into each project.  Curriculum and instruction are organized around real-world problems - extending the educational experience extends beyond the school day and the school walls.  Students gather and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines with particular emphasis on science, math and health supported by transforming uses of technology.  Collaboration, team building and partnerships define interactions among all members of the learning community. Problem-based learning, flexibility in grouping and in use of time, research and assessment to drive instructional decisions, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning are hallmarks of STEM and STEAM experiences.

Code to the Future
Dysart Elementary, Kingswood Elementary, and Surprise Elementary schools provide instruction focused on computer coding and computational thinking using a personalized learning based instructional design.  Students will learn coding  using hands on experiences in an age appropriate environment as they master Arizona State Standards.  Students will also engage in computational thinking, a problem solving process that involves designing solutions that capitalizes on the power of computers.

Academies

 

Student Playing violinThe Arts Academy
The Arts Academy at West Point Elementary School provides an arts-enriched learning environment merging creative and academic content to enhance student achievement.  West Point Arts Academy students will be required to take language arts, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition, students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in arts elective courses each year. These courses may include band, orchestra, chorus, theater, dance, and media arts.

 

Student in ancient Roman dressThe Cambridge Academy
The Cambridge Academy is an advanced academic program for students at Marley Park Elementary School enabling motivated students to prepare for success in future academic pursuits while obtaining a comprehensive view of the world. An internationally recognized program sponsored by Cambridge University in England, the academy offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum, preparing students to take a series of comprehensive examinations at the end of their 8th grade year.  

 

Students working at Innovation AcademyInnovation Academy
The Dysart Innovation Academy at Western provides a personalized learning environment for students in grades 5-8.  Utilizing digital learning tools and relevant, project based instructional approaches this academy personalizes education for students by addressing the distinct learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students. In this personalized learning environment the students move from a “one-style-fits-all” approach to student-centered learning.

 

Student with globeGlobal International Academy
The Global International Academy at Luke Elementary School is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with an opportunity to learn locally and grow globally. Students will learn world languages while also developing communication and leadership skills to work with diverse audiences. The interconnectedness is a hallmark of this academy. It is an inquiry-driven approach to teaching and learning that is anchored in the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.