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K-8 Academics

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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.  We also provide opportunities based on the unique needs and characteristics of students identified as Gifted

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 options vary, so check with your school to find out what is available.  To view the standards for each grade level, please visit the Arizona Department of Education website.


Mathematics >>

In Kindergarten through 8th grade the district has adopted Math in Focus.  This Math curriculum empowers students to develop critical-thinking skills, positive attitudes, and the confidence to persevere—setting the stage for achievement.


Language Arts >>

In Kindergarten through 6th grade the district has adopted Journeys ~ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Journeys includes the key elements of reading and writing instruction.  In 7th - 8th grade the 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.


Science >>

In Kinder - 8th grade Dysart 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 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.


Social Studies >>

In Kindergarten through 6th grade Dysart has adopted Harcourt Brace Social Studies. In grades 7-8, Dysart has adopted Holt Reinhart and Winston.  Within these, students explore the past and present, inviting learners to tackle challenging questions about American citizenship, civics, Arizona studies, economics, geography, and history.  


A student types on the computer at the Innovation AcademySignature Programs >>

The Dysart Unified School District offers a variety of Kindergarten through 8th Grade Signature Programs to meet individual student needs and aspirations.  The following is a list of programs available.

Asante - Accelerated Learning
Ashton Ranch - Design
Canyon Ridge School - STEM
Cimarron Springs - Sustainable Engineering
Countryside - Mass Communications
Dysart Elementary - Community Leadership
El Mirage Elementary - Health and Wellness Academy
Freedom - Traditional
Kingswood - Coding & Robotics
Luke Elementary - Civic Duty and Service Leadership
Marley Park - Young Entrepreneurs
Mountain View - STEAM
Rancho Gabriela - College and Career Exploration Academy
Riverview - Civic-Minded Leadership
Sonoran Heights - Active Mind & Body
Sunset Hills - Arts
Surprise Elementary - Science & Technology
Thompson Ranch - STEAM
West Point - The Arts Academy
Western Peaks - Innovation

Dysart High School - Future Focused
Shadow Ridge High School - H.O.M.E.
Valley Vista High School - Your Place. Your Purpose.
Willow Canyon High School - Winning Culture