The scaffolding that supports the success of Canyon Ridge School is our commitment to our core values, strong beliefs and traditions, our collective academic efforts, and a sense of family. CRS is based on a mission statement and vision that stipulates a twenty-first century education, highlighting STEM concepts and real world applications of curriculum, for all learners. Student centered learning, innovation and hands-on activities are the foundation of this concept school. Our staff always operates with the belief that all students deserve a dynamic learning environment and can and will be successful; each in their own way.
A dedication to building family traditions on our campus is illustrated with a series of activities that take the learning experiences beyond the four walls of the classroom and often outside the traditional brick and mortar school building. Annual academic celebratory activities that incorporate multi-grade content standards and goals, are a highlight of instruction at CRS. Our Polar Express Night, Read Across America Week, Matheletes, Robotics and STEM Challenge, STEM Festival, and Spelling Bee stress literacy skills in conjunction with outlets for STEM learning. On campus extracurricular clubs, including robotics, art, and music, support the large campus events and allow for student creativity and cross-district collaboration and competition.
Dysart Schools use Illustrative Mathematics for instruction. IM K–11 is a problem-based core curriculum built on the principle that all students are capable learners of grade-level mathematics. Students learn math by doing math. They are encouraged to use their current understanding of math, their lived experiences, and the world around them as resources for problem solving.
Dysart schools use 95 Percent Group Phonics, HMH Into Reading, CommonLit, SAVVAS myView, and SAVVAS myPerspectives to develop literacy skills in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, analysis, and evaluation of texts. Students develop their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and language use as described in the state standards for each grade level.
Dysart schools use Discovery Science Tech book curriculum, as well as Generation Genius and Mystery Science. Students actively participate in science practices, and look through the lens of cross cutting concepts, as they explore the content described in the state standards for each grade level.
Dysart Schools use McGraw Hill Networks and Impact as well as Discovery Education curriculums for the instruction of Social Studies. Students engage in inquiry based instruction where they explore the various content described in the state standards for each grade level.
STEM SIGNATURE FOCUS
As a STEM concept school in the Dysart USD, CRS continually formulates new and improved methods to deliver instruction with a student centered approach to the engineering design process. Multiple grade levels have access to the DEPCO Lab and perform experiments working with machinery that builds hands-on experience with physical sciences, technology and mathematical concepts. All grade levels offer cross-curricular STEM units. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to collaborate across grade levels throughout the year, during STEM Collaboration days, and through the Reading Buddies/Technology Buddies program. From basic machines to elements of aeronautics, students of all grade levels collaborate and encourage each other to refine designs and prototypes for a variety of machines. They are joined by community volunteers and retired engineers from AWIM who offer feedback and the benefits of experience in the engineering field.
Students will develop skills, knowledge, and dispositions to lead physically active lives. Physical Education class will include age and physically-appropriate activities centered around fitness activities, sports, health science, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Students will utilize various locomotor and non-locomotor skills to build coordination and balance. Students will learn skills related to lifetime activities including how to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, movement and how it impacts the human body, the rules, tactics, strategies, and etiquette of games and sports.