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. For more information on Curriculum, please visit our iPlan website for detailed grade level information.
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.
For grades K-3, Dysart Schools use Florida Virtual, Math in Focus and Illustrative Mathematics for instruction. Students develop their skills in counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, numbers and operations - fractions, measurement/data, and geometry. For grades 4-8, Dysart schools use the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum delivered by Imagine Learning (4-5) or McGraw Hill (6-8). Students construct mathematical knowledge by actively engaging in authentic math tasks which connect and deepen prior knowledge through a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and applications.
Dysart Schools use 95 Percent Group Phonics, HMH Into Reading, Florida Virtual, CommonLit, HMH Journeys, and SAVVAS myPerspectives to develop literacy skills in Phonological awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension. 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 the Florida Virtual, McGraw Hill Networks, and 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.
Review the grading guidelines to understand how you can help your student can be successful in the Dysart Unified School District.
Testing & Assessment
View testing information and explanations for the Dysart Unified School District. Additionally, a calendar of assessments is available.
Dysart offers a continuum of special education and related services for students with disabilities who are identified as such and require specially designed instruction to meet their unique learning and needs.
Dysart aims to deliver educational programs designed to assist gifted individuals to achieve their full potential in academics, community leadership, and creativity.
The Dysart Unified School District offers a variety of Kindergarten through 8th Grade Signature Programs and high school Signature Focuses to meet individual student needs and aspirations. Dysart's Signature Programs will provide unique learning experiences for students, create additional opportunities to apply academic learning in a real-world context, and build a shared sense of community and school ownership in each neighborhood.