At Sunset Hills Elementary your students' educational journey can begin as early preschool. We have a tuition based preschool for role model students as young as 3 years old and a developmental preschool offering for qualified students, with reduced or waived tuition. We offer free, full day Kindergarten when your student is 5 before August 31st of the school year. Sunset Hills continues up through 8th grade.
Beginning in 5th grade students will travel as a group to their subject area teachers and be able to choose from a variety of elective courses to help prepare them for middle school grades. Our middle school grades are 6th through 8th grade where students will rotate throughout their core subject areas and choose their own electives in courses focused on the arts, music, PE and iExplore (a technology/STEM based elective).
For grades K-3, Dysart Schools use Florida Virtual, Math in Focus and Illustrative Mathematics for instruction. Students develop their skills in counting, operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations, fractions, measurement/data, and geometry. For grades 4-8, we 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.
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.
Our mantra is “learn through play.” Learn through play is a core value that supports cognitive skills, physical growth, new vocabulary, social skills, and literacy skills.
Developmental preschool services are provided by certified special education and related services staff based on identified student needs.
ARTS SIGNATURE PROGRAM
The Arts Signature Program at Sunset Hills is designed with the whole student in mind. Regardless of whether students are interested in academic, athletic, or arts disciplines, the Arts are present in all things. Our Signature Program was adopted to help students recognize and celebrate the Arts in all they do as they choose their own path through their school experience.
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.