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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.   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.

K-8 Online
Online classes with the opportunity to learn in an engaging environment with live teaching throughout the day. Enrollment for the 21-22 school year has reached capacity and is closed. Dysart K-8 Online will not be offered for the 22-23 school year.  

5th Grade Social Studies Curriculum Review
Will be available for review from May 9th, 2022 through July 7th, 2022 online or at the Dysart Schools district office.


Curriculum >>

Dysart Schools only use curriculum that is aligned with the Arizona State Standards.   Parents and community members are invited to explore the curriculum for all grade levels as well as frequently asked questions.


Signature Programs >>

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.   


Testing & Assessments >>

View testing information and explanations for the Dysart Unified School District.  Additionally, a calendar of assessments is available.    


Grading Guidelines >>

Review the grading guidelines to understand how your student can be successful in the Dysart District.    


English Language Learning >>

Review frequently asked questions about being identified as EL and what instruction looks like for English Language Learning in the Dysart District.    


Gifted Education >>

The district aims to deliver educational programs designed to assist gifted individuals to achieve their full potential in intellectual pursuits, community leadership, and creativity.     


Kindergarten >>

Dysart offers free, full-day kindergarten for all students.  Learn more about the program and its goal of addressing four areas of development: Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Physical.    


Move On When Reading >>

Arizona statue requires all students reading proficiently at grade level by 3rd grade.  Learn more about how the district provides effective reading instruction.   


Core Courses

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.  


Get a Head Start on High School


Career & College Resources >>

Learn more about pertinent information designed to help you be successful in career and college, including scholarships, FAFSA, military information, AZCIS, and becoming a college athlete.   


Career & Technical Education >>

Learn more about CTE programs at each high school including Culinary Arts, Architecture, Film & TV, Automotive Technology and more!     


iSchool >>

iSchool provides students with expanded academic options by offering online classes.  Students from all areas of our state have access to classes and highly qualified teachers in subjects that they may not have available at their local school.