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Glendale District and Curriculum

Glendale area schools, although independently-run school districts, follow the standards of the Arizona Department of Education whose mission is twofold. First, every child must perform at grade level or above in mathematics, reading, writing, science and social studies, and secondly, every child must be prepared for high school and beyond. Arizona has been successful in extending English Language Arts Common Core Standards across the curriculum to include the subjects of History, Science, Social Studies and Technology. Its purpose is to ensure that students are ready for college or career upon high school graduation. This broad-based methodology develops important skills in not only reading and writing, but essential communication skills of listening and speaking.

We currently cover the following Glendale-area school districts: Glendale Elementary School District and Glendale Union High School District.

Schools in Glendale include:

Challenge Charter School is located at 5801 West Greenbriar Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308. Challenge Charter School covers kindergarten through sixth grade. Contact Challenge Charter School at (602) 938-5411. The mission of Challenge Charter School, as laid out on their website, is to be, “a unique, supportive, and safe learning community where kids come first in all decision making, accountability is embedded in all processes, and academic rigor and citizenship are pillar expectations & motivators for all: staff and students.” Challenge Charter School, founded in 1996, was the first Core Knowledge school in Arizona. This means that they use a cutting edge curriculum that aims to be “engaging, challenging, and content-rich” for children of all developmental levels and academic abilities. The school serves over 600 intellectually advanced students in a manner that promotes academic excellence for all of their students, while remaining flexible enough to meet individual needs. Challenge Charter School also promotes frequent and transparent communication in all parts of the tolerant, strengths-based culture. They desire for all their students to feel safe enough to take risks and challenge themselves, all the time, everywhere at school.

Palm Valley Elementary School is located at 2801 N. 135th Avenue, Goodyear, AZ 85395. Palm Valley covers kindergarten through eighth grade. Contact Palm Valley at (623) 535-6000. The mission of Palm Valley Elementary School, from their website, is to be “an extraordinary school where all students are provided with dynamic opportunities to excel in academics, character, attitude, principles and excellence. We believe that our students and teachers have the opportunity to be World Changers and provide opportunities not only for our students to strive academically but also to strive through character to make a difference in their classroom, on campus and in our community.” They are also committed to working with parents and the community in order to create a safe and caring environment, inspire life-long learners, and provide a comprehensive education. Their core values include making responsible choices, participating positively, respecting oneself, others, the school, and the community at large, and always giving everything your best shot. All students are given dynamic opportunities they can use to excel in character, academics, attitude, and excellence.

Mountain Ridge High School is located at 22800 N 67th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85310. Mountain Ridge covers ninth grade through twelfth grade. Contact Mountain Ridge at (623) 376-3000. The goal of Mountain Ridge is to do more than simply giving students high academic standards, specialised programs, club activities, and technology — they want to provide an intense academic program that enables students to reach their wildest dreams and create well rounded and independent learners. They achieve this through advanced placement and dual enrollment classes, which allow students the advantage and opportunity to excel in an increasingly competitive world. They provide students with the backgrounds to complete a four year degree, from the Ivy Leagues right down to community college, apprenticeships, or direct entry into the workplace.The curriculum used at Mountain Ridge is based off of that set by the state. This means that, for example, students in precalculus learn to analyze functions, build functions, interpret concics, and explore polar equations. Progress against these goals is measured through specific learning outcomes. For example, when testing students’ ability to analyze functions, they are tested specifically on their ability to: interpret parameters of a function defined by an expression in the context of the situation; sketch the graph of a function and identify key features; interpret key features of graphs; use limits to describe long term behaviour of functions; and sketch the graphs of all trigonometric functions, identifying key features. This is achieved through specific opportunities that should be given to each student. Using the same example as before, students should have the opportunity to: define domain and range in a real world context; calculate, interpret, and use average rate of change; use multiple representations of function models appropriately; work with different families of functions beyond linear and quadratics, including but not limited to exponentials, logarithms, rationals, logistics, radicals, and piecewise functions; graph rational functions, especially those with asymptotes; make sense of radians; use the unit circle; graph trigonometric functions in radians; and explore the reciprocal trigonometric functions using technology.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Glendale District Curriculum

The schools in the Glendale area have the core belief that all students have an endless ability to learn and to achieve their goals both personally and academically. Every school has high expectations for students as well teachers; every school offers a spectrum of unique educational opportunities for each child. The courses span traditional and enrichment subjects; learning is started with fundamentals and moves towards in-depth topics as students move into high school.

Glendale Union High Schools provide high-quality teachers and staff members to provide a rich array of curriculum, which integrates technical education, career preparation, fine arts, sports participation and extracurricular activities. The schools in the Glendale area partner with the parents, families and the community to assist each student in achieving academic excellence.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Glendale Educational News

  • Bicentennial South Elementary School Teacher of the Year - Second Grade Teacher, Melanie Conger, was recently named English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher of the Year 2012 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal. Ms. Conger has been an English Language Development (ELD) teacher at Bicentennial South Elementary School in the Glendale Elementary School District for six years. Ms. Conger has worked as a Summer School Coordinator, served as an ELD Induction Coach and served on the District's ELD Committee.
  • Two Glendale High Schools Receive Special Recognition - At the Leadership Symposium and Academic Bowl Championships, recently held in Washington, DC, two Glendale Union High Schools received special recognition from the United States Secretary of Defense. The academic teams from Moon Valley Navy JROTC and Sunnyslope Air Force JROTC were recognized for their outstanding participation in the 2011-2012 JROTC. The JROTC Leadership Symposium and Academic Bowls are an academic and leadership competition created for JROTC students. Teams from all over the world participate in these academic events competitions which prepare the JROTC students for state exams, graduation exams and college entrance exams.
  • Glendale Alumni Nominated for Oscar - Thunderbird High School in the Glendale Union High School District has a famous alumnus. Tim Metzger, graduate of Thunderbird High School, recently walked the red carpets as he was nominated for Oscar Award. Currently based in New York City, Metzger is a Director of Photography and Cinematographer credited with a documentary entitled, "Sun Come Up," and several series he created for the History and Discovery Channels. Metzger is wrapping up a project entitled, "Rebuilding Ground Zero" a series for Discover/Dreamworks.

Glendale Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed

SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.

About Glendale, Arizona

Glendale is a city in North Carolina, in Maricopa County. Mesa is the fifth largest city in the state. Glendale is a relatively large city, covering an area of 154.8km2, and housing a population of 246,709.  Glendale is located around 14km northwest from Phoenix, of which it is a suburb. The town originally grew out of a desert. There was a project to create a long canal, 64km long, to bring water into the desert in order to create farmland, as well as a project to create an easy way to get to this land, to build a road from Phoenix to Peoria. The city gained most of its population due to a factory that was built in the area in the early 20th century.

As of the census of 2010, there were 226,710 people, 79,114 households, and 54,721 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,929.5 people per square mile (1,517.3/km²). There were 79,667 housing units at an average density of 1,430.7 per square mile (552.4/km²). In the city, the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years.

Westgate Entertainment District

The Westgate Entertainment District truly has it all, from a massive plaza with a $6 million, Bellagio inspired water attraction with sound and imagery, to a splash pad, and even featuring live music every Friday and Saturday evening! Don’t forget to bring your dogs, as the plaza and fountain are pet friendly, although stores and restaurants are subject to their own policies. As for things to do, there is a movie theatre, an NHL Hockey arena/performing venue, and even a stadium with a retractable roof, a one of a kind installment unlike any other in North America.

The Camelback Ranch

The Camelback Ranch is a baseball stadium owned by the city of Glendale. It is the spring training location of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. All in all, the stadium sits 13,000 people, offering them the spectacle at hand. Several of the Arizona league teams play and practise at this field as well. MLB games are regularly scheduled at this venue also.

Interesting Facts

  • Opened in 2006, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale is the first field in North America to include a retractable roof AND a mobile grass playing field. The stadium was featured on The History Channel’s series, Modern Marvels.
  • With over 70 antique and specialty shops in its downtown area, Glendale is known as “Arizona’s Antique Capital.”
  • American Idol winner Jordin Sparks is a Glendale native.
  • The Glendale Xeriscape Botanical Gardens, which can be visited any day of the year for free, feature more than 1,000 varieties of desert plants.

Chalk Talk: The Importance of Empowering Children

Let's face it; while kids are growing up, they go through some stages when they don't feel so great about themselves, both girls and boys. She may feel that she has funny teeth, he feels too skinny, she is too tall or too short, he is not smart enough, her hair is just a disaster. Whatever the reason, your child does not feel good about him or herself. Help your child move through this stage by finding out what motivates them, what makes them tick.

Help your child find his or her passion and embrace it. Find out what interests him or her and what makes them happy. A child who is happy, content and has confidence in him or herself will have better experiences in school, build better relationships with others and believe in themselves and their own abilities. Help build self-confidence and self-esteem in one child and you will be creating a more positive future for all of us.