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Peoria District and Curriculum

Peoria Unified School District is one of the largest school districts in the state of Arizona with 40 area schools serving over 36,000 students. The school district has made significant improvements to their programming over the last few years through strategic planning based upon four main focuses: student learning and enrichment, decision-making based on data, development, and connections make with the surrounding community.

We currently cover the following Peoria-area school districts: Peoria Public Schools.

Schools in Peoria include:

Vistancia Elementary School is located on 30009 N Sunrise Point, Peoria, AZ 85383, James D. Price Elementary School covers grades K-8 and can be contacted at 623-773-6500.  Opening in 2006, the school has since been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015. The school has also been named as an A+ School by the Peoria Unified School District. One of the recently introduced programs at the school is the Leader in Me Program. Through this program, students explore different habits and principles that leaders have. These habits are integrated into the activities and discussions at the school. Another program at the school is the HEAT program, designed for students that have been identified as gifted or highly performing. In this program, students have the opportunity to interact with other students of similar aptitude, and teachers also support students to help them reach their potential for learning and accomplishment. Arts programs offered at the school include band, choir, steel drums, visual arts. Like other students in the state of Arizona, students at Vistancia Elementary School are taught a curriculum that includes the Arizona K-12 Standards. These standards describe the knowledge and skills students should have at the end of each grade level. For example, students in grade 3 mathematics learn about operations and algebraic thinking, focusing on multiplication and division. They also work with fractions, and learn to understand fractions as numbers. In measurement and data, they work on calculating area and perimeter. For more information on the mathematics tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.

Oakwood Elementary School is located on 12900 N 71st Ave, Peoria, AZ 85381, Oakwood Elementary School covers grades PreK-8 and can be contacted at 623-412-4725. The school was originally built in 1985 and had an enrollment of about 1000 students. Clubs offered to students at Oakwood Elementary School include Lego Robotics, Chess Club, Student Council, Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. According to the Arizona Department of Education, students in 8th grade English Language Arts focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students read grade appropriate texts, and analyze the central themes and ideas. In writing, students practice writing argumentative, informational and narrative texts. They develop their own arguments, and support them with reasoning and evidence from the text. Students are expected to know about grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. When they come across unknown words and phrases, students are expected to utilize various strategies to help them determine the meaning, such as using a dictionary or looking at the context of the word. To practice their speaking and listening skills, students practice presenting using technology, multimedia, and visual formats adapted for a variety of audiences and particular purposes. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help you or your child with English Language Arts tutoring, please contact us.

Peoria High School is located on 11200 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345, Peoria High School covers grades 9-12 and can be contacted at 623-486-6300. The school is the oldest high school in the Peoria Unified School District, opening in 1919. The school’s main building was renovated in 2014 and named a historic place in 2019. In the 2016-2017 school year, there were 1515 students enrolled at the school. Academic programs offered to students at Peoria High School include basic, honors, and advanced placement (AP). By taking AP courses, students are able to take college level courses while still in high school. The Peoria High School campus has award-winning math, engineering, science and agriculture programs. One of the unique programs at Peoria High School is the COOP or Child Oriented Occupational Program. This program is meant for students wishing to have a career in early childhood education. Students take courses in child development and childhood education, and then work as teachers on the campus preschool. In the process, students also acquire first aid and CPR certification. After high school, many students decide to attend a postsecondary institution. As part of the application process, many students take the SAT or ACT exam. To help with this, SchoolTutoring Academy offers SAT and ACT test preparation tutoring sessions. For more information, please contact us.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Peoria District Curriculum

Following the Common Core Standards set forth by the Arizona Department of Education, the schools offer a well-planned and broad-based curriculum in all subject areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Computer and Technology, and Physical Education. In the upper grades, the curriculum also includes Foreign Languages, Performing, Visual and Fine Arts, and Health and Physical Education.

There are specialized programs available to meet the needs of every student in the Peoria Unified School District. One of the district’s elementary schools was designated to be a “Stephen R. Covey Leader in Me” school. All of the staff members at the Canyon Leadership Academy attended leadership training as part of the program with the goal to empower their students to become the next generation of leaders. This special program is just one example of how Peoria Unified School District is working hard to give their students an excellent education.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Peoria Educational News

  • The Community of Peoria Celebrates with the Students at Oakwood Elementary School - In early November, the students at Oakwood Elementary School, along with the citizens of Peoria and Glendale, celebrated a community event-Transportation Day. To celebrate the theme of transportation and transportation week, the cities of Glendale and Peoria showcased their finest equipment from the local municipalities: a dump truck, a cherry picker and a fire truck. A helicopter from the Glendale Air and Rescue landed on the field at the elementary school to top off the day. Students from kindergarten to grade 8 got an up-close look at all of the local modes of transportation, proving that great lessons aren't always learned in the classroom.
  • Peoria Unified School District Stresses Internet Safety - One of the goals of the Peoria Unified School District is to graduate each student as a responsible citizen prepared to work and live in a global economy. Part of work towards this goal is an ongoing program focused on Internet Safety. The first week of November was designated as Internet Safety Week in all schools in the Peoria Unified School District. All students from the youngest in kindergarten to senior year in high school were presented with age- and grade- appropriate lessons throughout Internet Safety Week. These lessons included appropriate social interactions, how to prevent cyber-bullying and online safety. These lessons are extremely important in today's world as the students must be technologically savvy, yet they must be safe online.
  • Peoria Unified School District "Pulls the Bus" for United Way - One of the main focus points in the strategic plan of the Peoria Unified School District is an increased effort to connect with the community. Their efforts are evident with the latest community event to support the United Way. Superintendent Dr. Santarelli and dozens of the school district's employees will come together in the 3rd Annual Pull the Bus benefit event. Teams of 15 will each pull a 27,000-pound school bus for 20-feet. The team with the fastest pull time will be crowned winner. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Valley of the Sun United Way and will help to end homelessness and hunger in the Peoria Unified School District and surrounding area.

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About Peoria, Arizona

The city of Peoria is in both Maricopa and Yavapai county. Peoria was named after Peoria, Illinois. It was given this name because the city was founded by 4 families from Peoria, Illinois, and they named the new settlement after their home town. When Peoria was established in 1889, it was mostly an agricultural community.Today, Peoria is known for resort and leisure living. The city is located about 13 miles from Phoenix, Arizona. In 2008, Money Magazine listed the city within its list of “Top 100 Places to Live”.

One of the popular areas in Peoria is the P83 Entertainment District. Some of the attractions in the P83 Entertainment District are the Arizona Broadway Theatre, Rollerplex Roller Skating Park, and the AZ Ice Rink. The district also offers a variety of restaurant types, and shopping options. One of the annual festivals in Peoria is the All-American Festival which takes place on the Fourth of July at the Peoria Sports Complex. The event features a kids zone, eating contests, a water zone play area, and more.

In 2017, the population of Peoria was 168,181, making it the ninth most populated city in the state of Arizona. 25.2% of the population was under 18, 20.2% of the population was between 18-34, 26.5% was 35-54, 12.3% was 55-64 and 15.8% was over the age of 65. The median household income in the city was $66,163 in 2017.

Peoria Sports Complex

The Peoria Sports Complex hosts baseball games . The complex contains a main baseball stadium, which is called the Peoria Stadium, and 12 practice fields. It is among the six facilities that host the Arizona Fall League Games. The capacity of Peoria Stadium is about 12,000. The Peoria Sports Complex is also the Spring Training home stadium to Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners, who also play in the Spring Training Cactus League. The complex has contains the largest scoreboard in the Cactus League. In addition to hosting baseball games, the complex also contains premier indoor and outdoor group and event areas, which are available for rent. Children will enjoy the playground at Peoria Sports Complex, and the stadium’s wide variety of food options.

West Wing Mountain Preserve

Visitors to the West Wing Mountain Preserve can enjoy a hike on the West Wing Mountain Loop Trail. The Loop is 3.8 miles long, and offers scenic views of the surrounding desert. The trail can be used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips. Much of the trail is rocky, and it also leads up to Westwing Peak, which is about 500 feet above the start of the trail. One the way down, visitors can choose to climb the scenic overlook on the eastern portion of the mountain. At the scenic route, visitors can get a bird’s eye-view of the New River Dam. An alternative section of the trail is labelled as “extreme”, and climbs sharply through a canyon.

Rio Vista Recreation Center

The Rio Vista Recreation Center is a 52,000 square foot, family friendly facility that offers many programs and amenities to its visitors. It was the home of the first public gymnasium, indoor racquetball courts, and climbing wall in Peoria. In 2007 and 2008, the Rio Vista Recreation Center was recognized by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association as an Outstanding facility.

Interesting Facts

  • Lake Pleasant, located in Peoria, is the second largest lake in Arizona after Roosevelt Lake.
  • In 1956, Peoria was named the “Rose Capital of the World”.
  • Another one of the attractions in Peoria is Lake Pleasant Regional Park. The major feature of the park is the 10,000 acre Lake Pleasant, which is one of the most important artificial reservoirs in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.
  • The one sister city to Peoria, Arizona is Ards in Northern Ireland.

Chalk Talk: The Importance of Teaching Nursery Rhymes to Early Readers

Many educational studies have recently shown that when children are taught nursery rhymes, or hear songs and rhyming poems, at an early age, their skills in phonemic awareness and reading readiness are greatly enhanced. As phonemic awareness can be defined as "an awareness of sounds in spoken words," children hear the cadence of the rhythms and the patterns of the words in the nursery rhymes. Children connect with the nursery rhymes and lyrical rhyming poems. The sing-song and often silly verses make it fun for the child to understand the concept of the story. This awareness of sounds according to the research can be a strong predictor to reading readiness and future reading success.

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