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Phoenix District and Curriculum

Phoenix 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 Phoenix-area school districts: Alhambra ESD, Balsz ESD, Cartwright ESD, Cave Creek USD, Creighton ESD, Deer Valley USD, Fowler ESD, Glendale Union HSD, Isaac ESD, Kyrene ESD, Laveen ESD, Littleton ESD, Madison ESD, Maricopa CRD, Murphy ESD, Osborn ESD, Paradise Valley USD, Pendergast ESD, Phoenix ESD, Phoenix Union HSD, Riverside ESD, Roosevelt ESD, Scottsdale USD, Tempe ESD, Tempe Union HSD, Tolleson ESD, Tolleson Union HSD, Union ESD, Washington ESD and Wilson ESD.

Schools in Phoenix include:

Keystone Montessori Charter School is located at 1025 E. Liberty Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Keystone Montessori covers first grade through ninth grade. Contact Keystone Montessori at (480) 460-7312. The mission of Keystone, and indeed all Montessori schools, is to, “ inspire in children a passion for a lifelong love of learning in an environment which nurtures independence, creativity, confidence and tolerance while developing a sense of responsibility for self and community based on the principles and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Our vision is of a world that can finally live in peace, a global community based on interdependence, respect for all life and all people, reached through the only path that can truly lead there: our children.” They have designed their program around a “Four Pillars” approach. This means that Keystone Montessori has four foundational beliefs, they are: creating excellence in their students, in everything they do; endow their students with a tight set of moral values, including respect for self, respect for others, being honest, integrity, responsibility, empathy, and a sense of concern for others; to develop a global perspective and international understanding; and finally, a lifelong commitment to giving back to those in need.

BASIS Phoenix is located at 11850 N. 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85028. BASIS covers fifth grade through twelfth grade. Contact BASIS at (602) 595-9870. BASIS Phoenix opened its doors at the new location in the north end of Phoenix in 2018, and they provide an outstanding educational experience to 720 grade 6 through 12 students. The campus is equipped with everything, from a full sized gym, to an auditorium, to cutting edge AP science labs, and even a senior lounge! In 2017, Washington Post ranked BASIS Phoenix as number one in the most difficult high schools in America, as well as the 14th best high school in the nation in 2018. Even more impressively, the school has an 85% pass rate across all AP exams, with multiple having a 100% pass rate. Every single graduate in the year of 2018 was accepted to a college or university.

Great Hearts Academies – Veritas Prep School is located at 3102 N. 56th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Veritas covers sixth grade through twelfth grade. Contact Veritas at (602) 263-1128.  The main purpose of Veritas Prep School, as outlined on their website, is dedicated to “cultivating the hearts and minds of students through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. We operate classical preparatory academy that offers our students a transformative educational experience. By engaging a well-rounded program in a vibrant school culture, our students are prepared for success in college, leadership in any field in which they choose to endeavor and a life filled with purpose. We believe that the highest goal of education is to become good, intellectually and morally.”  Veritas is a member of the Great Hearts family of schools, which means that it shares the values of the parent organization, namely being committed, having a Servant’s Heart, and being a team player. The main goal of this series of schools is not necessarily to produce the best grades, but to produce the best students. To them, this means that the main goal is to develop the soul, heart, and mind of each and every student, good grades are just a positive side effect.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Phoenix District Curriculum

The Phoenix area school districts strive for excellence in their mathematics curriculum and adhere to the state core standards. At its base, the curriculum stresses understanding of key concepts in organization and problem-solving, based on real-world relevance. These schools expect their students to be internationally competitive in mathematics and technology.

Phoenix area schools emphasize that science education should be an active, dynamic process where a student is engaged in the process of learning. This philosophy crosses over into all areas of curriculum, arts, technology, languages, physical education and health.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Phoenix Educational News

  • Phoenix Suns Partner with Central High - The Phoenix Suns has established a partnership with a school in the Phoenix Union High School District Central High to help keep kids in school. In September, Suns star player, Channing Frye, appeared at a student assembly at Central High School and presented a $250,000 grant to the school as part of "SunsCentral" partnership that he developed through Suns Charities. Part of the grant money will fund four additional teachers, which will, in turn, reduce class sizes for these at-risk students. The grant program has established a plan to focus on four essential factors to help keep these students in school: attendance, mentoring, work-study and most importantly, success in the classroom.
  • Osborn Schools Win Prestigious Education Awards - Osborn Middle School and Solano Modified Traditional School, both in the Osborne School District, were presented with the first place Golden Bell Award by Superintendent Wilma Basnett. The Golden Bell Award is given by the Arizona School Board Association and is awarded to school districts that have shown outstanding success in student achievement in four main categories: District-wide Curriculum Delivery and Accountability Program; High School (Grades 9-12); Middle Years (Grades 4-9); and Elementary Years (Pre-K-Grade 6). The Golden Bell Award is one of the most important education awards in the state of Arizona and in the education field. Congratulations to Osborn Middle School and Solano Modified Traditional School on their great achievement.
  • Life Lessons at Granada East School - Granada East School in the Alhambra Elementary School District in the Phoenix area, is teaching their students lessons well beyond the curriculum of the classroom. On regularly scheduled days throughout the year, their student body comes together to participate in specific activities designed to build skills in cooperation, teambuilding and problem-solving. The students join in all types of teambuilding events, from three-legged races and cup-stacking, to jeopardy games, tanagrams, even Tinkertoy towers. The students, in celebrating the achievement of their quarterly benchmark goals, also celebrate and appreciate others, as well as celebrate the community of their school.

Phoenix 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 Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is the Capital of North Carolina, and it is the seat of  Maricopa County. Phoenix is the largest city in the state, and the largest state capital in the nation. Phoenix is a huge city, covering an area of 1,344km2, and housing a population of 1,626,078. Phoenix is the main portion of an area called the “Valley of the Sun”, which is, in turn, part of the Salt River Valley. By area, Phoenix is impressively large, being twice the size of the next largest in the state, and among the largest in the United States. Between its founding and WW2, Phoenix’s economy was known for its “Five C’s”, which are: Cotton, Cattle, Citrus, Climate, and Copper.

The population is almost equally split between men and women, with men making up 50.2% of the city’s citizens. The population density is 2,797.8 people per square mile, and the median age of the city is 32.2 years, with only 10.9 of the population being over 62. 98.5% of Phoenix’s population lives in households with an average household size of 2.77 people. There were 514,806 total households, with 64.2% of those households consisting of families: 42.3% married couples, 7% with an unmarried male as head of household, and 14.9% with an unmarried female as head of household. 33.6% of those households have children below the age of 18.

Musical Instrument Museum

The Museum displays almost 7000 instruments, just over half its collection, from over 200 different countries. These displays utilise cutting edge audio and video technology to allow visitors to see and hear the instruments, as well as watch them be played in their original context. The Mission Statement of the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), is to “enrich our world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM offers guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances. MIM fosters appreciation of the world’s diverse cultures by showing how we innovate, adapt, and learn from each other to create music—the language of the soul.”

Desert Botanical Gardens

The main goal of the gardens is to share the natural beauty of the desert, and inspire visitors to become stewards of the natural world. The gardens are 140 acres, of which 55 are under active cultivation, with over 50,000 plant displays showcased. The Gardens are run by 821 volunteers, who dedicate nearly 66,000 hours of their life, in addition to the 107 regular staff members. The Gardens contain almost 4400 species, of which 379 are rare or endangered. The gardens are committed to educating, researching, exhibiting, and conserving the desert plants of the world, and they desire to be an attraction that brings the desert truly to life.

Camelback Mountain

With hikes ranging from 20 minutes to almost two hours depending on your pace, you can spend a leisurely afternoon or a whole day exploring the natural beauty of the mountain. You can hike alone, being your own guide, or you can take a guided tour of the mountain for extra information and enjoyment. They also offer various merchandise so you can show off the accomplishment of summiting the mountain!

Interesting Facts

  • Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the U.S.
  • The Sonoran Desert, where Phoenix is located, is actually one of the greenest and wettest deserts in the entirety of North America because the Sonoran Desert gets 3-15 inches of rain every year.
  • Phoenix has more sunny days than any other metropolitan city in the U.S.
  • The city was named Phoenix because it was formed from the ruins of an ancient indigenous civilization that was believed to be abandoned due to droughts and floods.

Chalk Talk: The Importance of Support for ESL Students

For many students in the state of Arizona, English is not their first language and they are placed in the category of ESL-English as a Second Language. The schools have created a rigorous and specific program with high standards and goals. The program supports students through intensive instruction, accountability and assessments to measure each student's progress. The program has met with success in building proficiency in English language skills and helping students reach their academic potential.