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Tempe District and Curriculum

Tempe 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 Tempe-area school districts: Tempe Elementary School District and Tempe Union High School District.

Schools in Tempe include:

Fuller Elementary School is located on 1975 E Cornell Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283, Fuller Elementary School covers grades PreK-5 and can be contacted at 480-897-6228.  In 2016, the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The staff believes in creating a supportive culture where students persevere and do their best every day, academically, socially, and emotionally. The school also has a Second Step Social/Emotional Learning Curriculum that encourages students to be respectful, responsible and ready to learn. Students at Fuller Elementary School are taught a curriculum that includes the standards set out by Arizona Education. In mathematics, grade 1 students work with addition and subtraction problems. They learn about place value and how it relates to addition and subtraction. In measurement and data, they measure lengths and learn about the units of lengths. They also work with time and money and represent and interpret data. In geometry, they learn about shapes and their characteristics. The main focus in first grade mathematics is working with whole numbers and understanding addition and subtraction for numbers within 20. Another focus is working with place value, and grouping 10s and ones through 100. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help your child with 1-on-1 mathematics tutoring, please contact us.

Connolly Middle School is located on 2002 E Concorda Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282, Connolly Middle School covers grades 6-8 and can be contacted at 480-967-8933. The school was recently awarded the A+ School of Excellence Award by the Arizona Educational Foundation. The School of Excellence Program celebrates outstanding schools and shares the positive stories and successes taking place in public schools every day. Connolly Middle School is also recognized as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Certified School and an AVID Demonstration Site. The AVID program provides professional learning to educators to improve college readiness for all students. Gifted students at Connolly Middle School also participate in the ASPIRE Academy, where students are challenged by teachers to intellectually and creatively reach their full potential. Connolly Middle School also hosts an outstanding music program. It is one of the only middle schools in Arizona to have a full symphony orchestra, and the school’s Symphonic Band continues to recognized by the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association. Like other students in the state of Arizona students at Connolly Middle School are taught a curriculum that includes the standards set out by the Arizona Department of Education. In eighth grade mathematics, students learn about the number system, expressions and equations, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability. Students in math work to solve linear equations, inequalities, and pairs of linear equations. In geometry, they apply to Pythagorean theorem to real world mathematical problems involving volumes of cones, cylinders and spheres. For more information on the mathematics tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.

Corona del Sol High School is located on 1001 E Knox Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284, Corona del Sol High School covers grades 9-12 and can be contacted at 480-883-5000. Originally established in 1977, there were 2773 students enrolled in the school in the 2016-2017 school year. The school offers 60 honors courses, including 19 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Corona del Sol High School also offers 43 dual enrollment courses for college credit. The school has an excellent athletics program with 157 Region/ Division Titles, 43 state championships, 13 Gatorade Circle of Champion State Awards and more. Some of the AP courses offered at Corona del Sol High School are AP Calculus, and AP Statistics. The science department at Corona del Sol offers a good number of lab science classes. In order to graduate, students must take three years of science courses, with at least one physical science and one life science. Hands-on lab work is also emphasized. Corona del Sol High School offers the widest selection of upper level science courses in the Tempe Union High School District. Taking AP courses allows for students to take college level courses while in high school. At the end of the school year, students can also take AP exams to qualify them for college credit. AP credits are recognized at most colleges in the United States, depending on the score students receive on the exam. AP Exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, which 5 being the highest score. For more information on the AP level tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Tempe District Curriculum

Both the Tempe Elementary School District as well as the Tempe Union High School District deliver a broad-based and enriched curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards set forth by the Arizona Department of Education. Each grade level has high-quality teachers who instruct and integrate the content area in a meaningful way to enable each student to experience an excellent education.

Each classroom environment is set up so that each students’ needs are met in every subject area: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Languages, Physical Education and Health, Technology, Music and Art. Teachers in the Tempe school districts utilize curriculum mapping to structure their lessons and learning. The classroom environment focuses on meeting every student’s educational needs. Every school in the Tempe school districts is working towards the goal of graduating students ready for college, the workforce and beyond.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Tempe Educational News

  • Tempe Union High School District Offers Childcare Solution - The Temple Union High School District offers solutions for parents who need childcare placement for their preschoolers during the day. There are six early learning centers located on the campuses of the Tempe high schools. The early learning centers provide a well-rounded pre-kindergarten curriculum delivered by licensed professionals for children ages 3 to 5. Their hours are from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The early learning centers operate on the same calendar as the Tempe Union High School District. The early learning centers are great place for the little ones to spend their day, but also a great opportunity for those Tempe high school students interested in working with younger children. There is information about the early learning centers on the district's website.
  • Tempe Union High School District Students Win Stock Market Challenge - In early November, 28 students from Desert Vista High School in the Tempe Union High School District traveled to downtown Tempe to compete in the Junior Achievement Student Stock Market Challenge. This competition is an interactive simulation of the stock market where high school students get a first-hand experience with trading as they buy and sell stocks from a list of 26 fictitious companies. During the competition, all 410 of the students competing in the challenge used their skills in team-building, communications, math and critical-thinking while they built their portfolio during the two-minute live simulation. The winning team turned $500,000 into $1.8 million to win the Junior Achievement Student Stock Market Challenge. Congratulations to the business students at Desert Vista High School.
  • Tempe Students Compete in Math Challenge - Forty math students from the Tempe Elementary School District, who are in the program called PACE, Promoting Actualization through Creativity and Excellence, recently competed in a math challenge with the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. During a videoconference, math students from four Tempe schools: Broadmoor, Curry, Frank and Nevitt, were divided into two teams and placed into positions just like on a baseball team. The players were asked questions that tested their math skills, including such questions as baseball statistics and batting averages. When the players came up to bat, they had the option to answer a question that could result in a single, double, triple, or home run, with each question ranging in difficulty. At the end of the game, the team with the highest score was the winner. In the end all of the students who participated in the challenge had the opportunity to show off their math skills, to work together, and learn how math works in the real world.

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About Tempe, Arizona

The city of Tempe is located in Maricopa County in Arizona and covers an area of 40.23 square miles. Tempe is bordered by the cities of Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Mesa on the east, Scottsdale on the North, and Chandler on the South. Tempe is the home to Arizona State University, whose football team plays games at Sun Devil Stadium. Visitors and residents of Tempe can also enjoy a performance at the Tempe Center for the Arts, or a hike along the Sonoran Desert Trail. Arizona Mills, one of the largest shopping malls in Arizona, sit on the border of Tempe and the town of Guadalupe.

Historically, the Hohokam Native American people were the first to live in area that is now Tempe, Arizona. the city was connected to the rest of United State’s transportation system in 1887, when the Maricopa and Phoenix Railroad crossed the Salt River at Tempe. It then that the city became an economic hub for the surrounding area. The city was incorporated in 1892.

In 2017, the population of Tempe was 185,038, making it the eighth most populated city in the state of Arizona. 15.6% of the population was under 18, 45.4% of the population was between 18-34, 20.6% was 35-54, 9.1% was 55-64 and 9.4% was over the age of 65. The median household income in the city was $50,474 in 2017.

Mill Avenue District

The Mill Avenue district is one of the entertainment centers in Arizona. There is a high concentration of restaurants, cafes, unique shopping and nightlife in the area. Between the Mill Avenue District and the Tempe Town Lake, there a large number of events scheduled year-round, including the Tempe Arts Festival. The Gammage Auditorium in the area also offers performances such as Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Cats, Nutcracker and more! The area is also good for people watching as many residents and visitors come to the area to hang out.

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

The SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium is located in Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe, Arizona. The aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic creatures, and features interactive touch pools and a 360 degree ocean tunnel. Some of the main species at the SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium are the Whitetip Reef Shark, Clownfish, Green Sea Turtle, Lined Seahorse and Blacktip Reef Shark. In addition, the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium also is the home for injured or disabled aquatic creatures that would have been killed or euthanized. Ziva, an endangered green sea turtle, was one of the animals that the aquarium homed in their 161,000 gallon display tank. The SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium also breeds many species of seahorse.

Tempe Town Lake / Tempe Beach Park

Tempe Town Lake is found in the heart of the city of Tempe. It is Arizona’s second most visited attraction. The lake is man-made and was created by damming a portion of the Salt River and adding water. It is surrounded by a system of paths, allowing people to walk, jog and bike along its edges. People can also operate boats in the lake. Events that are hosted at Tempe Beach Park include the Fiesta Bowl New Year’s Eve Block Party, Oktoberfest, Fourth of July Fireworks show and more. Younger visitors to Tempe Beach Park will enjoy the Splash Playground, which allows for kids to have fun playing in the water, while also learning about the water cycle. The playground is filled with about 2 inches of water that flows across the playground. Afterwards it is collected, filtered, cleaned, and re-circulated. The Tempe Town Lake is also the home of several rowing clubs.

Interesting Facts

  • The city of Tempe is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece.
  • Sister cities to Tempe, Arizona include Carlow in Ireland, Lower Hutt in New Zealand, Regensburg in Germany, Skopje in North Macedonia, Zhenjiang in China, Timbuktu in Mali, Cuenca in Ecuador, Cuzco in Peru and Trollhättan in Sweden. In 1998, 2004, and 2008, Tempe was voted “Best Overall Sister City Program”.
  • Tempe is also home to the annual Ironman Triathlon, which takes place in late November.
  • The children’s library in Tempe is 18,816 square feet big!

Chalk Talk: The Benefits of Early Detection of Learning Disabilities

It is important that if a parent is concerned about their child's progress, or if a teacher in school, camp or after-school activity notices something out of the ordinary that they speak up. Oftentimes, when a child is having difficulty with a task at school, they get easily frustrated. Teachers may begin to notice behavior problems from that child in his effort to avoid doing the work that frustrates him. Studies have shown that many young children in the early pre-school years, who may have a delay in language development, fine and gross motor abilities or attention, very often are diagnosed with a learning disability later on in school. Detecting the problem early is essential to the child's success. Parents should not wait for negative behaviors to show, or for that child to fail. It is important to detect any issues, have the child assessed or obtain a diagnosis and begin an appropriate program or intervention.