As one of Arizona’s first established charter schools, our years of
experience have allowed us to continuously evaluate and refine our
curriculum, while always staying true to traditional teaching philosophies.
Using test scores, pre/post yearly testing, parent surveys, and
faculty/administrative research, we incorporate strategic planning
strategies to improve each area of study. As you view the curriculum
for each grade, you will see a sequential curriculum that builds upon
We have achieved the financial stability necessary to provide the curriculum resources to run a successful school. Textbook selections are made carefully and thoughtfully. Faculty, administration, and parents review and select prospective textbooks. Parental input to academic areas is hallmark of our philosophy. We are educating your children; you should have input into what is being taught.
Through the curriculum, Valley Academy encourages love of country and respect for self and others, while realizing that some topics (such as values clarification and sex education) are more appropriate for home discussion.
On the following pages, you will see Valley Academy’s curriculum. It is not a list of dreams we have for the future, but an accounting for you, our customer, of what takes place in our classrooms today. We are proud of this curriculum, and invite you to come in to the school office for a more detailed review.
The core curriculum is classic, orderly and sequential.
- Language Arts studies begin with Spalding phonics in kindergarten, progress to the Spalding Writing Road to Reading, and culminate with the study of Greek and Latin word roots in seventh and eighth grade. Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation are required across the curriculum. Classical literature is studied, and students memorize and recite prose and poetry.
- Mathematics studies include an accelerated Saxon math program. Memorization of basic math facts begins in kindergarten and is mastered by third grade. Students in grades 7 and 8 study algebraic concepts and are well prepared for high school.
- Science studies stress the logical applications of basic scientific methods. The science laboratory and laboratory kits provide hands-on experience. The curriculum includes collaborative efforts with local institutes such as the Arizona Science Museum.
- Social Studies courses include geography, history, government, civics, and current events. Teachers relate the curriculum to literature studies. Patriotism is enhanced by memorization of U.S. presidents, states and capitals, and portions of significant historical documents.
- The academic core is supplemented by art, music, physical education, Spanish, and computer training.
This classic curriculum taught by qualified teachers in a stable, friendly learning environment has helped Valley Academy students earn some of the top test scores in Arizona.
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