A Public Charter School Pre-K through 5th
A Public Charter School Pre-K through 5th
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Our curriculum is based on the K-5 Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards. We choose and create our curriculum with the whole child in mind. Our goal is to foster an independent spirit and innate love of learning through a rigorous and engaging curriculum. Childhood is a time of exploration, and we celebrate the important work of making connections from school to the world beyond, learning about ourselves and others, and gaining independence and mastery with meaningful practice.
Our primary classrooms (K-2) incorporate phonemic awareness & phonics, early writing skills, and daily opportunities to experience literature, poetry, songs, spoken stories, and non-fiction texts to build a strong foundation for literacy skills. Our upper elementary classrooms (3-5) hone their skills and deepen comprehension in reading and writing through creative cross-curricular projects, literature studies, exploring the written word, and classroom discussions. We use a variety of materials and texts across all grade levels to enhance reading and writing instruction, including Houghton Mifflin leveled readers as a resource for targeted instruction.
Our Walk to Read program is three days a week and each child participates. Groups of readers with similar needs build their language arts skills with instruction targeted to maximize individual growth meeting the child where he or she is. Critical thinking and exposure to a variety of literature are important parts of each group. Walk to Read builds our school-wide community and ensures that the individual needs of each reader are addressed.
We are proud to have adopted “Bridges in Mathematics”, a nationally recognized and evidence-based math curriculum that focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. It is a rigorous and engaging curriculum that encourages exploration and creates a platform for mathematical thinking across all disciplines.
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Teachers organize Social Studies and Science instruction in thematic units that incorporate all disciplines to provide meaningful opportunities for exploration and experiential learning. Field trips, guest speakers, in-class experiments, and projects provide hands-on and meaningful experiences allowing students to master the content. Students showcase their learning through class projects, in school presentations (eg. Economic and Science Fairs) and school-wide events (eg. STEAM night and Family Cultural Night).
Music at Mountain School is active, creative, and rigorous. We use our bodies to discover and understand the different elements of music, incorporating language arts, math, science, and social studies to develop an appreciation for music and all those involved in creating music. We build confidence by providing a safe space for students to create and perform.
Art class at Mountain School is project-based! Throughout the year, we create multi-media pieces of art and are introduced to a wide-variety of materials. Lessons focus on the elements and principles of art, techniques, artists, and particular works of art. Students’ interests, enthusiasm, and creativity guide them as they create!
Learning to communicate in Spanish and attaining a passion for learning a foreign language and culture is our goal. Learning a foreign language is not only exciting, it increases your cultural sensitivity and future job possibilities, it also develops classification skills, concept formation, analogical reasoning, visual-spatial skills, creativity, and other cognitive gains!
A variety of skills, sports, games, and healthy lifestyle lessons are taught throughout the year, with an emphasis on working together and having fun! Our goal is to teach students that exercise can be fun, and to prepare them for a life of physical activity. Healthy bodies equal healthy minds!
An innovative curriculum that not only fosters critical and creative thinking, teamwork, and problem solving, but also empowers kids to use their heads, hearts, and hands – the three H’s. Since 1999, thousands of students have benefited from Team Mastermind. At Mountain School students in grades 2-5 have one Mastermind seminar each week. The hands-on seminars introduce themes that students discuss and then solve in teams. Teams then engineer devices and structures that explain the problem . For more information about Team Mastermind, click here.
Kindergarteners and first graders participate in Creative Movement once a week. They interact with music across all genres by dancing, moving, drawing, listening, playing, singing, and using a variety of instruments. They also learn about the composers and the stories behind the music. Creative Movement is an engaging and interactive experience that the kids look forward to all week!
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