Happy Valley provides a “Back-to-Basics,” traditional program that is aligned with Arizona State Standards and National Content Standards (NCS). We participate in statewide testing programs each year, as well as school wide regular assessments to monitor student achievement.
We believe that every child has the capacity to learn and is best served by “direct instruction” in the basic skills of reading, writing and math. Our approach has been affirmed by many studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and other independent research. The proven success of our program is based upon:
Curriculum materials used include:
Standardized assessments enable the school to place students in classrooms that will best serve their needs. All classes at each grade level use the same core curriculum; however, based upon standardized test performance, students may be placed in a faster or slower paced class. Faster paced classes explore higher level and enriched materials, while those students who would benefit from a slower paced presentation of materials are given the extra time and assistance they need to master concepts.
Direct Instruction, Demonstration and Guided Practice
Classroom teachers present concepts using direct instruction. Concepts are taught and demonstrated by the teacher, then students practice and show understanding through guided practice. Teachers also model character, organization skills, time management and positive relationship building through everyday classroom practices.