Curriculum

Common Core Curriculum Framework

Until the adoption of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, the Academy of Excellence has utilized the Core Knowledge Curriculum which was adopted at the time of implementation of the Charter. With the Implementation of the Common Core, we began to utilize the “Engage NY” curriculum since it was based on the Core Knowledge program. The NY Curriculum has provided curricular modules and units in P-12 ELA and math that can be adopted or adapted for local purposes. We will begin the process to Brand this Curriculum for the Academy of Excellence in the summer of 2015. Full years of curricular materials are currently available on Engage NY for grades Kindergarten through 11th grade in Mathematics and Kindergarten through 11th grade in English Language Arts (ELA). NYSED is working with our partners to deliver high quality curricular materials for all remaining grades in both Mathematics and ELA

Lessons are adaptable and allow for teacher preference and flexibility so that what is happening in the classroom can both meet students' needs and be in service to the shifts and the standards.

The Math modules include a significant number of problem sets so that students have ample opportunity to practice and apply their knowledge. Educators can help students to achieve deep conceptual knowledge by asking them to complete selected problems that have been designed in a sequential, thoughtful order. It is not expected that all the problems in a problem set be administered, but rather educators can choose from the ample amount of problems provided. Educators may certainly adapt this curriculum using their own judgement regarding student needs and pace of the semester and/or year.

Curriculum materials for ELA subjects are structured into 4 levels of hierarchy. You can navigate by grade, then by various modules within the grade. Each module is divided into units, and each unit is further divided into lessons.

Curriculum materials for Mathematics subjects are structured into 3 levels of hierarchy. You can navigate by grade, then by various modules within the grade. Each module is then divided into lessons.