Our Curriculum

At Pioneer Preparatory School: A Challenge Foundation Academy, we offer a strong Core Knowledge curriculum which compliments Arizona’s Academic Standards. This curriculum is integrated with and supported by Everyday Math, the Core Knowledge Language Arts program, and Character First.

Core Knowledge is a nonprofit organization which offers a rich curriculum, classroom materials, and professional development for teachers. The Foundation’s Mission is to “offer all children a better chance in life and create a fairer and more literate society by educating America’s youth in a solid, specific, sequenced, and shared curriculum.”

Everyday Math is designed to get kids engaged in mathematics while still teaching them what they need to know.  Everyday Math has high expectations for all students including ESL and Special Education students.  It also uses different ways to teach the students, including playing games in groups as well as with partners.  Everyday Math develops abstract thinking which the students will need for other subject areas.

Core Knowledge Language Arts is a part of the Core Knowledge curriculum described above.  It is divided into two strands which makes learning to read fun an interesting for every child.  The first strand is called the Skills Strand and this is where the students are learning how to decode and gets the basics of reading down.  The students will learn how to blend, what sounds the letters make, and what the letter names are.  The second strand is called the Listening and Learning Strand, and this is where the students are being read stories aloud from the teacher.  Both of the components are very important in helping a child learn to read.

Curriculum Overview
TeamCFA curriculum promotes academic, physical, social, emotional, and ethical growth. Our dedicated faculty nurtures the building of self-esteem at every opportunity—inside or outside the classroom, encourages learning and achievement, and fosters a positive, caring attitude toward others by nurturing the values of cooperation and diversity.

The Arizona Academic Standards will be the basis for the core of all instruction in all of the academic components. Each student will be given the opportunity to master the standards in all content areas. The objective of the school curriculum is to equip students with the knowledge necessary to master life, prepare students for success in college, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and foster responsible citizenship. The skills of reading, writing, abstract reasoning, and math are emphasized. The curriculum is designed to establish a balanced, well-rounded education in the following areas:

Kindergarten: Phonics, Reading, Math, Writing, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, Art, Music, Computer Science

Grades 1–6: English, Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, Art, Music, Computer Science

Homework
Students are responsible for completing homework assignments. Any student who does not arrive in class prepared with his or her homework will receive consequences within the Life Skills Evaluation, as well as possible loss of privileges.