The Grande Innovation Academy Curriculum

Why is a curriculum important?

A curriculum is the backbone of every school. With the adoption of state standards and preparing scholars for college, expectations have increased and The Grande Innovation Academy has stepped up. With our reading curriculum, we are encompassing higher-level nonfiction text that also aligns with the Core Knowledge sequence that supports cultural literacy. ELA is balanced with discussion pieces as well as the listening and learning strand that enables students to connect what they read with what is happening in the world around them.

Aligning with our Core Knowledge Sequence, CKLA (Amplify) is our reading program and it includes two instructional strands for K-3 that work together to instill both background knowledge and foundational skills, and these integrate into a single strand in Grades 4-5.

https://www.amplify.com/curriculum

Writing in grades K through 8th uses Being a Writer to The Writing Revolution https://www.thewritingrevolution.org/

ELA for Middle School uses a balanced literacy approach through Engage NY ELA.  Scholars read thought-provoking novels and write essays responding to literature in a rigorous, standards-aligned process.  The reading is engaging and relevant to today’s society and current events.

Our Math Curriculum is rigorous, aligned to standards, and promotes deep thinking about math in ways that strengthen the basic skills but expand problem-solving abilities. Big Ideas Math is a research-based program providing a focused, coherent curriculum which follows a balanced instructional approach. The program balances conceptual understanding with procedural fluency, as research shows that students benefit from equal exposure to discovery learning and scaffolded instruction. We encourage you to learn more at Big Ideas Learning at: Big Ideas Learning.

The Core Knowledge Sequence is a detailed outline of recommended content knowledge and skills to be taught in language arts, history and geography, visual arts, and science from kindergarten through grade eight. The Sequence complements the general skills and objectives found in state and our curriculum guides.

https://www.coreknowledge.org/

Our Math Curriculum is rigorous, aligned to standards, and promotes deep thinking about math in ways that strengthen the basic skills but expand problem-solving abilities. Big Ideas Math is a research-based program providing a focused, coherent curriculum that follows a balanced instructional approach. The program balances conceptual understanding with procedural fluency, as research shows that students benefit from equal exposure to discovery learning and scaffolded instruction. We encourage you to learn more at Big Ideas Learning at: Big Ideas Learning.

Our many programs are used to develop a well-rounded educational experience that fosters growth and independent thinkers.  As our core values state: All scholars will get an education that will strengthen the local community.

The Grande Innovation Academy Difference

Electives

Electives

The Grande Innovation offers fun electives for our scholars to choose from. Our scholars have the opportunity to take Spanish, typing, music, and art.

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SMALLab Learning

The Grande Innovation is the first school in Arizona to incorporate SMALLab learning into the curriculum.

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FabLabs

The Grande Innovation Academy incorporated a FabLab on our campus so our scholars may use technology to may their imaginations come to life.

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Kindness Certified School Districts are committed to creating a culture of kindness in their schools, communities, and the world!

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College and Career Path

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The Arizona Department of Education has put together a checklist for the parents and students to review to assure they’re on the right path. Are scholars taking challenging courses? Are they keeping a folder with their best work? Are they adding money to a college savings account?

At every grade level, scholars should be preparing for their future.

K-12 Career and College Checklist