K-8 Academic Pathways
The Dysart Unified School District offers a variety of kindergarten through 8th grade academic pathways to meet individual student needs and aspirations. Offering a number of varied pathways, students are able to embrace their interests and enhance academic outcomes.
The Arts Academy
The Arts Academy at West Point Elementary School provides an arts-enriched learning environment merging creative and academic content to enhance student achievement. Academy students are required to take language arts, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in arts elective courses each year. These courses may include band, orchestra, chorus, theater, dance, and media arts.
The Cambridge Academy is an advanced academic program at Marley Park Elementary School enabling motivated students to prepare for success in future academic pursuits while obtaining a comprehensive view of the world. An internationally recognized program sponsored by Cambridge University in England, the academy offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum, preparing students to take a series of comprehensive examinations at the end of their 8th grade year.
Code to the Future
Dysart Elementary, Kingswood Elementary, and Surprise Elementary schools provide instruction focused on computer coding and computational thinking using a design based in personalized learning. Students learn coding using hands-on experiences in an age-appropriate environment as they master Arizona State Standards. Students also engage in a problem solving process that involves designing solutions that capitalize on the power of computers.
Global International Academy
The Global International Academy at Luke Elementary School is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with an opportunity to learn locally and grow globally. Students learn world languages while also developing communication and leadership skills to work with diverse audiences. Students also learn the language of coding and how computer science can be used to solve problems around the globe.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Canyon Ridge School is dedicated to the integration of science, mathematics, and computer science using technology throughout daily instruction and interaction. Students gather and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines supported by the use of technology. Students also engage in coding and computer science learning experiences to develop and apply computational thinking.
The Innovation Academy at Western Peaks Elementary School provides a personalized learning environment for students in grades 5-8. Utilizing digital learning tools and relevant, project-based instructional approaches, the academy personalizes education for students by addressing the distinct learning needs, interests, and aspirations. In this personalized learning environment the learners move from a “one-style-fits-all” approach to student-centered learning.