In addition to providing curriculum aligned to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, each Laveen school provides specialized programs to further develop our students.
M.C. Cash Elementary School — Kids at Hope
Kids at Hope is a framework designed to engage entire communities to support success for all children, no exceptions. It is a belief system based on the following three universal truths: Children succeed when they are surrounded by adults who believe they can succeed, no exceptions; Children succeed when they have meaningful and sustainable relationships with caring adults; Children succeed when they can articulate their future in four domains: Home and Family, Education and Career, Community and Service, and Hobbies and Recreation.
Because Kids at Hope is built on the premise that all students have anchor adults in their lives, Cash students know that when they come to school there is a caring adult that will always be there for them. Everyone on campus; maintenance staff, teachers, office staff, and administrators; believes that all children are capable of success and so the entire campus works together to create an incredible environment to ensure students are successful.
Since implementing Kids at Hope, M.C. Cash has seen an increase in student confidence and students arrive to school happier.
Cheatham Elementary School — Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Dedicated to preparing students to be high school and college ready, Cheatham offers AVID. AVID accelerates student learning by using research-based instruction and providing motivational learning. AVID is a philosophy that promotes the belief, “Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.” AVID teaches skills and behaviors for academic success, provides intensive support utilizing tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships, creates a positive peer group for students, and develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination. Students who are part of AVID learn specific organizational skills and experience increased rigor in their core academic areas. They also participate in a variety of community service activities. Since implementing the AVID program, Cheatham has seen student achievement grow more than 25 percentile points in math on benchmark exams in the middle school level. Additionally, there is an increased sense of pride among AVID students and their parents.
Cheatham students also practice the character education program, Character Counts! The program teaches ethical values through the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
Desert Meadows School — Character Counts!
Desert Meadows is a constructive community school that strives to educate the whole child– developing the mind while building the character to succeed. Both academic and social skills are taught with high expectations for success.
To improve instruction Desert Meadows focuses on first developing fluent readers through systematic phonics instruction. As students progress through the years, teachers follow a curriculum map ensuring the students are learning the higher level learning skills that will lead to their academic success. Data is used to target areas that need interventions which are provided through daily interventions, tutoring, and sometimes Saturday school. Interventions do not stop in academic areas that are lacking, but include students who are ready for more rigorous challenges. Desert Meadows aims to teach students algebra by seventh grade so by eighth grade they will move on to geometry.
The character education program Character Counts! teaches ethical values through the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
Laveen Elementary School — The Leader in Me
The Leader in Me program empowers young people to make positive, effective, and responsible choices by introducing and reinforcing the seven habits, a set of leadership and life skills from Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The habits are: Be proactive, Begin with the end in mind, Put first things first, Think Win-Win, Seek first to understand, then to be understood Synergize, and Sharpen the Saw.
When taught and practiced in a Preschool-Grade 8 environment, the 7 Habits improve academic engagement, comprehension, and performance by strengthening individual work habits and improving social interactions. They help improve student performance and support school success by helping to foster the qualities of independence, interdependence, and renewal.
Paseo Pointe School — Spanish Dual Language Immersion
Dual Language Immersion means that students will receive instruction in two languages. Parents have the option of placing their students in a classroom where some subjects are taught in English for half of the day, and other subjects are taught in Spanish the other half. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, this option will be available only to incoming kindergarten and first grade students. The program will add a grade each year, so it will eventually be available K-8. Research shows students who develop two or more languages have certain cognitive advantages. They do as well or better than their peers in English-only programs.
The program prepares students for success in the global community by promoting:
• Bilingualism – proficiency in speaking two languages
• Biliteracy – proficiency in reading and writing in two languages
• Biculturalism – understanding of and appreciation for diverse cultural values and customs
• Cognitive flexibility – enhanced attention control, memory, and problem solving skills
• Students develop oral, reading, and writing proficiency in two languages.
• Students typically meet or exceed the academic performance of students in monolingual English classrooms.
• Students are better prepared to engage in a global society that values cultural and linguistic diversity.
Rogers Ranch School – STEM
STEM education focuses on academic programs that combine science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in meaningful, hands-on, inquiry-based learning environments. Rogers Ranch students are immersed in learning activities that incorporate these concepts as they foster 21st Century skills, such as critical thinking, information literacy, and collaboration and investigate solutions to real-world problems.
STEM topics are integrated into all subject areas including social studies, art, music, and physical education. While Rogers Ranch is STEM– focused, students will continue to develop literacy skills, frequently writing and utilizing informational text related to STEM topics.
Rogers Ranch School’s facilities feature a 1:1 student to computing device ratio and a fully equipped Paxton-Patterson Action Lab. Here, students rotate through different modules of STEM activities such as aerodynamics, clean energy mechanisms, and forensics. Lessons are computer-based, hands-on, open-ended, and focus on problem solving.
Trailside Point School – Performing Arts
Studies show that students who are involved in the performing arts tend to be better students and achieve better academically. For this reason, Trailside Point has created a number of performing arts classes from which students may choose. Students interested in music have orchestra, guitar, band, and chorus to choose from. There is also drama, set design, production, Readers Theatre, broadcasting, and speech and debate.
Since implementing the performing arts classes, the school has seen students shine. Students who are otherwise quiet or withdrawn have opened up and gained confidence from being on stage.
Vista del Sur — Accelerated Pace
Vista del Sur is an accelerated school where students work a grade level ahead in math and language arts. Students who demonstrate academic aptitude in mathematics are able to take high school level algebra and geometry. Middle school students also take high school level Spanish. Students taking high school level courses have an opportunity to take Phoenix Union High School District’s qualifying test which determines their placement for the following year. Science and social studies are on level, but accelerated at a faster pace as well. Vista offers specials of art, PE, and music.
Parent involvement at Vista is high as parents are expected to volunteer a minimum of seven hours each year.
Vista is a school of choice, and so, it does not have attendance boundaries.