Our Curriculum

Elements Fundamental to Program of Instruction

Aligned with our  fundamental beliefs, AHCS proposes a rigorous instructional program to address the academic and non-academic needs of our students.  Based upon research and experience, this instructional program will improve student educational outcomes, pursuant to the Arizona charter law, A.R.S. § 15-181, by which the singular purpose of charter schools is to “improve student achievement.”  Accordingly, AHCS will ensure an instructional program that increases student achievement according to the following fundamental elements:

  • A rigorous college-preparatory curriculum facilitated by the foundational Core Knowledge Sequence.
  • Highly-effective instruction facilitated by highly-qualified and developed teachers that meets the needs of all students, as determined by data.

The Core Knowledge Sequence is a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum for elementary and middle schools.  ACHS will utilize the Core Knowledge Sequence as a broad foundational liberal arts curriculum.  The basic rationale of the Core Knowledge Sequence, as described by its founder, is detailed below.

For the sake of academic excellence, greater equity, and higher literacy, elementary and middle schools need to teach a coherent, cumulative, and content-specific core curriculum.

Our society cannot afford a two-tiered system in which the affluent have access to a superior education, while everyone else is subjected to a dull and incoherent classroom experience. Academic excellence, educational equity and fairness demand a strong foundation of knowledge for all learners.

— Dr. E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

The Core Knowledge Sequence provides a solid liberal arts base for advanced courses and college and career readiness.  Core Knowledge also emphasizes literacy in the content areas and has been aligned to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. Click the links below to see more information about the program.

AHCS will also utilize Singapore Math,  a curriculum and method for teaching math conceptually. With this program, scholars move through hands-on activities, to visual representations, to numbers. Students learn many strategies, which builds confidence and comprehensive understanding, all while while preparing them for advanced topics in math. For more information, please click here.