Our Program

Academic Program

The founding team of AHCS believes that when provided with the combination of a rigorous curriculum that focuses on background knowledge and civic engagement, highly-effective instruction, support, and a school culture that places a premium on long-term success, all scholars, regardless of background, can finish elementary school firmly on a pathway to secondary and post-secondary success. Through the following ways, AHCS’s teachers and students will act on this belief and prepare all scholars for future academic and professional success:

  • Teachers will:
    • Teach a rigorous curriculum facilitated by the foundational Core Knowledge Sequence, which places an emphasis on background knowledge and civic engagement and
    • Implement highly-effective instruction that meets the needs of all scholars, as determined by data.
  • Scholars will:
    • Demonstrate mastery of the rigorous Core Knowledge Sequence, which is provide learners with a wide background knowledge base in the arts, sciences, language arts, mathematics, and social studies and
    • Learn via best practice instructional techniques intentionally planned to lead to scholar mastery of content.

Community Partnerships

AHCS has and will continue to develop partnerships with leaders and organizations in the area in order to forge close bonds between school and community. Partnerships to benefit scholars, families, and the overall Maryvale community, especially as relating to the challenges noted above and the school’s academic mission, have already been established or pursued with the following organizations: Maryvale Branch YMCA, Teach For America, West-MEC, Protection Plus Dental, Boys and Girls Club, and Arizona State University. In addition, AHCS especially plans to pursue relationships with Grand Canyon University and other mission-aligned organizations that can support our scholars, families, and communities. With these mission-aligned partnerships:

  • Teachers will:
    • Partner meaningfully with community partners by meeting regularly to determine synergies that will support scholar learning.
  • Scholars will:
    • When developmentally appropriate, participate in and volunteer with opportunities provided by community partners.