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Curriculum Revision and Adoption Process

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Through collaborative efforts with educators and administrators, the Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) renews and/or designs its K-12 curriculum standards and programs on a rotating basis. CFSD standards are articulated from kindergarten through high school and align with Arizona's Academic Standards and related national standards. A formal and comprehensive process is used to design system-wide K-12 educational programming that enables all students to learn at challenging levels. We strive to offer high quality curriculum resources that support evidence-based instructional practices in our classrooms. All standards and programs are approved by the governing board.

Board approved standards for new programs and courses can be found in the Academics menu on the home page of this website. Select elementary, middle, and/or high school. CFSD does not offer an Arizona Online Instruction (AOI) program.


On June 23, 2020, the governing board adopted the K-12 academic standards for science. The new 3-D science standards were fully implemented during the 2021-2022 school year. Three-dimensional science learning uses science and engineering practices to actively engage students in learning science (core ideas). Integrating core ideas and crosscutting concepts, and explaining phenomena and/or designing solutions to problems drives student learning.

English Language Arts (K-5)

The district is updating its K-5 English Language Arts (ELA) program to reflect Arizona's Move on When Reading legislation, which is to adopt an instructional curriculum that is (1) aligned to Arizona's ELA standards, (2) ESSA evidence-based at one of the top three tiers, and (3) addresses the essential components of effective reading instruction. Wonders (2023) is a comprehensive English Language Arts program published by McGraw-Hill Education and was selected based on its efficacy studies and evicence-based practices. Wonders (2023) is an Arizona Department of Education-approved ELA program. 

Social Studies

Currently, the district is undergoing a K-12 social studies revision. A team of educators and administrators at the elementary, middle, and high school levels are working collaboratively during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years to create the curriculum performance scales for social studies based on Arizona's History and Social Science Standards.

Click here for Arizona's History and Social Science Standards, which were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2018 and updated in 2019.

The high school social studies program of study will be phased in over three years beginning with the 9th grade courses: World History and AP World History - Modern, and 12th grade courses Economics and AP Microeconomics during the 2022-2023 school year. For grades K-8, only grade 3, Arizona Studies, will be implemented in 2022-2023.

60-Day Preview of Core and Supplemental Resources

Core and supplemental resources that are available for public review for 60 days are typically on display at the CFSD Murphey Administration Center (district office), Office of Curriculum and Instruction, on Monday though Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm, and/or at selected school sites. Information about display sites and the date the preview begins are published in the notice that informs the public when the preview period begins.

Core textbooks for the high school courses below were adopted by the governing board on June 14, 2022.

• World History (Modern World History, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018/2020

• AP World History: Modern (The Earth and Its Peoples - A Global History, Cengage Learning, 2022)

• Economics (Economics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018/2020)

• AP Microeconomics (Krugman's Economics for AP, BFW/Worth Publishers, 2019)


The link below is a list of core texts/programs and supplemental resources that are currently under consideration for adoption by the governing board:

• K-5 Core English Language Arts Program

• High School United States History Text

• High School AP United States History Text

• K-5 Social Studies

The print texts are available for review by the public at the CFSD Murphey Administration Center (district office), Office of Curriculum and Instruction, from 8:00am - 4:00pm for a period of sixty days. The location of the CFSD district office is 2101 E. River Road, Tucson, 85718. The texts can be previewed digitally by clicking on the link below. The 60-day preview is in effect from April 22 - June 20, 2022.

Core & Supplemental Texts (April 22-June 20, 2022) (Board Meeting: June 28, 2022)

The governing board will consider the adoption of the core and supplemental materials/resources at a board meeting following the 60-day preview period. Anyone who wishes to provide feedback about a listed resource(s) may use the feedback form below. The form can be sent electronically to Dr. Mary Jo Conery at or it can be mailed to the attention of Dr. Conery at 2101 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Feedback Form for Resources/Materials


The link below provides a list of core textbooks/resources used in the Catalina Foothills School District.

CFSD Adopted Textbooks


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