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Curriculum Revision and Adoption

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The Catalina Foothills School District offers quality educational programming for approximately 5,200 students. Our programs are evaluated and our curriculum is revised on a rotating basis. CFSD standards are articulated from kindergarten through high school and align with Arizona's Academic Standards and related national standards.

The Associate Superintendent facilitates a curriculum revision committee within a given content area to provide a formal and comprehensive process for which all planned courses are revised and updated. The goal of each revision process is to design system-wide K-12 educational programming that enables all students to learn at challenging levels and develop into 21st century globally competitive students.

On June 27, 2017, the governing board adopted new standards and content for K-12 Visual and Performing Arts. Implementation of the new standards and programs will begin in August 2017. Below is a brief summary of new or revised programming for visual and performing arts:

  • CFSD is launching a strings/orchestra program at each elementary school during the 2017-2018 school year. This will be the first year of a six-year plan to include strings instruction at grades 4-12. Next year, students in grades 4 and 5 may participate. The strings/orchestra program will enhance the current and vibrant arts program in CFSD.
  • Elementary students will learn how to play beginner steel drums as early as second grade and the ukulele in fourth and fifth grade.
  • Each elementary school will have the option of offering choir to students in fourth and fifth grade.
  • Beginning in sixth grade, student instruction in the arts will be driven by specialization, with students choosing one of four arts disciplines (art, band, choir, strings [string instruction in 2018-2019]) based on their interests and aspirations.
  • A sequence of three guitar classes (Beginning Guitar, Intermediate Guitar, Advanced Guitar/Guitar Ensemble) was added to the high school offerings.
  • Ceramics and Sculpture 1 and Ceramics and Sculpture 2 will be offered as successive semester classes so that students in Ceramics and Sculpture 2 are learning more advanced content and skills that build on what was learned in Ceramics and Sculpture 1.
  • AP Studio Art: 2-Dimensional Design and AP Studio Art: 3-Dimensional Design will be offered beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.
  • The Music Theory course was redesigned as Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory and will be offered in 2017-2018.
  • Advanced Theatre Arts: Acting Ensemble is a new one- and two-semester course that will give students the opportunity to apply new acting concepts in an in-depth, hands-on approach with a focus on performance.
  • Pom/Dance Line was shifted to an Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) activity called spiritline to provide students with the opportunity to focus on the discipline of dance, performance, and promoting school spirit with dance as well as competing in AIA competitions.
  • The media arts is now recognized as an arts discipline. All graphic design and photo imaging courses were redesigned to include the new arts standards.

Board approved course content and student learning expectations for CFSD curricula can be found in the Academics menu of this website. Select the program of study (elementary, middle school, high school). CFSD does not offer a distance learning program.

60 Day Public Review of Instructional Materials

Textbooks and supplementary materials are evaluated and adopted as part of each curriculum revision process. A 60-day preview period provides an opportunity for the community to review proposed curriculum resources before the governing board formally adopts them for implementation. Administrators and teachers will ensure that parents have adequate access to information about curriculum and instruction in their schools. There are no instructional materials available for public review at this time.

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

CFSD Adopted Textbooks


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