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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 began in August 2017. Programming for some areas of visual and performing arts continues to expand in subsequent years.

  • CFSD launched a strings/orchestra program at each elementary school during the 2017-2018 school year. This implementation was the first year of a six-year plan to include strings instruction at grades 4-12. The program has expanded to the middle schools and high school for the 2018-2019 school year. The strings/orchestra program will enhance the current and vibrant arts program in CFSD.
  • Each elementary school will provide choir as an option for students in fourth and fifth grade.
  • Beginning in sixth grade, student instruction in the arts is driven by specialization, with students choosing one of four arts options (visual art, band, choir, strings/orchestra 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. Beginning Guitar was offered during the 2017-2018 school year. Intermediate Guitar is available to students during the 2018-2019 school year.
  • AP Studio Art: 2-Dimensional Design and AP Studio Art: 3-Dimensional Design are available to students during the 2018-2019 school year.

Currently under review is the K-12 School Counseling Program. The counselors are evaluating current services, developing student standards, and redesigning services based on areas of need at each level. The CFSD school counseling revision is based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.

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 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. Click on the following link to view the current list of core and supplementary resources that are on preview for a period of 60 days.

2018 Core & Supplementary Resources

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

CFSD Adopted Textbooks


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