As a pioneer of trilingual immersion education in the state of Arizona, we understand that delivering a superior educational experience to children is more than just creating an outline of what students will learn throughout the year. True learning comes from carefully crafting a platform that takes into account the unique experiences available through the trilingual immersion education process while adhering to the standards set for measuring your child’s success.
Thematic Trilingual Curriculum
We teach Common Core, otherwise known as the Arizona State College and Career Readiness Standards, through thematic units in all three languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and English, using a curriculum map and quarterly pacing guides.
The thematic curriculum is developed around the science and social studies standards integrating math and English language arts. Each student will have learning targets written into their Individualized Learning Plan.
Ongoing Educational Assessment
Our teachers use a beginning benchmark assessment in math, reading, and writing to ascertain each student’s level in all three subjects. Using the SMART goal method we set goals for each student. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Sensitive and are specific for each child.
We are committed to your child’s ongoing success. Our teachers informally and formally assess student progress against the curricular and individual standards. We know you’re a key part of your child’s success, we keep you up to date on the progress and challenges your child sees so that you can support them in their growth.
We know you’re a key part of your child’s success, we keep you up to date on the progress and challenges so you can support them in their growth.
All formal evaluations are done quarterly and recorded on their Individualized Learning Plan (ILP).
Success Focused Curriculum
ALP implements Balanced Reading Instruction with Journeys by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curriculum. This includes time for reading aloud, writer’s workshop, guided reading in small groups and centers, independent reading, shared reading, choral reading, mini-lessons, literature circles, and critical literacy development.
Children learn to read by practicing and engaging in critical thinking conversation about the literature, analyzing and making connections to their individual lives. In the guided reading portion of the literacy program, students are taught in small groups that are formed by each student’s individual reading level. This level is determined by an initial assessment, the running record. The teacher works with groups of no more than six children the skills, concepts, phonics, vocabulary, semantics, using leveled books.
Each child’s reading level is constantly be monitored using the ILP and the teacher is be able to communicate to parents at any time how their child’s literacy development is progressing in all three languages. If a child is not up to the appropriate reading level the teacher will be able to focus more time and resources to ensure that the child has success.
ALP implements Balanced Math instruction with the Singapore strategies and EngageNY curriculum.
We believe that these programs are best suited to develop our student’s math skills for use in the 21st century.
The programs have a consistent and strong emphasis on problem solving and model drawing, with a focus on in-depth understanding. It is also believed that the principle of teaching mathematical concepts from concrete through pictorial to abstract allows children to realize math at a higher cognitive level and more able to apply learned concepts to real life situations.
The programs also teach a spiral approach that builds upon preceding levels.