Academics

Elementary

The Ridgeline Academy Elementary program is built upon the framework of the rigorous, Core Knowledge curriculum.  Every component of our curriculum is delivered by highly qualified, and certified, educators of the highest professional caliber.

Kindergarten - 3rd grade educators provide instruction in Language Arts (Literature and Composition), Science, and Social Studies using the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum.

The Houghton Mifflin's "Go Math!" curriculum is implemented for mathematics instruction in all elementary grade levels.

All students also receive instruction in Visual Arts, Music (Vocal & Instrumental), Physical Education, and Foreign Language.

Every component of our curriculum affords easy personalization and acceleration where appropriate.

Middle School

The middle school program is designed for students in Grades seven and eight. Middle school students take four core courses and one elective course per quarter taught by certified, highly qualified content teachers.

All students receive instruction in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies each quarter in addition to one elective course.  Elective courses include: Visual Arts, Music (Vocal & Instrumental), Physical Education or Foreign Language.

Just as in our elementary program, all students receive personalization and acceleration of course topics when appropriate.

Instructional Resources 

Our curriculum is delivered using the following instructional resources:

Language Arts

  • Core Knowledge Language Arts (K–3)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street (4–6)
  • Prentice Hall Literature (7–8)

Mathematics

  • Houghton Mifflin's "Go Math!"

Science

  • Scott Foresman Science (K–6)
  • Holt Integrated Science (7–8)

Social Studies

  • Core Knowledge History & Geography (K–6)
  • Holt McDougal Social Studies (7–8)

Literature & Composition

  • Core Knowledge Language Arts (K–3)
  • Core Knowledge Literature (K–8)
  • Write Source (K–8)

Core Knowledge

Ridgeline Academy offers a standards-based education program integrated with and supported by the Core Knowledge® curriculum. Core Knowledge® is a nonprofit organization which offers a solid K–12 curriculum, classroom materials, and professional development for teachers. The Core Knowledge® mission is to “offer all children a better chance in life and create a fairer and more literate society by educating America’s youth in a solid, specific, sequenced, and shared curriculum.” Our goal is to provide programs to ensure the very best quality of education for our students.


Student Assessment

Ridgeline Academy performs regular assessments to measure student achievement and provide data-driven instruction. Student assessments are administered in various forms and at various times during the school year. The following assessments will be used at the school.

Grade Reports

Students will be academically assessed two times per quarter.  A progress report will be prepared approximately 4 ½ weeks into each quarter and a final report will be prepared at the end of each quarter. The grading scale for Kindergarten and Grades 1-8 is:

Kindergarten

Letter Grade      Grading Scale
M                         Mastered the Standard
N                         Nearing Mastery
I                           Improvement Needed
U                         Unable to Demonstrate Understanding of Standard

Grades 1-8

Letter Grade      Grading Scale
A                         90 – 100 %
B                         80 – 89 %
C                         70 – 79%
D                         60 – 69 %
F                         59 % or below

NWEA Benchmark Tests

All Ridgeline students will be assessed three times each school year; in the fall, winter, and spring using the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAP Assessment. Our Kindergarten students may be assessed before the start of school to ensure proper classroom placement.

The NWEA MAP test is an online national assessment that provides data to teachers for use in monitoring individual student growth and implementing instructional methods that meet the individual needs of every student.

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) provides helpful information and parent resources on its Resources for Parents page.

STate Assessments

As of the 2014 - 2015 academic year, students in Grade 2 will no longer be assessed using a state mandated assessment covering state standards.

Students in Grades 3–8 will be assessed using the state mandated AZMerits Assessment. This assessment takes approximately four days and is generally administered in April of each school year.

Students in 4th and 8th grade take the state mandated, Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test in science.

Special survey

Ridgeline has been asked to participate in a survey by Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University to better understand the impact teachers have in the classroom. Click here for more info and to download and sign the release form. The survey will take place in the classroom and all information obtained will be kept confidential.