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Welcome to Kindergarten

  • All GPS Kindergarten students enjoy a challenging and comprehensive curriculum designed to provide the individualized attention they need to thrive while developing a lifelong love for learning.

    • Rigorous instruction in core academic areas that address the Arizona state standards in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies
    • Rich opportunities that promote positive social skills and character development within a structured learning environment
    • Recognized educational excellence and consistency in achieving high scores on statewide assessments
    • Well-defined and tailored curriculum with high-quality academic programs and extra-curricular activities to meet your student’s needs and strengths, including music, artistic expression, and physical education for the enrichment of the whole child
    • Gilbert Public Schools Special Education Kindergarten programs provide quality early education for children with special needs.

Elementary ELA Curriculum

  • Pearson ReadyGEN is the District adopted core reading program for grades K-6.

    Fundations is the adopted resource to teach the AZ ELA Foundational Standards.  Fundations for K-3 is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program and is provided as a whole class (Tier 1) prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. For those students in need of additional support in reading (Tier 2), targeted small group instruction may be used.

    Teachers incorporate a 30-45 minute daily Fundations lesson in addition to their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons utilize research-based materials and strategies to focus instruction on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, spelling, and handwriting. Although Fundations does teach critical thinking, speaking and listening, and comprehension strategies, it must be combined with a core literacy based reading program for an integrated and comprehensive approach to reading and spelling.

    Dyslexia Resources: Arizona Department of Education Dyslexia Handbook | Arizona Department of Education Dyslexia Resource Guide for Families

Elementary Math Curriculum

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    GPS Elementary schools use the adopted HMH Math Expressions curriculum for Grades K-5.  Students develop an understanding of numbers and mathematical concepts through progressions of conceptual development.  This curriculum brings students to make sense of math concepts by exploring, discussing, and demonstrating an understanding of why and how numbers work together. This allows students to develop thoughtfully informed approaches to solving all types of math problems in various ways.

    GPS Elementary schools for Grade 6 use the adopted Glencoe Math curriculum. Math instruction is aimed to help develop students' conceptual understanding as well as procedural skills.  Students are given opportunities to reason and problem solve as they apply their mathematical understandings. 

Kindergarten Science

  • Our vision is to provide every elementary student with an integrated, hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum that facilitates critical thinking skills and stimulates an interest in science. Science kits available are Paper, Wood, Fabric, & Ladybugs.

Kindergarten Social Studies

  • Kindergarten Social Studies Units follow the Arizona State Standards and include: All About Me, American Presidents, Citizenship and Community, Community Helpers, Earth’s Resources, Explorers, Geography, and National Symbols. Teachers embed Social Studies instruction within reading and writing instruction.

Kindergarten Specials

  • Every Kindergartner has the opportunity to attend 'specials' as part of their school day and week.  These include:

    - Music

    - Art

    - Physical Education

    - and Computing

Last Modified on November 3, 2023