Secondary Math Curriculum
Math instruction in Gilbert Public Schools aims to help students develop conceptual understanding as well as procedural skills. Students are given opportunities to reason and problem solve as they apply their mathematical understandings. Our math curriculum is aligned to the Arizona Math Standards.
Glencoe Math is utilized in the 7th and 8th grade. Carnegie Learning is used for Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.
Secondary Science Curriculum
Gilbert Public Schools offers a variety of laboratory-based science courses that represent diverse student interests and career pathways. Students connect information in their local and global environments through critical thinking and inquiry-based problem solving.
Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, all science courses will be taught using the new science standards adopted in 2018. High school students will be able to choose a science pathway that best suits their interests and goals.
Secondary ELA Curriculum
Literacy is a complex, fluid, evolving collection of communicative practices that require literate learners to perform sophisticated literacy practices for a multitude of purposes. We expect our students to create, critique, and evaluate texts of various mediums; design, research, analyze, and share information; establish connections with diverse others through a variety of mediums; and to understand the ethical elements of these literacy practices in modern society.
Arizona’s ELA Standards are literacy skills that work together in a clear progression from kindergarten through 12th grade. Each standard builds on the standard that came before and towards the standard that comes in the next grade level.
SpringBoard is the adopted ELA curriculum for grades 7–9. SpringBoard ELA includes a variety of text genres and writing tasks that are needed to reach the depth and breadth of Arizona’s ELA standards—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, visuals, and film—and the main skills sets -- reading, writing, speaking, and listening -- are learned in conjunction with one another.
Grades 10, 11, and 12 currently use Elements of Literature as the primary text source for their ELA curriculum.
Secondary History and Social Sciences Curriculum
The History and Social Sciences Department provides a comprehensive, quality program of instruction which encompasses strategies based on inquiry, and the ability to comprehend and analyze complex, historical text. A literate environment enables students to develop the skills, behaviors, and motivation essential to continue the life-long learning process. Core classes, such as World Studies, American/Arizona History, American Government, and Economics align to the Arizona state standards.
Students have the opportunity to take additional elective courses in the History and Social Sciences department. Please refer to the Course Description Catalog for those classes.
Secondary World Languages Curriculum
Gilbert Public Schools offers a variety of language opportunities for students. At the high school level, we offer Spanish, French, German, American Sign Language and Japanese. Each campus’s offerings may slightly vary due to student enrollment and staffing. Students in Junior High (except South Valley Junior High), have the opportunity to earn high school Spanish 1 credit upon completion of the two year program and passing score on a district proficiency assessment.
World Languages are taught through the guidance of our Arizona State Native and World Language standards, as well as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Our curriculum aims to focus on proficiency based learning of the language in order for students to be able to listen, speak, read and write effective in the real world in the language. We want our students to be able to use the language they learn. We utilize a variety of resources that combines real world uses of the language, technology, authentic language and traditional learning to help our students. There is also an emphasis on the cultural component of language learning as well, where students see how there is more to the language than just words.