These resources establish a clear roadmap of academic expectations:
We offer a rigorous, relevant curriculum based on the curriculum standards of the state of Nevada, which we supplement with technology and extensive hands-on learning opportunities. Our goal is to prepare and equip our students with the knowledge and skills required for success in college, career, and life. We communicate student progress frequently with parents and encourage an environment where our students can become independent thinkers and problem solvers.
Students in K–6 utilize the MobyMax curriculum (with plans to expand this program to 7th and 8th grades for the 2015-16 school year). Each student follows a customized learning path based on his/her progress and accomplishments. Parents can receive information through a messenger or parent portal and can check progress at any time to determine areas where their child excels or where he/she might benefit from help at home.
We issue all students an Android-based transformative tablet, which they will use during the school day. Daily interaction with this technology provides students with valuable, relevant life skills while enhancing the curriculum we teach. Computer-based standardized testing is quickly becoming a reality, and this is an excellent way to help our students prepare for the future.
Students will practice skills in the following areas of study:
Khan Academy is a free resource available to students and their families. This is an interactive library accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. Sign up for your free account, and take advantage of the interactive lessons designed to reinforce the curriculum taught at school. It’s also a great way for parents to get a little tutoring themselves to help their children. Follow the link at the side of this page to set up your free account today.
The state of Nevada requires all students in the public and charter school system to take specific standardized tests. Please visit our Calendar page for testing dates—attendance is mandatory for test administration, and making up missed tests causes students to miss classroom time. We participate in the following testing mechanisms:
Nevada High School Proficiency Exams (HPSE)
All students must take this state mandated examination—it is not optional. The HPSE covers mathematics, writing, reading, and science. We will announce testing dates in advance. Please ensure your child is at school, on time, for the assigned testing days.
Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT)
The CRT assessment is a state-mandated standardized exam administered to students in grades 3 through 8. The CRT shows student proficiency in the curriculum taught at the student’s grade level. This is not an optional exam. Please ensure your child is at school and on time for the assigned testing days.
Teachers may administer these exams during the school year at any time. Tests and quizzes generally occur regularly throughout the course of study. The purpose is to measure the knowledge level of the students in a particular classroom. Teachers may weight the exam grades when determining the student’s grade for an assigned class.
GMADE™ and GRADE™
The GMADE™ (Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) and the GRADE™ (Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) are diagnostic tests measuring individual student skills in the main areas of math and reading, which help K–12 educators pinpoint areas where students need instruction or intervention. We administer these exams three times each school year, and these scores are available to families at any time.