Students soar at the Oracle School District

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Mountain Vista School is providing big opportunities for students in spite of being a small school.

Oracle Towne Crier

The Oracle School District is proud to offer accelerated combination classes for grades three through six. Several years ago the Oracle School District staff set out to develop a program that would meet the needs of students that showed outstanding academic aptitude by excelling in the classroom and on the assessments the district uses to monitor the academic progress of students. One approach is to “differentiate” instruction thereby offering multiple curriculums within the same classroom setting. While this is certainly a “best” practice and something the district still does, we discovered that the optimal way to meet these top students needs was to design a unique curriculum that allows them to reach their absolute highest academic level.

Mountain Vista School offers two accelerated combination courses one each in grades 3/4 and grades 5/6. Students that qualify for these classes generally work one academic grade level above their normal age grade level and participate in several project based lessons throughout the year. Students in these ultra-challenging classes study water conservation, archaeology, participate in student led parent teacher conferences, organism life cycles, and solar energy production. In addition to these challenging, hands on projects all of the combination students are trained in presentation software and presentation techniques. Each combination class has 20 to 25 students that will ultimately enter high school with credit in both Algebra I and Geometry and are ready for placement in their respective high school’s Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs.

This year the 5/6 class constructed solar ovens which they used to cook their meals at an annual overnight field trip to the Catalina State Park. Students from the class also got to demonstrate and explain their ovens to the Oracle Governing Board. Next year the 5/6 class will be official presenters at the Catalina State Park Solar Energy Expo! These classes prove that with hard work and ingenuity even small schools can provide big opportunities for their students.

John Hernandez (221 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Mt. Vista School news

    9 hours ago
    by

    Mt. Vista School will be sending five students and two first grade class projects to the Southern Arizona Research, Science […]


    SR 77 traffic switch in Catalina north of Tucson begins March 8

    9 hours ago
    by

    Motorists traveling on State Route 77 (Oracle Road), north of Oro Valley to Catalina, should be aware of the following […]


    First statewide economic study reveals profound financial and societal impact of Arizona’s Community Colleges

    9 hours ago
    by

    The Arizona Community College Coordinating Council today released a groundbreaking statewide economic impact study revealing far-reaching annual economic value produced […]


    Hall of Fame set to induct seven new members

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    There is no doubt that over the course of 80 plus years the Superior Unified School district has educated and graduated some of the finest student.


  • Stories Just For You

    Music, food, telescope viewing celebrates Dark Sky Park designation

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    A day-into-night celebration is set at Oracle State Park Center for Environmental Education on Saturday, March 21, to honor its designation as an International Dark Sky Park — only the 20th


    San Manuel Sea Lions finish second at regional championship meet in Yuma

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    The Regional Age Group Championship Swim Meet was held Feb. 20-22 at the Valley Aquatic Center in Yuma, Ariz.


    Oracle Business Appreciation Dinner draws good response

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    San Manuel Miner On Monday, Feb. 23 the Oracle Business Appreciation Dinner was held at the Oracle Inn.


    San Manuel Elks honor First Responders, name Ecker 2014 Citizen of the Year

    March 3rd, 2015
    by

    Over the past several weeks and months, the Tri-Community has seen more that its fair share of tragedy.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather