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Curriculum

Gilbert Public Schools is recognized for its rigorous, well-defined curriculum, and the quality of innovative programs and extra-curricular activities. Across the curriculum, critical thinking skills are fostered in students to equip them with effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities. The curriculum also incorporates state-of-the-art technology tools and integrated instruction to prepare students for college and career readiness.

Gilbert Public Schools is proud to be a leader in the state as evidenced by our letter “A” grade from the Arizona Department of Education and recent acknowledgment by the College Board as an Advanced Placement Honor Roll District. These high marks are indications of the quality of the total K -12 educational experience provided by teachers, administrators, and support staff, and reflect the high level of parent involvement and support our schools receive.

Gilbert Public Schools continues to work diligently to provide standards-based instruction so that student learning is at the level of rigor required by the Arizona Academic Standards. Teachers collaborate and meet regularly in their Professional Learning Communities to create and implement research-based instructional strategies to support high levels of learning for all students.

We look forward to our continued partnership as we strive to provide an exemplary education for all students.

Elementary Curriculum

Elementary Curriculum

GPS Elementary Curriculum for core subjects kindergarten - 6th grade:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

English Language Arts

ReadyGEN is the district adopted core reading program for grades K-6. ReadyGEN focuses on the reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language standards through an integrated approach to grow students’ understanding and expand their knowledge as they become proficient and independent readers.

Fundations is the adopted resource to teach the AZ ELA K-3 Foundational Standards. Fundations builds a foundation for reading and spelling through a multisensory structured literacy approach that is aligned to the science of reading. 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. Teachers incorporate a daily Fundations lesson in addition to the daily ReadyGEN lesson. Students apply foundational skills knowledge to rich  literature experiences during this tier 1 reading and writing block. Targeted small group instruction is also provided for students in need of additional support.  

Dyslexia Resources:

Arizona Department of Education Dyslexia Handbook 

Arizona Department of Education Dyslexia Resource Guide for Families

Secondary Curriculum

Secondary Curriculum

GPS Secondary Curriculum for core subjects 7th - 12th grade:

  • English Language Arts
  • History & Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • World Languages

Mathematics

GPS Math Vision: In Gilbert Public Schools, we collaboratively work to create confident, independent problem solvers capable of applying mathematical concepts and reasoning to the world around them. We create active classrooms where students do the thinking, participate in mathematics conversations, challenge misconceptions and persevere to deepen understanding.

Within the Gilbert Public Schools, we uphold a longstanding commitment to excellence in mathematics education for students in grades 9-12. Our highly qualified and certified mathematics teachers, along with their students, work together in active classrooms to develop mathematical and analytical thinking skills that can be applied to problems and reasoning in the world around them.

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.  

High School Math Course Sequences

Specific course offerings and pathways may vary by campus. Please contact your school counselor for specific details.