Kiva Academic Programs
At Kiva, we are dedicated to educating the whole child. We meet each child where they are and work to ensure academic, social, and emotional growth.
ELA (English Language Arts) - In our primary classrooms, we utilize the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum. It is a research-based, comprehensive ELA program which encompasses phonemic awareness, phonics, grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening. The curriculum builds on sound knowledge (phonemic awareness) and makes connections to letter names and sounds. These foundational skills support students in decoding unfamiliar words, reading fluency, writing, and spelling. In our intermediate classrooms we follow Units of Study which are aligned with Science and Social Studies curriculum. Students read a balance of engaging literary and informational texts with a focus on expanding knowledge across content areas.
Mathematics - Our math instruction utilizing the My Math curriculum provides a balance of conceptual knowledge with operational fluency. Students experience hands-on lessons to build the conceptual knowledge that helps to lay the foundation for more abstract concepts throughout their mathematics education.
Science & Social Studies - Our Foss Science Kits promote scientific understanding through hands on activities and emphasize the inquiry process. Social Studies concepts including history, geography, government, civics, and economics incorporated into Units of Study and various grade level activities.
Special Area Classes - Students visit the Library and Computer Lab weekly. They also participate in Music, Art, and Physical Education classes on a 6-day rotation. In 4th and 5th grade, students have the opportunity to join Band, Orchestra, or Choir. In addition to their own curriculum, our talented Special Area teachers often collaborate with classroom teacher to enrich and enhance instruction.
Featured Events & Academic Activities
- Our teachers incorporate a wide range of learning activities throughout the year that support the curriculum as well as engage the school community. Below are some highlights.
Kindergarten: Desert Parade, Patterning Day, and Spring Music Program
First Grade: Holidays Around the World, Kite Day, and Sounds a Little Fishy to Me Music Program
Second Grade: Pumpkin Investigations, Pioneer Day, and Bug Music Program
Third Grade: Vocabulary Parade, Bebop with Aesop Music Program, and Biography Wax Museum
Fourth Grade: Arizona Days, Mountain Man, Band/Strings/Choir Concerts
Fifth Grade: Hot Air Balloon Launch, Toastmasters, Beatnik Day