Pima Traditional Transition

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Pima Traditional Information


Pima Elementary School is diligently working to open in August 2018 as Scottsdale Unified School District’s second traditional school!  Our new name will be the Pima Traditional School. 

Acquiring basic skills will be the foundation of the learning process, primarily through direct instruction by the teacher in math and reading.  The primary focus will be given to the following core academic areas:  phonics and reading; grammar, spelling and writing; mathematics; science and social studies. 

The phonics-based Spalding program will be the basis of our language arts program.  Spalding’s mission, according to their website, is “to increase literacy for all children and adults by using The Spalding Method to develop skilled readers, critical listeners, and accomplished writers and spellers.”  For more information about The Spalding Method visit their website.

Pima will also utilize the Saxon Math program.  Saxon’s incremental spiral-approach teaches students information in small amounts, and continually repeats concepts to keep newly acquired skills fresh and active.  For more information about the Saxon Math program visit this website

The hard work is already beginning!  The School Board approved our transition to a traditional school in March 2017.  Teachers began their training for Multisensory Integrated Language Arts 1 (Spalding) in August.  They will take Part 2 in the summer or fall of 2018.  Saxon Math training is being planned for May 2018. 

We are still in the planning stages, but look back here for updates as they become available!  Please contact our principal, Alexis Cruz-Freeman, for questions or tours. 

See this link for information that was presented to the Scottsdale Governing Board in March 2017.


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Timeline (updated 5/15/2018)

March 2017
Governing Board approved Pima’s transition to traditional school 

Fall 2017
Teachers completed Spalding training class - Multisensory Integrated Language Arts 1
Friday, December 1st - Pima Traditional Groundbreaking Ceremony.     

2017 into 2018
Pima Traditional School - Community Information Sessions
Thursday, November 30th at 3:30 PM in the library
Thursday, November 30th at 6:30 PM in the library
Friday, December 1st at 9:00 AM in the library
Saturday, December 9th at 9:00 AM in the library

Friday, February 2nd, immediately following the Flag Raising Ceremony, at about 9:00 AM in the library
Tuesday, March 6th, at 5:00 PM in the library, corresponding with the scheduled PTO Meeting 

It is our hope that every child’s parent will attend one informational session to learn about the changes to our school next year.
The same information will be presented at each session. For more information, click here.

Saturday, March 3rd, Be on the lookout for a Pima Traditional School Booth at the annual Spring Carnival.

Friday, March 9th, Community input forms due regarding student uniforms: VETOED
Uniform Vote Result: NO STUDENT UNIFORMS

Spring 2018    
Saxon Math Materials received by classroom teachers for curriculum mapping work.

Summer 2018
Teachers will take Spalding Language Arts training class – Multisensory Integrated Language Arts II (June)

August 2018
Pima Traditional School opens with new building (see rebuild information here)

Frequently Asked Questions

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