FJA Elementary School (K-4)

IMG_20140214_105913_274(1)We align our curriculum with Montessori-based philosophy and Arizona state standards. We are in transition with Common Core Standards as Curriculum which will include:

  • Individual Progressive Education
  • Personal learning styles accommodated
  • Learning progression
  • Small group instruction
  • Active learning
  • Hands-on learning
  • Concrete manipulatives
  • Self-initiated learning
  • Off-campus learning
  • Unique field trip opportunities
  • Student centered
  • Students build self-esteem and responsibility by making appropriate decisions concerning their daily and weekly assignments
  • Real-life responsibilities
  • Community service
  • Mentoring

Our curriculum also includes health, wellness education, art, music, and Spanish.

Environment: Multi-age Classrooms
1st – 2nd grade
3rd – 4th grade
Enriches relationships between students and teacher

Experiential Learning:
The majority of classes go on numerous field trips to gain off-site enrichment. These field trips include: Bearizona, the Phoenix Zoo, Freeman Farms, Family Food Center, Flagstaff Public Library, Harkins Movie Theatre, Grand Canyon National Park, Museum of Northern Arizona, Coconino Center for the Arts, Riordan Mansion, Lowell Observatory, hikes around Flagstaff, Pioneer Museum, Jay Lively Skating Rink, and Out of Africa.

Teachers:
Our teachers think of themselves as “guides” in the details of the curriculum. We have four basic principles:

  1. to motivate the child’s spirit
  2. to encourage the child’s normal desire for independence and high sense of self-esteem
  3. to help the child develop the skills to become a meaningful member of society
  4. to help the child learn how to observe, question, and explore ideas independently

The Character Counts program is a common thread throughout our school. Students are encouraged to utilize these six pillars:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Citizenship
  • Caring
  • Fairness