Castlehill Country Day School strives to provide the highest level of instruction for elementary school students in Tucson, Arizona in an effort to ensure that our students are given the best possible preparation for the remainder of their school careers and beyond. Through twenty years of operating as a well-respected private school, Castlehill Country Day has developed an educational philosophy that promotes educational excellence as well as the personal growth of every individual student.
The Castlehill Country Day curriculum is designed to challenge students intellectually and personally while providing the structure and support necessary to ensure every student’s success. Within classroom settings, instruction is varied in order to challenge higher achieving students while offering the support and assistance needed for struggling learners. While academics are a core part of the Castlehill Country Day curriculum, supplemental classes offer students the opportunity to excel in more than just academics as they may take Music, Foreign Language, Computer Education, Art Instruction, Physical Development, Science Lab and Library Time. Castlehill Country Day School believes that core subject instruction must be coupled with arts, science and humanities in order to foster enhanced critical thinking skills passion for education and a well-rounded student who is fully prepared to tackle middle school, high school, and eventually, college. Data driven analysis of assessments, both summative and formative, informs the continued development and improvement of instruction. Castlehill Country Day School has as one of its fundamental beliefs that an excellent elementary education, from highly qualified and motivated teachers, with research-based, proven teaching strategies, will provide students with the solid foundation needed to be successful in every area of their lives. In addition, Castlehill Country Day School believes that it is only through close partnerships with students, parents and the community, that students can be given the opportunities for education bot inside and outside the classroom that are necessary to an excellent education. A 21st Century education requires that students have the opportunity to learn about the world beginning with their individual communities and expanding to the greater outside world. These partnerships will allow for those experiences.
Castlehill Country Day School believes in the fundamental importance of establishing mutually beneficial relationships between school personnel, students, parents and the wider community as each has a vested interest in ensuring students have the best education possible. These relationships help ensure that students are supported throughout their educational career and are week-equipped to move on after elementary school. In addition, Castlehill Country Day School believes in educating the whole child through a focus on the basics of English, History, Science and Math, and the addition of classes, such as art, music and computer education which enrich and support the ideas taught in the core classes.
Aggressive Academics – Castlehill Country Day School is advanced academically and seeks to strengthen students in the areas in which hey excel and supports them to improve in the areas in which they struggle. By offering classes with excellent faculty members, students are able to make great strides over a year’s time.
Partnerships – developing partnerships between students, their families and the school personnel is a vital element in Castlehill’s comprehensive development plan that will ensure that all students are given the tools and support they need to be successful. Families will be encouraged to fully participate in their child’s education while businesses and members of the community will be sought to share their expertise with the students. In addition, students themselves will learn to take responsibility for their own educations as they learn the value of intrinsic motivation and understand the importance of striving for their best personally and academically.
Supplemental Classes – Castlehill is dedicated to offering a number of non-core classes that appeal to the interest of the students while helping them become more well-rounded students as they learn to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the arts and humanities. With the addition of classes such as theater arts, visual arts, music, physical development and foreign language, students are challenged to excel in more than just the traditional, core-subjects. These classes also supplement and support the curricular goals already established in the core classes.
Class Size – Having a small student-to-teacher ratio is very important to Castlehill. Students are able to have more specialized and focused instruction, as well as individualized attention in small classes. The student-to-teacher ratio would be limited to 18:1, and in classes with maximum enrollment, there would be a full-time aide to ensure that academics remain rigorous, but that there will be support for any struggling students.
Fundamental Principles of the Program of Instruction
A fully researched and structured program of instruction is necessary to ensure students are appropriately challenged while giving them the tools to succeed while they are at Castlehill and when they move on to middle and high schools. Castlehill’s program of instruction is multi-faceted and encompasses everything from the core curriculum and assessments for students and professional development for instructional staff. Having the curriculum and assessments in place are important, but ensuring that there is sufficient staff development to prepare instructors is vital to students’ success. The Core Curriculum will be the focus of the English, Math, History and Science classes with the incorporation of various teaching strategies and cooperative learning groups. With the inclusion of and instruction in technology, students will be expected not only to learn about advances in technology, but also how to use them efficiently and effectively to produce real-world artifacts.