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Self Development Academy (SDA) curriculum is aligned to standards et by the Arizona Department of Education but is also more academically rigorous and well-rounded. The challenging curriculum is comparable to the International Cambridge model, which aims to develop an informed curiosity and a lifelong love for learning. SDA’s curriculum is also advanced, teaching one grade level above statewide standards. 

Mastery Learning Model 

At SDA, we understand students’ strengths and abilities vary widely, and we have organized the curriculum and its delivery to ensure all learners can reach the highest level of achievement. In our classrooms, there is no “one-size-fits-all” curriculum; instead, our teachers focus on addressing the strengths and weaknesses of each student to enrich those who are able to work ahead without ignoring the needs of those we are struggling to keep up. Interventions and enrichment activities like these help all students master the desired learning outcomes, while allowing exciting opportunities for bright, gifted students to broaden and expand their learning. 

Our mastery learning approach encourages students to try new concepts, appreciate their abilities, and link effort with achievement.

Integrative Approach 

At SDA, we believe the ideal early education model is one that connects different areas of study by cutting across subject-matter lines and emphasizing unifying concepts in seemingly disparate fields. In fact, SDA has been integrating arts with science and math since our founding in 1989. Since then, we have developed a curriculum that equips students with the abilities to see the world in new dimensions.

Our unique, integrative curriculum allows children to learn in a holistic way, without the restrictions of subject boundaries, so that they may explore the limitless connections between what they learn in school and what they experience in the world. We focus on the inter-relatedness of all curricular areas in order to help our students recognize, understand, and navigate the connections and relationships which exist among all subjects, and indeed among all things in life. 

SDA Learning Objectives 

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