LEUPP HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM:
The High School 5 period classes are 50-minute interval, afternoon class hours are set aside for credit recovery.
English Language Arts (ELA) and Math
The High School, 9-12 Grade, English Language Arts, ELA, and Math are on-line Edgenuity Program taken in the High School Computer Lab daily as scheduled. Edgenuity on-line provides opportunities for guided practice, independent practice and assessment for Reading and Math skills. Some lessons are customized to meet Exceptional Student Services, ESS students’ IEP requirements and provide intervention support for Tier II and III students in the general education classes.
The High School students study United States History, United States Government, American Government and Economics/Free Enterprise in Edgenuity on-line classes. Edgenuity on-line provides opportunities for guided practice, independent practice and assessment for students taking Social Studies. The Social Studies curriculum needs to update textbooks and other printed resources, if the High School department should decide to have traditional classroom instructions in the coming years. Purchasing technology software for Social Studies class is in the plan while updating textbooks and printed resource materials are being obtained.
Chemistry, textbooks, copyright 2017, Biology and Earth Science, textbooks, copyright 2017, are offered to fulfill Arizona State Department of Education Science requirement for high school graduation. Each class contains labs and hands-on activities (STEM) incorporated into the curriculum. All of the Science classes meet the Arizona State Department of Education Science Standards. Flagstaff Public Library and Arizona Science Center offers STEM education to the Kindergarten -12 Grade students. LSI staff will coordinate and provide STEM education for 9-12 Grade students.
The Earth Science course is designed for students to interpret and understand the world in which you live. In order for that to take place, students will investigate and study interactions between the four major spheres of Earth (geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere). These systems-the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere-interact through time to produce the Earth’s landscapes, ecology, and resources. By studying these interactions, students will have an understanding of/ability to explain Earth’s: formation, processes, predictability of those processes, history, landscapes, how and why Earth changes over time, etc. The Earth Science course develops the explanations of phenomena fundamental to the sciences of geology & physical geography, including the early history of the Earth, plate tectonics, landform evolution, the Earth’s geological record, weather & climate, and the history of life on Earth.
The course will also explore how current actions of man interact and affect Earth’s spheres which lead to changes locally and globally. Additional topics include, but not limited to, scientific method, minerals, rocks, earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic time, meteorology, and, biogeochemical cycles. Students will explore these topics through laboratory exercises, small group activities, class discussions, projects, research, assessments, etc. Special attention will be paid to topics of current interest (e.g. recent earthquakes, tsunamis, global warming, etc.) and to potential careers in the geosciences. The curriculum is aligned with the Arizona Department of Education standards for science.
The Biology course is designed to be a continuance of student investigations in the life sciences. This is a laboratory-based science class in which students will learn more abstract concepts such as studying: the cell, the molecular basis of heredity, DNA & protein synthesis, biological evolution, interdependence of organisms, matter and energy, and organization in living systems, the behavior of organisms, and biological evolution. When students study these topics they gain an understanding of how organisms grow to how they interact with other organisms and their environment. The course will also explore how humans interact and affect the environment. Students will explore these topics through laboratory exercises, small group activities, class discussions, projects, research, assessments, etc. The curriculum is aligned with the Arizona Department of Education standards for science.
The Chemistry course will introduce you to the study of the physical world. The course is designed to continue the investigation process in the physical sciences. You will study aspects of the chemical world by being provided the necessary skills to become proficient in the concepts of chemistry. The curriculum includes more abstract concepts such as: structure of atoms, structure of properties of matter, and the conservation & interaction of energy, atoms & moles, periodic table & trends, ions & ionic compounds, covalent bonds & covalent compounds, chemical bonding, writing chemical equations & reactions, balancing chemical equations & reactions, stoichiometry, and the causes of change. Students will explore & investigate through experience in laboratory and fieldwork using the processes of inquiry. Students will be engaged in small group activities, class discussions, projects, research, assessments, and lab reports, etc. The curriculum is aligned with the Arizona Department of Education standards for science.
The Navajo Language for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade is departmentalized. A certified Navajo Language Teacher provides daily one-hour instruction for each grade as required from Department of Dine Education, DODE. Navajo Language materials from San Juan School District Heritage Language Resource Center and Salina Bookshelf supplement teacher instructions, as well as, media resources and teacher made materials. Dine Language provides opportunities for students to acquire knowledge and communicate ideas through reading, writing, listening and speaking. The Dine Language is offering Navajo Language 1, Navajo Language II, and Navajo History and Government using common core curriculum from Department of Dine Education. Leupp Schools, Inc. embraces Navajo language and culture. It also recognizes the need for students to learn the English Language. The ESL program gives students support, encouragement, and materials necessary to fill in the language gaps so they can be successful in high school and beyond. Materials used in the Navajo Language programs are clan/kinship materials, videos, and posters. The other resources used are from Salina Book shelves Dine’ Bizaad Binahoo’aah and Dine’ Bizaad: speak, read, and write Navajo by Ivy W Goossen. The cultural lessons emphasize the importance of family ties, respect for oneself, and pride in strengths the Navajo people endured during years of hardship. These materials inspired beliefs that the Navajo Culture is very relevant to the lives of Navajo youth.
Edgenuity Courseware offers a full suite of core curriculum, AP, honors, elective, dual credit, and concept & credit recovery courses for middle and high school students which will be extended to afterschool program. The online courses and curriculum are built using an instructional model grounded in research and are aligned to state college and career readiness standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Direct-instruction videos combined with live and on-screen teachers with rigorous assignments, performance tasks, and assessment to engage students and ensure subject-areas mastery (Edgenuity, 2019).
Physical Education (LSI needs a PE Teacher)
Physical Education classes are provided daily for Kindergarten to 12th Grade by the Athletic Teacher/Director. Also in the plan for the PE teacher is to teach some High School Health classes second semester for High School students who have already taken PE classes. A Health curriculum that would best meet the needs of the Middle School/High School students is currently being researched. The Winslow Indian Health Care Center is one local resource the school reaches out to for wellness health education and activities. WIHCC conducts hearing and vision screenings, update immunization records and provide dental care for LSI students.
Fine Arts (LSI needs Fine Arts Teachers)
Currently, Leupp Schools does not have any set aside time for Art, Music, Library, and Home Economics classes. The school library is available for teachers and students to use as needed for research and extended reading.
Talented and Gifted Program (LSI needs a TAG Teacher)
The Talented and Gifted program (TAG) of Leupp Schools is a supplemental program designed to challenge students who exhibit exceptional skills and abilities in the regular classroom settings and offers services that provide an educational program that is an integral part of the regular school day and that is corresponding with the academic ability and potential of a gifted students. The TAG teaching position is a hard-to-fill position. LSI is recruiting interested teaching staff to get TAG certification or endorsement using Title II funds.
Serving English Language Learners (ELL)
The goal of Leupp Schools, Inc. for English Language Learners is to excel students to their highest potential so they can perform well at grade level in the mainstream classes. Rigorous English Language Arts instruction is necessary to prepare and achieve well in High School and Post-High School graduation pursuits.
First, learners are identified with the Primary Home Language Other Than English, PHLOTE, a survey provided by the guardians at time of school enrollment. Leupp School has an on-going school year process identifying, assessing and monitoring progress of English Language Learners.
In SY 2019-2020 all BIE Tribally-Controlled Schools were included in WIDA test administration, therefore, LSI has replaced AZELLA Test with WIDA ELL assessment.
Students already identified as ELL are provided Structured English Immersion, SEI, and has been assessed Spring 2022 with the World-Class Instructional Design & Assessment, WIDA. The current K-6 Journeys Reading Curriculum is embedded with ELL differentiated instructions, strategies and resources to assist teachers working with ELL students. The 7-12 Grade instructors seek on-line resources to enrich English Language Learning in Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary and Grammar.
ELL instructions are given by highly-qualified teachers at each grade level across the academic curriculum. LSI values and understands that it is important for ELL students to accelerate in English Language Arts to achieve in the mainstream society.
High School Dine Language and Navajo Government/History
Navajo Language classes provides Navajo History, Culture and Dine’ Language to all High School students for cultural awareness and Dine’ Language usage daily for understanding and language fluency. Opportunities to acquire knowledge and communicate ideas: through reading, writing, listening, and speaking is provided. Leupp Schools provides professional development for teachers on ways to integrate Dine’ Language and culture into the General Education academic curriculums. Teachers demonstrate with hands-on project materials to integrate Dine’ Language and culture for visual learners and develop leadership with spoken language while collaborating with peers during learning center times. Plenty of structured activities are made available for student interactions in productive ways and opportunity to learn Dine’ Language and about Navajo Cultures. Explored class topics are Navajo Code Talkers, political processes, Navajo government decision’s impact on the Navajo communities, interrelationship of the three branches of the Navajo government, Navajo history’s contribution to Navajo society. The Navajo classes emphasize Problem Based Learning and require a great deal of reading, writing, speaking and collaborative teamwork. For students with continuing education plans to universities and colleges, two years of Navajo language classes are requirements to apply for Chief Manuelito Scholarship.
Advocacy Program (LSI needs Teachers in all High School Subjects)
Tutoring: A large percentage of High School students are struggling in the Arizona State required classes to increase graduation rate. The NWEA assessment scores and classroom performance indicates there is a need for tutoring time, after school and summer school would increase graduation rate. After-school and afternoon class credit recovery: Many high school students transferring from other schools lacking Arizona State required credits for their cohort are in need of credit recovery. Other factors contribute to credit shortfalls, therefore credit recovery classes during the afternoon class periods and after school program would help the recover credits to increase high school graduation rate. Summer School: Summer School would help High School students recover ADE required credits to increase graduation rate.