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Classic Carlson vs CTA Carlson

Please see the table below to see the differences and similarities among the 2 choices (CTA or Classic) offered at Carlson Elementary.

John & Carol Carlson Elementary – CUSD

Comparison between “Classic” and CTA

Two Choices, One School

Classic Carlson


Similar Areas

·          Room setup varies by teacher


·         Math Instruction – HMH My Math (K-5)/ Glencoe Math (6th)



·         Handwriting – Spalding


·         Whole group and small group instruction with flexible grouping in order to provide for each student’s individual needs



·         Homework Policy (M-TH)

o    Kinder      10-15 min.

o   1st-2nd        10-25 min.

o   3rd- 4th       20-30 min.

o   5th – 6th     30-50 min.


·         Neighborhood & Open Enrollment Procedures

·         Desks face front of room


·         Math Instruction – Saxon Math – Accelerated (K-4)/Glencoe Math - Accelerated (5-6)



·         Handwriting – Spalding


·         Primarily whole group instruction, coupled with small group or individual student articulation as appropriate


·         CTA programming includes additional homework requirements over and above district requirements (see Classic guidelines)


·         Acceptance based on enrollment capacity and Open Enrollment procedures

·         School Dress Code – No Uniform policy for CTA or Classic

·         Arizona College & Career Readiness Standards (AZCCRS) taught

·         ELA Instruction – Houghton-Mifflin Journey’s Program 

·         Science & Social Studies Instructional programming

·         School wide Discipline policy

·         Second Step Violence Prevention – anti-bullying program

·         Character Counts

·         Accelerated Reader (AR)

·         DIBELS Assessments (K-3)

·         BLOCK Schedule for Band, Orchestra, Music, PE (5th and 6th grade only)

·         Specials – PE, Music, Media/Library (K-6)

·         Special Education Services

·         English Language Development Instruction (ELD)

·         Response to Intervention support services (RTI)

·         Art Masterpiece

·         Grade Level Field Trips

·         Science Fair participation

·         Before & after school clubs

·         Battle of the Books

·         Spelling Bee

·         PTO/Site Council participation

·         Grade Level Recess & Lunch

·         School-wide assemblies


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