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4/7/2014 8:12:00 AM
Quad-City Schools
HUSD schools offer choices
Liberty Traditional students participate in a Walk A Thon.
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Liberty Traditional students participate in a Walk A Thon.
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Special to the Tribune

Humboldt Unified School District offers a variety of programs to meet student needs. They include:

• Liberty Traditional School is a Signature School of Choice that is dedicated to providing a patriotic, classical style educational experience for students. This involves a trivium approach, which focuses on classical literature, critical thinking, and strong communication skills.

Liberty requires a higher grading scale along with a uniform style dress code. Its approach to learning is an implementation of the traditional model which utilizes direct instruction techniques; a highly-structured, disciplined environment where students engage in learning through rigor, rote memory, critical thinking and inquiry. When a parent exercises that choice with Liberty Traditional School they are choosing a safe, structured, accelerated program with high expectations.

As a school of choice, Liberty has no defined boundaries; students are accepted on a first come/first served basis. Once classes are full, students are placed on a waiting list. Liberty also provides services for Special needs and English Language Learners.

• Granville Elementary School is researching the characteristics of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. Granville received an "A" rating from the Arizona Department of Education, and scored the highest of any elementary school in Yavapai County.

Granville students are encouraged to "shine" in various clubs and activities. The teachers at Granville know what each of their students' needs. The students, parents and staff work hard at academic achievement.

For example, students in the Art Club learn about many different genres to further develop their artistic skills and perhaps even participate in local art show exhibits. Drama Club students learn stage performance, pantomime and improvisation, enabling them to build self-confidence and delve into public speaking. GES also has been named a Title I Reward School by the Department of Education.

• Mountain View Elementary School's signature program is focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Mountain View has received an "A" rating from the Arizona Department of Education for the past three years.

Students at Mountain View Elementary participate in activities including building robots made from Legos, building structures in engineering and designing knee braces and windmills. Art students create abstract and modern art, and science students learn about astronauts and planets. MVES Math centers on inductive activities help students think outside the box. MVES has highly effective Special Education and English Language Learner programs. MVES recently received $52,000 to build an inclusive playground for special needs students.

Dr. Paul Stanton, superintendent of HUSD, said the district and "our partner districts will continue to provide descriptions of the great programs at each of our schools, as well as, successes of our students, staff, and tri-district community.

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