Core Knowledge®

  • Our use of the Core Knowledge® curriculum, Mountain Trail's signature program, provides our students with a sequenced specific core curriculum that helps children establish strong foundations of knowledge. Mountain Trail is the only middle school in the Paradise Valley Unified School District to provide the continuation of the Core Knowledge® curriculum offered at the elementary schools within our boundaries. 

    Core Knowledge® is based on the idea that elementary and middle school students- need a solid, specific, shared core curriculum to help students establish strong foundations of knowledge, create greater fairness, and achieve higher literacy. Our goal is to increase student understanding, promote excellence and fairness in learning, increase critical thinking skills, present a diversity of perspectives, and encourage and integrate the use of technology in school. This core curriculum is outlined in detail in the Core Knowledge Sequence®, beginning on page 174.