Welcome to Twin Peaks Elementary
Welcome to Twin Peaks! To continue to serve our community’s growth and provide additional academic choice, we are thrilled to announce the expansion of Twin Peaks to include 7th and 8th grades! Coming in fall 2019, the school will offer K-7 and in fall 2020, the school will offer K-8.
Named an Arizona Higher Performing School through the National Center for Educational Achievement, Twin Peaks is recognized for its strong reputation of academic excellence and rigor. The school has an “A” letter grade from the AZ State Board of Education and the AZ Silver Award for fidelity of implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports.
Twin Peaks K-8 is committed to ensuring all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career, and life. Our educators and staff offer the highest quality, inspiring and enriching education in a safe, nurturing, and award-winning 21st century learning environment where teaching is focused on individual student achievement.
Students are offered a creative and project-based learning focus within integrated content area classrooms. Middle school students will also have access to extra-curricular and athletic opportunities. At Twin Peaks students are also exposed to zSpace AR/VR and Science labs where they engage in exploratory, creative, hands-on learning. The exceptional classroom setting provides students and teachers the opportunity to work utilizing configurable furniture with comfortable seating designed to support collaborative learning. Access to individual mobile devices supports a student’s ability to easily and comfortably connect with their teacher, fellow students, and content.
Additional programs and services includes pre-school, full day FREE kindergarten and Bright Start Talent Development K-2nd grade, elementary self-contained gifted education, special education, accelerated math, before and after school care, full-time Master level school counselor, health services, librarian, music, arts, physical education, athletics and more.
Marana Unified School District is proud to offer middle school students a choice in academic learning environments. Students completing 6th grade and entering 7th grade, that reside within the Twin Peaks school boundaries, have the choice to remain at Twin Peaks for 7th and 8th grade or attend Marana Middle School. Transportation will be provided to Marana Middle School.
Exceptional Learning Environment
At Twin Peaks, students are challenged, relationships are built, and teaching is focused on individual student achievement. The exceptional classroom setting provides students and teachers the opportunity to work utilizing configurable furniture with comfortable seating designed to support collaborative learning.
Access to individual mobile devices supports a student’s ability to easily and comfortably connect with their teacher, fellow students, and content; thereby providing an unparalleled learning experience. Whether doing research, collaborating with other students or teachers about important ideas or concepts, or looking up curricular content, mobile devices deepen the learning experience through higher levels of engagement and rigor.
Bright Start Talent Development
Aligned to the National Gifted Standards, this program is designed for children who are functioning well above their similar age peers. Students who are precocious or emergent readers and have strong foundations in math are excellent candidates. In this free full day talent development K-2 grade program, children are actively involved in their own learning through differentiated, project-based instruction. The curriculum in reading, writing, and mathematics is taught at a brisk, accelerated pace. Science and social studies content is enriched and covered in more depth than in K-2 grade.
Self-Contained Multi-age Gifted Classes
Twin Peaks provides self-contained gifted classes instructed by a gifted certified teacher and aligned to the National Gifted Standards in elementary grade levels. This program features project-based learning through integrated content. Students engage in higher order thinking and creative learning with embedded strategies to support the gifted learner. Gifted programming at the middle level, self-contained classes or cluster model, is determined based on the number of enrolled gifted students.
The Accelerated Math Program provides students the opportunity to advance through the math curriculum at an accelerated pace. Students are assessed to determine readiness for advanced math curriculum and attend a multi-aged math class at a higher level.
Athletics & Physical Education
Twin Peaks provides physical education and a wide variety of athletics for 7-8 grade students including boys and girls volleyball, soccer, basketball and co-ed flag football. Track and cross country is available for students in 6-8 grade. Activity buses will be provided to students within the Twin Peaks attendance area. Baseball, softball, wrestling, and tackle football are not offered. Although we are not offering formal baseball and softball programming, we have initiated conversations with local little league and club organizations to support our students playing in their leagues. Intermural sports may be offered for 6 grade boys and girls soccer and 6 grade boys and girls basketball based on student interest and participation.
To ensure students have quick easy access to content-rich non-fiction and high interest fiction materials for check-out, a Media Room is available.
zSpace AR/VR Labs
Through the power of zSpace, K-12 school districts, universities and medical schools across the country are incorporating AR/VR/MR experiences into their lesson plans and curriculum. Students engage in standards-based learning through hands-on learning experiences. Hundreds of thousands of students are using the technology across the curriculum, particularly for STEM learning, using it to dissect organs, dive into volcanoes and more, all in an AR/VR/MR environment. Students learn by doing without fear of spilling chemicals, blowing a circuit and with the chance to make mistakes and easily try again, encouraging them to take risks, solve problems, while building confidence and increasing understanding.
Students in 6-8 grade are engaged in real science work in a relevant environment. The Science Lab serves as a laboratory, which allows students to use information they gather to think critically, build teamwork, share equipment, and take real action within their STEM learning. Students are enthusiastic and curious within a fun, inquiry-based area where learning is aligned with science curriculum.
Clubs & After School Activities:
Twin Peaks K-8 offers a variety of clubs and after school activities based on student interest, staff expertise, and community based offerings. Examples:
- Drama Club
- National Junior Honor Society
- Student Council
- zSpace AR/VR Lab
- Legos and Lego Robotics
The school day will have a common start time for all grades (K-8) to accommodate transportation and travel needs. The school's dismissal time will be different for K-5 grades and 6-8 grades to ensure compliance with the state required number of instructional minutes.
Monday - Friday Start: 8:15am All Grades
Monday - Thursday Dismissal: 2:35pm for K-5 grades and 3:20pm for grades 6-8
Early Release Friday: 12:50pm for K-5 grades and 1:40pm for grades 6-8
Before & After School:
The Learning, Enrichment, And Play (LEAP) program is offered for preK-5th grade, Monday – Friday during the school year from 6:00am to the start of school day, then from school end until 6:00pm.
Teen Extended Day (TED) is offered for 6-8th grade, Monday – Friday during the school year from 6:00am to the start of school day. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from school end until 5:00pm. Tuesday and Thursday the school will offer tutoring from school end until 5:00pm. Visit the LEAP program Webpage to learn more.
To add 7th grade, Phase I will open August 2019. Construction began October 2018 on campus to add 10 additional classroom learning space and age appropriate facilities for 6th & 7th grade students separate from existing classroom areas.
To add 8th grade, Phase II will open August 2020. Construction will begin in 2019 to add additional classroom learning space and age appropriate facilities for 8th grade students beginning August 2020.
Eighth Grade Promotion:
Twin Peaks K-8 will offer a promotion ceremony at the end of 8th grade.