• Higley Students

    HTA Frequently Asked Question

    FAQ: Why is the Spalding method beneficial?
    Students who learn language using the Spalding method learn the sounds letters or groups of letters make. This approach helps them to quickly understand the rules of spelling and reading. Those rules help them to learn “why” certain letters or letter groups make a certain sound (phonemic awareness). Students also receive a lot of practice in writing, which can better improve their handwriting and help build lifelong applicable skills for writing, spelling and reading. Students also attain mental actions and skill strategies from a structured learning environment.
    FAQ: What are the homework expectations for my child?
    • Kindergarten: Students can complete unfinished worksheets, practice sight words and phonograms. Students need to read 10-15 minutes a day.
    • First Grade: Students can choose to work on either math, spelling and reading for up to 30 minutes a day.
    • Second Grade: Students need to read for 20 minutes a day, spend 1 minute on math facts and work on part B of Saxon math worksheets.
    • Third Grade: Students need to read 20 minutes a day, work on Saxon math, practice handwriting and spelling.
    • Fourth Grade: Students need to read 30 minutes a day and work on spelling and math facts. Several times a year students will have a science or reading project.
    • Fifth Grade: Students need to complete any Saxon math assignments and read 30 minutes a day.
    • Sixth Grade: students need to work on ELA for 45 minutes a day and complete any unfinished classroom work. Occasionally students will work on science projects and once a week students will get a social studies assignment.
    FAQ: Is my student going to fall behind because math is one year ahead?
    Not at all, Saxon math is integrated with state standards. Students’ current math grade level is covered along with higher-grade level resources. In addition, teachers assist with one-on-one tutoring to help students catch up. Saxon math is also systematic and sequential throughout the grades and provides a spiraled curriculum with constant review. 
    The first 30 lessons in Saxon math are reviewed so students have a chance to learn the basics. The review is taught alongside other skill concepts to help students problem solve.
    FAQ: Why choose HTA?
    HTA is the only traditional, public school option in Higley Unified School District.
    On top of its great rigorous curriculum that goes back to the basics, HTA has talented staff that are experienced and dedicated. HTA has been a neighborhood school for over 100 years!
    FAQ: What is the difference between a traditional academy and a regular school?
    • Spiraling curriculum
    • “Back to basics” curriculum
    • Accelerated math curriculum
    • Direct instruction includes uniforms, desk arrangement and no program pull-outs during class
    FAQ: Does HTA offer extra-curricular activities?
    Yes! Students can participate in arts club, running club, robotics, Rubix cube club, Future Problem Solvers, color guard, student council, trash can band, orchestra, chess club, cheer, golf, and more! Fifth- and sixth-grade students can participate in the Higley Youth Sports League, with a variety of sports offered throughout the school year.