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Curriculum At Roadrunner

Special education, separate facility

All Roadrunner students have been identified and evaluated through the district’s multidisciplinary evaluation team, prior to coming to our school, as having some kind of special need. 

Program for students with an emotional disability

Each Roadrunner student has an individual program specially designed to help him or her succeed emotionally and academically.

Self-contained multiage classrooms 

Our classrooms are organized to adapt to the needs of each student. Students are grouped based on their skills, as opposed to their age, allowing high achieving younger students to work on more challenging tasks and struggling students to review difficult material. Each classroom has one teacher and one education support professional (ESP).

Individual and cooperative instruction

Lectures allow the instructor to gather material from a variety of sources that might not be readily available to students, present material in a condensed format, and attempt to quickly move students from one point of understanding to another. Students who learn the most from lectures seem to be auditory learners. 

Gardner (1999) tells us that we are intelligent in various ways, auditory being one of those ways. This suggests that students can learn from a variety of teaching styles or by various modalities. 

Cooperative learning offers enticements for those who participate in the group endeavors. It requires that students work together to achieve goals which they could not achieve individually. Cooperative learning is the instructional use of small groups through which students work together to maximize their own and each others learning. (David W. Johnson, Roger T. Johnson, Edythe Johnson Holubec, 1994)

Roadrunner teachers utilize both methods of individual and cooperative instructions to engage students with different learning abilities.

Social skills training 

The Social Skills Curriculum provides the foundation for a structured educational approach to the socialization of school-aged children. The curriculum offers a manageable yet well defined set of sixteen basic social behaviors encompassing adult relations, peer relations, school rules, and classroom behaviors. This set of skills assists teachers to go beyond merely labeling problem behaviors that should be promoted, reinforced, strengthened, or taught.

A task analysis of what people do in everyday settings (Gresham, 1982) specifies the behavioral components for these prosocial skills. Such an analysis allows for each step to be directly observed, assessed and taught. Feedback to students then becomes specific rather than vague, behavioral rather than abstract. The sixteen basic skills are related to socially important outcomes, i.e., peer acceptance, teacher acceptance and assistance, academic growth, and eventually toward job acquisition and retention. 

The curriculum identifies skills that can and should be taught to all children no matter what their educational placement, level, or program. They represent skills that will not only promote school success, but also lead to success on the job and in lifelong interpersonal relations. 

Roadrunner teaches social skills through The Boys Town Education Model®. 

Adherence to Arizona Academic Standards

Visit the Arizona Department of Education site to learn about academic standards in Arizona. 

Multisensory approach for reading and math

Our teachers use techniques and strategies to stimulate learning through the use of some or all of our students’ senses. 

Students learn how to:

  • gather information

  • associate information to ideas they already know and understand

  • the importance of solving problems

  • how to use problem-solving steps

  • nonverbal reasoning skills

  • relationships between concepts

  • and how to store information for later recall

Technology at Roadrunner

Emphasis on technology training - grades K-12

Roadrunner students of all ages will be involved in engaging technology lessons, where collaborative, inquiry-based learning will teach students how to think in college, career, and life situations. During lessons, students will focus on critical-thinking, problem solving, appropriate behavior, and effective communication skills. 

In accordance with their personal skill levels and diverse learning styles, students will learn to use technology’s power to assist them in transforming knowledge and skills into products, solutions, and new information. Students will develop a love for life-long learning. 

Technology hands-on lessons include:

K-1: Manipulating and clicking the mouse, placing the cursor, clicking and dragging, opening and closing applications, identifying and locating alphabet letters and numbers on the keyboard and on the screen.

2-3: Familiarity with the keyboard, demonstrating typing skills with “home row” hand position, categorizing material, locating applications, investigating safe online information, and solving educational online games. 

4-6: Increasing speed and accuracy on the keyboard, determining how to play and stay safe online, how to work within pvlearners accounts, and comparing computer applications. 

7-9: Organizing information, coding projects, formulating safe passwords, creating documents and slide presentations, and designing a website. 

10-12: Researching vast topics, creating computer codes, searching for jobs in and out of technology fields, analyzing job criteria, evaluating personal skills, comparing job criteria with personal skills, and creating a resume.

Teacher trained in the Wilson Reading System®

The Wilson Reading System is a research-based reading and writing program. It is a complete curriculum for teaching decoding and encoding (spelling) beginning with phoneme segmentation. WRS directly teaches the structure of words in the English language so that students master the coding system for reading and spelling. Unlike other programs that overwhelm the student with rules, the language system of English is presented in a systematic and cumulative manner so that it is manageable. It provides an organized, sequential system with extensive controlled text to help teachers implement a multisensory structured language program.


Students at Roadrunner School will receive homework at all grade levels on a regular basis. Homework may include practicing social skills. Parents can support these efforts by assuring that their child has a suitable distraction free environment to work in and by reinforcing the importance of homework. Point sheets will be sent home daily and will have more specific information. 

Resources For Parents (PDFs)

Special Education at PV Schools

A complete description of the process of identifying and evaluating students, and the many programs offered by PV Schools for children with special needs.

Mindfulness: Help your child to focus

Reading and its importance

Speech language pathologies