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Timpanogos Academy uses the highly acclaimed, academically rigorous Core Knowledge Sequence to ensure that our students meet and exceed the Utah State Common Core Standards. We hire certified teachers and provide extensive training in implementing Core Knowledge.


Saxon Math and the Spalding Method for Language Arts have been selected to supplement and support Core Knowledge instruction. For a more specific overview of our curriculum, and why we have chosen to teach it, please select one or more of the following links:

Sample of Grade-Level Reading Lists:
  • Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder (1st grade)

  • Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne (1st Grade)

  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens (2nd grade)

  • Charlotte's Web, E.B. White (2nd grade)

  • Peter Pan, James M. Barrie (2nd grade)

  • Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (3rd grade)

  • Old Yeller, Fred Gipson (3rd grade)

  • Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame (3rd grade)

  • The Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum (3rd grade)

  • Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift (4th grade)

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving (4th grade)

  • Pollyanna, Eleanor H. Porter (4th grade)

  • Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe(4th grade)

  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson (4th grade)

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (5th grade)

  • Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder (5th grade)

  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (5th grade)

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream for Young People (ed. Diane Davis) (5th grade)

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson (6th grade)

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins, (6th grade)

  • Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes (6th grade)

  • Julius Caesar for Young People (ed. Diane Davis) (6th grade).

  • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett (6th grade)

Suggested Curriculum Resources

Interested parents are encouraged to read the following books on Curriculum, Core Knowledge, and Charter Schools.

Curriculum/Core Knowledge

  • Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

  • Books to Build On: A Grade-by-Grade Resource Guide, John Holden, E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

  • The Educated Child: A Parent's Guide, William J. Bennett, Chester E. Finn, Jr., John T.E. Cribb, Jr.; Touchstone, Simon and Schuster, 1999 New York


Charter Schools

  • The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

  • Charter Schools in Action by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Brunno V. Manno, and Greg Vanourek

  • Why Johnny Can't Read--And What You Can Do About It by Rudolph Franz Flesch

  • Why Johnny Still Can't Read: A New Look At the Scandal of Our Schools by Rudolph Franz Flesch

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