Creekside Early Learning Center (CELC) uses the 5 Pillars of Reading to support our early learners:

  • Phonemic Awareness

  • Phonics

  • Fluency

  • Vocabulary

  • Comprehension

100% of CELC teachers our trained to teach reading by using a proven, multi-sensory approach called Orton-Gillingham (OG)? We are proud to be leaders in early literacy! For more information about OG and our training visit Institute for Multi-Sensory Education.

Other curriculum used to support reading includes Wonders and Heggerty.


CELC adopted Bridges Mathematics in 2023 for Kindergarten (K) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK). K students also have access to supplemental online math through iReady.


The Alpine Education Foundation (AEF) supports our STEAM Program which includes gardening, music, and robotics.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

7 Mindsets Curriculum is utilized a minimum of one day a week by the classroom teacher. In addition, our school social worker designs and delivers customized SEL lessons to support the needs of our early learners.

Performing Arts

Our kindergarten students perform seasonal musicals that are lead by the classroom teachers.


Alpine Union School District uses i-Ready Diagnostic, an adaptive assessment, in grades K-8 to provide teachers with actionable insight into student needs. These diagnostic assessments are given 2-3 times a year in math and reading. In addition, CELC utilizes data from Orton-Gillingham (OG) assessments to inform and drive instruction.

SORA Digital Library

Alpine Union School District has a valuable online resource available to all students — the Sora digital library. Sora provides access to a huge collection of books, including audiobooks, and can be accessed at any time.

Here's how your child can make the most of this resource:

1. Accessing Sora:

  • Log into their Google account

  • Navigate to Clever (lower left side of Chromebook)

  • Click on the Sora app

  • Once in Sora, log in using your Google credentials. This is a one-time requirement, and subsequent logins will be automatic.

Note: If you're unsure about your student’s Google login information, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

2. Exploring the San Diego County Public Library:

In addition to our library, students can also access books from the San Diego County Public Library through Sora:

  • After logging into Sora, click on the down arrow next to Alpine Union School District (under EXPLORE) on the top left-hand side

  • Search for San Diego County Library and click on San Diego County Library Digital Media

  • Choose your desired book

  • Click "borrow"

  • Select Alpine Union School District

  • Click on the blue bar

  • Click on your student's email address again

  • Click on borrow again

  • Access the book by clicking on “shelf” at the bottom of the screen

We highly encourage students to make the most of this resource.