Board Policies

Last revised: May 13, 2013

602.1

Basic Instructional Program

The basic instructional program will be approved by the Board of Education and will include all required grade level courses. The instructional approach will be gender fair and multicultural.

The basic instructional program for students enrolled in pre-kindergarten is designed to help children work and play with others, to express themselves, to learn to use and manage their bodies, and to extend their interests and understanding of the world around them. The pre-kindergarten program shall relate the role of the family to the child’s developing sense of self and perception of others. Planning and carrying out pre-kindergarten activities designed to encourage co-operative efforts between home and school shall focus on community resources.

The basic instructional program for students enrolled in kindergarten is designed to develop healthy emotional and social habits, language arts and communication skills, the capacity to complete individual tasks, character education and the ability to protect and increase physical well-being with attention given to experiences relating to the development of life skills and human growth and development.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades one through six will include English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, human growth and development, physical education, traffic safety, music, and visual art.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades seven and eight will include English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, human growth and development, family and consumer science, career, technology education, physical education, music, and visual art.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades nine through twelve will include English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, physical education, fine arts, foreign language, and career and technical education.

The board may, in its discretion, offer additional courses in the education program.

Each instructional program will be carefully planned for the optimal benefit taking into consideration the financial condition of the school district and other factors deemed relevant by the board or the superintendent. Each instructional program’s plan should describe the program, its goals, the effective materials, the activities and the method for student evaluation.

It will be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations stating the required courses and optional courses for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

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Date of Adoption

June 12, 1989

Date of Revision

January 13, 1997
March 10, 2003
April 13, 2009
May 13, 2013