The Board of Education directs the Superintendent and his/her designees to develop and maintain a curriculum program consistent with the philosophy and objectives approved by the Board and consistent with the statutory requirements of The School Code of Illinois.
Within the scope of Board-delegated authority, the Superintendent and his/her designees shall develop courses of study, curriculum guides, textbook adoptions and pilot curriculum projects, and shall select instructional materials and equipment.
The administration, in conjunction with other professional staff, will keep the Board of Education informed of any curricular concerns or curriculum studies, developments, pilot programs or changes of a material nature upon the initiative of the Superintendent or in response to a request by the Board of Education.
The curriculum shall contain instruction on subjects required by State statute or regulation as follows:
- In kindergarten through grade 8, subjects include: (a) English language arts, (b) other communication skills, (c) science, (d) mathematics, (e) social studies, (f) art, (g) music, and (h) health education including drug and substance abuse prevention.
- In grades 7 and 8, as well as in interscholastic athletic programs, steroid abuse prevention must be taught.
- In the kindergarten through 8th grade curriculum, violence prevention and conflict resolution will be taught.
- In grades 1 through 8, the curriculum contains instruction on internet safety.
- In the kindergarten through 8th grade curriculum, character, disability awareness and citizenship education must be taught.
- In the kindergarten through 8th grade curriculum, developmental and sequential curriculum in physical education must be taught. Unless otherwise exempted, all students are required to engage daily during the school day in a physical education course. For exemptions see policy 7:260, Exemption from Physical Activity.
- In the kindergarten through 8th grade curriculum, conservation of natural resources must be taught.
- During the kindergarten through 8th grade years, the following United States history topics must be included at the appropriate grade level: (a) the principles of representative government, (b) the Constitutions of the U.S. and Illinois, (c) the role of the U.S. in world affairs, (d) the role of labor unions, and (e) the role and contributions of ethnic groups, including but not limited to, the African Americans, Albanians, Asian Americans, Bohemians, Czechs, French, Germans, Hispanics, Hungarians, Irish, Italians, Lithuanians, Polish, Russians, Scots, and Slovakians in the history of this country and State.
In addition, all schools shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on Constitution Day, each September 17, commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution. However, when September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day shall be held during the preceding or following week.
- In grade 7 students must view a Congressional Medal of Honor film made by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
- During the kindergarten through 8th grade years, the curriculum will include a unit of instruction at the appropriate grade level on: Genocide; history, struggles, and contributions of women; and Black History, including the history of the African slave trade, slavery in America, and the vestiges of slavery in this country, as well as the struggles and contributions of African-Americans.
Adopted: November 10, 1997
Revised: January 23, 2012