The basic instruction program will include the courses required for each grade level by the State Department of Education. The instructional approach will be gender fair and multicultural.
The basic instruction program of 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, age-appropriate and research based 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, age-appropriate and research based human growth and development, career exploration and development, physical education, music, and visual art.
The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades nine through twelve will include English-language arts (6 units), social studies including at least one half unit of United States government and one unit of United States history (5 units), mathematics (6 units), science (5 units), health (1 unit), physical education (1 unit), fine arts (3 units), foreign language (4 units), and career and technical education (12 units), financial literacy (1/2 unit).
The board may, in its discretion, offer additional courses in the instruction program for any grade level.
Each instruction program is carefully planned for optimal benefit taking into consideration the financial condition of the school district and other factors deemed relevant by the board or superintendent. Each instruction program's plan should describe the program, its goals, the effective materials, the activities and the method for student evaluation.
It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations stating the required courses and optional courses for kindergarten, grades one through six, grades seven and eight, and grades nine through twelve.
20 U.S.C. § 1232h.
34 C.F.R. Pt. 98.
Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 256.11; 279.8; 280.3-.14.
281 I.A.C. 12.5.
102 Equal Educational Opportunity
103 Long-Range Needs Assessment
505 Student Scholastic Achievement
602 Curriculum Development
603 Instructional Curriculum
Approved 6-16-03 Reviewed 11-19-07 2-19-13 4-29-12 11-21-16 3-18-19 Revised 11-19-07 3-18-19