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
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
- 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