Policy 602.1 - Basic Instructional Program

BASIC INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM

The basic instructional program shall include courses required for each grade level by the State Department of Education. The instructional approach will be nonsexist and multicultural.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in kindergarten shall be designed to develop healthy emotional and social habits, language arts and communication skills, the capacity to complete individual tasks, 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 five shall 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 six, seven, and eight shall include English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, human growth and development, family and consumer, career, technology education, physical education, music, and visual art.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades nine through twelve shall include English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, human growth and development, physical education, fine arts, foreign language, vocational and career education, and technology education.

The Board of Directors may, in its discretion, offer additional courses in the instruction program for any grade level.

Each instructional program shall 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 superintendent. Each instructional program’s plan should describe the program, its goals, the effective materials, the activities and the method for student evaluation.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations stating the required courses and optional courses for kindergarten, grades one through five, grades six, seven and eight, and grades nine through twelve.

Adoption: Unknown
Modified: 6/5/89; 04/22/96
Reviewed: 04/01/96; 10/05/09; 11/17/14; 01/06/20

Legal References: 20 U.S.C. 1232 l (1988).
24 C.F.R. Pt. 98 (1990).
IA Code 279.8; 280.3 - .14; 601A.9 (1993).
281 I.A. C. 12.5.

Cross References: Policy 103 Equal Educational Opportunity
Policy 503.6 Interscholastic Competition
Series 602 Programs of Instruction
Policy 602.9 Curriculum Development, Implementation, and Review

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