The basic instruction program will include the courses required for each grade level by the Iowa Department of Education. The instructional approach will be gender fair and multicultural.
Students enrolled in the four‐year‐old pre‐school program will attend school for a half‐day each day. The program will be 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 about them. The program will relate the role of the family to the child’s developing sense of self and perception of others.
Students enrolled in the early-kindergarten and kindergarten programs will attend school all day every day. The basic instruction program is designed to develop healthy emotional and social habits and growth in the language arts and communication skills, as well as the capacity to complete individual tasks, and the ability to protect and increase physical well‐being 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 arts. 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 education, career education, technology education, physical education, music, and visual arts.
See Board Policy 505.5 for the District’s graduation requirements.
The Board may, in its discretion, offer additional courses in the instruction program for any grade level. Each instructional program is carefully planned for the optimal benefit taking into consideration the financial condition of the District and other factors deemed relevant by the Board or the superintendent.
It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations stating the required courses and optional courses for pre‐school, pre‐kindergarten, kindergarten, grades one through six, grades seven through eight, and grades nine through twelve.
Approved: July 1, 1989
Reviewed: June 14, 2001
Revised: May 18, 2020