605C – Curriculum–Senior High School

Curricular Areas. The senior high school curriculum (grades 9-12) shall advance the learnings in the curricular areas begun in the elementary and middle schools and shall include the following curricular areas as a minimum:

  • English/ Language Arts – communication processes of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, visual expression and nonverbal communication; composition; speech and debate skills; literature; creative dramatics; journalism.
  • Social Studies – geography; history; government; cultures; citizenship; voter education; democratic beliefs and values; social and political skills; social and behavioral sciences, including economics.
  • Mathematics – computational and problem-solving skills; algebraic, geometric, trigonometric and finite mathematical concepts; measurement; ratio, proportion and percent; statistics and probability; reasonableness of results; reading, interpreting, and constructing tables, charts, and graphs; estimation; quantitative literacy; concepts, operations and applications of mathematics; use of calculators and computers as tools in problem solving; language and symbolism to communicate mathematical ideas.
  • Science – biological, earth, and physical science, including physics and chemistry; conservation of natural resources; environmental awareness; hands-on process skills; scientific knowledge; scientific applications.
  • Health – food and nutrition; safety and survival skills; family life; substance abuse and nonuse; health resources; human sexuality; human growth and development; self-esteem; stress management; inter-personal relationships; prevention and control of disease, including of sexually transmitted diseases; current clinical health issues; personal, consumer, environmental, emotional and social health; health issues.
  • Physical Education – rhythm and dance activities; body mechanics; fitness activities; sports and games; tumbling and gymnastics; water safety; leisure and lifetime activities.
  • Music – singing, listening to, playing and using of music; reading and writing music; study of musical heritage; music as an avocation or vocation.
  • Visual Arts – developing concepts and values about natural and created environments; critiquing works of art; evaluating relationships between art and societies; analyzing, abstracting, and synthesizing visual forms to express ideas; making art; art as an avocation or vocation.
  • Theatre – developing internal and external resources in the theatre process; creating through artistic collaboration; forming aesthetic judgments; using theatre as an avocation or vocation.
  • Foreign Language – listening and reading comprehension, oral and written proficiency; cultural awareness.
  • Industrial Technology – exploration of technological systems, technological literacy; trade and industrial programs.
  • Business Education – planning, organizing, directing, and controlling business office systems and procedures, including preparing, transcribing, systematizing and preserving communications; preparing and analyzing financial records; receiving and disbursing money; gathering, processing and distributing information.
  • Marketing Education – merchandising and management.
  • Family and Consumer Science – food and nutrition; consumer education; family living; parenthood education; child development and guidance; housing; home management; resource management; clothing and textiles.
  • Health Occupations – wellness; prevention of disease; diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

The senior high school curriculum shall continue to foster desirable personal traits and shall also be directed towards enabling students to identify special interests, aptitudes, and abilities and towards enabling students to make educational and career choices.  The senior high school shall continue to emphasize learning, study, and social skills and higher order thinking skills.

Course Offerings.  A sufficient number of courses shall be offered in each curricular area at each grade level to meet requirements imposed by state statute and the regulations of the Iowa Department of Education for accreditation.

Elective Course Offerings.  The District will require all students to take certain course offerings, unless exempted for health, religious or educational reasons, in order to provide a sound foundation for future educational programs.  Students enrolled in the senior high school may choose elective courses in order to meet their own interests and needs.

Date of Revision: December 10, 2018

Legal References: 256.11, 256.18, 258.10, 279.50, 280.3, 280.9, 280.9A, 280.9B, 280.12, 280.14, 280.19A, 280.20, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.2, 12.5, Chapter 15

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