Curriculum Content

6:60 Curriculum Content

The curriculum shall contain instruction on subjects required by State statute or regulation as follows:

  1. In kindergarten through grade 8, subjects include: (a) language arts, (b) reading, (c) other communication skills, (d) science, (e) mathematics, (f) social studies, (g) art, (h) music, and (i) drug and substance abuse prevention.  A reading opportunity of 60 minutes per day will be promoted for all students in kindergarten through grade 3 whose reading levels are one grade level or more lower than their current grade level.
  2. In grades 9 through 12, subjects include: (a) language arts, (b) writing intensive course, (c) science, (d) mathematics, (e) social studies including U.S. history, American government and, for students entering the 9th grade in the fall of 2016 and each year after it one semester of civics, (f) foreign language, (g) music, (h) art, (i) driver and safety education, and (j) vocational education.
    Students otherwise eligible to take a driver education course must receive a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two semesters before enrolling in the course. This requirement may be waived by the Superintendent, or designee, if he or she believes a waiver to be in the student’s best interest.  The course shall include; (a) classroom instruction on distracted driving as a major traffic safety issue, and (b) instruction concerning law enforcement procedures for traffic stops, including a demonstration of the proper actions to be taken during a traffic stop and appropriate interactions with law enforcement. Automobile safety instruction covering traffic regulations and highway safety must include instruction on the consequences of alcohol consumption and the operation of a motor vehicle.  The eligibility requirements contained in State law for the receipt of a certificate of completion from the Secretary of State shall be provided to students in writing at the time of their registration.
  3. In  grades  7  through  12,  as  well  as  in  interscholastic  athletic  programs,  steroid  abuse prevention must be taught.
  4. In  kindergarten through grade 12, provided it can be funded by private grants or the federal government, violence prevention and conflict resolution must be stressed, including: (a) causes of conflict, (b)  consequences  of  violent  behavior,  (c)  non-violent  resolution,  and  (d)  relationships between drugs, alcohol, and violence.
  5. In grades 3 through 12, age-appropriate Internet safety must be taught, the scope of which shall be determined by the Superintendent or designee.  The curriculum must incorporate policy 6:235, Access to Electronic Networks and, at a minimum, include: (a) education about appropriate online behavior, (b) interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and (c) cyberbullying awareness and response.
  6. In all grades, character education must be taught including respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, trustworthiness, and citizenship, in order to raise students’ honesty, kindness, justice, discipline, respect for others, and  moral courage.  Instruction in bullying prevention may be included.
  7. In all schools, citizenship values must be taught, including: (a) patriotism, (b) democratic principles of freedom, justice, and equality, (c) proper use and display of the American flag, (d) the Pledge of Allegiance, and (e) the voting process.
  8. In all grades, physical education must be taught including a developmentally planned and sequential curriculum that fosters the development of movement skills, enhances health- related fitness, increases students’ knowledge, offers direct opportunities to learn how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and encourages healthy habits and attitudes for a healthy lifestyle. Unless otherwise exempted, all students are required to engage daily during the school day in a physical education course.  For exemptions and substitutions, see policy 6:310, High School Credit for Non-District Experiences; Course Substitutions; Re-Entering Students and 7:260, Exemption from Physical Education. 
  9. In all schools, health education must be stressed, including: (a) proper nutrition, (b) physical fitness, (c) other components necessary to develop a sound mind in a healthy body, (d) dangers and avoidance of abduction, and (e) age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in all grades The Superintendent shall implement a comprehensive health education program in accordance with State law. Health education program content is described in administrative procedure 6:60-AP, Comprehensive Health Education Program; this administrative procedure requires the development of a family life and sex education program.  The State Police and ISBE must develop instruction on child abduction prevention (20 ILCS 2605/2605-480).
  10. In all schools, career/vocational education must be taught, including: (a) the importance of work, (b) the development of basic skills to enter the world of work and/or continue formal education, (c) good work habits and values, (d) the relationship between learning and work, and (e) if possible, a student work program that provides the student with work experience as an extension of the regular classroom. A Career Awareness and Exploration Program must be available at all grade levels.
  11. In grades 9 through 12, consumer education must be taught, including: financial literacy; installment purchasing; budgeting, savings, and investing; banking; simple contracts; income taxes; personal insurance policies; the comparison of prices; homeownership; and the roles of consumers interacting with  agriculture, business,  labor  unions  and  government in  formulating and achieving the goals of the mixed free enterprise system.
  12. In all schools, conservation of natural resources must be taught, including: (a) home ecology, (b) endangered species, (c) threats to the environment and (d) the importance of the environment to life, as we know it.
  13. In  all  schools,  United  States  history  must  be  taught,  including:  (a)  the  principles  of representative government, (b) the Constitutions of the U.S. and Illinois, (c) the role of the US 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, Polish, Lithuanians, Germans, Hungarians, Irish, Bohemians, Russians, Albanians, Italians, Czechs, Slovakians, French, Scots, Asian Americans, and Hispanics (including the events related to the forceful removal and illegal deportation of Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression), in the history of this country and State.
    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 following week.
  14. In all schools, the curriculum includes a unit of instruction on the Holocaust and crimes of genocide, including Nazi atrocities of 1933-1945, Armenian Genocide, the Famine-Genocide in Ukraine, and more recent atrocities in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Sudan.
  15. In all schools, a unit of instruction on the history, struggles, and contributions of women.
  16. In all schools, a unit of instruction must be included on 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.
  17. In all schools offering a secondary agricultural education program, courses as required by 105ILCS 5/2-3.80.
  18. In grade 7 and all high school courses concerning U.S. history or a combination of U.S. history and American government, students must view a Congressional Medal of Honor film.
  19. In all schools, instruction during courses as determined by the Superintendent or designee on disability history, awareness, and the disability rights movement. The statute requires the school board to determine the minimum amount of instructional time.  The sample policy complies by delegating this responsibility to the superintendent or designee.  The statute requires that the instruction be founded on the principle that all students, including students with disabilities, have the right to exercise self-determination.  It urges district to request individuals with disabilities to assist with the development and delivery of this instruction and allows instruction to be supplemented by knowledgeable guest speakers.

LEGAL REF.:  5 ILCS 465/3 and 465/3a.
                       20 ILCS 2605/2605-480.
                       105 ILCS 5/2-3.80(e) and (f), 5/27-3, 5/27-3.5, 5/27-5, 5/27-6, 5/27-6.5, 5/27-7, 5/27-12, 5/27-12.1, 5/27-13.1, 5/27-13.2,                               5/27-20.3, 5/27-20.4, 5/27-20.5, 5/27-21, 5/27-22, 5/27-23.3, 5/27-23.4, 5/27-23.7, 5/27-23.8, 5/27-23.10, 5/27-24.2,435/,                             and 110/3.
                       625 ILCS 5/6-408.5.
                       23 Ill.Admin.Code §§1.420, 1.425, 1.430, and 1.440.
                       Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 108-447, Section 111 of Division J.
                       Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, Pub. L. No. 110-385, Title II, 122 stat. 4096 (2008).
                       47 C.F.R. §54.520.

CROSS REF.:   6:20 (School Calendar and Day), 6:40 (Curriculum Development), 6:235 (Access to Electronic Networks), 6:70 (Teaching About Religions), 7:185 (Teen Dating Violence Prohibited), 7:180 (Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment, 7:190 (Student Behavior), 7:260 (Exemption from PhysicalEducation)

ADOPTED:  October 22, 2007

REVISED:   June 22, 2009
                    June 27, 2011
                    March 26, 2012
                    April 30, 2013
                    December 16, 2013
                    April 14, 2014
                    April 13, 2015
                    January 25, 2016
                    January 23, 2017