Curriculum and Instruction
The curriculum in District 15 is continually evaluated to ensure it is dynamic and responsive. Various curriculum committees, consisting of teachers and administrators, and often guided by content experts, research best practice instructional approaches and programmatic resources for study, and recommend materials which allow for responsive teaching to meet the needs of diverse learners. Parents have a right to review instructional materials used by their child(ren)’s classroom teachers. In District 15, elementary school classes are self-contained and junior high school classes are departmentalized. The basic curriculum is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards [incorporating the Common Core Standards; the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards for Civics and History; and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)].
At all grade levels, students are taught: Language Arts (reading, writing, listening, and speaking); Mathematics; Science; Social Studies; Music; Comprehensive Health*; Visual Arts; and Physical Education.
*Human Growth and Development is taught as a separate unit within the Comprehensive Health curriculum. Content and activities are carefully selected for grade-level appropriateness. Parent/guardians involvement is essential for the success of this curriculum. Parents/guardians may view materials that will be used for instruction and have the option to withdraw their children from this unit of instruction by sending a written request to the principal. When instruction in recognizing and avoiding sexual abuse and grooming behaviors is included in any class, parents/guardians will receive notice at least five days before such instruction begins and may choose to have their child(ren) withdraw from participation.