The California State Board of Education sets curriculum standards and frameworks in the areas of English-language arts, mathematics, science, history/social science, and visual and performing arts. These standards guide curriculum planning at the school district level. They identify what students learn at each grade level in major subject areas. They were developed by teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators and faculty from colleges and universities.
For more information, go to the California Department of Education website at: www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/
The general curriculum in elementary school calls for two hours daily uninterrupted reading/language arts instruction grades K-5. Students receive mathematics instruction daily for 50-60 minutes in grades K-5. These blocks of instructional time reflect the mandates contained in the English language arts and mathematics frameworks.
The basic curriculum for middle school students—Grades 6 through 8—calls for students to complete three years of English, history, mathematics, science, and physical education. Students are also offered electives in fine arts, practical arts, world language, and technology.
At the high school level, students must complete 220 units of course work. Please see the detailed section on the District high school curriculum and graduation requirements.