Elementary School Curriculum
District 196 offers students a comprehensive educational
program, with high academic standards and expectations. The districtwide
elementary school curriculum, described by subject and grade level
on the following pages, ensures students in kindergarten-grade five
will meet the same basic learning goals at each of the district's
18 elementary schools.
The elementary school curriculum focuses on
basic concepts in all major subjects, including the following:
- Language arts (reading, writing, listening,
speaking, spelling, handwriting);
- Physical education;
- Science, and
- Social studies.
Elementary schools employ instructional specialists
to work with students in the areas of music, physical education,
media/library and art.
Learning opportunities in the elementary schools
also include the following:
- Computer and technology education that
focuses on integrating educational technologies (such as computer
software, CD-ROM and telecommunications) into all areas of the
curriculum. The intent is for technology to become part of daily
instruction, and for students to develop skills in word processing,
database, telecommunications, desktop publishing, graphics and
- An Enhanced Learning Program that combines
critical and creative thinking skills with regular classroom activities
for gifted and talented students. Teachers modify curriculum to
meet the needs of advanced learners.
- Basic skills programs, which provide
tutoring for students who have difficulty with language, reading
and/or math. Specific programs, which vary from school to school,
include Reading Recovery, Assurance of Mastery, Basic Skills and
- Chemical abuse prevention programs that
help students, in partnership with parents and the community,
develop the capacity to make informed decisions about important
factors in their lives, including the use of chemicals. Elementary
students participate in the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
program. Other knowledge and skills related to drug prevention
are taught through our elementary curriculum in health (drug information
and decision-making) and guidance (personal and social development).
Students also have the opportunity to take part in parent and
family prevention classes, peer programs and early intervention
programs. Our district supports local healthy communities initiatives
aimed at enhancing developmental assets for our youth.
- Enrichment programs (such as Quest and
Project Explore) offer students in grades 1-5 courses during the
school day to support basic skills or expand learning in areas
of interest. The availability of these programs varies from school