The Elementary and Secondary Curriculum and Graduation Requirements

Approved: 12-8-04
Revised:    9-13-06 
Revision:  11-8-06
Revised:    6-10-09
Revised:    8-11-10 and 10-6-10
Revised 6-10-15

Philosophy:

The primary goal of the South Sanpete Board of Education is to develop knowledge, skills and awareness within students to facilitate their living successfully as contributing adults in society.

Definitions:

  1. Core Curriculum – The knowledge that students enrolled in public schools are expected to know and be able to do at specific grade levels or following completion of identified courses. These standards of learning are essential for all Utah students, as well as being the ideas, concepts, and skills that provide a foundation on which subsequent learning may be built, as established by the State Board.
  2. Elementary School – Grades K-6 in whatever kind of schools the grade level exists.
  3. Middle School – Grades 7-8 in whatever kind of school the grade level exists.
  4. High School – Grades 9-12 in whatever kind of school the grade level exists.
  5. 5)Individualized Education Program (IEP) – A written statement for a student with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in accordance with the Utah Special Education Rules and Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

 Policy:

South Sanpete School District shall provide to the best of its ability a well balanced curriculum in accordance with the State Law and Utah Administrative Rules R277-700 1-7. Every effort shall be made to deliver effective instruction by highly qualified teachers to every student on the essential elements at every grade level. The District’s curriculum shall at least meet the minimum requirements of State Law and State Board Rules. Those minimum requirements are to contain the essential elements of each subject at appropriate grade levels. The essential elements represent the core knowledge, skills, and competencies all students should learn to be effective and productive members of society. The District may add elements at its discretion, but shall not delete or omit instruction in the essential elements.

K-6 Core Curriculum

The general core curriculum in grades K-6 shall consist of:

  1. Grades K-2:
    1. Reading/Language Arts
    2. Mathematics
    3. Integrated Curriculum
  2. Grades 3-6
    1. Reading/Language Arts
    2. Mathematics
    3. Science
    4. Social Studies
    5. Arts;
    6. Visual Arts
    7. Music
    8. Dance
    9. Theatre
    10. Health Education
    11. Physical Education
    12. Educational Technology
    13. Library Media  

Utah Admin. R. R277-700-4

Reading Achievement for K-3 

  1. Reading Achievement Plan

Each elementary school in the District shall develop a Reading Achievement Plan.  The Reading Achievement Plan includes assessment, intervention, and reporting components.  The school principal shall be responsible to provide leadership and allocate resources and support for teachers and students to implement the reading achievement plan and achieve the reading goals. Utah Code 53A-1-606.5 (2007)

  2.  Goal Achievement Reporting

In addition to the reports to parents provided under the reporting component of the reading achievement plan, the District shall annually provide parents with a copy of their student’s comprehensive U-PASS report, which includes measurements of reading performance.

 Utah Code 53A-1-607(5) (2007)

3.  Reading Below Grade Level

The District shall:

  1. Notify a parent or guardian of a first, second, or third grade student, prior to the midpoint of the school year, that the first, second, or third grade student is reading below grade level, as determined by multiple assessments;
  2. Provide information to a parent or guardian of such a student regarding reading remediation interventions available through the District; and
  3. Provide focused reading remediation through appropriate interventions that may include tutoring, before and after school programs, or summer school assistance. Utah Code Ann. § 53A-1-606.6 (2010) ; SB 150 (S1) (2010 General Session)

Grades 7-8 Core Curriculum

In grades 7-8, students shall take a minimum of 12 total units.  The District shall teach, and each student shall take, the following units:

  1. Language Arts – 2 units.
  2. Mathematics – 2 units.
  3. Science – 1.5 units.
  4. Social Studies – 1.5 units.
  5. The Arts – 1.0 unit.
    1. Visual Arts
    2. Music
    3. Dance
    4. Theatre
  6. Physical Education – 1.0 unit.
  7. Health Education – .5 units.
  8. Career and Technical Education, Life, and Careers – 1.0 unit.
  9. Best practices, technology and other instructional media shall be used in middle school curricula to increase the relevance and quality of instruction.

Utah Admin Rules R277-700-5

Grades 9-12 Core Curriculum

Students in grades 9-12 shall earn a minimum of (25-28 block units ascending by graduation year according to block implementation) units of credit through course completion or through competency assessment consistent with R277-705 to graduate. The following outlines the (18) required credits for 9-12 students who will graduate:

  1. Language Arts  courses (4.0 units of credit) that include:
    1. Ninth grade level (1.0 unit);
    2. Tenth grade level (1.0 unit);
    3. Eleventh grade level (1.0 unit); and
    4. Twelfth grade level (1.0 unit) consisting of applied or advanced language arts credit from the list of Board-approved courses using the following criteria and consistent with the student’s SEOP:
      1. The course is within the field/discipline of language arts, with a significant portion of instruction aligned to language arts content, principles, knowledge, and skills; and
      2. The course provides instruction that leads to student understanding of the nature and disposition of language arts; and
      3. The course applies the fundamental concepts and skills of language arts; and
      4. The course provides developmentally appropriate content; and
      5. The course develops skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presentation.
  2. Mathematics courses (3.0 units of credit) met minimally through successful completion of the foundation courses: Secondary Math I, II, III.
    1. Students may opt out of Math III with written parent /legal guardian request. If an opt out is requested, the third math credit shall come from the advanced and applied Board-approved mathematics list.
    2. If credit for a foundation course is earned before the ninth grade, the student shall still earn 3.0 units of credit by taking courses from the foundation, advanced and applied Board-approved mathematics list consistent with the student’s SEOP and the following criteria:
      1. Courses are within the field/discipline of mathematics with a significant portion of instruction aligned to mathematics content, principles, knowledge, and skills; and
      2. Courses provide instruction that leads to student understanding of the nature and disposition of mathematics; and
      3. Courses apply the fundamental concepts and skills of mathematics; and
      4. Courses provide developmentally appropriate content; and
      5. Courses include the five process skills of mathematics: problem solving, reasoning, communication, connections, and representation.
    3. Students should consider taking additional credits during their senior year that align with their post-secondary career or college expectations. Students who desire a four-year college degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) career area should take a calculus course.
  3. Science courses (3.0 units of credit) including
    1. At a minimum, two courses (2.0 units of credit) from the four science foundation areas:
      1. Earth Systems Science  (1.0 unit of credit);
      2. Biological Science  (1.0 unit of credit);
      3. Chemistry  (1.0 unit of credit);
      4. Physics – (1.0 unit of credit); and
    2. One additional course (1.0 unit of credit) from the foundation courses or the applied or advanced science list determined by the local board and approved by Board using the following criteria and consistent with the student’s SEOP:
      1. Courses are within the field/discipline of science with a significant portion of instruction aligned to science content, principles, knowledge, and skills; and
      2. Courses provide instruction that leads to student understanding of the nature and disposition of science; and
      3. Courses apply the fundamental concepts and skills of science; and
      4. Courses provide developmentally appropriate content; and
      5. Courses include the areas of physical, natural, or applied sciences; and
      6. Courses develop students’ skills in scientific inquiry.
  4. Social Studies courses (3.0 units of credit) including:
    1. Geography for Life  (.5 unit); and
    2. World Civilizations  (.5 unit); and
    3. U.S. History (1.0 unit); and
    4. W.S. Government and Citizenship (.5 unit); and 
    5. General Financial Literacy (.5 credit).
  5. Arts  courses (1.5 units of credit)  from any of the following performance areas:
    1. Visual Arts;
    2. Music;
    3. Dance;
    4. Theatre;
  6. Physical and Health Education  courses (2.0 units of credit) including:
    1. Health  (.5 unit); and
    2. Participation Skills  (.5 unit); and
    3. Fitness for Life  (.5 unit); and
    4. Individualized Lifetime Activities (.5 unit) or team sport/athletic participation (maximum of .5 units with school approval).
  7. Career and Technical Education  courses (1.0 unit of credit) among the following areas:
    1. Agriculture;
    2. Business;
    3. Family and Consumer Sciences;
    4. Health Science and Technology;
    5. Information Technology;
    6. Marketing ;
    7. Technology and Engineering Education;
    8. Trade and Technical Education.
  8. Educational Technology  courses (.5 unit of credit) as follows:
    1. Computer Technology (.5 unit for the class by this specific name only); or
    2. Successful completion of Board-approved competency examination credit may be awarded at the discretion of the school or school district).
    3. Library Media Skills (integrated into the subject areas).
  9. Electives (7.0- 10  unit credits ascending by graduation year according to block implementation.
  10. Elective course offerings shall be established and offered at the discretion of the local board.
  11. Local boards may require students to earn additional credits for graduation that exceed minimum Board requirements.  Utah Admin Rules R277-700-7 (2006)

Credits and Civic Tests, and Education Plans

Students must earn a total of  (25-28 block units ascending by graduation year according to block implementation) credits to graduate: 18 credits of required core curriculum and 10 additional elective credits ascending by graduation year according to block implementation. Utah Admin Rule R277-700-7E, F

  1. Unit of Credit
    A unit of credit or fraction thereof shall be given upon satisfactory compliance
    of State and District standards and be recorded on a student transcript. Normally, a student may not earn credit for high school graduation until after that student has completed the 8th grade. Utah Admin Rules R277-700-7
  2. Civics Test
    A public school student who graduates on or after January 1, 2016, shall pass a basic civics test as a condition for receiving a high school diploma.    53A-13-109.5. American civics education initiative 2015
  3. SEP and SEOP
    During the sixth grade, a middle school Student’s Education Plan (SEP) will be developed cooperatively by the student, the parents, and designated school personnel. This Plan will include the graduation requirements and the individual student’s interests and goals. It will be formally reviewed at the beginning of seventh and eighth grade.
    Each high school Student’s Educational Occupational Plan (SEOP) will identify areas of interest and goals. The counselor will hold an SEOP with the student each year during his/her 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. The parent/guardian of the student is encouraged to attend the SEOP’s each year; however, they are required to attend the 9th grade and the 11th grade SEOP.
  4. IEP
    All handicapped students will demonstrate mastery of the courses in the general core to the best of their ability. If a student’s handicapping condition precludes successful demonstration of mastery, the Individual Education Planning (IEP) team, on a case-by-case basis, may exempt the student or modify the mastery demonstration to accommodate the student’s handicap.

Methods of Obtaining Credit

Credits towards graduation for 9-12 students may be obtained and recorded on the student’s transcript by the following methods:

  1. Successful completion of courses in the high schools of the District.
  2. Successful completion of concurrent-enrollment college courses.
  3. Successful completion of assessment tests (if available) in particular subject areas, as established by District Policy.
  4. Successful completion, as determined by the District or school, of correspondence or electronic coursework offered by accredited educational institutions with prior approval by the District or school to the extent practicable.
  5. Successful completion of military basic training (usually 6-8 weeks) may qualify a student for two high school credits: one credit, physical education; one-half credit, civics (elective); and one-half credit, civics (U.S. Government and Citizenship).
  6. Transfer credits for successfully completed courses from the Utah Electronic High School and from any school accredited by the State Board of Education or by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, which credits shall be accepted as issued by the school, without alteration.
  7. Demonstrating mastery of approved courses outside the school day.
  8. Review of student work or projects consistent with District and school procedures and criteria.
  9. Credit for military service, the GED, and life experience is available to Adult Education students only. Students may enroll in the Adult Education Program when they are 18 years old if their chronological classmates have graduated. Married students or parents may also enroll in Adult Education. Students with other extenuating circumstances may petition the school/District administration for special consideration.
  10. Schools within the District shall accept credits from other accredited educational institutions. With regard to students transferring from other states or districts that require less than 24 AS credits, the District and/or school shall use a mathematical formula to equate the credits as outlined in District Policy IKF-SP1. In order for a student to graduate from a South Sanpete School District high school, he/she shall be enrolled within South Sanpete School District  for a period of time (usually one semester) or have made prior arrangements with school/District administration. 
  11. Other credits may be accepted with prior Board approval.

        Utah Admin Rules R277-705-4; Utah Code 53A-13-108.5; and 53A-15-1003(2)

Diplomas, Certificate of Completion, and Graduation Exercises

The South Sanpete Board of Education shall award Diplomas and Certificates of Completion to students in accordance with Utah Administrative Rules R277-705-4.

Students may receive a Diploma, Differentiated Diploma, or Certification of Completion based upon the following criteria:

  1. Diploma
    1. Successful completion of the core curriculum and all State course requirements which is: (25-28 credit block units ascending by graduation year according to block implementation).
  2. Certificate of Completion
    1. Completion of senior year.
    2. Exiting the school system.
    3. Has not fulfilled the 25-28 required credits.
  3. Graduation Exercises 
        a.  Only those students who have successfully completed and met all of the graduation requirements for a high school diploma, and/or certificate of completion, as prescribed by the Utah State Board of Education and the local Board of  
             Education shall be allowed to participate in the year-end Graduation Exercises.
       b. Normally, students in other programs (i.e., YIC) who complete District and State graduation requirements shall receive a “South Sanpete School District: High School Diploma,” rather than a diploma from a local high school.  These
           students shall also participate in their own recognition or graduation ceremony sponsored by the District. An exception may be made to this guideline if the student was a former student who had previously attended Gunnison High or
           Manti High for at least two years.
  4. Special Education Students
     Special education students shall satisfy high school completion or graduation criteria,  consistent with State and Federal Law and the student’s IEP.  Such students may participate in the UAA (Utah Alternative Assessment) and may be awarded a Certificate of Completion consistent with State and Federal Law and the student’s IEP or Section 504 Plan.  Utah Administrative Rules R277-705-5

 Adult Education and GEDStudents

  1. A student enrolled in an adult education program shall pass a basic civics test as a condition for receiving an adult education secondary diploma.
  2. There is no provision for K-12 students to “upgrade” a high school diploma through an Adult Education Program.
  3. The District shall issue the “South Sanpete School District: High School Diploma” to its adult education graduates who have completed 24 credits.  Graduating students will also be required to pass a five paragraph essay graded with a common rubric, and have TABE scores above 7.0 grade level.
  4. The State shall issue a Utah High School Completion Diploma to students 16 years of age or older who have successfully passed all five academic components of the GED Test. Students who receive this Diploma shall not participate in the traditional high school graduation ceremonies. The protocol and issuance of these Diplomas shall be done in accordance with Utah Admin Rule R277-702 (1-8).
  5. Adult education graduates shall participate in their own recognition or graduation ceremony sponsored by the District. An exception may be made to this guideline if the student was a former student who had previously attended Gunnison High or Manti High for at least two years, and he or she is willing to attend graduation practices.

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