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Courses in the foundation and enrichment curriculum in grades 6-12 must be provided in a manner that allows all grade promotion and high school graduation requirements to be met in a timely manner.  The School is not required to offer a specific course in the foundation and enrichment curriculum except as specified in 19 TAC 74.3.  19 TAC 74.3(c)

GRADES 6-8

The School must provide instruction in the required curriculum as specified in 19 TAC 74.1, relating to essential knowledge and skills. The School shall ensure that sufficient time is provided for teachers to teach and for students to learn English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, health, physical education, technology applications, and to the extent possible, languages other than English.  19 TAC 74.3(a)

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS

The School shall require students in grades 6-8 to participate in moderate or vigorous daily physical activity for at least 30 minutes for at least four semesters during those grade levels as part of the School's physical education curriculum.

The School may as an alternative require a student enrolled in a grade level for which the School uses block scheduling to participate in moderate or vigorous physical activity for at least 225 minutes during each period of two school weeks.

Exemptions

The School must provide an exemption for:0)

  1. A student who is unable to participate in the required physical activity because of illness or disability; and
  2. A student who participates in an extracurricular activity with a moderate or vigorous physical activity component that is considered a structured activity and meets the requirements for extracurricular activity as defined at 19 TAC 76.1001.

The School may allow an exemption for a student in middle school participating in a school-related activity or an activity sponsored by a private league or club only if that activity meets each of the following requirements:0.

  1. The activity must be structured;
  2. The board must certify the activity; and
  3. The student must provide proof of participation in the activity.

A "structured activity" is an activity that meets, at a minimum, each of the following requirements:

  1. The activity is based on the grade appropriate movement, physical activity and health, and social development strands of the essential knowledge and skills for physical education specified in 19 TAC chapter 116; and
  2. The activity is organized and monitored by school personnel or by appropriately trained instructors who are part of a program that has been certified by the board.

Education Code 28.002(l), (l-1); 19 TAC 103.1003

Fine Arts Requirement

Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, students enrolled in grades 6-8 shall be required to complete at least one fine arts course during those grade levels as part of the School's fine arts curriculum.

Education Code 28.002(c-1)

HIGH SCHOOL COURSES AT EARLIER GRADES

The School may offer courses designated for grades 9-12 in earlier grade levels.  19 TAC 74.26(b)

GRADES 9-12 COURSE OFFERINGS

The School shall provide instruction in the required curriculum as specified in 19 TAC 74.1, relating to the essential knowledge and skills. According to each student's IEP, the School shall ensure that sufficient time is provided for teachers to teach and for students to learn the subjects in the required curriculum.

The School shall offer the courses listed below in grades 9-12 and shall maintain evidence that students have the opportunity to take these courses.

  1. English Language Arts - English I, II, III, IV.
  2. Mathematics - Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus and Mathematical Models with Applications.
  3. Science - Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  Science courses shall include at least 40 percent hands-on laboratory investigations and fieldwork, using appropriate scientific inquiry.
  4. Social Studies - United States History Studies Since Reconstruction, World History Studies, United States Government, and World Geography Studies.
  5. Economics - Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits.
    The School shall incorporate instruction in personal financial literacy into any course meeting a requirement for an economics credit, using materials approved by the State Board of Education.  The School may add elements at its discretion, but must include the areas of instruction listed in 19 TAC 74.34(b).
    Education Code 28.0021; 19 TAC 74.34
  6. Physical Education - Foundations of Personal Fitness and at least two of the following:
    1. Adventure/Outdoor Education;
    2. Aerobic Activities;
    3. Individual Sports; or
    4. Team Sports.
  7. Health Education - Health I.
    The School shall use the parenting and paternity awareness program developed by the State Board of Education in its high school health curriculum.  In high schools that do not have a family violence prevention program, the program must address skills relating to the prevention of family violence [See PARENTING AWARENESS PROGRAM, below}.
    Education Code 28.002(p)
  8. Fine arts: courses selected from at least two of the four fine arts areas (art, music, theatre and dance).
    1. Art I, II, III, IV;
    2. Music I, II, III, IV;
    3. Theatre I, II, III, IV; or
    4. Dance I, II, III, IV.
  9. Career and technology education, taught on a campus in the district with provisions for contracting for additional offerings with programs or institutions as may be practical - courses selected from at least three of the eight career and technology areas, as follows:
    1. Agricultural science and technology education;
    2. Business education;
    3. Career orientation;
    4. Health science technology education;
    5. Family and consumer sciences education/home economics education;
    6. Technology education/industrial technology education;
    7. Marketing education; and
    8. Trade and industrial education.
  10. Languages other than English - Levels I, II and III or higher of the same language.
  11. Technology applications - at least four courses selected from Computer Science I, Computer Science II, Desktop Publishing, Digital Graphics/Animation, Multimedia, Video Technology, Web Mastering, or Independent Student in Technology Applications.
  12. Speech - Communications Applications.

The School must provide each student the opportunity each year to select courses in which he or she intends to participate from a list that includes all courses listed above. If the School will not offer all required courses every year, but intends to offer particular courses only every other year, it  must notify all enrolled students of that fact.

19 TAC 74.3(b)(4)

TSBVI shall either teach, or provide access to instruction in a local public school any course a student is required to take for graduation, or any course in which:

  1. for local public school courses, ten or more students indicate they will participate;
  2. for TSBVI courses, three or more students indicate they will participate.

The School may offer additional courses from the complete list of courses approved by the State Board of Education to satisfy graduation requirements.

19 TAC 74.3(b)(3)

APPLIED COURSES

The School may offer the foundation curriculum required by the Recommended and Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Programs in an applied manner.  The courses must cover the essential knowledge and skills, and the student shall be administered the applicable end-of-course assessment instrument.

Education Code 28.025(b-4)

RESEARCH WRITING COMPONENT

For students entering grade 9 beginning with the 2007-08 school year, the School must ensure that one or more courses offered in the required curriculum for the Recommended and Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Programs include a research writing component.

19 TAC 74.3(b)(5)

PARENTING AWARENESS PROGRAM

The School shall use the parenting and paternity awareness program developed by the State Board of Education (SBOE) in its high school health curriculum.

High School

Middle School

The School may use the program in the School's middle school curriculum.

Program Requirements

Implementation of this requirement shall comply with the requirement that the Board establish a local school health advisory council to assist the School in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the School's health education instruction.

The School may add elements at its discretion but must include the following areas of instruction:

  1. Parenting skills and responsibilities, including child support;
  2. Relationship skills, including money management, communication, and marriage preparation; an
  3. Skills relating to the prevention of family violence, only if the School's middle or high school does not have a family violence program.
At the discretion of the Comprehensive Program Principal, a teacher may modify the suggested sequence and pace of the program at any grade level.

Local Programs and Materials

The School may develop or adopt research-based programs and curriculum materials for use in conjunction with the program developed by the SBOE.  The programs and curriculum materials may provide instruction in:

  1. Child development;
  2. Parenting skills, including child abuse and neglect prevention; and
  3. Assertiveness skills to prevent teenage pregnancy, abusive relationships, and family violence.

19 TAC 74.3(b)(2)

Parent Permission

A student under 14 years of age may not participate in the program without the permission of the student's parent or person standing in parental relation to the student.

Education Code 28.002(p); 19 TAC 74.35

ALCOHOL AWARENESS PROGRAM

The School shall choose a program from TEA's list of evidence-based alcohol awareness programs to use in the School's middle school or high school and high school health curriculum.

"Evidence-based alcohol awareness program" means a program, practice, or strategy that has been proven to effectively prevent or delay alcohol use among students, as determined by evaluations that use valid and reliable measures and that are published in peer-reviewed journals.

Education Code 28.002(r)

Adopted: 3/7/80

Amended: 6/14/80, 11/13/81, 9/21/83, 10/25/85, 2/14/86, 1/26/90, 5/30/91, 1/29/93, 1/24/97, 11/19/99, 1/30/04, 9/22/06, 11/16/07, 1/22/10

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