Curriculum & Instruction

District 95 provides an articulated standards-based curriculum from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As children progress through the grades, content and skills are designed to provide a continuous succession of learning objectives designed to build on previous learning. Students receive a consistent curriculum throughout the District based on the New Illinois Learning Standards developed for each grade level.

District 95 curriculum is designed to give every student the opportunity to succeed. A special emphasis is placed on reading, writing and mathematics competencies combined with the use of technology as an integral part of the daily school experience. At the elementary level, the educational program focuses on basic academic skills, fine arts, physical education, and social/emotional development. Students at the middle school level receive a core curriculum consisting of literacy, math, science and social studies as well as an exploratory curriculum in technology, art, music, food science, and physical education. Instruction at all levels is provided on all subjects required by State statute or regulation. For a detailed description of these topics and the grade level(s) at which they are taught, see Board Policy 6:60, Curriculum Content.


All District classrooms are equipped with a wide assortment of instructional materials, including textbooks, workbooks, audio-visual materials, and electronic materials. These materials are designed to provide quality learning experiences for students and to:

-Enrich and support the curriculum;
-Stimulate growth in knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards;
-Provide background information to enable students to make intelligent judgments and promote critical reading and thinking;
-Depict in an accurate and unbiased way the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society; and
-Contribute to a sense of the worth of all people regardless of sex, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other differences that may exist.

The term “instructional material” means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, printed or representational materials, audio-visual materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet). The term does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

Teachers are encouraged to use supplemental material only when it will enhance, or otherwise illustrate, the subjects being taught and to ensure it is age-appropriate.

A student’s parents or guardians may inspect, upon their request, any instructional material used as part of their child’s or ward’s educational curriculum within a reasonable time of their request. Requests to inspect textbooks or instructional materials must be filed with the Superintendent’s office.


Parents will be notified at least 5 days in advance of instruction in recognizing and avoiding sexual abuse Students will not be required to take or participate in any class or course in comprehensive sex education if her or her parent/guardian submits a written objection. The parent or guardian’s decision will not be the reason for any student discipline, including suspension or expulsion. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology. Parents or guardians may examine the instructional materials to be used in any district sex education class or course.