301P - Instructional Goals and Objectives

The School Board of Frederick County, Virginia, develops and implements a program of instruction for grades kindergarten through 12 that is aligned to the Standards of Learning established by the Board of Education and that meets or exceeds the requirements of the Board of Education. The program of instruction emphasizes reading, writing, speaking, mathematical concepts and computations, proficiency in the use of computers and related technology, computer science and computational thinking, including computer coding, and scientific concepts and processes; essential skills and concepts of citizenship, including knowledge of Virginia history and world and United States history, economics, government, foreign languages, international cultures, health and physical education, environmental issues and geography necessary for responsible participation in American society and in the international community; fine arts, which may include, but need not be limited to, music and art, and practical arts; knowledge and skills needed to qualify for further education, gainful employment, or training in a career or technical field; and development of the ability to apply such skills and knowledge in preparation for eventual employment and lifelong learning and to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

The School Board also implements:

  1. programs in grades kindergarten through three that emphasize developmentally appropriate learning to enhance success

  2. programs based on prevention, intervention, or remediation designed to increase the number of students who earn a high school diploma and to prevent students from dropping out of school; such programs shall include components that are research-based

  3. career and technical education programs incorporated into the kindergarten through grade 12 curricula

  4. educational objectives in middle and high school that emphasize economic education and financial literacy pursuant to Va. Code § 22.1-200.03

  5. early identification of students with disabilities and enrollment of such students in appropriate instructional programs consistent with state and federal law

  6. early identification of gifted students and enrollment of such students in appropriately differentiated instructional programs

  7. educational alternatives for students whose needs are not met in programs prescribed elsewhere in the Standards of Learning

  8. adult education programs for individuals functioning below the high school completion level

  9. a plan to make achievements for students who are educationally at risk a divisionwide priority that shall include procedures for measuring the progress of such students

  10. an agreement for postsecondary degree attainment with a community college in Virginia specifying the options for students to complete an associate's degree or a one-year Uniform Certificate of General Studies from a community college concurrent with a high school diploma; such agreement shall specify the credit available for dual enrollment courses and Advanced Placement courses with qualifying exam scores of three or higher

  11. a plan to notify students and their parents of the availability of dual enrollment and Advanced Placement classes, career and technical education programs, including internships, externships, apprenticeships, credentialing programs, certification programs, licensure programs, and other work-based learning experiences; the International Baccalaureate Program, and Academic Year Governor's School Programs, the qualifications for enrolling in such classes, programs and experiences; and the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students to take the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examinations; this plan shall include notification to students and parents of the agreement with a community college in Virginia to enable students to complete an associate's degree or a one-year Uniform Certificate of General Studies concurrent with a high school diploma

  12. identification of students with limited English proficiency and enrollment of such students in appropriate instructional programs, which programs may include dual language programs whereby such students receive instruction in English and in a second language

  13. early identification, diagnosis, and assistance for students with reading and mathematics problems and provision of instructional strategies and reading and mathematics practices that benefit the development of reading and mathematics skills for all students

  14. incorporation of art, music, and physical education as a part of the instructional program at the elementary school level

  15. a program of physical activity available to all students in grades kindergarten through five consisting of at least 20 minutes per day or an average of 100 minutes per week during the regular school year and available to all students in grades six through 12 with a goal of at least 150 minutes per week on average during the regular school year; such program may include any combination of (i) physical education classes, (ii) extracurricular athletics, or (iii) recess, or (iv) other programs and physical activities deemed appropriate by the School Board

  16. a program of student services for grades kindergarten through grade 12 that shall be designed to aid students in their educational, social, and career development

  17. the collection and analysis of data and the use of the results to evaluate and make decisions about the instructional program

  18. a program of instruction in each government course in the school division on all information and concepts in the civics portion of the U.S. Naturalization test


Legal Reference(s):
Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, Section(s) 22.1-207, 22.1 253.13:1, 22.1-78


Adopted: February 6, 1990
Amended: May 20, 2014
Amended: September 18, 2018
Amended: May 7, 2019