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California Department of Education
Suggested Guide

GRADE LEVEL

SUGGESTED DAYS TAUGHT PER YEAR

SUGGESTED HOURS OF TEACHING 


QUALIFICATIONS


LANGUAGE TAUGHT

K-6

170 TO 180


3 TO 4 HOURS


CAPABLE OF TEACHING


ENGLISH

7-12

170 TO 180


TO 7 HOURS


CAPABLE OF TEACHING

 


ENGLISH

MOST MAINSTREAM CURRICULUM COMPANIES (SEE HERE) COVER THESE CALIFORNIA BRANCHES OF STUDY BELOW — THESE DESCRIPTIONS SERVE AS A GUIDE FOR CALIFORNIA PARENTS—TEACHERS HAVE AUTOMY OVER WHAT TO TEACH BUT IT IS SUGGESTED ONCE STUDENT REACHES 9TH GRADE, TO FOLLOW A HEARTY HIGH SCHOOL PLAN. YOU MAY FIND MINIMUM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS HERE. PLEASE SEE THIS PAGE IF YOUR STUDENT WANTS TO ENTER A CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OR STATE COLLEGE, BYPASSING A JUNIOR COLLEGE

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF 

EDUCATION BRANCHES OF STUDY

Private School Satellite Programs allow parents much leeway in selecting from the branches of study. These listed here are general guidelines.

Grades K-6

CA ED CODE: 51210.

Areas of study

The adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, shall include instruction, beginning in grade 1 and continuing through grade 6, in the following areas of study: (a) English, including knowledge of, and appreciation for literature and the language, as well as the skills of speaking, reading, listening, spelling, handwriting, and composition.

(b) Mathematics, including concepts, operational skills, and problem solving.

(c) Social sciences, drawing upon the disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology, designed to fit the maturity of the pupils.  Instruction shall provide a foundation for understanding the history, resources, development, and government of California and the United States of America; the development of the American economic system including the role of the entrepreneur and labor; the relations of persons to their human and natural environment; eastern and western cultures and civilizations; contemporary issues; and the wise use of natural resources.

(d) Science, including the biological and physical aspects, with emphasis on the processes of experimental inquiry and on the place of humans in ecological systems.

(e) Visual and performing arts, including instruction in the subjects of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, aimed at the development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression.

(f) Health, including instruction in the principles and practices of individual, family, and community health.

(g) Physical education, with emphasis upon the physical activities for the pupils that may be conducive to health and vigor of body and mind.

Grades 7-12

CA ED CODE: 51220.

Areas of study

The adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, shall offer courses in the following areas of study:

(a) English, including knowledge of and appreciation for literature, language, and composition, and the skills of reading, listening, and speaking.

(b) Social sciences, drawing upon the disciplines of anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology, designed to fit the maturity of the pupils.  Instruction shall provide a foundation for understanding the history, resources, development, and government of California and the United States of America; instruction in our American legal system, the operation of the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, and the rights and duties of citizens under the criminal and civil law and the State and Federal Constitutions; the development of the American economic system, including the role of the entrepreneur and labor; the relations of persons to their human and natural environment; eastern and western cultures and civilizations; human rights issues, with particular attention to the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery, and the Holocaust, and contemporary issues.

(c) Foreign language or languages, beginning not later than grade 7, designed to develop a facility for understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the particular language. ALTERNATE: visual or performing arts

(d) Physical education, with emphasis given to physical activities that are conducive to health and to vigor of body and mind

(e) Science, including the physical and biological aspects, with emphasis on basic concepts, theories, and processes of scientific investigation and on the place of humans in ecological systems, and with appropriate applications of the interrelation and interdependence of the sciences.

(f) Mathematics, including instruction designed to develop mathematical understandings, operational skills, and insight into problem-solving procedures.

(g) Visual and performing arts, including dance, music, theater, and visual arts, with emphasis upon development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression. (in place of foreign language)

(h) Applied arts, including instruction in the areas of consumer and homemaking education, industrial arts, general business education, or general agriculture.

(i) Career technical education designed and conducted for the purpose of preparing youth for gainful employment in the occupations and in the numbers that are appropriate to the personnel needs of the state and the community served and relevant to the career desires and needs of the pupils.

(j) Automobile driver education, designed to develop a knowledge of the provisions of the Vehicle Code and other laws of this state relating to the operation of motor vehicles that includes behind-the-wheel instruction.

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