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CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
– The children in the Indiana Area School District who attain the age of
five years on or before August 31 are eligible to enter
Kindergarten that school year.
grade – The children in the Indiana Area School District who attain the
age of six years on or before August 31 are eligible to
enter Grade 1 that school year.
all levels, the final decision for student promotion rests with the
building principal in consultation with faculty and staff. Teachers, counselors, support personnel, and
parents/guardians aid in this decision.
A student will be considered for promotion in Grades 7 and 8 unless
he or she fails three (3) or more subjects or fails to demonstrate
academic growth through a district approved remedial program.
Indiana Area School District’s grading scale is as follows:
A=4(93-100%), B=3(85-92%), C=2(77-84%), D=1(69-76%), F=0(68% and
below). All advanced
placement courses at the senior high school are currently approved for
weighted grading as follows: A=5(93-100%),
B=4(85-92%), C=3(77-84%), D=2(69-76%).
Elementary students in kindergarten through Grade 2 are assessed
within a developmental continuum.
progress is reported four times a year for students in grades 1-12.
For kindergarten students, student progress is reported twice a
year in January and June. Children
who participate in a special education program also receive quarterly
progress reports based on the goals and objectives of their Individualized
Pennsylvania’s public education system is regulated by Title 22, Chapter 4 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code. Chapter 4 establishes our state’s Academic Standards and Assessment. Academic Standards define what every student should know and be able to do in core curriculum areas. Pennsylvania’s public schools currently have adopted Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Environment and Ecology; History; Civics and Government; Geography; Economics; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health, Safety and Physical Education; Arts and Humanities; Career Education and Work, and World Languages.
Additional local district assessments are conducted each year. A complete schedule of all assessments is mailed to parents at the beginning of each school year.
and Language Arts
form the cornerstone for students’ academic success.
The Reading and Language Arts curriculum at the elementary level
includes reading skills, literature, written expression, spelling and
language skills. Students
develop their ability to read independently, to read critically for
information in all subjects, and to demonstrate comprehension of text.
The Language Arts Committee recommended the Macmillan Treasures series for adoption (K-5) in the spring of 2008. Initial implementation took place in the fall of 2008. Click the links for research supporting the Macmillan Treasures series. Treasures Research Alignment Treasures Research by IESD
instruction focuses on computation, measurement, mathematical reasoning,
problem-solving and communication. Students
also learn to use appropriate technology in their study of mathematical
concepts and skills.
elementary Science curriculum focuses upon hands-on exploration of
science concepts. Students
expand their understanding of our natural world as they investigate living
things, our physical environment, and our body systems.
Major themes of diversity, life changes, the interaction of matter
and energy, and the interactions of systems are studied across grade
levels. Students apply the
scientific process, make predictions, observe through laboratory
experiences, and apply technology in their inquiry activities.
includes the study of History, Geography, Economics, Civics and
Government. Students acquire
an understanding of U.S. and World History, of maps and World Geography,
of money and personal budgeting, and of the roles and responsibilities of
local, U.S. and world citizenship. Thematic
units and interdisciplinary units are used to build students’
understanding of these concepts as students examine their family units,
school community, local community, state, country and the world community.
Special Subjects: All students participate in weekly classes of Physical
Education/Health, Art, Library and Vocal Music. Students in the upper elementary grades may also participate
in Band and Chorus. Technology
instruction is provided to students in the intermediate grades, and
instrumental lessons are also available to students in Grades 4-6.
All grade 3 students participate in violin lessons.
All grade 3 students participate in violin lessons.
who are identified as Mentally Gifted receive Enrichment Support services,
as specified on their written Individual Education Program (IEP) plans. Enrichment Support may include support in the students’
regular curriculum, and support through extension or enrichment
instruction outside the students’ grade level class.
The secondary schools operate on an eight period, forty-minutes per period school day. Graduation Requirements include successful completion of 24 academic credits (including 4 English, 4 Social Studies**, 3 Mathematics, 3 Science, 2 Health & Physical Education, 1 Computer Technology, 0.5 Family and Consumer Science and 6.5 Electives. (**Students who attend the Indiana County Technology Center for three years must complete only 3 Social Studies credits). Students must demonstrate satisfactory school attendance as specified by the district’s Attendance Policy and must complete a culminating project in which the students apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information, and communicate significant knowledge and understanding. For the graduating classes of 2015-2016, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams will also be given. For the classes of 2017 and beyond, the Pennsylvania Department of Education will expand these requirements to include the following: 1) Passing 2 English courses (Composition and Literature, 2) Passing 2 Mathematics courses (Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry), 3) Passing 1 Science course (Biology or Chemistry), and 4) Passing 1 Social Studies course (Civics and Government, US History, or World History).
who are disabled may receive a regular high school diploma upon successful
completion of the goals and objectives of their Individual Education
who are English-Language Learners (their dominant language is not English)
receive appropriate instruction to facilitate their achievement of English
proficiency and proficiency on the Academic Standards.
Students who receive English as a Second Language instruction are
expected to meet the requirements for graduation.
are recommended courses of study for students who plan to attend higher
education, for those who plan to enter a business career, and for career
objectives in the arts, technology, and health/human services.
Specific information on required courses, electives, and Indiana County Technology Center programs is provided to every student in the spring of the school year as students, their families and school personnel plan academic programs for the following school year.
Indiana Area School District does not have a district-wide homework
policy. However, the district
believes that home study is an important part of the educational process.
Parents can encourage good study habits and provide a learning
environment in the home. Recognizing
that parents and teachers will both have an active role in making home
study effective, the district offers the following suggestions:
schools in the Indiana Area School district operate on an eight period per
day, five-day schedule. All
students must schedule a minimum of thirty-five periods per week each
semester, unless administrative approval to carry a lesser course load is
received. The periods that
remain after a student’s schedule has been developed will automatically
become periods devoted to supervised study, library work, special
educational assistance, and other activities.
scheduling courses, strong emphasis must be placed on the importance of
careful course selection. The
school bases its needs, staffing, books, and supplies on course
selections. After a schedule
has been developed, schedule changes will be considered ONLY in merited
cases, and then only with administrative approval.
a student is prevented from attending school for an extended period of
time due to an illness or injury, the school district will provide
Requests for homebound instruction must be submitted on a form
which is available through each building principal.
Additional information on district curriculum is available in student handbooks, in the Course Description book, and in the Attendance, Behavioral Guidelines and Discipline Policy booklet distributed each year.