ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULATION
Each elementary student receives regular instruction in the following areas:
Each elementary student will receive instruction in art, music, and physical education for a minimum of fifty (50) minutes in each area each week (twenty-five (25) minutes in each area for half-day kindergarten classes). These classes shall be taught by teachers certificated in these fields.
Minimum requirements in kindergarten through fifth grade shall include
Each middle school student will receive regular instruction in the following areas:
1. Communication Arts (Language Arts)
Each student will also have access to art and music plus four exploratory classes (e.g. speech, agriculture, family and consumer sciences, industrial technology, foreign language, computer literacy, development reading). Students in grades seven (7) and eight (8) will have regular instruction in the United States and Missouri Constitution and American History.
Language, arts, mathematics, science, and social studies are scheduled and taught to all students for at least 900 minutes each week in the aggregate (or the equivalent of 1,800 minutes every two (2) weeks). The schedule shall also include provisions for extended laboratory periods with inquiry-based activity for mathematics and science.
Physical education is scheduled and taught to all students for a minimum of 3,000 minutes each year. Health (including tobacco, alcohol, drug abuse prevention education, and HIV/AIDS prevention education) and safety education is scheduled and taught to all students for a minimum of 1,500 minutes each year.
All students shall have access to art and music for a minimum of 1,500 minutes each year.
Students in grades seven and eight will have access to a total of four (4) exploratory classes. Each class is taught for a minimum of 1,500 minutes each year.
Each high school has a current minimum offering of at least 40.5 units of credit and is working to achieve an offering of 69 units of credit. The courses are distributed in accordance with the Missouri School Improvement Standards.
1. A schedule that provides an instruction allocation of at least six hours a day divided into time allotments of at least six or seven periods with a minimum of ninety (90) minutes for laboratory classes and forty (40) minutes for other classes. Laboratory classes should be convened at least twice per week.
NOTE: Laboratory classes include science classes, mathematics, family and consumer science, industrial, Art II, Art III, Art IV, general agriculture, business, and keyboarding, and computer science. Vocational classes shall be scheduled to conform to the Missouri State Plan for Vocational Education.
Legal: Missouri School Improvement Program Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Revised: September 8, 1998
Revised: December 07, 1999