District - Academics - Curriculum
The Solon Community School District utilizes the Iowa Core Essential Concepts and Skills to guide classroom instruction. Prior to 2010, each school district in Iowa was permitted to establish its own local standards and benchmarks. The Common Core State Standards in Literacy and Mathematics were integrated into the Iowa Core Essential Concepts and Skills by Iowa State Board of Education action in 2010. All school districts and accredited nonpublic schools are required by the Iowa Department of Education to fully implement the Iowa Core in grades 9-12 by July 1, 2012, and grades K-8 by the 2014-15 school year. Rather than waiting until 2014, Solon teachers and administrators began aligning classroom instruction with the Iowa Core during the 2011-12 school year. This process continues during the 2012-13 school year.
The Iowa Core includes lists of the essential concepts and skills all K-12 students should learn in the areas of math, literacy, science, social studies and 21st Century Skills.
Guidance Curriculum and Counseling Plan of Services
The Guidance Curriculum and Counseling Plan of Services is prevention-focused for all students. In this developmental framework, the counselor’s philosophy is to help students help themselves. The program is proactive as it anticipates personal/social, academic and career needs at various developmental levels. The program is both instructive and responsive, as it is an integral part of the total school, promoting lifelong learning among students.
The world languages curriculum adheres to the philosophy that all students should be exposed to different cultures and languages to become more aware of themselves and the world around. Students should acquire functional competence in accordance to their level of study.