Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum and instruction throughout the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is designed to increase student acstudents633[1]hievement and ensure success for each student.  As part of the district’s ongoing commitment to provide the best educational opportunities for students, we continue to revise and update our curriculum.  Currently, we are engaged in a five-year plan to update our curriculum.  This updated curriculum will include:

  • Essential Standards – The set of standards that Lee’s Summit R-7 determines essential for each student to master which are derived from local, state and national common core standards.
  • Learning Targets – Prioritized progressions of intended learning which break down essential standards into incremental steps of learning.
  • Alignments to National and State Standards –  As curriculum is written, the Curriculum Writing Team reviews National and State Standards such as the Missouri Learning Standards to ensure our curriculum is aligned to the appropriate high academic standards.
  • District Summative Assessments (DSA) – Periodic district assessments that determine students’ mastery of the Essential Standards and Learning Targets.

Elementary

Elementary curriculum emphasizes mastery of foundational skills in reading, math, science, social studies, communication arts, health, art, music and physical education. The curriculum is individualized to meet special needs, and lessons are also provided to develop social skills, positive character traits and drug-abuse resistance skills. A specialized curriculum is available for academically gifted students and for those needing special education services.

Middle School

Middle school curriculum and supporting activities are designed to help students enter their teen years with success and confidence. The required curriculum includes courses in social studies, language arts, science, mathematics, physical education and health. Elective classes are available in art, music, speech and drama, business, communication arts, keyboarding, family and consumer science, engineering and industrial technology, band, strings, foreign language and video production. In addition, a special curriculum is provided for academically gifted students and students needing special education services. Students also receive lessons on character education and drug-abuse resistance skills.

High School

Nearly 200 course offerings are available in R-7 high schools, including vocational, college preparatory, fine arts, practical arts, physical education and Junior Air Force ROTC. Courses include the areas of communication arts, mathematics, science, social studies, engineering and industrial technology, family and consumer sciences, computers, business education, journalism and broadcasting, internship work programs, technology, physical education and health, band, strings and choir. Academically challenging courses are available through the honors classes, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and college-credit and dual-credit courses. Lessons are offered on positive character traits and drug-abuse resistance skills. Full special education services are available for students with disabilities. Students may also choose to enroll in a learning lab, providing a structured study environment.

Elementary Curriculum
Communication Arts
– Kdg.
– 1st Grade
– 2nd Grade
– 3rd Grade
– 4th Grade
– 5th Grade
6th Grade
Math
– Kdg.
– 1st Grade
– 2nd Grade
– 3rd Grade
– 4th Grade
– 5th Grade
6th Grade
Science
– K-6th Grade
Social Studies
Kdg.
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade

 

Secondary Curriculum (Flowcharts only)
Communication Arts Math Science Social Studies

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Dr. Eric Flack, Executive Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, at eric.flack@lsr7.net.

 

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