Core Content Areas 6-38

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 6-38


Core Content Areas

The School Board believes that the instructional program in the four core content areas (English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) should be commensurate with the goals, interests, and abilities of all students. Because the goals of each student vary, the program should be flexible enough to provide appropriate instruction that meets required curriculum as well as, where appropriate, individual student interests and abilities.

  1. English/Language Arts

    English/Language arts instruction should integrate the teaching of the four components of English/language arts- reading, writing, speaking and listening, so that the learning of one reinforces the others. Developmentally appropriate reading and writing skills shall be included in the curriculum of all content areas in grades K-12. Upon completion of the English/language arts program, students should have the strategies and skills to be successful, literate and contributing members of society.

  2. Mathematics

    Mathematics instruction is designed to develop the student’s base of mathematical knowledge and skills and to strengthen students’ abilities to think and reason mathematically. All student should have the opportunity and the support necessary to learn significant mathematics with depth and understanding.

  3. Science

    The primary purpose of science education is to provide students with the conceptual understanding and scientific process skills required to function effectively in a scientific and technologically oriented society. Sufficient scientific background should be provided to enable students to make intelligent scientific decisions in their lives and on major scientific issues that face society. Science education should also provide students who will pursue scientifically oriented careers with the requisite background. An appropriate science curriculum is provided to meet the needs of all students.

  4. Social Studies

    The School Board believes that an educated, informed, and enlightened citizenry is essential to the continuation of a domestic republic. The social studies program is committed to helping young people appreciate their historic and cultural heritage and the culture of others, as well as comprehend developments in an every-changing society and world. The knowledge, skills and understandings of social studies shape the attitude necessary for responsible and compassionate citizens.

Adopted by School Board: July 13, 1993 (effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: June 6, 2006
Amended by School Board: June 20, 2017