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Petaluma City Schools |  BP  6143  Instruction

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The Board of Education recognizes that a well-articulated sequence of courses fosters academic progress and makes for the best possible use of instructional time.

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish processes for ensuring the articulation of courses across grade levels.

The Board shall adopt a course of study for elementary grades that sufficiently prepares students for the secondary school course of study.

(cf. 6146.5 - Elementary/Middle School Graduation Requirements)

Courses of study for secondary grades shall prepare students to meet the requirements and prerequisites for admission to California public colleges and universities and/or attain entry-level employment skills in business or industry upon graduation from high school. (Education Code 51228)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

(cf. 6178 - Vocational Education)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all otherwise qualified students have a timely opportunity, within the four years before graduation, to enroll in each course necessary to fulfill the requirements and prerequisites for admission to California public colleges and universities. (Education Code 51228)

In addition, the course of study for high school students shall include instructions in skills and knowledge for adult life and career technical training. (Education Code 51224)

(cf. 6030 - Integrated Academic and Vocational Instruction)

The Superintendent or designee shall develop a process by which courses are submitted to the University of California for review and certification in order to meet university admission criteria, and shall maintain an accurate list of all current high school courses that have been so certified.

(cf.5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6141.5 - Advanced Placement)

Guidance services shall be available to help students select courses relevant to their academic needs and future goals.

(cf. 6164.2 - Counseling/Guidance Services)

Legal Reference:


33319.3 Driver education; CDE materials on road rage

33540 Government and civics instruction in interaction with government agencies

48980 Parental notifications

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety

51203 Instruction on alcohol, narcotics and restricted dangerous drugs

51204 Course of study designed for student's needs

51204.5 History of California; contributions of men, women and ethnic groups

51210-51212 Areas of study for grades 1-6

51220-51229 Course of study for grades 7-12

51241 Exemption from physical education

51911-51921 Comprehensive health educational plans

51930-51939 California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Act

51940 Curriculum for brain and spinal cord injury prevention

53278-53280 Supplemental School Counseling Program

66204 Certification of high school courses as meeting university admission criteria


11032 Definition of dangerous drugs


10020-10049 Automobile driver education and training

10060 Physical education program


6101-6251 School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994

Management Resources:



California Career Resource Network:


California Department of Education: http://

University of California, Certified Course Lists:

University of California, College Prep Online Courses and Services:


adopted: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California

revised: April 29, 2008