​​ABOUT BLUE VALLEY SCHOOLS CURRICULUM

Blue Valley curriculum is written with the Blue Valley School District strategic plan in mind. The following curriculum Web pages are designed to help parents and teachers identify what content will be taught in each subject area at specific grade levels or courses. However, this site presents only the framework of what needs to be taught. We, as a district, understand that curriculum is not just the words in a document, but the actions that occur in the classroom.

With that in mind, district foundational beliefs as it relates to curriculum are:

  • Every child can learn;
  • The most effective learning occurs when each child's educational needs are frequently assessed and action is taken based on that assessment;
  • A rigorous and relevant curriculum is needed for effective learning for all students;
  • Strong schools have a shared vision, clear goals and a commitment to collaboration for learning improvement; and
  • Continuous improvement demands that public schools regularly use data to guide change and improvement.

KANSAS COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS STANDARDS

The Kansas​ College & Career Readiness Standards (KCCRS) are a set of educational standards designed to ensure that students are prepared for college and the workforce. These state standards are utilized by Blue Valley Schools as a broad overview that is used to develop a localized curriculum.

KANSAS STATE STANDARDS RESOURCES

KINDERGARTEN

Children who reside in Blue Valley Schools and turn 5 years of age by August 31 are eligible to attend kindergarten that school year. All kindergarten students attend full-day at no additional cost to the family. For an introduction to and overview of the kindergarten program, please review A Family's Guide to Kindergarten.

Take a sneak peek at kindergarten in Blue Valley.

If unsure of which elementary school your child will attend, please visit our boundaries page. Incoming kindergarten students register with their assigned neighborhood school.

JUMPSTART - begin the registration process
The following forms help office staff establish your child's school record. Families receive copies at Incoming Kindergarten Parent Meetings, held at each building, they may also be completed and returned to the school office.

  • Student Profile (English or Spanish) - BV607​/BV608
  • Home Language Survey - BV114
  • Proof of Residency - Purchase contract/lease or utility bill with guardian's name and address within the attendance area.​

Please visit the school's website for more information about Kindergarten Round-Up and final registration items.

BASIC GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students are reminded to check with their counselors periodically. Review of progress toward achieving graduation requirements will facilitate timely completion. A student must have completed all graduation requirements to participate in t​he graduation ceremony.

Separate requirements for Kansas Regents and Kansas Scholars exist. For more information, contact your school counselor.

English Language Arts - 4 credits

  • 1 credit - English Language Arts I or Honors ELA
  • 1 credit - English Language Arts II or Honors ELA II
  • 1 credit - English Language Arts III or Advanced Placement English Language Arts III
  • 1 credit - English Language Arts IV or Advanced Placement English Language Arts IV or Contemporary Communications

Social Studies - 3 credits

  • 1 credit - History of the Western World or Advanced Placement European History
  • 1 credit - U.S. History Since 1865 or Advanced Placement U.S. History
  • 1/2 credit - American Government or Advanced Placement American Government
  • 1/2 credit - Social Studies elective

Laboratory Science - 3 credits

  • 1 credit - Biological Sciences
  • 1 credit - Physical Sciences
  • 1 credit - 1 Additional Science

Mathematics - 3 credits

Physical Education - 1 credit

Health & Wellness - 1/2 credit

Computer Technology Course - 1 credit

Fine Arts - 1 credit

Electives - 7 1/2 credits​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

GRADUATION - ACADEMIC RECOGNITION ELIGIBILITY

Beginning with the Class of 2018, Blue Valley high schools will transition from recognizing a Superintendent's Top 10, which historically recognized the top graduating seniors at each high school based on weighted and non-weighted grading scales, to honoring eligible graduating seniors with a Latin-based system of recognition. The system will recognize students at three levels, including:

Cum Laude - Cumulative GPA of 4.000 or higher (calculated after seven semesters)
Magna Cum Laude - Cumulative GPA of 4.300 or higher (calculated after seven semesters)
Summa Cum Laude - Cumulative GPA of 4.500 or higher (calculated after eight semesters)

GPAs will not be rounded in the final calculation for academic recognition eligibility. Students meeting criteria for all three levels will be honored at the end of the year. The transition to a Latin-based system of recognition follows the recommendation of the district's Curriculum and Instruction committee, made up of students, parents and staff. It also mirrors a local and national trend among competitive high schools, colleges and universities. This inclusive system will allow schools to recognize more students for their hard work and provides all students the opportunity to strive for these high levels of recognition.

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