Curriculum Guide

This site has been prepared to provide an overview of the District 97 curriculum at each grade level. It is not meant to be all-inclusive. Instead, its purpose is to provide basic information about District 97's curriculum and encourage parents to participate more fully in their child’s educational experience.

Common Core State Standards

District 97 is in the process of aligning our curriculum with the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS).   The CCSS is a state-led effort designed to improve educational outcomes for students by developing a set of consistent, clear K-12 academic standards in English language arts and mathematics.  These standards are relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills young people need to be prepared for both college and work in a global economy.

K-5 Literacy Curriculum

Our current K-5 literacy curriculum is based on the Balanced Literacy Framework which is a comprehensive program of language arts instruction.  It contains the components necessary for students to master written and oral communication.  The areas of focus include reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Over the course of the grades there is an emphasis on phonemic awareness, phonics, grammar skills, reading and comprehension strategies and writing.    With the balanced literacy framework there is a balance of both direct and indirect instruction.

Curriculum materials utilized: Treasures from Macmillan McGraw-Hill

K-5 Math Curriculum

Our math program centers on developing students’ conceptual understanding, their skills as problem solvers, and computational fluency. Our work is grounded in the Common Core Math Standards ( and the Standards for Mathematical Practice ( Through our partnership with the UIC Suburban Cook County Math Initiative (, our teachers are deepening their understanding of best practices in math instruction and expanding their capacity to implement the Common Core Math Standards in their classrooms.

Our 2nd-5th grade teachers utilize students’ NWEA/MAP results to help identify students’ areas of unfinished learning and math skills that require instruction.  NWEA provides the Learning Continuum ( to support teachers as they make decisions about small-group and indvidualized instruction.

Our K-5 teachers utilize several core resources including My Math (, Engage NY (, and common unit pre-assessments, mid-unit performance tasks, and end of unit summative assessments.


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