Course of Study
Our school's general education curriculum is based on the district's Course of Study, K-12 . In addition to meeting a legal requirement, the Course of Study provides information about the district’s educational programs and approved instructional materials. It also outlines state and district requirements, district cross-curricular programs, special education programs, student assessment, and more.
Horton Elementary has a school wide policy that matches the homework policy of the district. Homework is assigned to help students improve their study skills, learn to work independently, and become more self-reliant. Students receive homework daily/weekly. Assignments include reading, math, and written work. The following are the minimum guidelines for the various grade levels:
K-2 20 minutes
3-6 60 minutes
Parents are expected to supervise completion of homework daily, show interest in the assignment, provide proper conditions for home study, and help make sure the homework gets to school.
It is the responsibility of the students to complete the homework. We ask that the parent see that the homework is completed, signed if asked, and returned to the teacher daily/weekly.
Textbooks and Instructional MaterialsThe district adopts textbooks and instructional materials based on the implementation cycle established by the state. It provides a sufficient number of standards-aligned textbooks and other instructional materials for all students in the subject areas of English language arts, health, history–social studies, mathematics, and science. Horton teachers provide standards based instruction using these adopted materials. Some supplemental materials are also adopted by the state and are use with our students, based on their needs.
Instructional Materials used at HORTON and their Textbook Adoption Year:
English Language Arts K–6 A Legacy of Literacy, Houghton Mifflin 2002–03
Health K–6 Harcourt Health and Fitness, Harcourt School Publishers 2006–07
History–Social Science K–5 California Reflections, Harcourt School Publishers 2007–08
History–Social Science 6 Holt CA Social Studies: World History Ancient Civilizations, Holt Rinehart and Winston 2007–08
Mathematics K–5 Envision Math, Scott Foresman, Pearson, 2010
Mathematics 6 Prentice Hall Mathematics Grade 6, California Edition, Prentice Hall 2009–10
Science K–5 Full Option Science System (FOSS), Delta Education 2008–09
Science 6 California Focus on Earth Science, Pearson Prentice Hall 2008–09