Students who attend Willmar Public Schools are enrolled in one of three levels of programming:
- Elementary schools, which educate kindergarten through fifth grade students.
- Middle schools, which educate sixth through eighth grade students.
- High schools, which educate ninth through 12th grade students.
The curriculum provides all students with learning experiences that lead to expected knowledge, skills, and career and college and career readiness. It is defined as the guaranteed course of study and learning objectives that integrates standards, instructional strategies, materials, and assessments to ensure that all students are able to achieve standards. (Heflebower, 2007)
Academic Standards are the statewide expectations for all students learning in public schools. The academic standards are a summary description of student learning in each content area. Willmar Public Schools, like all districts in Minnesota, is required to follow the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards. The purpose of the standards is to ensure that all students have access to high-quality content and instruction.
The materials used for instruction which may include printed or digital textbooks as well as other printed and online resources.
Curriculum Review Process
Curriculum is reviewed according to a seven-year curriculum review cycle.
View the seven-year curriculum review cycle
Classroom teachers serve on subject area committees that review current research and best practices in that field.
They then provide leadership for analyzing and prioritizing the academic standards, selecting appropriate materials, initiating staff development, and implementing changes.
The World’s Best Workforce District Advisory committee which includes school staff, parents, and community members meets regularly to ensure active community participation in each phase of planning and improving instruction and curriculum. The committee provides recommendations to the school board regarding academic standards, student achievement goals, and learning measures.