Eureka Union
School District

What is curriculum?Top of Page

Curriculum could be defined broadly as those components that lead to effective learning.  Toombs and Tierney (1993) define it as "the instrument of change in education."  Curriculum has four interlocking components (Cayadong, n.d.):
1. Curriculum Aims, Goals and Objectives
2. Curriculum Content or Subject Matter
3. Curriculum Experience (Instructional Strategies and Methods)
4. Curriculum Evaluation
The academic core courses of study that all EUSD students have access to are: ELA (English Language Arts), Mathematics, Science and History/Social Science.  The instructional minutes that students receive for these core courses equal and oftentimes exceed the state-recommended minutes.  Students receive the mandated minutes of Physical Education at all grade levels.  
Students working on an assignment

Core Courses of Study: K-5Top of Page

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History/Social Science
  • Physical Education

Courses of Study: 6-8Top of Page

  • English Language Arts (ELA 6 , 7 & 8)
  • Integrated Mathematics (IM Course 1, 2 & 3)
  • Science 6 , 7 & 8
  • History/Social Science (World History, US History)
  • PE 6, 7 & 8
  • Electives & Enrichments (Spanish, Music, PLTW)

>>>Staggered NGSS ImplementationTop of Page

Our K-5 and 6-8 Science Teacher Teams have been consistently working on developing and implementing NGSS-aligned units that reflect the 3-D nature of teaching and learning science.  For Grades 6-8, EUSD science curriculum team has adopted a hybrid model that is focused on the integrated pathway.  Grades K-5 are using Mystery Science and FOSS materials for instruction.  Teachers are consistently being trained using internal experts, as well as science education experts from Placer County Office of Education and Sacramento Area Science Project.  Approximately $40,000 was spent to fund planning and collaboration among our science teacher teams last summer 2018.  
Mystery Science

Universal Design for LearningTop of Page

EUSD embraces the principles of UDL (Universal Design for Learning).  Teachers design lessons to ensure that all kinds of students have access to the content and skills and could thus, be successful.  
The following image, from UDL Center ( provides an overview of the UDL guidelines teachers utilize when designing and delivering lessons:
UDL supports the learning needs of all students

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