Laguna Beach

LBUSD Board of Education approves Course of Study for LBHS

At the March 26 LBUSD Board of Education meeting, the Board took action to approve the 2019-2020 Course of Study for Laguna Beach High School. The California Education Code requires the Governing Board of each school district to approve annually the curriculum for secondary schools under its jurisdiction.

The Course of Study contains a listing of course titles along with identification of new, University of California (UC) approved, and weighted courses. The LBUSD’s Curriculum Council reviews and makes recommendations regarding any new secondary level courses. The Curriculum Council process provides for teacher involvement along with parents and other members of the community through department groups and School Site Councils.

Pending enrollment and staffing, the approved course of study includes four new courses: Authentic Exploratory Research, Application Development, Creative Writing, and Yoga Core Fitness.

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The 2019-2020 Course of Study for LBHS was approved at the March 26 Board meeting

Also at the meeting, staff presented several textbooks to the Board for approval for implementation commencing with the 2019-2020 school year. In accordance with District Board Policy 6161.1, the textbooks were on display for public inspection in the Laguna Beach Unified School District Office from Tuesday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 26.

At the meeting, the Board took action to approve “Studies Weekly” (K-5), “National Geographic” (6-8), and “Teacher’s Curriculum Institute” (9-12) for History/Social Science; “Applied Calculus: For the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences” from Cengage for Calculus; and, CodeHS Online Curriculum for the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science “A” course at LBHS. 

Since November 2016, the School Board has met annually to review agreed-upon governance norms and protocols. The Board asked staff to provide several options for a facilitated workshop focused on three identified components vital to effective school governance: (1) The attributes of an effective individual trustee, (2) the attributes of an effective governing board, and (3) the specific jobs the board performs in its governance role. At the March 26 meeting, the Board gave direction to staff to arrange a contract with The Aspen Group for a one-day workshop. The Aspen Group designed “Coherence Governance,” which establishes standards for districts and helps identify and define values for outcomes for operational standards. 

Laguna Beach High School was among seventeen Orange County schools recognized for efforts to engage students in civic learning. The school received a Civic Learning Award of Merit from the California Courts system. 

On May 1, at 6 p.m., Dr. Denise Pope, Senior Lecturer at Stanford University, will be in the LBHS Artists Theatre for a presentation focused on strategies for reducing academic stress, living a well-balanced life, and finding individual paths to success. Light refreshments will be served. Students in grades 8 to 12 may attend with a parent or guardian. 

RSVP at ensure an accurate headcount for food and seating. 

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