Curriculum and Instruction

Department Philosophy

Curriculum and instruction are of central importance in developing policy and determining goals for Helena School District #1. Curriculum and instruction are central to the educational program of the Helena School District and exist for the purpose of preparing students for life.

Montana State Core Standards

Montana State Board of Education adopted the Montana State Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics in November 2011. These standards were developed through a state-led initiative sponsored by the Council of chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA). The process involved teachers, principals, parents, and other experts using the best education practices of the United States and other countries.

Montana educators joined together to examine the Montana State Core Standards. They determined that the standards emphasize what students should know and be able to accomplish at every grade level and prepare students to be college and career ready upon graduation from high school. In addition, the Montana State Core Standards reflect the state’s values and priorities and include Indiana Education for All content.