Curriculum and Instruction

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General Education Programs:

Elementary: K-5th Grade

In our elementary schools, the primary emphasis is placed on meeting the academic and social/emotional needs of our youngest learners. Our schools offer consistent delivery of our core reading and mathematics curriculum which are aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards. Content in science, social studies and language arts are also a part of the school day. In addition, each elementary student participates in PE, Music, Art and Library throughout the week.

Middle School: 6th-8th Grade

The focus of educational programs at our two 6-8 middle schools is to create a learning environment which addresses the unique needs of early adolescence. This is accomplished through a team concept approach. Each student is part of a team which provides a curriculum based on the  Illinois Learning Standards and is enhanced by elective courses. Middle school students are provided with a variety of learning opportunities as they navigate the transition from elementary school to middle school and the next transition of middle school to high school.

High School: 9th-12th Grade

Our high schools are designed to prepare students for today's global economy. Through the completeion of courses based on the new Illinois Learning Standards, students develop the academic skills, habits and dispositions needed to pursue their educaitonal and career goals beyond high school. Opportunities are available for students to take courses and engage in experiences relating to their career and academic interests. We offer a wide range of elective course offerings and early college credit  courses including Advanced Placement, dual credit and a 'Running Start' program through Rock Valley College where students have the opportunity to obtain their associates degree while still in high school. The Belvidere School District strives to provide students with the skills and competencies that will make them successful in their future endeavors.

Specialized Programs:

Pre-Kindergarten/Early Childhood

The Belvidere School District offers a half day program for students ages 3-5 years old. The program enrolls students that are tuition based, at-risk and/or have an Individualized Education Plan. Our Pre-K program is child-centered using an active learning approach, which allows students to have direct hands-on experiences.

Special Education

The Belvidere School District offers comprehensive programs for students with disabilities ranging from consultation and direct instruction within the core curriculum to specialized service within a small group environment designed to fit the unique learning needs of our students. The services and special education placements necessary for students with disabilities is based on an evaluation process and determined by the individual education program team. The majority of our students receive special education services within their home school of attendance. 

Dual Language Immersion 

The Belvidere School District offers Dual Language Immersion Programs that value the equal acquisition of two languages, English and Spanish. Students participating in this program spend half of the day learning academic content in English and half of the day learning academic content in Spanish. The goal is that students in grades K-5 will become bilingual and biliterate in both Spanish and English. 

STEM Magnet School- Washington Academy

Washington STEM Academy is an Early Childhood - Eighth Grade building that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. At Washington STEM Academy, we create real-life learning experiences for our students that are hands-on in order to promote high levels of collaboration, problem-solving, risk-taking and technology integration. Our staff is committed to teaching through an integrated curriculum model so students are able to take what they learn in one content area and apply it elsewhere. We strive to meet individual students at their level and move them forward based upon individual student needs.

Contact Information

Megan Johnson

Assistant Superintendent
815-544-8602

​​Joy Bauman

Director of Curriculum
815-547-5592

Theresa Montalbano-Owen

​Director of Special Education
815-547-5432

Rene Mandujano

Director of Language & Culture
​815-547-7637