The Pueblo City Schools' district is focused on preparing every student to be able to compete in the global society. To achieve this, students will be taught using international standards. Starting from Pre-kindegarten through the senior year, students will increasingly gain the knowledge they need to be successful in the world environment.
Building on what they have learned through each grade level, by the 12th grade every Pueblo City Schools' student should know and be able to achieve the following standards in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages:
Language arts encompasses both skills and knowledge in several areas, but all those areas directly relate to communication between people and groups. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are the skill areas of communication that make human interaction possible, that promote the establishment and proliferation of civilization, and that enhance the quality of life of individual human beings.
Cultural knowledge as it is passed down through the generations in the literature of various societies is what enable humans to communicate with our past and with our future so that humanity and the individuals who make it up can progress.
Responsible and productive members of today’s technological society need to have a broad, connected and useful knowledge of mathematics. Mathematics is not simply a collection of facts and procedures, and doing mathematics is not simply recalling these facts, nor performing memorized procedures.
Mathematics is a coherent and useful discipline that has expanded dramatically in the last 25 years. The mathematics students study in school must reflect these changes, and the ways students study mathematics must capitalize on the growth in our understanding of how students learn.
The Pueblo City Schools' Content Science Standards reflect high expectations and outline the essential level of science knowledge and skills needed by all citizens to participate productively in an increasingly technological society. Content standards recognize that each student has individual interests, motivations, career goals and needs. Content standards also recognize the need for students to have communication, workplace readiness (technological), and problem-solving skills, as well as multicultural knowledge to become a productive citizen in the Pueblo community.
Science is a universal endeavor and all human cultures have contributed or will contribute to science. Scientific knowledge is cumulative and evolving. Pueblo City Schools' science standards use a student’s curious, inquiry and investigative nature to engage and enlighten them on the discoveries and methods of science. Investigative skills also enhance work in all other subjects.
The Social Studies, specifically civics, economics, geography and history, are subjects that can enlighten and empower students by providing understanding of comparative and integrative frameworks of the human experience. Together, these disciplines serve to orient students to time and place, and help them negotiate the challenges of current social, economic and political issues on the local, national, and international levels.
Knowledge of facts does not constitute understanding; students must appreciate the processes that shape events and systems. Competence in critical reading, writing and speaking are vital in processing information, solving problems and making informed judgements. The overall goal of Social Studies is to develop skills necessary for success in the classroom, the workplace and in life.
Comprehensive health education is essential for teaching students the knowledge and skills needed to promote healthy life styles and prevention of disease. Students who master the standards offered through health education will contribute positively to economic competitiveness. When applied by individuals within families and communities, health knowledge and skills immeasurably contribute to enhanced quality of life.
The purpose of physical education is for all students to learn and develop fundamental movement skills, become physically fit and participate regularly in physical activity. Knowing the implications of and the benefits from involvement in physical activities and appreciation of the value of physical activity, contribute to a healthy life-style.
The arts are one of humanity’s deepest rivers of continuity. They connect each new generation to those which have gone before. Education in the arts benefits the student because it cultivates the whole person, gradually building many kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication.
As students work at increasing their understanding of the promises and challenges presented by the arts, they are preparing to make their own contributions to the nation’s storehouse of culture. As students achieve these standards, the more educated our citizenry will become. Helping all students to meet these standards is among the best possible investments in the future of not only our children, but also of our country and civilization.
To function successfully in today’s world we must understand and respect people from countries and cultures other than our own. A real understanding of and respect for another people can only exist if it is grounded in a deep and comprehensive knowledge of that people’s culture, society and history.
Besides being of value in itself such knowledge and abilities will allow us to be more effective in our pursuit of our commercial and political objectives internationally, live intellectually richer and more rewarding lives and contribute both to world peace and our collective survival. Foreign language acquisition focuses on the broader education of students; it benefits their growth in non-language disciplines, encourages the transfer, enrichment, and strengthening of information; it helps students “learn how to learn.”