Required Curriculum

Foundation Curriculum

  1. English language arts and reading;
  2. Mathematics;
  3. Science; and
  4. Social studies, consisting of Texas, United States, and world history; government; geography; and economics with emphasis on the free enterprise system and its benefits.

Enrichment Curriculum

  1. Languages other than English, to the extent possible. American Sign Language is a language for these purposes and the district may offer an elective course in the language;
  2. Health, with emphasis on the importance of proper nutrition and exercise;
  3. Physical education;
  4. Fine Arts;
  5. Career and technical education;
  6. Technology applications;
  7. Religious literature, including the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and New Testament, and its impact on history and literature; and
  8. Personal financial literacy.

Local Credit

Local Instructional Plan

Major Curriculum Initiatives

  1. Includes teacher input;
  2. Provides district employees with the opportunity to express opinions regarding the initiative; and
  3. Includes a meeting of the board at which information regarding the initiative is presented, including the cost of the initiative and any alternatives that were considered; and members of the public and district employees are given the opportunity to comment regarding the initiative.

Common Core State Standards

Coordinated Health Programs

  1. Health education, including oral health education;
  2. Physical education and physical activity;
  3. Nutrition services; and
  4. Parental involvement.

Physical Education

  1. Offer students an opportunity to choose among many types of physical activity in which to participate;
  2. Offer students both cooperative and competitive games; and
  3. Be an enjoyable experience for students.

Student/Teacher Ratio

  1. Carry out the purposes of and requirements for the physical education curriculum; and
  2. Ensure the safety of students participating in physical education.

Classification for Physical Education

  1. Unrestricted—not limited in activities.
  2. Restricted—excludes the more vigorous activities. Restricted classification is of two types:
    1. Permanent—A member of the healing arts licensed to practice in Texas shall provide written documentation to the school as to the nature of the impairment and the expectations for physical activity for the student.
    2. Temporary—Students may be restricted from physical activity of the physical education class. A member of the healing arts licensed to practice in Texas shall provide written documentation to the school as to the nature of the temporary impairment and the expected amount of time for recovery. During recovery time, the student shall continue to learn the concepts of the lessons but shall not actively participate in the skill demonstration.
  3. Adapted and remedial—specific activities prescribed or prohibited for students as directed by a member of the healing arts licensed to practice in Texas.

School Health Advisory Council


  1. The number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education;
  2. Policies, procedures, strategies, and curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and mental health concerns through coordination of:
    1. Health education,
    2. Physical education and physical activity,
    3. Nutrition services,
    4. Parental involvement,
    5. Instruction to prevent the use of e-cigarettes, as defined by Health and Safety Code 161.081, and tobacco,
    6. School health services,
    7. Counseling and guidance services,
    8. A safe and healthy school environment, and
    9. School employee wellness;
  3. Appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction;
  4. Strategies for integrating the curriculum components specified by item 2, above, with the following elements in a coordinated school health program:
    1. School health services,
    2. Counseling and guidance services,
    3. A safe and healthy school environment, and
    4. School employee wellness; and
  5. If feasible, joint use agreements or strategies for collaboration between the district and community organizations or agencies. Any agreement entered into based on a recommendation of the SHAC must address liability for the district and community organization.

Content of Human Sexuality Instruction

  1. Present abstinence as the preferred choice of behavior for unmarried persons of school age;
  2. Devote more attention to abstinence than to any other behavior;
  3. Emphasize that abstinence is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, infection with HIV or AIDS, and the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity;
  4. Direct adolescents to a standard of behavior in which abstinence before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and infection with HIV or AIDS; and
  5. Teach contraception and condom use in terms of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates, if instruction on contraception and condoms is included in the curriculum.


Separate Classes

Notice to Parents

  1. A summary of the basic content of the district's human sexuality instruction to be provided to the student, including a statement informing the parent of the instructional requirements under state law;
  2. A statement of the parent's right to:
    1. Review curriculum materials as provided by Education Code 28.004(j); and
    2. Remove the student from any part of that instruction without subjecting the student to any disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other sanction imposed by the district or the student's school; and
  3. Information describing the opportunities for parental involvement in the development of the curriculum to be used in human sexuality instruction, including information regarding the SHAC.

Availability of Materials

Steroid Notice and Education

Houston ISD



DATE ISSUED: 11/14/2017