Update on freshman curriculum restructuring

The following statement was presented at tonight’s Board of Education meeting:

Joint Statement from the Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 Administration and Faculty Senate to the Board of Education Regarding Freshman Curriculum Restructuring
Feb. 27, 2020

The OPRF administration and the Faculty Senate are jointly committed to the district’s plan to address the racial predictability of our freshman enrollment patterns and performance outcomes. We have been working together to ensure that the majority of our freshman students experience one high-level, rigorous curriculum in English, history, science, and world languages; we are also making curricular adjustments in math. Over the past several months, we have started developing the new curriculum, identifying professional development needs, and establishing support structures to ensure that all students benefit from this shift. In the course of the process, one thing has become clear: in order to carry out our plan with fidelity, the implementation date must be shifted to the fall of 2022. This adjusted timeline will realistically enable us to provide our students with the level of educational experience that they deserve.  We look forward to continuing our collaboration to ensure that Oak Park and River Forest High School provides those things that are best for all students.