Curriculum Design


VPS Curriculum Review and Renewal Plan

Vernon Public Schools


“Greater Expectations”

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The purpose of the Curriculum Review and Renewal Plan is to support the mission of the Vernon Public Schools, including the belief that all individuals can be independent learners and that high expectations drive high achievement. The Plan requires teams of teachers and administrators to examine student performance data, to design and implement instruction, and to monitor results. It includes the examination of current curricula and student achievement data to determine what students should know, be able to do and understand.  The plan also determines when concepts and standards should be taught and when and how they will be assessed. The assessments of the curricula provide the necessary “results” to drive on-going curriculum review, revision, and renewal. This process helps ensure that the curricular expectations of the district and its schools are rigorous, relevant, and public. In addition, it guarantees that our curriculum is aligned with state and national standards and is preparing and inspiring students to realize their potential.


The Curriculum Review and Renewal Plan of the Vernon Public Schools will follow a review cycle as follows:  a year of review and research, a year of revision/writing and BOE approval, and three years of implementation. This curriculum review cycle provides an in-depth study of each curriculum area on a staggered basis.  While an established cycle is practical, it must also take into consideration responsiveness to the continuously changing global community and academic expectations and standards. In addition, the immediate needs of students and teachers alike must be addressed as the curriculum is implemented.  Since the curriculum should be based on the mission, goals and needs of the school district, state and national standards, state and national assessments, as well as on the aspirations of the community, it is imperative that the review process align itself with the district expectations for continuous improvement. Therefore, implementation of the curriculum will be supplemented with an annual vertical analysis and program review as necessary.

Vernon Public Schools Mission Statement

The Vernon Public Schools, in partnership with family and community, is committed to provide a quality education, with
high expectations, in a safe environment where all students become independent learners and productive contributors to society.