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Los Angeles COE |  BP  6143  Instruction

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The County Board recognizes that a well aligned sequence of courses fosters academic growth and provides for the best possible use of instructional time. LACOE's course of study shall provide students with opportunities to attain the skills, knowledge, and abilities they need to be successful academically, professionally, and personally.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

The County Superintendent or designee will establish processes for ensuring the articulation of courses across grade levels within LACOE. As necessary, the Superintendent or designee also will work with representatives of appropriate area districts and postsecondary institutions to ensure articulation of courses with other institutions to which LACOE students may matriculate. The sequence of courses shall be designed to ensure that each course provides adequate preparation for the next course in the sequence, only utilizes prerequisites that are essential to success in a given program or course, avoids significant duplication of content, and allows for reinforcement and progression in the subject matter.

LACOE shall not provide any courses separately on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability or require or refuse participation by any of its students on any such basis. (5CCR 4940)

(cf. 0415 - Equity)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

Elementary Grades

The County Board shall adopt a course of study for elementary grades that sufficiently prepares students for the secondary school course of study.

Secondary Grades

LACOE shall offer all students in secondary grades a course of study that, upon graduation from high school, prepares them to meet the requirements and prerequisites for admission to California public colleges and universities, and/or attain entry-level employment skills in business or industry. (Education Code 51228)

The County Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all students have a timely opportunity, within the four years, to enroll in each course necessary to fulfill the requirements and prerequisites for admission to California public colleges and universities prior to graduation from high school. (Education Code 51228)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

In addition, the course of study for students in grades 9-12 shall include instruction in skills and knowledge for adult life, career technical training, and a timely opportunity for all otherwise qualified students to enroll, within four years, in each course necessary to fulfill the requirements and prerequisites for admission to California public colleges and universities prior to graduation. (Education Code 51224, 51228)

The County Superintendent or designee shall develop a process by which courses that meet California college admission criteria (referred to as "a-g" course requirements) are submitted to the University of California for review and certification. The County Superintendent or designee shall maintain an accurate list of all current high school courses that have been so certified and shall ensure that the list is provided annually to all students in grades 9-12 and their parents or guardians and that updated lists are made readily available. (Education Code 66204)

Legal Reference:


33319.3 Driver education; CDE materials on road rage

33540 Government and civics instruction in interaction with government agencies

48980 Parental notifications

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety

51203 Instruction on alcohol, narcotics and restricted dangerous drugs

51204 Course of study designed for student's needs

51204.5 History of California; contributions of men, women and ethnic groups

51210-51212 Areas of study for grades 1-6

51220-51229 Course of study for grades 7-12

51241 Exemption from physical education

51911-51921 Comprehensive health educational plans

51930-51939 California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Act

51940 Curriculum for brain and spinal cord injury prevention

53278-53280 Supplemental School Counseling Program

66204 Certification of high school courses as meeting university admission criteria


11032 Definition of dangerous drugs


4940 Nondiscrimination; course access

10020-10043 Automobile driver education and training

10060 Physical education program


6111-6251 School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994

Management Resources:



American Health Association:

American Red Cross, Hands-Only CPR: https:///

California Career Resource Network:


California Department of Education: http://

California State University, Admission Requirements:

University of California, a-g Course Submissions:

University of California, Certified Course Lists:

University of California, College Prep Online Courses and Services:

University of California, List of Approved a-g Courses:


adopted: April 21, 2020 Downey, California