About McDuffie County's Curriculum

 
 
McDuffie County Public Schools offer a challenging curriculum and exciting learning opportunities for students in grades PreK-12. The curriculum, based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence, builds on the fundamental academic concepts of English, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition, instruction in McDuffie County includes experiences and support in art; music; foreign language; physical education; health; technology; and Career, Technica, and Agricultural Education (CTAE). Guidance and counseling, social work, and psychological services are available to care for students’ emotional and physical needs.

The school system provides a variety of specialized programs to help all students succeed. This includes a comprehensive special education program for students ages 3 to 21 with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. Additionally, an enriching gifted and talented model serves to challenge students with advanced content and diverse learning opportunities.

The high school student may choose from courses to prepare him for college or career. The curriculum is designed so that it is broad enough to meet the interests of all students. A 4x4 block schedule allows students to take eight courses per year. Apprenticeship and other work-based learning programs supplement lab-based CTAE classes and allow students to put theory into practice in their own community. Joint and dual enrollment opportunities are also available to high school students, while the middle school curriculum includes several high school credit courses.

The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers students the chance to work with a college level curriculum while still in high school. Upon completion of an AP course, the student receives credit toward graduation and may also take an examination which, depending upon the score, can earn additional credit at the college level.

Core to McDuffie County’s curriculum is the reading program which details the essential things students are expected to know and be able to do in reading in each grade. Students are offered a solid base for reading from which teachers can build the other content areas. Cadres of teachers train all new teachers in the process, thereby keeping the instruction strong.

Similarly, the district-wide writing and mathematics plans require constant alignment with the state standards and continuous communication among the schools. Students in each grade demonstrate through multiple disciplines their writing skills through an established writing process which culminates in published papers. These papers are provided to the student’s next instructor for reference and use in making instructional decisions.

The McDuffie County School District is an innovative, dynamic system which relies upon data to make instructional decisions. The use of student achievement data, pre- and post-assessment data, and formative classroom observations on a constant basis allow teachers to adjust instruction to meet the needs of learners through research-based strategies.

The goal of all instruction is to ensure that pupils graduate with the ability to be contributing members of their community. Through its structured, varied learning experiences, the McDuffie County School System strives to meet this challenge each day.