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Academic Program

The successful pursuit of academic excellence for all Upper Arlington students involves a whole-child philosophy that respects intellectual, emotional and social learning and growth. Our district provides many academic options not available in other public school districts. We provide our students with the academic opportunities and the social-emotional skills they need to be successful in our fast-changing world. 

Our curriculum allows for the development of individual talents and interests through a variety of learning experiences and resources to accomplish the educational goals set forth in our strategic plan, the Ohio Department of Education, and state statute. The curriculum emphasizes the principles of democracy and ethics in appropriate parts of the curriculum for students in all grades. Upper Arlington adheres to the research behind the science of reading and therefore, we instill a love for reading through structured literacy. 

The Upper Arlington Schools curriculum, as agreed upon by the Board of Education, is defined as:

  1. The courses of study, subjects, classes, and organized activities provided by the school.

  2. All planned activities of the schools, including formal classroom instruction and out-of-class activity, both individual and group, necessary to accomplish the educational goals of the District.

  3. Learning activities approved by the Board for individual or groups of students and expressed in terms of specific instructional objectives or class periods.

  4. The plan for learning necessary to accomplish the educational goals of the District.

  5. Lessons, units of instruction, and assessments that are aligned with prescribed academic content standards. 

For a deeper look at how we challenge and support every student, every step of the way, follow the links on this page.