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Elements of the Curriculum Framework

Curriculum Framework — a means of organizing curriculum at the high school and college levels. A comprehensive curriculum framework includes the following elements:

  • Schools of Study
  • Clusters of Study
  • Majors
  • Individual Graduation Plan (IGP)

Schools of Study — broad program divisions within a high school curriculum that relate to various professions and academic areas of study. In the Charleston County School District there are four schools of study:

  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Business and Information Systems
  • School of Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Technologies
  • School of Health, Human and Public Services

Clusters of Study — the basic building blocks for the construction of a curriculum. Clusters of study provide a way to organize and tailor coursework and learning experiences to students’ career interests. Clusters of study are designed to provide a seamless transition from high school to college and/or the workforce. A career cluster is a grouping of occupations related to an industry or profession.

Majors (Areas of Academic Focus) — smaller curriculum units within a cluster of study. A major consists of at least four elective units of study related to specific professions in that cluster. Majors allow students to focus on an area of interest that will prepare them for successful entry into college majors and/or the workplace.

Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) — an educational plan that consists of: 1) the state high school graduation requirements and/or college entrance requirements; and 2) course recommendations for successful completion of a major that aligns to postsecondary education and the workplace. The purpose of the IGP is to help students and their parents plan for and explore educational and professional possibilities.



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