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SCHOOLS105 ILCS 5/27-20.7
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.
(105 ILCS 5/27-20.7)
Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, public elementary schools shall offer at least one unit of instruction in cursive writing. School districts shall, by policy, determine at what grade level or levels students are to be offered cursive writing, provided that such instruction must be offered before students complete grade 5.
(Source: P.A. 100-548, eff. 7-1-18
105 ILCS 5/27-21
(105 ILCS 5/27-21)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-21)
History of United States.
History of the United States shall be taught in all public schools and
in all other educational institutions in this State supported or
maintained, in whole or in part, by public funds. The teaching of history
shall have as one of its objectives the imparting to pupils of a
comprehensive idea of our democratic form of government and the principles
for which our government stands as regards other nations, including the
studying of the place of our government in world-wide movements and the
leaders thereof, with particular stress upon the basic principles and
ideals of our representative form of government. The teaching of history
shall include a study of the role and contributions of African Americans and
other ethnic groups, including, but not restricted to, Polish, Lithuanian, German,
Hungarian, Irish, Bohemian, Russian, Albanian, Italian, Czech, Slovak,
French, Scots, Hispanics, Asian Americans, etc., in the history of this
country and this
State. To reinforce the study of the role and contributions of Hispanics, such curriculum shall include the study of the events related to the forceful removal and illegal deportation of Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression. In public schools only, the teaching of history shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State. The teaching of history also shall include a study of the
role of labor unions and their interaction with government in achieving the
goals of a mixed free enterprise system. Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the teaching of history must also include instruction on the history of Illinois. No pupils shall be graduated
from the eighth grade of any
public school unless he or she has received such instruction in the history of the
United States and gives evidence of having a comprehensive knowledge
thereof, which may be administered remotely.
(Source: P.A. 101-227, eff. 7-1-20; 101-341, eff. 1-1-20; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22
(105 ILCS 5/27-22)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-22)
Required high school courses.
(e) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil
entering the 9th grade must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully
complete all of the following courses:
(1) Four years of language arts.
(2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
which must be English and the other of which may be English or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other graduation requirements.
(3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content, and one of which may be an Advanced Placement computer science course. A mathematics course that includes geometry content may be offered as an integrated, applied, interdisciplinary, or career and technical education course that prepares a student for a career readiness path.
(4) Two years of science.
(5) Two years of social studies, of which at least
one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government and, beginning with pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2016-2017 school year and each school year thereafter, at least one semester must be civics, which shall help young people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives. Civics course content shall focus on government institutions, the discussion of current and controversial issues, service learning, and simulations of the democratic process. School districts may utilize private funding available for the purposes of offering civics education.
(6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.
(f) The State Board of Education shall develop and inform school districts of standards for writing-intensive coursework.
(f-5) If a school district offers an Advanced Placement computer science course to high school students, then the school board must designate that course as equivalent to a high school mathematics course and must denote on the student's transcript that the Advanced Placement computer science course qualifies as a mathematics-based, quantitative course for students in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (e) of this Section.
(g) This amendatory Act of 1983 does not apply to pupils entering the 9th grade
in 1983-1984 school year and prior school years or to students
with disabilities whose course of study is determined by an individualized
This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not apply
to pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school year or a prior
school year or to students with disabilities whose course of study is
determined by an individualized education program.
(h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the provisions of
27-22.05 of this Code and the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act.
(i) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to modify the requirements of this Section for any students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 if the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-443, eff. 8-25-17; 101-464, eff. 1-1-20; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22.1
(105 ILCS 5/27-22.1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-22.1)
Summer school - required instructional time.
course offered for high school graduation credit during summer school or
any period of the calendar year not embraced within the regular school
year, whether or not such course must be successfully completed as a
prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma and whether or not such
course if successfully completed would be included in the minimum units of
credit required by regulation of the State Board
of Education for high school graduation, shall provide no fewer than 60 hours of
classroom instruction for the equivalent of one semester of high school
(Source: P.A. 85-839.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22.2
(105 ILCS 5/27-22.2)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-22.2)
Vocational education elective.
Whenever the school board
of any school district which maintains grades 9 through 12 establishes a
list of courses from which secondary school students each must elect at
least one course, to be completed along with other course requirements as a
pre-requisite to receiving a high school diploma, that school board must
include on the list of such elective courses at least one course in
(Source: P.A. 84-1334; 84-1438.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22.3
(105 ILCS 5/27-22.3)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-22.3)
Volunteer service credit program.
(a) A school district may establish a volunteer service credit program
that enables secondary school students to earn credit towards graduation
through performance of community service. This community service may include
participation in the organization of a high school or community blood drive or
other blood donor
recruitment campaign. Any program so established shall
begin with students entering grade 9 in the 1993-1994 school year or
later. The amount of credit given for program participation shall not
exceed that given for completion of one semester of language arts, math,
science or social studies.
(b) Any community service performed as part of a course for which credit
is given towards graduation shall not qualify under a volunteer service
credit program. Any service for which a student is paid shall not qualify
under a volunteer service credit program. Any community work assigned as a
disciplinary measure shall not qualify under a volunteer service credit
(c) School districts that establish volunteer service credit programs
shall establish any necessary rules, regulations and procedures.
(Source: P.A. 93-547, eff. 8-19-03.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22.05
(105 ILCS 5/27-22.05)
Required course substitute.
Notwithstanding any other
provision of this Article or this Code, a school board that maintains any of
grades 9 through 12 is authorized to adopt a policy under which
a student who is enrolled in any of those grades
may satisfy one or more high school course or graduation requirements,
including, but not limited to, any requirements under Sections 27-6 and 27-22, by successfully completing a registered apprenticeship program under rules adopted by the State Board of Education under Section 2-3.175 of this Code, or by
substituting for and successfully completing in place of the high school course
or graduation requirement a related vocational or technical education course.
A vocational or technical education course shall not qualify as a related
vocational or technical education course within the meaning of this Section
unless it contains at least 50% of the content of the required course or
graduation requirement for which it is substituted, as determined by the State
Board of Education in accordance with standards that it shall adopt and
uniformly apply for purposes of this Section. No vocational or technical
education course may be substituted for a required course or graduation
requirement under any policy adopted by a school board as authorized in this
Section unless the pupil's parent or guardian first
requests the substitution and approves it in writing on forms that the school
district makes available for purposes of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-992, eff. 8-20-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22.10
(105 ILCS 5/27-22.10)
Course credit for high school diploma.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, the school board of a school district that maintains any of grades 9 through 12 is authorized to adopt a policy under which a student enrolled in grade 7 or 8 who is enrolled in the unit school district or would be enrolled in the high school district upon completion of elementary school, whichever is applicable, may enroll in a course required under Section 27-22 of this Code, provided that the course is offered by the high school that the student would attend, and (i) the student participates in the course at the location of the high school, and the elementary student's enrollment in the course would not prevent a high school student from being able to enroll, or (ii) the student participates in the course where the student attends school as long as the course is taught by a teacher who holds a professional educator license issued under Article 21B of this Code and endorsed for the grade level and content area of the course.
(b) A school board that adopts a policy pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section must grant academic credit to an elementary school student who successfully completes the high school course, and that credit shall satisfy the requirements of Section 27-22 of this Code for that course.
(c) A school board must award high school course credit to a student transferring to its school district for any course that the student successfully completed pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section, unless evidence about the course's rigor and content shows that it does not address the relevant Illinois Learning Standard at the level appropriate for the high school grade during which the course is usually taken, and that credit shall satisfy the requirements of Section 27-22 of this Code for that course.
(d) A student's grade in any course successfully completed under this Section must be included in his or her grade point average in accordance with the school board's policy for making that calculation.
(Source: P.A. 99-189, eff. 7-30-15.)