The Illinois General Assembly states that the “primary purpose of schooling is the transmission of knowledge and culture through which children learn in areas necessary to their continuing development and entry into the world of work.” 105 ILCS5/27-1. 

As set forth in Board Policy 6:260, a parent/guardian may annually submit a Curriculum Objection Form for consideration to their child’s school principal if they believe that any curriculum, instructional materials, or programs violate rights guaranteed by any law or Board Policy.  

Objections to curriculum, instructional materials or programs related to one of the curriculum mandates outlined in Illinois School Code will result in consideration of alternative learning opportunities for the student whose attendance in the instruction will be waived.  

Objections to curriculum, instructional materials or programs related to a belief that participation would burden the student’s free exercise of religion will result in the district’s review of the objection and a decision whether or not the student is entitled to a reasonable accommodation.  The district is not automatically required to accommodate the curriculum objection request.  Several factors will be considered in determining whether or not the request will be accommodated: 

  • Does the curriculum, instructional material or program meet a secular purpose (i.e. alignment to one or more state standards)?

  • Does the learning align with the district philosophy and Strategic Plan objectives? 

  • Does the learning ask students to do something with an idea that conflicts with their religious belief versus merely exposing the student to an idea? 

  • Are there reasonable alternatives that can be provided to the student?

After a review of the curriculum objection request and analysis of the curriculum, instructional material or program using the factors listed above, a decision will be made and communicated with the parent/guardian.  If the parent/guardian is not satisfied with the decision, a grievance may be filed as set forth by Board Policy 2:260. 


Please click the links below to learn more about curriculum for elementary and junior high students. 


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