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Curriculum & Assessment

Developing and maintaining a standards-based core curriculum that aligns with state grade level expectations is the District’s most basic requirement. Common curriculum is used across the District, which means all students are taught the same learning objectives at approximately the same time regardless of the school they attend. The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is committed to adopting high quality curriculum in all subject areas to promote academic excellence, creative problem solving and social-emotional learning, and ensure equitable readiness for careers and college.


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The Parents’ Guide to Student Success (provided in English and Spanish) was developed to align with the Washington State Learning Standards (Common Core State Standards). Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career opportunities.

Sumner-Bonney Lake School District supports the guides that the National PTA® has created for grades K-5. The Guide includes:

  • Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented. 
  • Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning. 
  • Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher.



These guides will be used as an overview of what students know and are able to do in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. Please refer to the guide when reviewing your child’s report card for a better understanding of the components that measure your child’s progress.

Three kinds of parental involvement at home are consistently associated with higher student achievement: actively organizing and monitoring a child’s time, helping with homework and discussing school matters.

There are things you can do that will help your child be a successful student:

  • Communicate with your child about school. This includes talking to him or her about friends, activities, teachers, and assignments.
  • Show enthusiasm about school and homework.
  • Set realistic goals for your child.
  • Help your child get organized. Break down assignments into smaller, more manageable parts.
  • Provide a quiet study corner in your home complete with school supplies.
  • Let your child do their homework, support them when necessary, but allow them to finish the work.
  • Expect and praise genuine progress and effort.
  • Build connections between what is taught and what your child already knows and understands.
  • Discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher. 

 When parents are involved in their child’s education they do better in school.