Howell Public Schools engages in a regular curriculum review cycle for the major core subject areas:

  • English Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • World Language

The HPS Curriculum Cycle follows a traditional process that defines the requirements of the curriculum in the beginning, and then uses those requirements to drive every subsequent step. Everything flows downhill, like a waterfall, from the requirements defined in the beginning.


The HPS curriculum cycle phases are:

  • Design
  • Pilot
  • Implementation / Investment
  • Assessment
  • Evaluation

Within that traditional framework, for the Design and Pilot phases, Howell uses a non-traditional methodology called Design Thinking. It is focused on understanding the needs of students, building collaboration, and encouraging flexible responses to change.

Over the past 7 years, Howell Public Schools has committed approximately $1.4 million in the curriculum implementation phase for ELA (Elementary, Middle, High), Math (Middle, High), Science (Elementary, Middle, High), and Social Studies (Middle, High).

For the 2023-24 school year, the following areas are in the implementation phase:

  • Elementary Science (part 1)
  • Middle and High School ELA
  • High School Social Studies 

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