Elementary Curriculum and Grade Level Information

North Carolina Standard Course of Study

All public schools in the state of North Carolina adhere to the curriculum standards outlined in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, which is comprised of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and literacy and Essential Standards for all other curriculum areas. The state’s Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina.

The goal of these research-based standards is to prepare all students to become career and college ready. While the focal point of educational thought of the past was limited toward success during the years of K-12 learning, the Common Core/Essential Standards mindset is targeted toward success well beyond completion of high school or college. Thus, the overall goal is to prepare North Carolina’s children for optimal function on a global scale. Below you will find unpacking standards documents provided by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to support teachers in their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and Essential Standards. The unpacking documents demonstrate at a granular level the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at a particular grade. Pertinent information for each grade level is also included.


Kindergarten Age Requirement – NC House Bill 150

In July 2007 the North Carolina Legislature amended the age requirement for admission into public kindergarten. In order to enter kindergarten in a public school system in the state of North Carolina, a child must have reached his/her fifth birthday by August 31 of the school year in which he/she is presented for enrollment. Please click here to read the full text of NC House Bill 150.

Kindergarten ELA Curriculum Standards
Kindergarten Math Curriculum Standards
Kindergarten Science Curriculum Standards
Kindergarten Social Studies Curriculum Standards

First Grade
First Grade ELA Curriculum Standards
First Grade Math Curriculum Standards
First Grade Science Curriculum Standards
First Grade Social Studies Curriculum Standards

Second Grade
Second Grade ELA Curriculum Standards
Second Grade Math Curriculum Standards
Second Grade Science Curriculum Standards
Second Grade Social Studies Curriculum Standards

Third Grade
Third Grade ELA Curriculum Standards
Third Grade Math Curriculum Standards
Third Grade Science Curriculum Standards
Third Grade Social Studies Curriculum Standards

Fourth Grade
Fourth Grade ELA Curriculum Standards
Fourth Grade Math Curriculum Standards
Fourth Grade Science Curriculum Standards
Fourth Grade Social Studies Curriculum Standards

Fifth Grade
Fifth Grade ELA Curriculum Standards
Fifth Grade Math Curriculum Standards
Fifth Grade Science Curriculum Standards
Fifth Grade Social Studies Curriculum Standards

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