Frisco ISD to offer African American studies elective course in 2021-22 academic year

Frisco ISD is set to offer an African American Studies course for high school students beginning in fall 2021. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco ISD is set to offer an African American Studies course for high school students beginning in fall 2021. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco ISD is set to offer an African American Studies course for high school students beginning in fall 2021. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

At a Dec. 14 school board meeting, trustees gave the green light to offer an African American studies elective for high school students.

The course, worth one credit, will have no prerequisites and is planned to be open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors in Frisco ISD high schools.



Although the State Board of Education has already approved it as a Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills-based course, some of the details of the class—including curriculum and instruction—are still in flux.

District documents state students will learn about the history and cultural contributions of African Americans and the historical roots of African American culture with close analysis of social, economic and political interactions within the greater context of U.S. history.

Staff presenting to the board of trustees said they hope to offer other ethnic studies courses in the future, including Mexican American studies.

By Francesca D' Annunzio
Francesca D'Annunzio covers K-12 and higher education, development, planning and zoning, and transportation in Frisco and McKinney. She attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, where she reported for the Daily Texan and interned for the Austin Chronicle. When she's not reporting, she enjoys spending time outdoors and experimenting in the kitchen.