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.