The Laguna Beach Unified School District desires that instructional materials, as a whole, present a broad spectrum of knowledge and viewpoints, reflect society's diversity, and enhance the use of multiple teaching strategies and technologies. Instructional materials are adopted based on a determination that such materials are an effective learning resource to help students achieve grade-level competency and that the materials meet criteria specified in law. Textbooks, technology-based materials, and other educational materials shall be aligned with academic content standards and the district's curriculum to ensure that they effectively support the district's adopted courses of study.

Instructional materials for use in grades K-8 have been approved by the State Board of Education (SBE) or have otherwise been determined to be aligned with the state academic content standards adopted pursuant to Education Code 60605 or the Common Core Standards adopted pursuant to Education Code 60605.8. Instructional materials for grades 9-12 meet the criteria specified in law and administrative regulation.

The priority in the selection of instructional materials is to ensure that all students are provided with standards-aligned instructional materials in the core curriculum areas of English/language arts, mathematics, science, and history-social science.

Selected instructional materials are piloted by classroom teachers. Once the decision is made to formally adopt materials, teachers present the selection to the District Curriculum Council. The Curriculum Council is composed of principals, district office administrators, teachers, and representative School Board members. The Curriculum Council makes the determination whether materials will be submitted to the Board for final approval. During this time, materials are on display for parent and community member viewing at the LBUSD District office. 

Curriculum Council Process and Dates


Grades K-5:
  • Wonders, McGraw-Hill, 2017
Grades 6-8:
  • StudySync,  McGraw-Hill, 2017
Grades 9-12: 
  • StudySync,  McGraw-Hill, 2017


Grades K-5:
  •  Math Expressions Common Core, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 
Math 6:
  • Big Ideas Math, Course 1, Big Ideas Learning, LLC, 2014
Accelerated Math 6/7: (Starting 2016-17)
  • Big Ideas Math, Advanced 1, Big Ideas Learning, LLC, 2014
Math 7:
  • Big Ideas Math, Course 2, Big Ideas Learning, LLC, 2014
Accelerated Math 7/8: (Starting 2016-17)
  • Big Ideas Math, Advanced 2, Big Ideas Learning, LLC, 2014
Introductory Algebra:
  • Big Ideas Math, Course 3, Big Ideas Learning, LLC, 2014 
  • Big Ideas Algebra 1, Big Ideas Learning, LLC, 2014
  • Big Ideas Geometry, Big Ideas Learning, LLC, 2014
Algebra II/Algebra II Honors:
  • Big Ideas Algebra 2, Big Ideas Learning, LLC, 2014
Algebra II Essentials
  • Algebra 2 Foundations Series, Prentice Hall, 2011
  • Blitzer Precalculus, Prentice Hall, 2010
  • Trigonometry, Pearson, 2013
  • Calculus An Applied Approach, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2009
AP Calculus:
  • Calculus of a Single Variable – Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning – 2010 
  • Elementary Statistics A Step by Step Approach – McGraw-Hill – 2001


Grades K-5:

  • Scott Foresman California Science, Pearson/Scott Foresman, 2008

Grade 6:

  • Earth Science, McDougal Littel, 2006
Grade 7:
  • Life Science, McDougal Littel, 2006
Grade 8:
  • Physical Science, McDougal Littel, 2006
High School Life Science:
  • Life Science – Glencoe McGraw-Hill – 2008 
Environmental Science:
  • Environmental Science, Cengage - 2013
  • Environmental Science, Pearson – 2011
  • Biology, McGraw-Hill, 2007
  • World of Chemistry, McDougal Littell, 2007
  • Physics Principles and Problems, Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 2008 
AP Biology:
  • AP Biology, Pearson, 2011
Advanced Chemical Research:
  • Chemistry, Houghton Mifflin, 2003
AP Physics:
  • AP Physics, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005
Marine Biology:
  • Marine Biology, McGraw-Hill, 2007 
Anatomy and Physiology:
  • Hole’s Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Glencoe McGraw Hill, 2006


Grades K-5:
  • California Reflections, Harcourt Brace, 2007
Grades 6:
  • Ancient Civilizations, McDougal Littel, 2005
Grade 7:
  • World History, McDougal Littel, 2005
Grade 8:
  • American History, McDougal Littel, 2005
World History:
  • World History Modern Times, Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 2006
US History:
  • The American Vision Modern Times, Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 2006 
AP European History:
  • A History of Western Society, Bedford/St. Martin’s , 2008 
AP US History:
  • American History Connecting with the Past, McGraw-Hill, 2012 
  • Government Alive! Power, Politics, and You, Teachers’ Curriculum Institute, 2014 
  • Economics Principles and Practices, Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 2012
AP American Government:
  • AP American Government, Cengage, 2015 
AP Economics:
  • Economics, McGraw-Hill, Irwin, 2012


French 1:
  • Discovering French Today, Holt McDougal, 2013 
French 2:
  • Discovering French Blanc, McDougal Littell, 2001
French 3 and 4:
  • Discovering French Rouge, McDougal Littell, 2001
AP French Language and Culture:
  • Themes, Vista Higher Learning, Inc., 2016
  • Preparing for the Language Examination, Pearson Prentice Hall, 1998
  • Preparing for the Language and Culture Examination, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012
Spanish 1:
  • Descubre 1 and Online Supersite, Vista Higher Learning, Inc., 2017 
Spanish 2:
  • Descubre 2 and Online Supersite, Vista Higher Learning, Inc., 2017 
Spanish 3:
  • Descubre 3 and Online Supersite, Vista Higher Learning, Inc., 2017 
Honors Spanish 4:
  • Imagina, Vista, 2015 
AP Spanish Language:
  • Temas, AP Spanish Language and Culture, Vista Higher Learning, 2014
AP Spanish Literature:
  • Azulejo – Anthology & Guide to the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Course, 2nd Edition, Wayside Publishing, 2014




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