Instructional Approach

  • The Wauwatosa School District is committed to providing a curricular experience to students that does not discriminate, indoctrinate, or attempt to persuade a student to adopt a specific philosophical perspective. 

    • While themes of diversity, inclusion, and equity are clearly taught in several English and Social Studies courses at the high school level, the content is presented in a fashion that encourages students to formulate their own perspectives. 
    • Facts are the foundation of the instruction presented in the Wauwatosa School District. Theories, philosophies, and concepts are not presented to students as fact. 
    • Counter perspectives to theories, philosophies, and concepts are equally presented to ensure equality of intellectual opportunity. 


    We do not teach students to adopt any single point of view. Rather, we teach students the importance of the pursuit of knowledge and the value of understanding and assessing multiple perspectives. 

    • Facts are the foundation of instruction provided by the Wauwatosa School District. 
    • Varying perspectives are presented to students in a factual manner. Students are encouraged to develop and share their own opinions after thorough assessment of those perspectives. 
    • Specifically related to controversial instructional issues, the School Board has developed Policy 2240, which states in part that, “...consideration of controversial issues has a legitimate place in the instructional program of the schools. Properly introduced and conducted, the consideration of such issues can help students learn to identify important issues, explore fully and fairly all sides of an issue, weigh carefully the values and factors involved, and develop techniques for formulating and evaluating positions.” 


    It is our goal that all students are college and career ready when they graduate from the Wauwatosa School District. 

    • It is our duty to provide all students with a high-quality education and to support all students throughout their educational journey as they work to embody our Vision of a Graduate. Specifically, we strive to ensure all students have the ability in a postsecondary environment to: 
      • Effectively communicate their point of view on particular issue 
      • Understand diversity, embrace empathy, and display compassion toward others
      • Critically think and problem solve around difficult issues

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you teach critical race theory or aspects of the 1619 project?

  • What is the District's instructional stance on critical race theory?

  • Which policies, if any, are in place to keep children of the district protected from ideological indoctrination at school?

  • Is the district accepting—now or in the future—funding or grants to teach critical race theory or aspects of the 1619 Project?