core curriculum

noun Education.
a curriculum in which all or some of the subjects or courses are based on a central theme in order to correlate the subjects and the theme.
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Main Entry:  core curriculum
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the subjects and courses that are required study for the students of a particular school
Example:  High school students must take the core curriculum to graduate.
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From the north, government core curriculum standards are squeezing out school recess.
They sought to build a core curriculum linked to community concerns as well as to students' interests and developmental needs.
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