Our curriculum is unique to the individual teacher and school as it integrates our faith and includes all teaching and learning experiences. All curriculum in our schools meets and exceeds the minimum learning standard requirements set forth by New York State. Teachers are expected to use a variety of resources to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of their students. Teachers of all subject areas are encouraged to collaborate to show the connection between subject areas and allow for students to apply knowledge and skills in preparation for college and careers.
Religion is taught daily as a core subject as well as integrated into all subject areas and aspects of the school day. Prayer occurs multiple times daily and the integration of religious values within other subject areas is the constant responsibility of all faculty and staff. The religious curriculum is categorized into four categories comprised of fourteen total themes:
- Word: Revelation, Scripture, Creedal Concepts
- Worship: Sacraments, Prayer and Worship, Special Seasons
- Community: Church, Faith and Identity, Personal Growth, Relationships
- Discipleship: Christian Lifestyles, Morality, Justice and Peace, Service
Our diocesan religion curriculum aligns with the framework provided by the United States Catholic Council of Bishops.
As stated above, our core subject curriculum is unique to our teachers and it exceeds the minimum learning standards of New York State. For more information about the role of learning standards in a Catholic School education please read this letter from the University of Loyola Chicago President and CEO, Rev. Michael J Garanzini, SJ, sent to all the members of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education. The letter is also signed by the Dean of Loyola's School of Education, Dr. Michael Dantley, and by Lorraine Ozar, the Director of the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness. You can also visit the Catholic Identity Curriculum Integration website to access information, resources, tools, and strategies that Catholic educators use to develop rigorous, standards-based, Gospel values-based curriculum.
For a specific curriculum-related question please contact the individual teacher, and if necessary, the school principal.