Grading scale, standardized testing and core curriculum guidelines are designated by the Diocese of Lansing. Following are also descriptions of additional “specials” classes. For individual teachers’ curriculum guides, select below.
Core Curriculum Includes: Religion, Reading, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
We follow the Diocese of Lansing curriculum guidelines.
Curriculum and Instruction
‘Let it be known to all who enter here that Jesus Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever-present teacher in all its classes, the model of its faculty, and the inspiration for its students.”
Within the Diocese of Lansing, our Catholic schools partner with parents, the primary educators of their children, to provide an environment that teaches the whole child to be successful in this world and the next. Our teachers, principals, and staffs are committed to providing rigorous academics in a Catholic culture where children can grow in knowledge and faith.
In order to maintain high academic standards, the Office of Education and Catechesis, along with content-rich teachers, principals, and K-12 curriculum specialists engage in ongoing research and review of standards process and instructional best practices. This process follows at least a year of study for each content area (mathematics, science, religion, social studies, and English Language Arts). While we do not follow Common Core standards developed by the public sector, the Lansing Diocese continues its legacy of excellence by ensuring our set of standards is rigorous and relevant. The ultimate goal is to graduate students that are missionary disciples of Jesus Christ, who know Him and are prepared to bring the light of the Gospel to the world. This focus ensures that students are college and career ready to defend their faith.
In the past year, the Cardinal Newman Society has promulgated K-12 Catholic Curriculum Standards to assist us with full faith integration in subjects that are generically taught without that component elsewhere. These standards now are a part of the foundation upon which research-based diocesan content standards are taught.
Additional Curriculum Information
Curriculum descriptions for “Specials”
Music Students in grades K-8 participate in formal music class each week.
K-2nd grade: GamePlan curriculum, 3rd grade: GamePlan and Essential Elements for Recorder, 4th grade: Recorder Karate, 5th grade: recorders, drums, and mallet instruments using various sources as well as attends an orchestra concert in the spring, 6th-8th grades: Mostly Band, which uses the Tradition of Excellence Book as well as other sheet music.
All students participate in formal physical education classes, which include a wide variety of basic skill development activities, fitness activities and the learning of team games. Throughout the different activities offered, each child is exposed to many varied experiences: success, failure, competition, cooperation, acceptance, emotional control, self-confidence and personal expression of physical capabilities.
Students in K-8 are instructed in basic conversational Spanish. 7th grade are eligible for Spanish I and 8th grade Spanish II.