The essence and beauty of Catholic education is to promote the growth of the individual, the development of the whole person. This call to formation of the whole person in students is one with far-reaching implications for curriculum and instruction in the Catholic school. It places special emphasis upon learner outcomes, but in the balanced context of a faith community that insists upon the continuous formation of the teacher and subject matter that is organized relevantly to the holistic development of the student.
Curriculum is based on Diocesan-approved standards and learning objectives which exceed both state and national performance norms. All resources and curriculum materials used in our schools are aligned with the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools and are approved by the Diocese.
- Religion Curriculum
- National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools
- 2016 ISTE Standards_Students
- Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four Year Olds
The curriculum of the Diocese of Orlando, based upon standards and benchmarks, identify ten expectations of broad areas of knowledge and competence based upon our Catholic faith that Catholic school students are expected to achieve by the time they graduate from the 12th grade. These expectations should be considered as on-going student performance goals throughout all grade levels. These goals must be the focus of all elementary schools and high schools as they develop programs, curriculum, and implement the delivery of instruction.
A. Information Managers: Students will be able to locate, interpret, evaluate, maintain and apply information, concepts, and ideas found in literature, the arts, symbols, recordings, video and other graphic displays, and computer files in order to perform tasks and/or for enjoyment.
B. Effective Communicators: Students will be able to communicate in English and other world languages using information, concepts, prose, symbols, reports, audio and video recordings, speeches, graphic displays, and computer-based programs.
C. Numeric Problem Solvers: Students will be able to use numeric operations and concepts to describe, analyze, disaggregate, communicate, and synthesize numeric data, and to identify and solve problems.
D. Critical and Creative Thinkers: Students will be able to use creative thinking skills to generate new ideas, make the best decisions, recognize and solve problems through reasoning, interpret symbolic data, and develop efficient techniques for lifelong learning.
E. Ethical and Responsible Workers: Students will be able to display responsibility, self-esteem, sociability, self-management, integrity, honesty, healthy decision-making, and those Gospel values that identify a student in a Catholic school.
F. Resource Managers: Students, as good stewards of God’s gifts, will be able to allocate appropriately time, money, and other resources.
G. Systems Managers: Students will be able to integrate their knowledge and understanding of how social, organizational, informational, and technological systems work with their abilities to analyze trends, design and improve systems, and use and maintain appropriate technology.
H. Cooperative Workers: Students will be able to work harmoniously with others to successfully complete a project or task.
I. Effective Leaders: Students will be able to establish credibility through their competence and integrity, and communicate their feelings and ideas to justify or successfully negotiate a position which advances their growth and development as Catholic Christians.
J. Culturally Sensitive Learners: Students will be able to recognize that all human beings are children of one God and Father. They will appreciate their own culture and the cultures of others, understand the concerns and perspectives of members of other ethnic groups, reject the stereotyping of themselves and others, and seek out and utilize the views of persons from diverse ethnic, social and educational backgrounds.