Our Catholic schools provide a rigorous, faith-based education, not only so students are college and career ready; but to provide an environment that supports and nourishes God’s plan for the gifts he has placed in each of them. We focus on offering an exemplary education to each student that highlights and nourishes his or her own unique talents and gifts. Every day we focus on a strong academic foundation and embark on a new journey to live, love and learn faithfully.
The primary goal of the program of instruction in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Colorado Springs is to provide a faith-based learning experience with the highest academic, spiritual and personal standards which most effectively inculcates virtue and values and imparts the knowledge and skills necessary for the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical development of each student.The Office of Total Catholic Education for the Diocese of Colorado Springs provides the courses of study/curriculum guides for mandatory use in all Diocesan schools.
The Core Knowledge curriculum is blended with a Common Core Catholic Identity which integrates our Catholic identity into a rigorous, standards-based curriculum. The Core Knowledge sequence provides a solid foundation of learning that promotes academic excellence for all learners in language arts, literature, math, science, history, geography, music, and the visual arts. As such, students attending the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Colorado Springs consistently perform at the grade equivalent of one to five grade levels higher than other students nationally and rank in the top 20% in ITBS Test Scores nationwide.
Diocese of Colorado Springs Catholic schools' curricula is updated annually on a subject area rotation. A committee of experts in each field come together to review, edit, and update the current curriculum. During the 2015-2016 school year Language Arts is being review with implementation in May 2016.
A Religion Curriculum Committee comprised of dedicated educators from Diocesan Catholic schools came together during the 2013-2014 school year to review, adapt and write a Religion Curriculum to serve as a guide to align all religious instruction in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Colorado Springs with Scripture, Tradition, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Through hard work, dedication and knowledge of the faith the committee created a solid curriculum for the instruction of religion in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. The curriculum was introduced in May 2014.
The Math Curriculum was review and updated by a committee of expert Math educators from across grade levels during the 2014-2015 school year. The new Math Curriculum was approved by the Diocesan Office of Total Catholic Education and is currently being formatted. It will be available in October 2015.