There is so much talk about new academic curriculum standards that it could make your head spin. Sure society is constantly changing and the education system needs to change with it, but why fix what isn’t broken?
From the beginning, the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford have practiced an educational philosophy that works. Our commitment to providing a rigorous academic curriculum combined with Catholic social teachings has always reached far above common educational standards. Through our expectations of high accountability and self-discipline, our students graduate with a college- and career-readiness that will give them a head start on their public school peers. How do we know this? Well, a celebrated 100% of Catholic school seniors graduate, with 99% pursuing further education. In comparison and according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the public school graduation rate is 81%, with the further education rate coming in much lower. The numbers speak for themselves.
Part of the reason for our students’ success is the amount of control Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford have over what is taught in our classrooms. Beginning with curriculum standards established at the Archdiocesan level, educational professionals on the local level are given the independence they need to develop programs that meet the needs of their specific students and the changing times.
However, academic standards are just one of the reasons for our success. At the very heart of our faith-based education are core values. We prepare our students to be critical and creative thinkers in an ever-changing, diverse society. It is this type of thinking that leads our students to being virtuous and productive members of their community. Just take a look at an example of our focus in 7th Grade Language Arts:
- How does oral language help us to learn, socialize, communicate, and participate fully in family, classroom, community and parish life?
- What are the ethical, moral and legal implications of Internet use?
- How does reading shape values and morals?
- How does reading help us understand and evaluate our place in the world?
Clearly our teachings go above and beyond the average academic standards. To see how this level of excellence spans across the Catholic school curriculum, visit the Curriculum Standards page on the Office of Catholic Schools website and click on the individual subjects on the right-hand side of the screen.
But you don’t need to take our word for the quality of a Catholic education; you can hear it directly from parents and the students themselves by visiting our blog “The Reason Why My Child Goes to Catholic School.” In the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, we take great care to educate the whole person with a curriculum based well beyond conventional standards.
You have come to us looking for an educational program of the highest quality, and through our schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford you’ve found it. Welcome to our family.