“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” –Nelson Mandela
When you make the decision to send your child to a Catholic elementary school, you are setting him or her upon a journey of superior lifelong learning, both academic and spiritual. In fact, the reason you have chosen Catholic school is because you too believe in the core values that make up our educational philosophy. And while we incorporate Catholic teachings into all of our academics, we know it is important to you that your child receives consistent religious instruction. So as part of the Catholic school mission, we have carefully created our Religion class curriculum based on the Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Standards (ARCS), which you can download here.
As early as our Pre-kindergarten program, we begin building a strong foundation for learning and excellence. Our purpose is to engage our students in discussion, cooperative work and independent reflection that align with Catholic truths and values.
In the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, at every grade level, the religion curriculum standards are structured in strands that represent the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which are then broken down into the six tasks of catechesis as outlined in the National Directory of Catechesis (NDC). To read more about our programs, click here and browse through the tabs. You can also visit the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Church Documents on Catholic Education.
While heavily based in Catholic doctrine, our religious curriculum presents lessons in core values and virtue that will resonate with students of all faiths. We are, after all, working toward creating a world of good.
To see more, including the specific standards and tasks for each grade, visit the Curriculum Standards page on the Office of Catholic Schools website, click on Religion and scroll down to view and download the curriculum.