Catholic Schools nurture personal growth, scholarship, life-long learning, service and responsible stewardship through a faith-centered way of life.”Vision Statement – Diocese of Richmond)
The articulation of a faith-centered environment with a quality educational program for the Diocese of Richmond requires that all educators involved in schools work collaboratively to design and implement an ever-developing and creative curriculum. According to Catholic tradition, curriculum should encompass the principle of respect, challenge learners to achieve their full potential and contribute to the moral development of all students.
The Consensus Curriculum has been designed in such a manner that it will stimulate a logical progression through the intellectual stages of critical analysis, deductive/inductive reasoning, clarity of thought/expression and utilize effective strategies for problem solving. As part of the student’s faith journey, the Benziger Family Life Series is integrated into the religion curriculum. This series is used to teach respect for life and human sexuality in all grades.
The teacher, as a leader, creates a learning environment which provides all learners with the opportunity to learn and succeed. Having a thorough knowledge of the current research on learning, the teacher sets high expectations, addresses the varied learning styles of students and provides the necessary resource to achieve success.
The principal creates a school environment of mutual respect and encourages the team approach to teaching at each grade level. He oversees the development and implementation of the Consensus Curriculum. Additionally, he is instrumental in the continuing development of the curriculum scope and sequence and ensures that all teachers are adhering to established grade level time lines. The principal reports to and consults with the Office of Catholic Schools in the Richmond Diocese.
The curriculum exists for the total development of each student in our schools. The students, as learners, will assist in the continuing growth of the curriculum, not only as recipients of learning, but as creators of new opportunities. A well-developed curriculum encourages, within every student, an inventive spirit, flexibility to adapt to change, a desire to set and attain goals, and a belief in themselves.
Subjects outlined in the Consensus Curriculum include:
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Foreign Language
- Physical Education
The Consensus Curriculum is available for review on the Richmond Diocesan School System’s website curriculum page.