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 Elementary Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on the formation of the Catholic faith within an environment of academic excellence.

 

Our Catholic elementary schools educate the whole child — spiritually and intellectually — within a diverse, advanced and rigorous selection of course offerings and programming. Our curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards established under state law.

Curriculum design incorporates individual growth, team learning, hands-on activities and projects, cooperative presentations, as well as delivery of facts through lecture and guided reading.

In addition to meeting all of the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements, our curriculum integrates Gospel values. This advanced curriculum has resulted in our students surpassing the national norms on our standardized tests.

Each year that a child is educated within the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Greensburg their performance on these measures increases.

 High School Curriculum

_MG_2685.jpgOur curriculum within our secondary setting is also based on the formation of the Catholic faith within an environment of academic excellence.

Our Catholic high schools educate our youth — spiritually and intellectually — within a diverse, advanced and rigorous selection of course offerings and programming.

Our curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the standards established under state law. In addition to meeting all of the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements, our curriculum also integrates Gospel values.

This advanced curriculum has resulted in our students surpassing the national norms on standardized tests; performing at the top level in our region, relative to SAT examination; and having 98 percent of graduates at Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School attending post-secondary institutions, and 99 percent of Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School graduates attending post-secondary institutions.

These graduates qualified for over $6 million in scholarship money to attend such post-secondary institutions. Our course offerings are inclusive of an advanced curriculum, allowing our students to be dually enrolled within local Catholic colleges and universities and our Catholic high schools.

This dual programming allows our students to enter colleges and universities at sophomore status, with a potential of 24 credits earned on a college transcript, prior to graduating from our Catholic high schools.

 Technology in the Classroom

  
Description
8th Grade Technology Benchmark

​The categories with the chart include: NET Standard(s) Associated with Corresponding Benchmark; Benchmark; Technology/Software Examples, or Performance Examples; and a Method for Assessing combination of any of the following assessments--demonstration is preferred over examination. 1.) Knowledge based; 2.) Grades in a reguired 8th grade course; 3.) Performance based (checklist/rubric); 4.) E-portfolio based (collected over a period of years); and 5.) project based.

Acceptable Use Policy Agreement (for reference only)

​Access to technology resources is provided to members of the school community strictly in support of activities related to school and classroom learning. Access to equipment and network services is given to those members who agree to act in a responsible manner and in compliance with this Acceptable Use Policy Agreement. Students and staff are responsible for their conduct, actions, and communications with using personal and/or school technology resources.

Technology Plan 2013-16

​Since 2003, with consultation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and in conjunction with the other seven dioceses in the state of PA, we have certified individual technology plans for each of our individual parish and regional schools in the Diocese of Greensburg. This was a recommendation, at the time, from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). At the diocesan level, central administration also actively promotes the use of technology in our schools and as such, we had a separate diocesan technology plan approved by an agency certified by USAC.

 College In High School

​The College in High School program is an Articulation Agreement for Dual Enrollment.

The Office for Catholic Schools has initiated discussions with local Catholic universities and colleges to form articulation agreements between our Catholic high schools and local Catholic universities and colleges.

The purpose of forming these articulation agreements is to provide a means to bring our vision "Forming for Life" to fruition.

As part of this vision, it is our desire to provide a seamless offering of Catholic school education, pre-kindergarten through post-secondary. By forming these articulations with our local Catholic post-secondary institutions, we hope to provide an opportunity to our Catholic youth to experience their formation in the Catholic faith into their adulthood.

In turn, these young adults may be more prone to stay in our local Catholic communities, forming relationships locally and having a positive impact on the Catholic Church through their service, leadership and vocations within our Catholic communities into the future.

College in High School Brochures

Please contact the Office for Catholic Schools​ with additional questions or further information.