Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school.
Since 2010, a number of states across the nation have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.
The distinct purpose of the Catholic schools is to proclaim the Gospel message, to build community, and to educate. Within the school community the administrators, teachers, clergy, parents and students experience together what it means to live a life of prayer, community, personal responsibility, and freedom, manifesting the Gospel values of peace, justice, community, love, patience, reconciliation, and respect.
The curriculum in all schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is developed and based on the California Essential Knowledge and Skills and the national standards in specific academic area along with the integration of Gospel values. Curriculum/Standards Guides are developed and revised as needed with required in services for school personnel.
Local curriculum development, that builds on and enhances the Archdiocesan curriculum/standards, is the responsibility of the principal in consultation with the faculty. Each school strives for a well-balanced curriculum development by considering factors such as individual needs, instructional organization, strengths of the faculty, and current research.