The primary goal of the program of instruction in our elementary schools is to provide learning experience in a Catholic environment that will assist the students in their religious, spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Each school’s program of instruction is designed so that students can achieve the following goals:
- Grow in understanding that each person has a role in the final realization of the Kingdom of God on earth.
- Learn about the message and person of Jesus Christ and the history, doctrine, and practices of the Catholic Church.
- Develop moral and spiritual values, ethical standards of conduct, and basic integrity.
- Develop a spirit of prayer, worship, and interest in apostolic service.
- Acquire the skills and knowledge that will enable them to assume a positive, active role in shaping the future of our society.
- Develop an appreciation of the uniqueness and diversity of human culture.
- Develop a respect for the rights of others as individuals and groups.
- Develop appreciation for the heritage, responsibilities, and privileges of the American society.
ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Principals are encouraged to recommend to the attention of their teachers the services of national and regional curriculum associations, in addition to those professional development programs sponsored by the Office of the Superintendent of Schools. Continuing the collaborative initiative of many schools, professional development for teachers may occur on the local, county, or archdiocesan level as needs require. This program is based on the New Jersey State Requirements for Professional Development.
The ongoing curriculum mapping project of the Archdiocese of Newark relies on relevant educational standards, including those proposed by content area experts, the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, and the Common Core State Standards, to determine the “agreed-upon” learning of students at each grade level across the schools of the Archdiocese.
While the curriculum maps identify what students should be learning and provide a guide as to when certain content should be taught, each school determines how it is taught, and what materials and instructional strategies are used. Curriculum maps guide schools as they develop curriculum that continues to uphold our commitment to academic excellence and is consistent with Catholic teachings and values.
As of 2019-2020, the mapping process has been completed for Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Technology. As new subject area maps become available, they will be posted online. In the meantime, the existing guidelines may be referenced for the subjects listed below.