High School Curriculum

Smiling Paramus Catholic StudentThe Catholic secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Newark, communities of faith and learning, develop and nurture young men and women of values and vision through quality college preparatory education and formation programs. The Catholic secondary schools of the Archdiocese of Newark provide “an education for the future, faith for a lifetime.”

The primary goal of the program of instruction 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.

Curriculum Requirements

The following requirements are foundational. Schools are encouraged to exceed these requirements and develop a program that challenges the needs and abilities of each student, and prepares each student for participation in the ecclesial and public communities of the 21st century.

  • Four years of Religious Education or one credit year for each year of enrollment for transfer students.
  • Four credit years of English
  • Four credit years of Social Studies (including American History and World
  • Culture)
  • Three credit years of Mathematics (four recommended)
  • Two years of World Languages (three recommended)
  • Two years of Science (three recommended)

In addition, a well-rounded program should include offerings such as:

  • Comprehensive Health and Physical Education
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Technology-related courses
  • College/Career Guidance

Curriculum guidelines should correlate with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. In general students should be able to:

  • think critically, problem-solve and make informed and responsible decisions
  • utilize technology and information resources
  • demonstrate interpersonal, self-management, and career planning skills necessary for higher education and the workplace
  • understand the Christian story and vision, based on the person of Jesus Christ and his good news of salvation, as the foundation of the community of faith.

Credit Hours

A minimum of 110 credits are required for a four-year high school. One credit is awarded for a class period of instruction that meets one time per week during the school year. A class period of instruction is a minimum of 40 minutes. A credit year is awarded for a class period of instruction that meets daily for the school year and equals five credits.

Instructional Program

A copy of the program of studies, together with the regulations governing its administration as formulated locally shall be kept on file in the principal’s office of each high school. It shall indicate the subjects taught, the required and elective subjects, the number of class periods per week, and the number of credits required for graduation.

• The subject offerings shall be sufficiently varied to provide for the educational needs
of normal youth of high school age living in the community which the school is
intended to serve.
• The educational program shall be designed to stimulate each pupil to achieve the
highest level of attainment of which he/she is capable.
• The school shall maintain a program for the promotion of character and citizenship,
and for the development of mental and physical vigor.

• Guidance services shall be provided to assist each pupil and his/her parents to make
a suitable choice in the use of all available educational resources of the school.

• The school shall monitor a plan for curriculum development and for the advancement
of instructional efficiency.