Elementary School Curricula

Curriculum at elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Boston is informed by three key sources: 1) the Archdiocese of Boston Faith Formation Standards; 2) the Massachusetts state learning standards and curriculum frameworks; and 3) the Archdiocese of Boston academic benchmarks and curriculum frameworks. Each of these sources provides guidelines for schools as they seek to provide students with a rigorous, forward-thinking, faith-based academic experience.

The relationship between and among these standards can be seen in the following diagram:

The Archdiocese of Boston provides its Faith Formation Standards to guide the teaching and practice of the faith for elementary school students. All curricular decisions are made in light of these Faith Formation Standards. Following from these standards, the CSO works with schools to ensure the twelve RCAB Academic Benchmarks are being used to strengthen the cultures of teaching and learning in those schools. The twelve Academic Benchmarks reflect the academic quality of a school and detail the practices effective, contemporary Catholic schools employ.

RCAB Curriculum Frameworks in each core content area, directly aligned to the rigorous Massachusetts state learning standards in the major content areas from grades PreK-8, are subdivided into Intellectual-Dispositional Standards and Content-Knowledge-Skill Standards. Intellectual-Dispositional Standards detail the key habits and abilities that students are expected to develop over the course of a given year in a given subject. The Content-Knowledge-Skill Standards articulate the discrete items that students will learn and develop over the course of a full year of instruction in each content area.  

At this time, the Catholic Schools Office has released Curriculum Frameworks in English-Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. The CSO provides resources to help support schools in mapping their curricula and aligning student learning expectations to these frameworks.