of Phoenix Catholic Schools & Diocese
of Phoenix & Other
Curriculum Guidelines Diocese of Phoenix
|All subjects follow Diocesan
Curriculum Guidelines, which in turn corresponds to Arizona
State Standards. Also, the curriculum corresponds to our
Student Learner Expectations which were outlined in our
Accreditation. These are color coded in the Homework
Mission Statement for
Diocese of Phoenix
The Diocese of Phoenix engages in the
faith formation of the young through Catholic schools by
integrating faith throughout an educational process that
promotes academic excellence, moral values and lifelong
|Philosophy of Catholic
Diocese of Phoenix
Because our children are our hope and
our joy, the future of the Church and society, the Church
joins with parents, the primary educators, in placing the
child at the center of the educational process, which promotes
academic excellence and moral values, and fosters lifelong
Because each child needs the values
and traditions of the community, the school will impart an
understanding of the Catholic faith, doctrine and moral
perspectives, afford participation in a worshiping faith
community, and foster the responsibility for service.
child is part of the Church and society beyond the school and
home, the school will support and foster participation in the
parish, the Diocese and the larger world community.
child needs examples, in the school and in the home, teachers
and parents must model their faith.
child must be able to make informed decisions and to live
according to Christian principles, the school must encourage
self-discipline, self-respect and respect for others, and
growth in learning to deal with issues in a real world.
child needs a strong and caring environment for learning, the
school, like the home, must be supportive yet not smothering,
loving yet disciplined, encouraging yet challenging.
child needs knowledge and skills for today's and tomorrow's
world, the school will provide opportunity and high
expectations for learning and will develop the potential of
each child spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally
Pope John XXIII Mission Statement
John XXIII Catholic School Community is a partnership of
parents, students, staff and parish communities that nurtures
the growth of the whole child in a Catholic faith-based
education through a challenging academic environment.
In this Christ-centered atmosphere,
the unique qualities of each student are recognized, and
children are encouraged to be life-long learners, and are
taught to be active Christian leaders throughout their lives.
We know parents are the first and
most important teachers and we are the facilitators of their
We seek the active participation of
parents to assist us in the student learning process.
We model and teach with parents that
our Catholic faith is a way of life.
We support Pope John XXIII Catholic
School Community in its effort to provide a safe learning
We recognize that every student has
gifts and talents to be shared through a Christian life of
faith and service.
We teach students to recognize their
abilities and accept their differences with respect for each
We use teaching strategies that
foster creativity, divergent thinking and problem solving
We model and teach Gospel values and
We ensure every student the
opportunity to practice a spirit of understanding, peace,
social justice and compassion to become examples of Christ in
a global community.
We lay the foundation for our
students’ participation in an increasingly technological
We prepare students to be life-long
learners and encourage them to develop to their fullest
We commit ourselves to grow
professionally as a staff and as individuals to serve the
needs of our students.
Arizona (Department of Education)
of Arizona Content Standards
To assist the educational community and the public by
developing rigorous academic content standards and providing
valid, reliable student assessments aligned to the standards.
Standards and Assessment (S&A) provides for the
development of Arizona academic content standards that
describe what students need to know and be able to do,
articulated by grade level. S&A also provides for the
procurement and administration of a nationally standardized,
norm-referenced achievement test and the development and
administration of standards-based test (AIMS) to measure
student achievement of the Arizona academic content standards.