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Diocese of Charleston Curriculum

All curriculum areas are infused with Catholic faith and values which inspire and inform students.

In recent years, the teachers and curriculum experts of the Diocese of Charleston worked diligently to develop curriculum standards that reflect a true commitment to the rich history of Catholic education.  Many of our St. Francis faculty members were actively involved in the process of combining essential content standards with innovative educational research strategies to produce these excellent curricula.

You'll find the particulars of curricular contents for your child's grade at the links on this page, and you can click here for the full scope of Diocese of Charleston Standards.


Academic Best Practices

Acquiring and Integrating (A&I):

Acquiring and Integration lessons involve the introduction of new material and the integration of new material to prior knowledge. These lessons provide opportunities for students to link new information to information they already know or have learned in previous lessons. They provide straightforward information related to the Unit Goal that is accessible to all students.

Extending and Refining (E&R):

Extending and refining practices include providing opportunities for students who need more practice (refining) with a given topic or skill and providing a challenge (extending) for those students who have mastered the basics of the topic or skill. These lessons challenge all students to deepen or broaden their thinking about Unit Concepts. Tiered assignments are often used based on basic, proficient, and advanced questions.

Traditional Test (TT):

The traditional test is a form of assessment given to students to provide feedback on student learning. The traditional test should always be used as a learning tool and not a final judgement of student success. It is required to have some form of instruction beyond the traditional test to provide opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes and make improvements.

Using Knowledge Meaningfully (UKM):

The UKM component consists of lessons or activities that incorporate information in a way in which students must use the information they have learned in a relevant form.

Performance Assessment (PA):

Students are provided with opportunities to show what they have learned in an alternative format. These lessons holistically assess student achievement of the Unit Goal and Unit Concepts.