Catholic Curriculum

Catholic schools are respectful of the initiatives of the Ministry of Education and the implementation of learning expectations and programs designed to provide quality education for all students in Ontario.

Catholic schools are privileged to deliver these programs in light of the message of the Gospel. All curriculum can be illuminated first by the Religion and Family Life Education programs and secondly, through the integration of the themes of Catholic Social Teaching. For example: two schools, one from the public system and the other from the Catholic system, implement a program of recycling and composting within the school, and as well, decide to work together to clean up a nearby stream. The students from both schools see this activity within the context of the protection of the environment and good citizenship. The Catholic student should also understand this work as their participation in God’s act of creation and their mission to be good stewards of God’s creation.

Catholic Curriculum and the Catholic Graduate Expectations

Catholic Education is a holistic education designed to form students – mind, body, heart and soul. Catholic education therefore, understands the human search for knowledge as both an academic and spiritual quest. It invites students to respond in the cultural context in which they live, in the light of our faith.

This integrated, two-fold dimension of Catholic curriculum, therefore incorporates not only the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the world of work, but also the fundamental values, attitudes and actions that characterize a person of faith. This understanding is expressed clearly through the vision of the learner described in the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.

Catholic curriculum contributes to the formation of a learner who is:

A discerning believer formed in the Catholic faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living.

An effective communicator, who speaks, writes and listens honestly and sensitively, responding critically in light of gospel values.

A reflective, creative and holistic thinker who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good

A self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner who develops and demonstrates their God-given potential.

A collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity and vocation in work, which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good.

A caring family member who attends to family, school, parish and the wider community.

A Responsible Citizen who acts morally, seeks and grants forgiveness and promotes the sacredness of all life.