A Central Catholic Education
A Central Catholic education offers a holistic environment that focuses on more than student acquisition of simple facts. Through engaging technology and a safe, spiritual environment, students are able to explore timely global concepts, develop necessary academic skills, apply skills and strategies to solve problems, and create relationships that foster academic growth and spiritual development.
The curriculum is designed to enable students to:
- Think critically
- Communicate effectively
- Become independent and inquisitive thinkers
- Develop social and religious values
- Prepare for college and/or career
Central Catholic employs a curriculum that enables all students to reach their full potential through placement in either the college prep or honors academic track. While both academic tracks offer appropriate courses to prepare students for college and/or career, each track is differentiated to effectively meet the needs of the students in the class.
Students are placed into either the college prep or honors academic track based upon academic achievement. The following requirements must be fulfilled in order to be placed into the honors track:
- A 3.2 GPA or higher in the core courses
- A final grade of a “B” or higher in the pre-requisite course.
- Student scores in the 75th percentile or higher on each section of the ASPIRE standardized test.
The college prep courses are organized to provide more teacher direction throughout the lesson. Through repetition and continual modeling of skills and concepts, students are given more direct instruction and practice of skills and concepts.
The honors courses are appropriately differentiated to provide more student-centered lessons. Objectives reflect activities that include high-level independent thinking and analysis, an increase in creative problem solving, and more rigorous discover learning. Lessons include one or more of the following dimensions: depth of knowledge, complexity of tasks, and/or acceleration of pacing.
Students who qualify may begin taking high school courses in eighth grade. The following requirements must be fulfilled for students to be considered for acceleration:
- Student scores in the 85th percentile or higher on each section of the ASPIRE standardized test
- A grade of “B” or higher in English 7, Reading 7, Math 7, and Life Science
Students in the college prep academic track with identified learning differences can receive further academic assistance through the Learning Center. The Learning Center strives to meet individualized accommodations necessary for students to succeed in the classroom.