The school provides a challenging, coherent, and relevant curriculum for each student that fulfills the school’s philosophy and mission, strengthens Catholic identity and results in student achievement of the Religion Curriculum expectations.
Star of the Sea School encourages students to develop as responsible Christian members of our community. The religion curriculum is designed to implement this. Using the school’s philosophy and mission as the core of our religion curriculum, we utilize the RCL Benziger School Edition, Faith and Word Edition. This series, which is used from Kindergarten through Eighth grade, includes doctrinal content that is in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The religion curriculum provides the necessary structure to encourage students to participate in liturgies, to communicate effectively, to solve problems and to think conceptually about their daily lives. The religion textbooks contain information, which reflect the Catechism of the Catholic Church. They offer explanations of official doctrine, creeds of belief, oral values, and church history. Also included are interpretations of scripture, the sacraments, and the liturgical celebrations.
The religion curriculum offers students an opportunity to plan and participate in a weekly Mass. Traditional prayers and Mass responses are taught to all students. Scripture lessons on moral values and reflections of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are reinforced by community outreach projects. These many and varied charitable efforts offer opportunities for students of Star of the Sea School to live their faith.
Teachers and staff attend workshops and seminars for professional development such as the Catechetical and Pastoral Institutes. Faculty and staff attend a retreat and in-service workshops along with the Annual Conference of Catholic Educators and the National Catholic Education Association.