Our Academic Expectations:

Sioux Falls Catholic Schools have a longstanding reputation for traditional, academic rigor. Our academic excellence is rooted in our Faith and our Mission… “to form a community of faith and learning by promoting a Catholic way of life through Gospel values and academic excellence. “  This Mission is also why we attract dedicated and experienced educators who set high expectations for their students and care about their personal success.

The strength of our academic programs is in our ability to meet the needs of all learners. We have rigorous expectations in instruction with a curriculum that addresses faith development in addition to our traditional academic curriculum.  Our students receive instruction in the areas of religion, language arts, math, science and social studies. In addition to these main content areas, students receive instruction in physical education, visual arts, vocal and instrumental music and technology.

We are proud to share the details of the curriculum for your child’s grade level! We’ve provided our SFCS curriculum brochures below, which are designed to provide you with an overview of  SFCS instructional goals and expectations.

SFCS Testing and Math Curriculum Update

Sioux Falls Catholic Schools’ plan for assessment and elementary math instruction for the 2015-16 school-year:

The Sioux Falls Catholic School administrators along with staff and curriculum teams have again chosen to opt out of the Smarter Balanced assessment scheduled for next spring (2016).

All students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 8 will continue to take the SAT10 and OLSAT tests, as they have in the past. 7th graders will also continue to take the pre-ACT test now known as the ACT Aspire test (updated version of the ACT EXPLORE), and 10th graders will continue to take the pre-ACT test now known as the ACT Aspire (updated version of the ACT PLAN). SFCS 7th and 10th grade students have taken these pre-ACT tests for many years.

SFCS students have consistently outperformed other students in math at both the state and national levels. SFCS faculty and administrators work diligently to balance the teaching of foundational math skills with the teaching of higher level thinking and processing skills.The math curriculum committee has aligned these expectations with curriculum maps, resources, and assessments. This process included specifically detailing the standard materials that will be used for instruction involving foundation skills and the additional resources that will be used for incorporating higher level thinking and processing skills.

For the 2015-2016 school year the SFCS elementary math materials and resources will be:

  •  Preschool and Kindergarten – “MyMath” (McGraw Hill)
  •  Grades 1-5 – “Harcourt (Houghton Mifflin) Math” as main student textbook and practice book and “Everyday Math” (McGraw Hill) resources as supplementary
  • Grade 6 – Middle School Math (Holt)
  • Student reference/resource books
  • Practice masters/black line masters including additional materials that address specific student ability and skill levels
  • Online supplemental resources for all grade levels
  • Parent communication letters
  • Auxiliary foundation skill reinforcement resources (e.g. Rocket Math, Superduper.com, etc.)
  • Updated SFCS Elementary Math Curriculum Consensus Maps

Ongoing professional development will provide staff support. New staff will have opportunities for being mentored and partnered with grade level experienced peers. As with all curriculum processes, SFCS staff will continue to critically review the materials and resources and augment instructional practices to insure the continued academic success of all students.

Brenda Mitzel

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Sioux Falls Catholic Schools