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Academics

At RCPS, we are helping students on the path to the good life—one where our young people possess the knowledge, skills, and virtues to be community leaders and to have strong, loving relationships with others and with God. We approach each day with a clear, comprehensive picture of excellence and intentional strategies for fostering students’ growth.

The Portland Archdiocese Catholic Schools curriculum standards demonstrate how our Catholic school exceeds the expectations set forth by state standards. Diocesan teams of administrators and teachers have created an exceptional approach to develop academics in a faith based environment, which nurtures each student’s unique learning potential.

More information regarding our academics and the Archdiocesan Standards for Learning is available through the following links:

 
 
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English Language Arts

Literacy and understanding for all our learners is the ultimate goal with this curriculum. Our students gain the opportunity to share ideas, information and experiences revealed through the study of the challenging English Language Arts Program as prescribed through the Diocesan Standards.

Mathematics

Bridges in Mathematics is a unique blend of direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. Our students gain a deep understanding of concepts, proficiency with key skills, and the ability to solve complex problems.

Music

Twice weekly, our students have a music class that fosters spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and intellectual growth for all. Music is an essential part of a student’s total educational experience.

Science

Each student has the opportunity to develop their ability to think scientifically. Using the Foss Next Generation Science Program, student understanding is built through understanding of core science concepts and active investigation.  Students develop a love of science by getting to do science!

Inquiry & Project Based Learning

Project based learning gives our students hands-on opportunities to investigate and respond to engaging and complex questions, problems, or challenges. Experiential learning enables the learning to be personalized and differentiated.

Social & Emotional Learning

A child's ability to learn is influenced by their social-emotional skills, their understanding of self and others that allows them to act and interact in ways that are safe and show empathy and care for others.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As children enter and progress through Resurrection Catholic Parish School, they each have a foundation for whole group discussion and inquiry-based learning. They are able to embrace the curriculum with enthusiasm as their literacy and math skills are advancing. This learning has a profound, lifelong effect on social, emotional, moral and academic development, as well as self- esteem. At Resurrection Catholic Parish School, we give children the strongest foundation possible, with a program built upon the following philosophies and educational principles:

  • Individual children develop at different paces and in different ways.
  • Children thrive in learning environments that are engaging, caring, developmentally appropriate, integrated, and challenging.

  • An effective curriculum is interdisciplinary with an emphasis on hands-on learning, providing continual opportunities for children to question, research and analyze. This supports a healthy balance among the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of the individual child.

  • The learning environment must provide opportunities for children to explore, to play, to investigate, and to communicate their ideas and findings.

  • Observation and documentation of how each child plans, executes, and completes a task is core to the assessment and future curriculum planning for each child.

  • Social-emotional intelligence is essential for future life success, thus students will be supported, as they grow further in character, competence, and compassion. Good manners, social grace, etiquette and respect for self and all others are daily practices. Service to others and self-care are part of this equation.​

Inquiry & Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning (PBL) is an effective and enjoyable way to learn - and to develop deeper learning competencies required for success in school and life.   Project based learning gives students hands-on opportunities to investigate and respond to engaging and complex questions, problems, or challenges. Experiential learning enables the learning to be personalized and differentiated.

 

As our students progress through grade levels, design thinking and project-based learning help students to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Storylines and projects engage their hearts and minds and provides real-world relevance for learning.  Students learn how to take initiative and responsibility, build their confidence, solve problems, work in teams, communicate ideas, and manage themselves more effectively.  Students learn by doing which plays a crucial part in retention and ability to apply what's learned to new situations.