St. Christopher School Common Core Position Statement
St. Christopher School does not plan on adopting the Common Core and is not required to do so by the State of New Hampshire. However, as responsible educators, our school actively reviews the National Catholic School Standards as well as the NH Standards and develops our curriculum appropriately. We continuously renew our commitment to the traditional purposes of schooling – teaching children, producing intelligent and participatory citizens, and encouraging innovation and creativity – as well as to our Catholic values. We enjoy academic freedom as a nonpublic school, where we are in control of the learning process. Our focus is to be vigilant in keeping our curriculum rigorous and relevant and to ensure that the faith and education of our children is not compromised.
Special note to current parents: You may see that some of our newer curriculum books say “Common Core” on the front cover. These books have not changed in content. They have either added a section to the back of the book for Common Core practice or have added asterisks to the teacher’s edition denoting what would need to be taught to follow the Common Core. We will not be changing our curriculum to meet these Standards, but we will be going above and beyond these standards in order to meet and exceed our St. Christopher curriculum goals. If at any time one of our curriculum books no longer meets the standards of St. Christopher School, we would certainly re-evaluate and make changes.
From the Diocese of Manchester: As a Diocesan school, St. Christopher is also follows the guidelines below:
“The Diocese of Manchester is not planning to adopt formally or to require its schools to develop its curriculum solely on the basis of the Common Core State Standards. Our principals and teachers, however, are expected to be cognizant of all such standards and their impact for several reasons, two of which are 1) that the content of many standard textbooks takes the CCSS into account and 2) that many students in our grammar schools go on to public high schools and we have an obligation to make sure they are prepared for that transition. Our principals and teachers are intent on providing the best education they can for our students and thus they draw on a variety of resources and programs in order to fashion a curriculum that best serves our students in the context of our schools and their mission in the Catholic Church.”