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We have been investing in future generations since our founding in 1903 by the Servite Order, Sisters of Mary. Assumption School follows Denver Archdiocesan curriculum in all areas. The philosophy is that Catholic Schools exist to cultivate in students a love for Jesus Christ, fidelity to His Church, and commitment to the dignity of the human person. The Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools give parents confidence that their investment in a Catholic school education will support their child’s complete development and personal success. A rigorous, time-tested curriculum taught by committed faculty in a faith-based and nurturing environment results in measurably accomplished academic achievement.

 

Catholic teachings, faith, and traditions, are integral to a curriculum that reinforces what is taught at home, including virtues of discipline, respect, and responsibility which will provide guidance and inspiration as your child navigates life’s challenges.

 

Our curriculum is under constant study and revision as we become aware of new trends and teaching tools. Textbooks are to be considered tools to aid in the teaching of the curriculum. Additional tools include supplementary and reference books, I-Pad resources, Mimio/Smart Board technology, audio-visual aids, field trips, and additional technology resources. All students receive Art, Music, PE, and Health along with their regular academic curriculum.

Preschool Course of Instruction

Assumption Catholic Preschool, Pre-K teachers are dedicated to educating young children–socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually–from the ages of 4 to 5 years old. Early education is crucial for later learning, so we’ve designed our school environment to be a place for students to learn, explore, play and connect through mutual trust and respect. The basic program in preschool includes the following: religion, language, mathematics, personal-social development, social studies, media-art, music, science, and sensory-motor development. Pre-K students have a specials class each day.

Elementary School Course of Instruction

The basic program in kindergarten through grade three includes religion, language arts, mathematics, history, science, music, art, and physical education.  The basic program in grades four through eight include religion, mathematics, language arts, history, science, fine arts, physical education, health, and safety. Use of technology is integrated into the instructional program.

Visit the Archdiocese of Denver to learn more about our curriculum.

Listed below are a few of the textbook series used in the school. 

Religion

  • Spirit of Truth- Sophia Institute

  • School Liturgies Tuesday and Friday at 8:30 am  

  • First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation

  • Highlighting of Liturgical Year

  • Rosary, Stations, Devotions according to Liturgical Calendar

  • Daily Prayer-families welcome to the end of the day prayer at 3:05

  • Service to others

  • Monthly Adoration

  • School Reconciliation times

Language Arts & Literature

  • PreK-2nd Superkids

  • K-8 Wordly Wise Vocabulary

  • 3-5 Loyola Exercises in English

  • 6-8 Prentice Hall Literature

  • 6-8 Sadlier-Grammar

  • Novel Studies

  • 3 -5Writing our Faith Handwriting

  • 3 -5 Spelling Connections

Math

  • K-8 Sadlier- Oxford 

  • IXL math for support

Science

  • K-2 Scott Foresman Science

  • Purposeful Design Science, 1-2

  • 3-5 Great Minds PHD Science

  • 6-8 Glencoe – McGraw Hill

  • 6-8 Generation Genius

History

  • K-4 Houghton Mifflin
    Social Studies transitioning away from, using specific units

  • 5-8 Pearson Prentice Hall-transitioning away from, using specific units

  • Following the new History standards with the AOD, see the curriculum link

Computer Education (PK-8)

  • 1:1 iPad Program

  • Archdiocesan Technology Plan

  • Portable Chromebooks

Physical Education & Health (PK-8)

Archdiocesan Physical Ed Curriculum

Art (PK-8)

Archdiocesan Visual Arts Curriculum Guideline

Music (K-8)

  • Archdiocesan Music Curriculum

  • Weekly Liturgical Music

  • Yearly Concerts

  • Middle School Band Elective-at Holy Family

  • Church Choir

Academic Testing

Star Assessments

 

All Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools students in grades 2 – 8 take the Reading and Math Star Assessments. 

The assessments are short tests that provide teachers with learning data. Star tests are computer adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer your child provides. This helps teachers get the best data to help your child in the shortest amount of testing time (about one-third of the time other tests take).

Assumption students take Star Assessments three times a year: fall, winter, spring. 

Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education (ACRE) Testing

The National Catholic Educational Association publishes the ACRE test format.

 

The ACRE test is administered to all elementary students in 5th grade and in 8th grade in the Archdiocese of Denver.  Published by the NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association), the test is an assessment designed to strengthen catechetical/education programs.  Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the most recent catechetical documents, the purpose of the ACRE is to evaluate the effectiveness of a Religion program.

Students are tested in the following 8 domains:

  • Life in Christ

  • Church History

  • Prayer/Religious Practice

  • Faith Literacy

  • God

  • Church

  • Liturgy and Sacraments

  • Revelation, Scripture, Faith

The Four Pillars are also tested: Creed, Liturgy and Sacraments, Morality, Prayer