The Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Department of Catholic Schools has curriculum guidelines in all subject areas. The Guidelines follow the California State Standards and are infused with Catholic teachings, doctrine and tradition. Curriculum is the educational process of transmitting knowledge and attitudes steeped in Gospel values in all content areas. These guidelines present concepts and skills and their relationship to the continuum of learning. They provide teachers and administrators with a broad perspective of academic disciplines and the inter-relatedness of these.
Curriculum is not static. It is an ongoing developmental process impacted by societal changes as well as the emergence of new knowledge in the art and science of education. Consequently, these guidelines will continue to evolve. This is a framework that will change over time. Undoubtedly, it will never reach a static point. Curriculum guidelines direct educators. They are the framework for sequential learning.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation
All of the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Catholic Schools are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The mission of WASC accreditation assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations and agencies that an institution has clearly defined objectives appropriate to education; has established conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected; appears in fact to be accomplishing them substantially; is so organized, staffed, and supported that it can be expected to continue to do so; and demonstrates that it meets WASC criteria and accreditation standards. WASC cooperates formally with Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) which is the other agency that accredits all of the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.