Our students grow in their love and knowledge of Christ through a solid religious curriculum, daily prayer before school and each class, as well as in the regular celebration of Mass. The regular presence of our parish priests and religious sisters, visits from Bishop John Noonan, and the everyday guidance from our teachers who serve as role models of faith, enhance the spiritual experience of each child and set Catholic schools apart from other educational institutions.
Striving for Success
Orlando Catholic Schools are committed to providing students with a challenging and rewarding curriculum that meets or exceeds Diocesan and state educational standards.
Students receive comprehensive instruction in core subjects, including English, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition to these subjects, Orlando Catholic Schools offer a variety of enrichment courses that enhance their educational experience. Enrichment courses include:
- Physical Education
- Computer Science
- Communication Arts
Middle schools and high schools also provide students with opportunities for advanced level coursework.
The curriculum stresses cross-curricular linking of topics, Catholic social teachings, and the application of hands-on learning using advanced technology. Teachers use a variety of instructional techniques to create a student-centered learning environment. Different methods used include individualization, small group instruction, large group instruction, computerized instruction, and cooperative learning.
Our highly qualified faculty and staff are dedicated to developing students to reach their fullest potential in academic proficiency, social development and spiritual growth, and our low student-to-teacher ratio allows students to have one-on-one instruction with teachers.
Top Test Scores
Students in grades 3-8 are evaluated annually using Iowa Assessments. The tests are given to assess student understanding of core subjects and to evaluate academic progress throughout the years. Orlando Catholic Schools students consistently score high on state and national standards for the test. (Test taking is introduced to second-grade students through an abbreviated version of the Iowas.)
At the high school level, students are required to take the ACT and have the option of also taking the SAT. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework. In 2016, with a composite score of 23.7 compared to 20.8, Bishop Moore Catholic High School students scored significantly higher on the ACT than their peers nationwide. Catholic students also outscored students state-wide in all four subject areas.