The St. Philomena School mission statement is used as the basis to support the high achievement of all students, and the people and groups within the organizational structure work collaboratively toward this end. The faculty and staff, the administration, the School Commission, and the priest work in harmony to create an environment of positive learning in which the morals and values of the Catholic Church are intertwined with a solid and challenging academic curriculum.

The teaching faculty and support staff are dedicated to supporting high achievement by implementing various teaching strategies, differentiated learning structures, best teaching practices, and summative and formative assessments. Further, they are committed to having a positive home/school partnership that is built on effective communication and mutual trust and respect. The school’s faculty and staff are professionals who keep current with up-to-date staff development in academics, religion, and annual Safe Environment refresher courses, and yearly First Aid/CPR training.


Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations.
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills.
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards.
  • Are internationally benchmarked.
  • Are evidence and/or research-based.

The Common Core State Standards will:

  • Help prepare all students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and careers.
  • Assist students who move between states.
  • Create the opportunity for America to compete for high-wage, high-skill jobs in a knowledge-based economy.
  • Allow for more focused pre-service education and professional development.
  • Create economies of scale around areas such as curriculum, instructional resources, and assessment.

Role of the Teacher:

While the standards set expectations for student learning for each grade level, they do not prescribe how the standards should be taught. Teachers should use their skills, experience, talents, and resources to design standards-based classroom lessons that meet the needs of individual students.