The Aquinas and St. Mary’s Catholic School Improvement Teams have identified math and science as areas of focus for the next school improvement process. Non-math/science areas at the high school will continue to focus on reading and writing. As part of the process, the schools are working to attain accreditation with the national AdvancED Program (formally known as North Central Accreditation). The AdvancED Self-Assessment has been submitted and teachers are currently reviewing and aligning each department’s curriculum with those of the Diocese of Lincoln and the Nebraska Education State Standards. Teachers are also identifying objectives covered in their course curriculum and will meet in August to ensure there are not repeats and gaps in student learning.
As part of the process to improve assessment scores in all areas, Aquinas is exploring how to incorporate the John Baylor Prep Program in to the high school. The program offers video sessions for the juniors and seniors, who would view and work on them during the school day the first semester, but also allows online access from home to help them prepare for the ACT. The John Baylor Prep Program also includes sessions to help freshmen and sophomores prep for assessments and provides study skills for middle and high school students.