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 has incorporated On to College with John Baylor prep program into the high school. This program offers ACT Prep video sessions and homework for the juniors and seniors. Students also get online access to additional testing prep. The freshmen and sophomore sessions are geared to improving study skills and test taking strategies.