Academics at St. John Neumann

Our curriculum goals are illuminated by the light of faith and grounded in the spiritual truths of sacred scripture and Catholic tradition. Through the integration of Catholic identity, spiritual formation, and moral/ethical behavior, we implement a progressive, rigorous curriculum focused on skills essential for students to become socially responsible global citizens. There is great emphasis in the development of creativity, problem-solving, decision-making and appreciation of truth and beauty in all aesthetic and cultural forms.

The framework for our curriculum is defined by the Diocese of Knoxville Grade Level Expectations,  the State of Tennessee Curriculum Standards, National Content Standards, and the Benchmarks for Academic Excellence propagated by the National Catholic Education Association. The Diocese follows a schedule for Curriculum Grade Level Expectations review and revision and is currently revising Diocesan English/Language Arts, Science and Mathematics Prek-12.

The Bishop has approved and the Diocese of Knoxville Catholic Schools Office has been granted permission to adopt the Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines for Prek-Grade 8 Religion produced and copyrighted by the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

All Catholic schools in the Diocese of Knoxville administer a series of standardized tests as a means of assessing each child’s progress and abilities.

The following standardized tests are administered at SJNCS:

DIAL-4 – incoming Kindergarten students
Iowa Assessments – Grades 1-8
Cognitive Abilities Test – Grades 3, 5 & 7
NCEA IFG:ACRE Edition (religion assessment) – Grades 5 & 8
STAR Reading and STAR Math – Grades 1-8

Detailed information about our challenging and rewarding curriculum can be found on the Diocese of Knoxville Catholic School’s website.

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