St. Augustin Catholic School uses the Iowa Core as adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education. This set of standards exists for English-Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades K-12. The Iowa Core follows many of the mandates set by the state for our schools; however, as an accredited non-public school, we are uniquely positioned to successfully integrate and exceed the Iowa Core Curriculum. Learning the Catholic faith and respecting each other is reinforced every day.
“Catholic school teachers enhance the curriculum and materials so students experience their Catholic identity in all subjects, helping students experience their faith 24/7, not just in Religion class or at Mass,” said Denise E. Mulcahy, Director of Teaching and Learning for the Diocese of Des Moines. “By doing this, our students learn to make decisions that are guided by their faith and knowledge.”
For more information on the standards and benchmarks set by the Des Moines Diocese, visit their website.
Raising the Bar in Academic Excellence
Each Fall St. Augustin Catholic School takes part in the Iowa Assessments standardized testing for our third through eighth grade students. Our students consistently demonstrate higher test scores when compared to the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Des Moines and All Catholic Schools across the state of Iowa. These assessments focus on achievement in the areas of Reading, Math, and Science, while we also assess in the areas of Social Studies, vocabulary, computation and language skills.