Academics & Curriculum

A Catholic education gives young students the intellectual and spiritual keys they need to explore the world of education. AOPS elementary students learn about the people who shape our lives, the discoveries that fueled our knowledge, and the love God shared to make this beautiful world possible.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has partnered with the International Center for Leadership in Education to create a curriculum that is rooted in scholastic tradition and relevant for today’s world.

At St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School, our academic program begins at the preschool level and culminates with the completion of grade eight. Daily instruction includes courses in:

We also provide a one to one learning environment where each child in grades one through eight is paired with their own device to ensure our students are motivated, engaged, and interested in learning in more innovative and exciting ways.

Aside from daily instruction, students have weekly supplemental co-curricular courses in:

Finally, advanced students in grades four through eight have access to participate in Honors Mathematics.

Students can receive specialized instruction in Reading, Mathematics, and Speech provided by Catapult and Title I Services.

St. Katharine Drexel Regional Catholic School follows the Archdiocese of Philadelphia – Office of Catholic Education guidelines for Curriculum.  [Click here to see Curriculum broken down by grade]



“A Catholic education provides students with a challenging curriculum that is rigorous, relevant, and above all, rooted in the Catholic faith. For nearly ten years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has partnered with the international Center for Leadership in Education. The Center examines our curriculum to ensure our students gain the appropriate learning skills and abilities each year. In addition, we work closely with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills to guarantee our schools and academic programs are equipped with the strongest instructional tools available.

With emphases on learning, self-improvement, spiritual well being, and inter-personal relationships, our Philadelphia Catholic Schools focus on equipping students with the skills needed to become respectful, contributing members of society. With small class sizes, each student receives an exceptional education with an emphasis on “small group learning.” Our teachers are dedicated to the academic and moral development of all students, ensuring each child receives the attention they deserve to be able to reach their full potential. Each grade’s curriculum has been specifically designed with these things in mind.”